The new MacBook has received more than it’s fair share of irrational knocks in the week since it was announced. I could write a whole point/counterpoint post addressing each of the MacBook’s supposed shortcomings, but life is short and haters gonna hate and Apple hardly needs my help moving inventory.
Suffice to say, the new MacBook isn’t for everyone. But I will say this:
Yes, it has a relatively slow Core M processor, worse battery life than the MacBook Air and only a single USB-C port for power, video and I/O. And that doesn’t matter one bit to me.
I’ve been in the market for a new laptop and purposefully held off on buying anything before I saw what Apple had coming down the pike. The 13-inch MacBook Air had been my frontrunner, with the occasional thought given to the 13-inch MacBook Pro — but no more. Let’s focus on the MacBook’s positives:
- The MacBook is more powerful than the Air in at least one measure: according to their respective tech specs pages, the new MacBook supports an external display resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 (4K) while the MacBook Air only supports 2560 x 1600.
- The new MacBook weighs almost a full pound less (2.03 lbs vs. 2.96 lbs) than the 13-inch Air, not too mention more than 3.5 pounds less than the Mid-2012 15-inch MacBook Pro I currently tote around for work. Every ounce counts in a messenger bag.
- The Core M processor and nine hours of battery life is more than enough for my needs. When I do open Photoshop, I can wait a few extra seconds. And the only time I ever need more than one thing plugged into my computer is when I’m sitting at a desk where a dongle isn’t an inconvenience.
Consider this: the MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Air configured with their respective base processors, 8 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage both run $1,599. That’s not cheap in a world of Chromebooks, but it is hardly unreasonable. If it’s not for you, don’t buy one. But I can’t wait to walk out of the Apple store with my shiny sliver of the future. My only choice now is gray, silver or gold.