The new Macbook
The new Macbook

Is the new Macbook worth it?

IT didn't take long for the new rose gold MacBook to disappear from the lounge room.

I should have guessed my teenage daughter would be quick to get her hands on it.

The 2016 MacBook is super slim (13.1mm), very light weight (less than a kilo), and the new dusty pink colour is very attractive.

But it's more than just good looks.

This is one laptop you which could easily become your primary tool of work - and play.

The full size keyboard is great for touch typing, the 12-inch Retina display is very easy on the eyes, while the improved processor, graphics performance and faster flash storage means it can handle almost anything you throw at it.

The keyboard is certainly the first thing you notice. The keys are full size but are super slim. They are not as responsive as conventional keys so take a little while to get used to.

But once you get going, you can really fly on them, like you can on the MacBook in general.

Tests by others have shown that it is up there will older models of MacBook Pros.

It may be slightly slower on heavier processing tasks, but for the sorts of things that most people will do, it is more than adequate.

MacBook comes standard with either a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.2GHz, or a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7GHz.

Prices range from $1999 to almost $2500 - which is not cheap - but Apple has never aimed at that market.

Using just five watts, the MacBook processors don't even need a fan, which makes for a very silent operation.

Apple says the Intel HD Graphics 515 delivers up to 25 percent faster performance than the integrated graphics in the previous generation MacBook.

The flash storage being used has certainly made for a snappier performance especially in launching programs or apps or opening files.

Apple is quoting sequential read speeds of up to 1.0 GBps - up to 20 percent faster than the previous generation PCIe-based storage. Writing files is up to 90% faster.

An increased battery capacity and better processors has resulted an extra hour of battery life - about 10 hours a day for web browsing.

The MacBook features a Force Touch Trackpad which uses the same sort of touch technology featured on the Apple Watch.

One of the big downsides with the MacBook remains its lack of USB options. It uses a USB-C port which means you need an adaptor to plug in USB devices.




12-inch Retina display

2304-by-1440 resolution

1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3

with Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz or

1.2GHz dual-core

Intel Core m5 processor

Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz

Intel HD Graphics 515

256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage5

8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory

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