Macbook (2015 edition)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The Macbook is a portable ultrabook launched in 2015 by Apple Inc. This was a revamp of the Macbook after the model was discontinued in late 2011 as the Macbook Air surpassed the sales of the old Macbook. The new Macbook is a very thin and portable ultrabook, packed with the Retina Display and the new “Intel Core M” processor, a processor targeted for mobile devices. It contains the new USB type C port, which is the reversible USB port. The port is used for both data transfer and charging (eliminating the MagSafe), making the Macbook much thinner than the Air. I will be reviewing the Macbook (MK4N2HN/A) Gold Color. Since I am in the Indian market, the option to customize is unavailable thus my experience may be a bit different than yours.

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If we look at the design of the Macbook, it resembles to the Macbook Air with the aluminum body and the frame but has reduced in thickness due to the elimination of most USB type C ports. The keys on the keyboard are much bigger and are spaced out a bit more, to handle the big fingers. It feels a bit unstable due to the very light weight and the design is not sturdy if you are holding it in your lap. The laptop feels slippery and you have to be very careful, since it is a delicate product and dropping this computer can easily cause some dents and scratches to occur.

The keyboard does not have a lot of space, thus it is hard to push hard with the keys since there is not a lot of space. The keys are very thin and a bit of pressure feels like you are directly hitting a hard surface. The force trackpad however, is an amazing improvement since you are now able to make different actions based on how much pressure is placed, just like the force touch on the iPhone 6s and the Apple Watch.

In terms of the Operating System, the laptop came shipped with OS-X 10.10 with the latest features, like forwarding SMS or receiving calls from your iPhone (Handoff). The OS is extremely fluid and is very responsive to user actions. Since the laptop has the Intel Core M, the processor is not designed to run applications like photoshop, but is designed for just checking email and creating documents. It does its job very well, and is a perfect travel Ultrabook.

The performance of the laptop is very solid, since it loads all the safari pages at light speed. Mail works like a charm and it comes pre-loaded with iLife and iWork software. The laptop is designed for minor tasks, and running heavy software like Premier will slow the laptop down to snail’s speed. It is not designed for heavy tasks and for its price bracket and purpose, it is amazing.

The new technology. USB type-c. This is the replacement from MicroUSB and USB-A to USB type C. Using a conventional pen drive requires this adapter. USB C to lighting cables are also available, but currently it is better to use the USB C- USB A adapter. I have bought other adapters, but the finishing of the Apple adapter is much better than the rest. I personally do not like the change, since I have to carry this adapter in order to use the device anywhere outside my house. I also have to buy multiple adapters for converting USB c to connect to my Apple Cinema Display, which makes it much harder to use on conventional displays.

Recently, Apple has launched an upgrade of the 2015 model to the 2016 model and has made the specs even better for the lower price. A rose gold option is also launched and now is available. Make sure you buy the 2016 model and not the 2015 model. This review is for the 2015 model.

Overall, the laptop does it’s purpose of being an ultrabook and runs Mac OS-X at amazing speeds. It may not feel as powerful as a MacBook Pro or as fluid as a MacBook Air, but at a low start price for an Apple product, it does what the everyday consumer needs. This device is designed for people to carry their laptop around like their iPad, having a proper computer with them in a portable device. Apple has done a great job with the MacBook but improving the processor from Intel Core M will help making the device more powerful.

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