Haven't we been here before? Following the new MacBook's announcement last month, I was immediately taken back to the year 2008, when Apple introduced the first MacBook Air. It was so thin you could stuff it in a manila envelope; it was a neat party trick, but we soon found out that Apple's new show pony sacrificed a lot to achieve the thinner clamshell design.
Years later, and Apple has essentially nailed the MacBook Air formula. Not only is the company's Air lineup powerful, but they're relatively affordable, and, as it turns out, the absence of a CD drive wasn't such a big deal after all. I feel like we're about to experience the same growing pains with the new MacBook.
There's no arguing how great the new MacBook's design is. It's more beautiful and more elegant than Apple's entire laptop portfolio; it's thinner and lighter; the 12-inch screen is absolutely gorgeous; and the new colors add a bit of personality to the mix.
In addition, it also sports a redesigned keyboard, which sports a new "butterfly mechanism" rather than the traditional scissor mechanism, along with a Force Touch trackpad and a single USB-C port. These touches allowed Apple to create a device that's just 0.35cm and 2.03 pounds; it's the most portable Apple laptop we've seen, and it makes a huge difference when toting it around to and from work.
But for all the new doodads and engineering brilliance, it's not the most powerful laptop out there, and the entry price is just too high. That's not to say the MacBook doesn't have a lot to offer. It is a joy to use, and it'll run a few games on lower settings; if you're a student, this will absolutely be fine if you need to write papers and do research online. But if you do more media-intensive tasks, like photo and video editing, you might want to look elsewhere in Apple's portfolio.
Bottom line is that the new MacBook is too expensive, and has far too many compromises to be a viable daily driver. The model we got — the 1.2GHz dual-core Intel M — is powerful enough to handle most tasks. But really push it, and you'll notice real quick that's it's nowhere near the performance of a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
If the sacrifice of performance is worth the thinner, more modern form factor, than by all means, go ahead and spend the $1,299 on the base model. If you value performance, however, then the new MacBook isn't for you. This is a first-generation device with aspirations to usher in the future of computing. As such, you should wait to see what the next model has to offer.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Step into your favorite film with a pair of 3D glasses
Experience movies and video games in the most realistic way with a pair of 3D glasses. Our guide has the best to help you narrow down your choice.