Macbook black magic

I’m really not sure how they did it, but Apple have managed to create a new MacBook that has a bigger screen than the 11-inch Macbook Air, but is smaller and lighter, yet has a full-sized keyboard.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: the MacBook. A laptop of such stunning beauty that it really took my breath away when I took it out of the box.

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I got one of these beauties on Friday as a replacement for my 2013 11-inch Macbook Air. I’m still adjusting to the various small differences, but at this stage, I can tell you the following:

  • Construction feels incredibly solid
  • The speakers are surprisingly good for such a thin machine
  • The screen (retina) is just gorgeous and images are crisp and lifelike
  • The new screen dimensions will take a while to get used to (12 inches)
  • The new trackpad is also something I’ll need to adjust to, but I’m getting there
  • Size-wise, it’s confusingly thin. I just don’t understand how they pack it all in

It has a single port for charging and all other uses, which could seriously limit the practicality of this device for some people. And it’s a new standard, which requires you to buy new adaptors from Apple. I type that through gritted teeth. I’m picking up one of these this afternoon, to allow me to connect to external projectors, which is something I do on a weekly basis.

From use over the last day or so, I can say that the battery is really excellent. So if I have to attach it to an external projector, I should be able to do so for several hours, without worrying if the battery is going to die. Let’s hope it works out that way.

I’m looking forward to putting this through its paces in the coming weeks. I’ll share my (scattered) thoughts as they occur to me.

But so far, so good.

  1. It looks absolutely *stunningly* gorgeous. Yum. However, at the launch I thought “Really Apple? No USB separate from the power charger?” That dropped it *way* down my list of buy-one-day gadgets, but having read some reviews it seems like the unbelievable architecture inside may actually be too good to be true, and the device is actually under-powered? *That’s* the feedback I’d be interested in because looks aside, if the machine is sluggish it would annoy me. But again, wow, what a looker – lucky you!

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    1. I haven’t really put it through its paces, but to be honest my iMac does the heavy lifting. This is for on the go writing, running presentations and emailing. I’m not going to edit photos or do anything demanding on it. It’s definitely underpowered for anyone’s primary computer, I think. But watch this space for thoughts as I use it in the coming weeks!

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