12-inch MacBook Apple’s true flagship ultraportable. It’s pricier at $1,299, versus $999 for the Air, but the MacBook 12 is a pound lighter, has a much sharper and more colorful screen and now packs a 7th-generation Core processor and faster SSD for more power. Apple also refined the keyboard to make it feel cushier.
A Great Ultra-Portable Laptop!
Sleek design: the MacBook is still one of the thinnest and lightest laptops around, weighing just 2.03 pounds and measuring 0.52 inches thin.The keyboard stretches from edge to edge on the deck. Available in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver. However, the MacBook Pro’s slimness comes at the cost of some convenience. The notebook’s port selection is made up entirely of one USB-C port (as well as a headphone jack), which future-proofs it for the upcoming accessories but makes using just about anything else a pain.
Great Performance : It’s taken a while, but the MacBook finally has a faster, Kaby Lake chip inside. Because the MacBook sports a fanless design, it comes standard with a 7th-generation 1.2-GHz Core m3 processor that’s optimized for efficiency. You also get 8GB of RAM and a fast SSD that promises more speed than the last model.
Display: The Retina display is predictably beautiful! On-screen text looked thick and handwritten. The laptop has a 12 inch backlit Retina display and yes, it looks amazing as we’ve come to expect from Apple.
While some ultraportable laptops in this price range make due with full HD screens (1920 x 1080 pixels), the MacBook’s display is the sharpest in its class at 2160 x 1440 pixels.
Battery Life: Students need a laptop they can carry around campus all day long, without needing to recharge. The 12-inch MacBook beats all of the skinniest laptops in one key area: endurance. The laptop can easily last around 10 hours on a single charge.
Ports: Unfortunately, the MacBook is still very light on ports. You get only a single USB-C port, and it doesn’t support the Thunderbolt 3 standard, which is growing in popularity and can be found on laptops that cost hundreds less. This would allow you to plug the MacBook into a dock and power two displays simultaneously, or attach to a growing number of external graphics amplifiers for when you need more oomph.
You’ll definitely want to invest in one or more dongles, such as the USB-C to Lightning Cable ($29) for charging your iPhone, a USB-C to USB Adapter ($19) for plugging in a peripheral with a full-size USB port or a $79 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which has HDMI-out for a display, full-size USB and USB-C connections.
The MacBook is a great choice for school, as long as you’re willing to tolerate its trade-offs.
Overall, the MacBook is certainly worth the premium, but it’s not a slam dunk. That’s because Apple now offers a 13-inch MacBook Pro for the same $1,299 price as the MacBook, one that offers an additional USB-C port, Thunderbolt 3 and a faster Core i5 processor. However, that version of the Pro also weighs about a pound more than the 12-inch MacBook and has half as much storage (128GB vs 256GB). So if you prefer macOS, get the MacBook if you want to travel really light, but buy the Pro if you want something more versatile
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