MacBook (2015)by Apple

  • MacBook (2015)
  • MacBook (2015)
  • MacBook (2015)
  • MacBook (2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The new MacBook has the best battery life of Core M-powered laptops on the market so far.
  • The 12-inch MacBook is perfectly sized for travel.
  • With so many new innovations packaged into this MacBook, it won't become obsolete anytime soon.

CONS

  • The lack of connectivity options and bundled USB-C accessories can be deal-breakers.
  • Some users may find the new keyboard and trackpad frustrating to use.
  • The MacBook is an expensive laptop that is only good for light computing tasks.
The new MacBook embodies the future of laptops: It is extremely thin and light, runs in complete silence, and has the best battery life of its class (so far) thanks to its Intel Core M processor. To ensure the 12-inch laptop is as thin as possible without sacrificing usability, Apple rethought everything from the inside out--from revamping the keyboard to enable flatter keys and creating the Force Touch trackpad to improve navigation, to using the USB Type-C port for both power and connectivity.
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88%

You might think that the integrated stereo speakers are on the usual poor performance level when you consider the limited space. But you cou…

You might think that the integrated stereo speakers are on the usual poor performance level when you consider the limited space. But you couldn’t be more wrong: Even much bigger multimedia notebooks often do not create such a loud, balanced and powerful sound that produces noticeable bass.

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84%

Honestly, none of [Force Touch Trackpad] software tricks felt very intuitive to me. But the trackpad itself felt completely natural, easily …

Honestly, none of [Force Touch Trackpad] software tricks felt very intuitive to me. But the trackpad itself felt completely natural, easily up to Apple's standards.

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81%

I only had three browser tabs and three applications open, and yet the heat coming off the bottom side was so intense that at one point I co…

I only had three browser tabs and three applications open, and yet the heat coming off the bottom side was so intense that at one point I could feel it through my pant legs.

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80%

[T]he limitations of having a single USB-C port for all your connection needs (with the exception of a standard audio jack that also made th…

[T]he limitations of having a single USB-C port for all your connection needs (with the exception of a standard audio jack that also made the cut) is even more of a challenge, unless you're prepared to arm yourself with a pocketful of dongles and adaptors.

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80%

Most users will need at least one of these accessories and it's unforgivable that Apple doesn't at least throw in the basic USB adapter free…

Most users will need at least one of these accessories and it's unforgivable that Apple doesn't at least throw in the basic USB adapter free of charge.

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80%

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 to make a consci…

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 to make a conscious effort to type more gently in public spaces.

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80%

In practice, Force Click worked well in Safari and QuickTime Player, but we were disappointed to learn that it doesn't work in Pages or the …

In practice, Force Click worked well in Safari and QuickTime Player, but we were disappointed to learn that it doesn't work in Pages or the other iWork apps.

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80%

In fact with so little movement of the key cap, it’s akin to trying to type on an iPad virtual touchscreen keyboard, only of course with the…

In fact with so little movement of the key cap, it’s akin to trying to type on an iPad virtual touchscreen keyboard, only of course with the turnaround benefit that you can rest your hands naturally on the keyboard without setting off typed characters.

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80%

Yes, when open [the MacBook] is much less discreet than my iPad, but it's much better for taking notes on and at 0.92kg it was light enough …

Yes, when open [the MacBook] is much less discreet than my iPad, but it's much better for taking notes on and at 0.92kg it was light enough to be my constant companion, in lieu of an actual notebook.

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70%

Typing for more than an hour leaves my fingers with a dull ache, like they’ve been holding onto something too hard, for too long. It’s worka…

Typing for more than an hour leaves my fingers with a dull ache, like they’ve been holding onto something too hard, for too long. It’s workable, but it’s far from ideal, and it raises the question: Do you really need a notebook this thin?

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70%

But I'm glad that I can smirk instead of cringe when the jerk in front of me reclines his airline seat all the way back.

But I'm glad that I can smirk instead of cringe when the jerk in front of me reclines his airline seat all the way back.

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However, the system trips up when it comes to processor-intensive tasks--so you can edit a movie using iMovie, but actually exporting the pr…

However, the system trips up when it comes to processor-intensive tasks--so you can edit a movie using iMovie, but actually exporting the project will take a while.

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You certainly won't be able to escape the odd bit of slowdown when you start to run 10 or more apps in addition to a ton of browser tabs.

You certainly won't be able to escape the odd bit of slowdown when you start to run 10 or more apps in addition to a ton of browser tabs.

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For everyone else, [the lack of port selection is] a deal killer and Apple is bat-crap crazy for thinking otherwise.

For everyone else, [the lack of port selection is] a deal killer and Apple is bat-crap crazy for thinking otherwise.

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