Excerpt: Apple says the new MacBook is the ultimate in portable computing. To test that, I took it on a week-long vacation to see my family. Here’s what happened. A young woman sits across from me as I wait for my flight out of Portland International Airport.
Pros: Design that borders on art, Thin and feather-weight, Best-in-class touchpad, Excellent display
Cons: Poor processor performance, Can’t handle most games, Keyboard becomes tiresome, Poor value
Apple MacBook (2015) Unboxing and First Impressions
18 April 2015
Excerpt: The brand new MacBook was announced at the Spring Forward event that Apple had back in March. They were talking about the new Apple Watch, they’re also talking about the new Macs. And I got one right over here so this is the brand new 12-inch MacBook.
Conclusion: But once you have the MacBook in your hands, it's hard to stay grumpy. This thing is amazing, from its Retina display to its somehow shallow yet tactile keyboard to its featherweight convenience and remarkable battery life. Apple can work wonders when it wants to, and it's done it again.
Pros: Incredibly light, thin, and compact, Epic battery life, Brilliant Retina display and backlit keyboard
Cons: USB Type-C port won't fit existing peripherals, No SD card slot or MagSafe power connector, Shallow keyboard travel takes some getting used to
Summary: If you were hesitant to pull the trigger on the original MacBook Air because of the short battery life and limited port selection, Apple hasn't done much to win you over with the latest version.
Conclusion: The MacBook Air is officially the thinnest laptop, and the lightest of those with a 13-inch screen. But there were compromises that had to be made.
Pros: Thinnest laptop on the market. Simply gorgeous. Amazing 13-inch display on a 3-pound chassis. Full-size keyboard. Doesn't load ultra-low-voltage processors. Eco-friendly. Gesture-enabled touchpad. Reasonable prices.
Cons: Only one USB port, three ports total. No ExpressCard or card-reader option. Battery is not user upgradable. Productivity may take a hit with only 3 hours of battery life running Vista. Watch the MacBook Air Video Review!
Conclusion: With improved battery life and more graphics power, the Apple MacBook (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz) is a nice value proposition for those who don't need the extras—like SD card slot, backlit keyboard, or aluminum design—offered by the MacBook Pro.
Pros: Bigger battery delivers longer life. Twice the graphics power of the previous MacBook. Unrivaled touchpad experience. Superior software bundle. Sturdy. Great design.
Cons: No SD slot. Skimped with 2GB starting memory configuration. Using last year's processor technology.