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
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
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.
Summary: Verdict: If you are willing to overlook its high price, Apple’s new MacBook is an awesome notebook purchase. It’s stylish, quick and very easy to work with.
Pros: Excellent finish, screen is a huge improvement over the older MacBook, fast as an application’s machine, ultra-responsive trackpad, finger gestures work well, stable, keyboard is great to work with.
Conclusion: A variety of aesthetic updates, including Apple’s unibody frame, LED-backlit display, and multitouch pad make the latest MacBook sharper than ever, but it may not be enough to justify the $1,299 base price if style isn’t part of your agenda.