110 Factors That Make the Improved MacBook a Sound Notebook Pick
2Portability Is a Major Selling Point
3The 12-Inch Display Is Impressive
Customers will ultimately need to decide whether a 12-inch display will do the trick or if they’ll want something bigger. Regardless, the 12-inch screen is impressive, featuring a 16:10 aspect ratio and the ability to render more than 3 million pixels. The Retina display’s resolution comes in at 2,304-by-1,440.
4Intel Processor Options Are Strong
Now equipped with the sixth-generation Intel processor options, MacBook customers can choose the 1.1GHz Intel Core m3 or the 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor. That said, Apple is offering a customization option that lets users upgrade to the 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core m7 for faster processing speed.
5The Graphics Power Should Suffice
6The Full-Sized Keyboard Is Important
Although it’s a small device, Apple’s MacBook comes with a full-sized keyboard, making it a bit easier for users to type and get work done. That’s important. Most tiny, lightweight notebooks come with smaller keyboards that can be cramped for those with larger hands. Apple’s MacBook isn’t one of those notebooks.
7Bring On the Force Touch
The trackpad built into the MacBook comes with full Force Touch capabilities. With that feature, users can vary how hard they press down on the trackpad. Based on the amount of registered pressure, OS X will respond with different software functions. It’s a neat feature the Apple also offers in its iPhone 6s line.
8The Appeal of USB-C
The MacBook might be light on ports, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The computer comes with a single USB-C port that’s capable of everything from charging the device to transferring data. In addition, the USB-C port delivers video output, making it one of the most important components in Apple’s MacBook line.
9The Battery Life Has Gotten a Boost
Apple said that its new MacBook has one additional hour of battery life compared to the previous model. Thanks to improved power usage of built-in components, the MacBook can now deliver up to 10 hours of battery life, according to Apple’s estimates. While that’s not best in class, the more battery life, the better.
10Think Seriously About Adapters
Due to the MacBook’s general lack of ports, adapters become all the more important. Realizing that, Apple sells several USB-C adapters to deliver additional functionality to its MacBook. One adapter in particular is capable of connecting to the USB-C port and then providing users with the ability to plug in a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) device, USB accessory or other products. A simple adapter can go a long way in extending the MacBook’s features.
11One of the More Affordable Macs
The MacBook isn’t the cheapest lightweight computer on the market, but in Apple’s world, it’s not a bad value. The device starts at $1,299 for the base model, though customers who want more storage will need to dole out $1,599. Boosting the device’s processor will also add to the price. For many users, though, sticking to Apple’s standard models should suffice.