Macbook (Retina, 12


Elegant, fanless designOutstanding screenSurprisingly decent speakersGood battery lifeAwesome touchpad

Key Specifications

Review Price: £1049.0012-inch IPS display, 2,304 x 1,4401.1GHz Dual-core Intel vi xử lý core M8GB RAM256GB PCI-e storage920g
What is the new MacBook?Apple’s new laptop macbook is the máy tính in its most basic, stripped-back khung – I called it a máy tính xách tay for the máy tính bảng ipad generation when hãng apple first announced it. This slight, 12-inch máy vi tính weighs just 920g and, like the original 2008 laptop macbook Air, removes almost all external connections. It has no normal USB ports, no normal video clip outputs. In fact, it has as many ports as an iPad.

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You still get a headphone jack, but a single new type of USB connector serves as the power nguồn input và only external interface in one. You need an adapter khổng lồ use any normal USB cable và there’s no SD card slot for your camera’s photos.

It’s beautiful, brilliant and compact, but it’s also divisive, troublesome & a luxury. There’s a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá to love about it, but only if you can make peace with the compromises it forces upon you.

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What’s changed? Lots of stuff under the surface. For starters, táo now offers a wider range of more powerful & more efficient Intel core M processors, starting at a chip core m3, to core m5 up to core m7. Despite the increase in power, the latest generation of intel processors (called Skylake) are more efficient, và as a result táo apple reckons you’ll get an extra hour of battery life. RAM tốc độ has received a boost, too, up from 1600MHz khổng lồ 1866MHz, which should make a small amount of difference to overall performance. Finally, there’s a Rose Gold (pink) edition available, putting the laptop apple macbook in line with Apple’s other smaller products.

The reviews below is still very much relevant lớn the new năm nhâm thìn device & we’d expect improvements across the board. We’ll update this nhận xét if apple makes 2016 MacBook đánh giá units available

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New macbook – Design and Features

Does tech need to lớn be desirable? Not really, but it’s sure nice when it is, and the new apple macbook is very desirable. It’s a certain quality that momentarily blinds you khổng lồ any weaknesses – it makes you think “I want that,” which is no doubt the intended effect.

It helps that you get a choice of colours, too. The apple macbook is available in the traditional Silver, but also in ipad inspired Gold và Space Grey. The Space Grey version looks great – it’s comfortably my favourite. The contrast against the đen keyboard and black glass around the screen looks just right. It lends the apple macbook a sense of “otherness” compared to the uniform silver aluminium of other MacBooks, & reinforces the sense that it’s closer to lớn the ipad in philosophy & intent.Related: apple macbook vs laptop macbook Air: What’s the difference?


But no discussion of the new macbook can ignore that port. Táo bị cắn is the first khổng lồ adopt the USB-C standard, a new USB design that’s much smaller & reversible. It’s very similar, in some respects, lớn Apple’s Lightning connector, but it supports the faster USB 3.1 standard. This single port acts as the only data-carrying connection, as well as the nguồn charger & the only potential clip output.

It’s innovative & a big improvement on the ageing old-school USB connection we know, but it also presents problems. Simple things, like charging your phone, require an adapter, while a three-way adapter that includes an HDMI out, a normal USB port and a power nguồn connection is an expensive extra.

In time this inconvenience will be lessened as accessories adopt the new connection, but even when they vị the laptop apple macbook still only has one of them. That means you can’t charge the máy tính and have something connected at same time – not without yet another dongle, at least. Basically, the new laptop apple macbook is just lượt thích the original macbook Air, which had a single USB port và a clip output when it launched back in 2008. Táo eventually relented in its fundamentalism, but it took a couple of generations lớn find a happy balance.

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That might still happen with future iterations, but for now you need to lớn adapt to use the MacBook. You might find that easy if you don’t own a camera or use flash drives often, but the laptop apple macbook really serves the most locked-in hãng apple users who rely on iCloud for syncing photos and their data, or other similar cloud services.

The plus side to this compromise is the sheer portability of the new MacBook. It can’t match the super-slim screen bezel on the the Dell XPS 13, but you still get a 12-inch display on a laptop that’s similar in kích cỡ to past 11-inch laptops. It’s a great máy tính for working in tight spots & it’s so thin & light that you don’t need a hefty bag to lớn carry it around.

There’s a big difference between it & other Macbooks, too. Whereas the 13-inch laptop macbook Air doesn’t feel significantly more portable than the 13-inch laptop apple macbook Pro, the difference between the MacBook & the laptop apple macbook Air range is huge. The 12-inch laptop macbook is much thinner và lighter than the 13-inch laptop macbook Air, và the 11-inch laptop macbook Air has an underwhelming screen that reflects its mid-level price.

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New laptop macbook – Keyboard và Touchpad

Apple’s new Force cảm ứng trackpad is awesome – I’ve already waxed lyrical about it in the 13-inch macbook phiên bản pro review, but it bears repeating. If you missed the details, it abandons a standard click mechanism in favour of an electromagnet that creates an artificial click sensation, while force sensors detect how hard you press.

This has all sorts of benefits, but the best is how you get the same feedback no matter where you click. You can even adjust how heavy the click from the pad feels in the settings, while the large glass surface glides perfectly.


The Force touch options are subtle rather than essential, but the way you can press progressively harder to lớn seek through QuickTime is very neat. It’s just a shame the benefits are limited to lớn the OS and Apple apps, so the opportunities khổng lồ use Force touch are limited right now.

The keyboard, meanwhile, is another love-or-hate feature. Apple has re-engineered the keyboard lớn work in such a thin laptop, using a “butterfly” mechanism instead of the typical “scissor” keys. The result are keys that have a remarkably even và flat feel, but also very shallow key travel.


Some people won’t lượt thích the shallow feel – it didn’t take me long khổng lồ get up to lớn speed, but I can’t guarantee everyone will adapt as easily. But the action is still sharp and precise, so you’re never left wondering if you’ve hit the key correctly, và it’s extremely forgiving of off-centre strikes.

Arguably the worst thing about the new keyboard is how noisy it is – I’m more aggressive in my typing than typical, so I had lớn make a conscious effort lớn type more gently in public spaces. You can type quietly on the MacBook, but it isn’t naturally quiet lượt thích the very best ThinkPad keyboards.

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