I’ve had my new Macbook for a few weeks now and have been using it solidly throughout. It’s mostly for work, because when I’m at home, I generally use an iPad. And as my job takes me various places – it’s definitely not as 9-to-5, desk-based role – having a light, reliable laptop is a basic prerequisite for staying productive.
It’s incredibly light and thin – and I say this as a former owner of an 11″ Macbook Air. Even in a protective case, it’s hard to tell if I have it in my bag or not. I’ve had to double-check I haven’t left it behind me on more than one occasion. It’s eye-catching and has been the cause of many of random conversation with strangers in airports and train stations. It’s just an attractive little machine.
Despite this svelte profile, it sounds amazing. With the advent of Apple Music, I’ve been using it regularly to listen to music, as well as podcasts via Pocket Casts. The sound of this thing is just far too clear and base-y to be real. I expected tinny, distorted sound, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how nice it is to listen to.
I’ve found it to be fast and responsive too. I’m finally used to the keyboard – which is still pleasingly responsive and noisy. I don’t do anything too demanding on this laptop, so maybe I’m not the person to tell you to get it. The most it does on a typical day is wrestle with Office for Mac, Mail, Safari, Twitter and Evernote at the same time. And it does it admirably. I don’t do anything like produce music or edit videos (despite what almost every single ad from Apple would suggest) and I’m not sure it would be as nippy around those kinds of demanding operations.
But for what I need, it’s more than adequate. It’s light, it’s fast and it makes more than enough noise. And the battery is epic. I get more than a working day out of it, which is a must given the flexible nature of my working environments. Power outlets aren’t always available. And I don’t want to end up like this guy!
Well, I’m still getting used to the USB-C port. Yes, my rational brain says it makes sense. Just like when they stopped including floppy drives. But emotional mean misses the standard USB ports and the flexibility they seemed to offer.
I’ve had to get a special dongle to allow it to charge, host a USB-based bluetooth remote and a VGA projector at the same time. It works just fine, but represents one more thing to carry around. It also means I’m far less likely to be in a room with someone whose laptop has the same charging cable or ports. But a small price to pay for joining in with a step-change in technology.
In summary, I’m really delighted with this excellent little laptop.