Its been quite a while since I updated the site, I’m really into tech and other gadgets, so what better way to start it off than a tech related review. The new Macbook is out (not the Pro, mind you) and honestly it looks gorgeous with its ultra slim design at 13.1 mm thin, and its Retina screen with a resolution of 2304-by-1440(at 226 pixels per inch) all on a 12 inch display.
Well, I myself own a late 2011 MacBook Pro 13” and I love it, it has nearly the same specs as the new one (almost exactly) and lacks no features as well, it was worth every penny spent. Apple computers have always been reputed to be rather ‘niche’ products and are known to be quite expensive; easily being over a $1000+++. The Mac Pro, the iMac, and the Macbook Pro. They’re all really nice computers; equipped with studio grade specs and top it off with a really proffessional aluminium finish. I don’t mean to say other computer brands are bad, some are actually even better than Apple (truth be told) in both quality and pricing.
So where does the Macbook stand? The Macbook was the most affordable and the best selling Macintosh at one point. It was overshadowed by the launch of the Macbook Air in 2011. But now its been relaunched into the market, with new features and a bigger price tag. Personally I feel Apple is going bonkers with this, seriously, what kind of market are they aiming at with this? I have mixed feelings about it.
You’re probably wondering why I say this. Well to be frank, this ‘revolutionary’ Macbook, has no disk tray (that seems to be the new trend), there are two only ports on it ; USB-Type C port and a headphone jack. The USB C port can be used to charge it, and for every other function you have to buy adaptor cables to plug it into the USB C port (to do the most simplest of tasks). Its also too thin to have a backlit Apple logo, which is an identifiable thing with Apple computers. They’ve also changed the mechanism beneath the keys, replacing the scissor-switch mechanism with a new butterfly mechanism. Now, the keys will go straight up and down rather than leaning like they do with the scissor-switch mechanism, and now each and every key is lit by its own respective LED. Unfortunately this has a 480p camera, where as it could have easily had a 720p one.
The MacBook also boasts the new Force Touch trackpad, which uses technology like that (also found in the Apple Watch) that measures the amount of pressure you’re applying. This introduces new ways to use it; the new Force Click gesture (which is simply a harder version of the standard click) can be used in various ways. Force Click on an address, for example, and it will automatically launch the Maps app. Likewise, varying the pressure when clicking on the fast-forward button in QuickTime will vary the speed of the fast-forward function. The battery is quite good with a Built-in 39.7-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery which can give you roughly up to 9 hours wireless web an up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback.
Under the hood it has Intel’s new energy-efficient Core M “Broadwell” processors, housed in a logic board that is 67 per cent smaller than Apple’s previous record. The base model runs at 1.1GHz and can Turbo Boost to 2.4GHz. 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory, Intel HD Graphics 5300, and storage comes at 256GB & 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage. With such low specs it isn’t capable of carrying arduous tasks like video editing or photo editing (or even high end gaming), its just good for standard activities.
The Macbook is really a marvel, it looks really good, its easy to carry around and really convinient, but not worth the price in my opinion. Apple was much better than this. I guess if you don’t mind cashing out $1300-$1600 on this, and using it to carry out really simple stuff, its no harm. Definitely not worth the price. Its still a really good looking minimalist laptop at the end of the day. Looking forward for the 2nd gen of this?
Until next time