While I know the MacBook was ripe for a 2016 refresh, it’s still not an appealing notebook for me. Sure, the sixth-generation Intel Core M offers better performance over the processor in last year’s model, and, sure, I’m glad the graphics and RAM got upgrades, too. But that’s not enough.
See, from my experience with the MacBook, it’s far too expensive and under-powered compared to something like a MacBook Air or, heck, even the $899 Galaxy TabPro S I just reviewed, which also has an Intel Core M processor, a full keyboard, an incredible display and a USB-C port. The 13-inch MacBook Air, meanwhile, now comes with 8GB of RAM out of the box and ships with a superior Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor, both of which I’d take over an Intel Core M chip any day of the week. Sure, I’d sacrifice a Retina display, but power is more important to me.
This all brings me back to last year, when Apple first launched the MacBook and a visit I had to an Apple Store. I was ready to upgrade my work laptop and was choosing between the heavier but far more powerful MacBook Pro with Retina display and the new MacBook. When I talked to a sales guy, he admitted the MacBook is relatively under-powered and better for just browsing the Web. After using it, I agreed it wasn’t enough for my needs and went with the MacBook Pro, instead.
That salesperson’s comments stuck with me. The MacBook, in my eyes, really does remind me more of something like a low-powered netbook or Chromebook. It’s best for browsing the Web and last year’s model seemed to struggle when you started to load up multiple tabs and multitask with several open programs. The sixth generation Intel Core M processor and faster RAM should help with that, but I still can’t figure out how this machine is worth $1,299 when I can buy a Windows 10 laptop with an Intel Core i5/Intel Core i7, or even a MacBook Air with those chips, for a more affordable price.
This is just me, though. I’m sure there’s a large market of folks who are dying to pick up the new MacBook in Rose Gold. Just count me out, again.