On April 10, 2015, the future of laptops was released. “The new MacBook” is a ultra thin and ultra light laptop. But what makes it ultra thin and ultra light? Three key factors. It is fan-less, has an Intel Core M processor, and has the new USB type C connector. Lets first get through the boring stuff first.
Probably one of the highlight features of the new MacBook is the 12-inch Retina Display. With a resolution of 2304 x 1440, this is a very high resolution display and is very color accurate with great viewing angles. Another great plus is the amazing Force Touch trackpad. As always, trackpads on Apple products are unparalleled and this is no exception. The chiclet keyboard follows a new system that provides for a more accurate typing experience and thinner design. It has very little travel but from my experience it is really nice once you get used to it. And last but defiantly not least, is the amazing and beautiful design. Its thin. Oh so thin. Crazy, stupid thin…and light. 2 pounds is crazy. The minute you pick the device up you can feel how thin and light the device is. It almost weighs nothing and when carried in a bag there is no pain on your shoulders. The device comes in three colors. Gold, silver and space gray. The nicest of these three colors is the space gray. It has really nice shade and looks the price.
Now to the interesting part. First the fan-less design. This fan-less design enables the heat of the laptop to be reduced. Also a large factor of the device being so thin is because of the fan-less design. A fan in a logic board is the one of the largest contributing factors to size and weight of a laptop. So due to a a fan-less design and mobile processor the laptop runs quietly. Next is the Intel Core M processor. Running at 1.1 GHz, It may not be the fastest computer on the block. This machine hesitates to run Google Chrome. But having this mobile processor allows for a low power x86 processor to run Mac OS applications. For the most part, the major factor of why you shouldn’t buy this device is because of the slow processing speed. If only this had one of the core line of processors from Intel, it would be the nearly perfect everyday laptop. But it is understandable why that is not possible. Next is the probably the most controversial part of this system, the USB type C 3.1 port. USB C is on only few devices including the new Chromebook Pixel and Nokia N1 Android tablet. Not so mainstream. But I believe this connector is going to be the future of computing. This might be an early start with this port but it makes the MacBook some what future-proof. So it is a pretty flexible port…depending how much you are willing to pay for dongles. There are some adaptors available online and some by Apple. But most of these dongles cost quite a bit, usually an upwards of eighty dollars. But where Apple is placing its bet is on wireless. Many wireless technologies such as iCloud, AirDrop, bluetooth, AirPlay, hotspot, apps, wireless printing, and wireless backup. Apple is depending on you to use these technologies to navigate through the Macbook.
Should you buy it?
So is this something that you should buy? Maybe. I would consider this product a beautifully constructed Chromebook with glorified software. If this is something you can afford and something you would use for writing, presentations, video, and browsing, then go for it. If you find this to be underpowered and need some more performance then this product is not for you. You would want to go with a MacBook Air or Pro.
But this is a layout for the future of laptops and I hope to see more beautiful laptops like this…except with a little more power.