The last Apple laptop was simply called the MacBook, and many people think that this is a restart of the line, but in reality everything is completely different. Apple might call it a MacBook Air 12 "or MacBook Slim, but a laconic MacBook was chosen instead. What does that mean?
Just hold it in your hands and you really want this laptop. Only the price scares me off - it starts at $ 1299, which is quite a lot. This is probably the most impressive laptop I've seen, apart from the original MacBook Air. He is incredible in every way. How did Apple make it so thin? What kind of dark magic does the trackpad work with? Will he really be fast enough? Why is there only one port? Each of these questions has an interesting answer, and despite this, the laptop still remains one of the most intriguing gadgets of 2015.
After a week of using this miniature miracle computer, I began to understand a little why Apple chose this name for their laptop. It is called a MacBook because in Apple's eyes this is Plato's ideal, something that all other laptops should strive for.
But if you know anything about Platonic ideals, you must also understand that there is a big difference between them and reality. And now the big question is for this tiny MacBook: is this reality close to ideal?
MacBook is what happens if the iPad Air grows in size, gets a keyboard and trackpad. This is a thin, compact and lightweight aluminum device that does not have any missing items or ill-conceived lines. This is the elaboration of the smallest details that we saw on Apple tablets and smartphones. This is truly a new level compared to previous Apple devices, not to mention other manufacturers. In a word, he is magnificent.
This is a thin device that does not have any missing things or ill-conceived lines.
The Macbook is incredibly thin - just 13mm in the thickest place. It is also incredibly light - just over 900 grams, it’s less than 13 inches Air by almost 450 grams and 11 inches by 150. The weight is perfectly distributed between the screen and the laptop itself, this is very noticeable because the MacBook feels lighter than he really is.
People who used the 11 "and 13" inches of Air will not experience such great enthusiasm, because these laptops are almost as well designed and comfortable. The MacBook 12 feels like a small laptop of the perfect size with a perfectly placed full keyboard. Apple changed the standard hinge mechanism - now it, like the rest of the body, is metal. Also, the changes affected the trackpad - it increased in size. The speakers are between the keyboard and the screen, and although the volume is acceptable - they still lack bass.
The laptop comes in an expanded compared to other MacBook colors: Gold (gold), Silver (silver) and Space Gray (dark gray). I had a gold on the review, and, I tell you, this is cool. He does not look as flashy as at first thought. But honestly, if I had a choice, I would have taken silver.
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. Keyboard, trackpad, screen, battery - all this is done so as not to prevent the MacBook from being the thinnest laptop on the market. However, this is not so much innovation as compromise. That is why the Macbook teeters on the brink of breakthrough and compromise.
But let's consider it as an innovative product, because there are still many new convenient solutions. The first thing that catches your eye is a new, smaller keyboard, under each key of which there is a “butterfly” mechanism, which allows you to make the keys move smaller, but at the same time leave the accuracy of operation at the level. Also under each of the buttons you will find an individual backlight.
Initially, I hated her. Thanks to the small stroke, the feeling when pressed is rather strange. However, addiction did not take much time. The “butterfly” mechanism allows you to achieve the same sounds and tactile sensations as when using a conventional keyboard, while significantly reducing it. The only remark that I still have after using the MacBook for a long time and which I still couldn’t get used to completely is that the buttons are too small.
You will fall in love with the new keyboard design.
The next innovation is the screen. A 12 "Retina screen with a pixel density of 236 ppi and a resolution of 2304 x 1440 is installed here. Thanks to the rebuilt" interiors ", Apple managed to make it even thinner and, most importantly, more energy-efficient. Now, by the way, the" apple "on the back panel does not light up - yet one sacrifice of subtlety, but if we don’t talk about numbers, but simply evaluate quality, we can safely say that the MacBook Air screen loses much to this.
You can lower the resolution to 1440x900, which will improve autonomy and performance, but I don’t think that anyone will want it. The stock of brightness is more than enough, as is the contrast. In order to match the design of the rest of the MacBook Retina series notebooks, there is a black border around the screen that visually increases the working space.
The trackpad with Force Touch technology feels something impossible. Inside it are tiny pads that read clicks, and then activate the internal electromagnet, which simulates a + face. If you use your finger to turn off your laptop, then nothing special will happen, but if you turn it on and the “magic” starts. This all works thanks to software chips and a magnet.
In the settings you can set the strength of the response, as well as configure other unique parameters that are available only in OS X. Force Touch allows you to browse web pages without opening them, and also recognize the meaning of unfamiliar words with just one strong click. Force Touch also allows you to increase the speed of video in some applications, however, to be honest, all this is very unusual, and often you just forget about the capabilities of the trackpad. But what’s really good - now you can click anywhere on the trackpad, and not just at the bottom.
The new trackpad feels something impossible
However, features and innovations do not end there. Apple has completely redesigned battery devices to fit them into this tiny casing. As a result, withered 9 hours of battery life are a reality in my test, but if you use it more actively, you will most likely get about 8 hours of battery life.
The following innovations are more like compromises. Apple has made the insides of the MacBook 12 as small as possible. It was also decided to abandon the cooler, which, of course, could not but affect the performance. Compared to laptops of the same price category, the MacBook 12 seems very weak.
The device has an Intel Core M processor operating at a frequency of 1.1 GHz (however, there is a Turbo Boost mode that allows you to increase productivity by almost 2 times). This is the main compromise. Because of it, the power of the laptop can be compared with the MacBook Air four years ago. It sounds loud, but MacBook 12 performed well - no freezes or lags.
Fast enough, but heats up with active use.
In principle, when using this laptop, my abilities were not cut back, but everything was a little slower than I used to. 20% of my time spent on a laptop - photo processing. And, I’ll tell you, to do this on a MacBook 12, you need patience.
An ideal demonstration of the power of the MacBook 12 will be Google Chrome, which has recently become, frankly, not the best browser. Just open a bunch of tabs to load the computer. On my macbook I need 20 tabs for this. On the MacBook 12, 10 is enough.
With Safari, the situation is much better, but it still feels like the laptop is loading while working with the browser. The fact that the MacBook 12 does not have a cooler means only one thing - during intensive work the device will heat up. With maximum heat, it becomes unpleasant to keep the laptop on your lap.
Another point that is controversial for me is the still not widespread USB Type-C port, which is the only one in the device, not counting the 3.5mm Mini Jack for connecting headphones. The laptop is charged through this connector. External devices are also connected through it. Here difficulties arise - to simultaneously charge and connect peripherals, you will need expensive adapters and splitters. You will also need an adapter to connect your MacBook to the Apple Cinema Display.
In general, this is a forced decision. Someone had to start promoting this standard. Google and Nokia already use Type-C in their devices. And, I’ll tell you, there are pluses to this - for example, it can be connected on either side. It is also very versatile. I charged the MacBook with a Google charger, which until recently would have sounded very, very strange.
Of course, this is not the convenience that MagSafe had, and it is much easier to break such a charger, however, with the spread of the Type-C standard, such chargers, I think, will cost quite inexpensively, in contrast to the same MagSafe.
Colleagues, seeing how I connect the splitter to the adapter, joked, calling it a "collective farm decision." And I, in general, agree with them more than 100%. Given how cloud storage is evolving now, these issues should go away in the future. This explains Apple's decision. The laptop supports Bluetooth 4.0 and a bunch of WiFi standards.
Many remember how Steve Jobs introduced the first MacBook Air, but no one remembers that he also had cons - lack of ports, price, performance. In the next version, Air has become what it should be. With the MacBook 12, it will most likely be as well.
The new MacBook is the future. He predetermined what laptops will be like in the next five years, as the MacBook Air once did.
It sounds strange, but after returning to my MacBook Air 13, it seemed to me big and awkward. No, he is also a miracle of technology, but in comparison with the hero of the review, he seems to be something old, dilapidated.
However, so far I have returned to the Macbook Air.
The problem with the MacBook 12 is that we live in the present and are not ready for the laptop of the future, for a single port, the lack of a cooler. Especially for $ 1299.
History teaches. In the next generation of the MacBook, most likely we will see it for what it should be. When this is the case, I will switch from Air to 12.
- Weak processor
- The only port for everything
- Incredibly thin
- Retina display
- Wonderful keyboard
Attention! This is a translation of The Verge
Final rating: 8 out of 10.