A Review of the 2016 Apple MacBook

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Arguably the most recognisable name in the industry today, the Apple MacBook is once again back and taking the world of laptops by storm.  Boasting a number of user-friendly upgrades alongside a traditional sense of Apple reliability, the MacBook is just as suited for the workplace as it is for the home.  At a price of just under $1,300 dollars, this unit is also noticeably cheaper than some other equivalent models such as those produced by Samsung.  What has Apple done to increase the appeal of this year’s model and are there any drawbacks to mention?  Let’s take a look at the answers to both of these questions.

Design

Not much has changed in terms of the overall design.  Colours such as silver and rose gold are options and at only 0.5 inches (12.7 millimetres) thick, transportation should not be an issue.  At 2.2 pounds (I kilograms), its weight is manageable and this is understandable when we consider its 12.5-inch (317 millimetre) screen.  The one gripe that users still have is that the 2016 MacBook still only offers one USB external port.  This is obviously frustrating for those who may need to hook up additional hardware.  The only current option seems to be purchasing a separate AV Multi-port adaptor.

The Touchpad

One interesting feature is the unique touchpad supplied with this MacBook.  Unlike standard touchpads, this unit employs an approach called haptic feedback.  It provides a tactile sensation to your fingertips when the pad is pressed, thus mimicking the “feel” of a traditional mouse clicker.  This makes navigation much easier and once users become accustomed to this option, they will never want to return to a normal touchpad again.

The Display, Audio and Webcam

One of the biggest selling points of the 2016 MacBook is its impressive display.  A magical resolution of 2304 x 1440 pixels blows away much of the competition including the MacBook air.  Accurate colour matching and considerably bright, this display is perfect for nearly any task although we should note that viewing under direct sunlight will still present a challenge.  A surprisingly strong and clear audio system is another interesting feature for movie-lovers of all ages.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for what can only be considered a sub-standard webcam of only 480 pixels.  We are left scratching our heads as to why Apple did not match its amazing display with an equally comparable camera.

Performance

The 2016 MacBook employs an Intel 6th generation Core-M processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM and up to 512 gigabytes of storage (256 is also available).  These features will enable the unit to be more responsive when handling software such as Windows 10 although still, there can be times when that dreaded spinning beach ball appears.  This is normally only when multiple applications are running at the same time.

Our Verdict

Overall, the 2016 MacBook is a pleasant step up from its predecessor.  However, features such as a poor webcam and only one USB port cannot be overlooked; particularly since we are speaking about the experts at Apple here.  We should nonetheless conclude that those who already enjoy the MacBook will not be let down by what is in store.