Why we will avoid the beautiful new MacBook

    12 inch MacBook

    The new MacBook that Apple has just announced is a thing of pure beauty. Available in space grey, silver and gold, this 12 inch MacBook weighs just over 900 grams, which is Apple’s lightest ever computer. It’s also Apple’s thinnest ever – measuring just 13.1mm at its thickest point. To top it off, it comes with a newly-developed trackpad as well as keyboard.

    Oh, and don’t forget that beautiful retina display.

    Though tempting – and far from writing it off – we’re not prepared to fork out our hard-earned cash for this new toy. Here’s why.

    Performance

    New 12 inch MacBook

    As the successor to the old white MacBook, the new MacBook is understandably pared down in processing power, given its standing among MacBooks, plus its tiny size. If all you do is casual surfing, checking emails and simple word processing, then the new MacBook will suit you just fine.

    If, like us, you require a bit more power for photo and video processing or even gaming, then you’re probably better off with a more powerful machine such as a souped up MacBook Air or MacBook Pro Retina.

    Ports

    12 inch MacBook

    USB Type-C looks great, and we think it will be a big hit… some day, like in the next few years.  Bear in mind that the USB Type-C port is both used for power and data, so you’ll have to take that US$79 USB-C dongle wherever you go in order to connect your peripherals such as an external hard disk, or an external monitor.

    In the meantime, it’s still much more convenient to stick to the traditional ports available on the other MacBooks. The 11-inch MacBook Air appears to have a wealth of ports now, with two USB 3.0 connections and two Thunderbolt ports.

    Price

    This is what the new 12 inch MacBook package includes.
    This is what the new 12 inch MacBook package includes.

    Starting at S$1,788, this laptop is hefty in terms of price. Just to give you an idea, the higher end stock 11-inch MacBook Air starts at S$1,488 and the higher end stock 13-inch MacBook Air starts at S$1,618. Make no mistake, what you’re really paying for is the sexy design and retina display.

     

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