Apple MacBook 12-inch review (2017): Best MacBook in recent years


Apple MacBook is not the best, but the most desired laptop on the market. A stunning design, great features and excellent macOS performance are among the first things that come to mind when you think of Apple MacBook series. With the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple is cramming a lot of high techs into one piece, making it a perfect choice for users.

If you are planning to grab the 12-inch MacBook (2017) during this year’s holiday shopping season, we will help you find out if it is worth your choice. Before we dive in, note that Apple MacBook is now available starting at $1,299 in the US, which is still pricey.

You can grab some cheaper laptops, but the new Apple MacBook still has a lot of exciting things that set it apart from other competitors out there. We will help you discover how in the section below.

  1. Design

Apple MacBook has not seen a significant design change for years. With the 12-inch MacBook, the Cupertino retains what we have always loved about Apple’s MacBook lineup, while introducing a few changes. Like other MacBook models, this year’s MacBook is available in four color options, including space gray, silver, gold and rose gold.

Apple still uses the brushed aluminum on this year’s model, thus offering premium look and comfortable hands-on experience. The 12-inch MacBook ranks among the thinnest laptops we have ever seen in recent years, making it a perfect company on the go.

  1. Display

If you are looking for a new MacBook with a brand new screen technology, seek it elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean that nothing matters here. The new MacBook retains Apple’s well-known Retina technology, thus offering more details. In short, the 12-inch MacBook’s screen delivers smooth performance, ranging from editing photos to doing some intense design work. When it comes to sound system, the 12-inch MacBook features four stereo speakers, offering decent audio quality for a thin laptop.

  1. Performance and battery life

Apple MacBook series is pretty reliable when it comes to performance. The 12-inch MacBook uses the Intel Core Y series processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM. On the surface, the new MacBook might not offer enough power to handle intense work. But, when we look inside, it’s a bigger deal than you expect.

The new MacBook offers smooth performance with 15 Google Chrome tabs open at once during our test. This shows that the new MacBook is having its upper hand over other competitors out there. However, big additions come with extra cash. The 12-inch MacBook with Core i5 Y-series processor costs you $1,599, while the Core i7-based model is priced at $1,799.

When it comes to battery life, the 12-inch MacBook offers up to 10 hours, which is pretty impressive. This helps the new machine beat its main rivals in the segment.

The 12-inch MacBook ranks among the best laptops this year. However, there are some limitations that prevent it from getting the perfect score like high price and only one USB C-Port.

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