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Which Mac should you buy?

Roman Loyola | June 18, 2015
If you're reading this article, chances are you're thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we're quite familiar with Apple's Macs, and we're happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

MacBook

What is it? The MacBook is Apple's latest entry in the ulta-portable laptop market. It's actually lighter than the MacBook Air and smaller than the 13-inch MacBook Air.

Who's it for? The MacBook is made for users who prioritize mobility over everything else, including features and performance.

What are the specifications? The MacBook comes in only one size: a 12-inch model available in space gray, gold, or silver.

There are two models of the MacBook. The $1299 model has a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor and 256GB of flash storage. The $1599 model has a dual-core 1.2GHz Intel Core M processor and 512GB of flash storage.

Both models include 8GB of memory, and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 processor.

The MacBook has a Retina display, which means it has an ultra-high resolution display that's capable of showing crisper images than on the MacBook Air, which has a standard display. The MacBook has a native resolution of 2304 by 1440 pixels, and offers scaled resolutions of 1024 by 640, 1280 by 800, and 1440 by 900.

How do I connect stuff? The MacBook has Wi-Fi for connecting to a network and Bluetooth for your devices.

There's only one USB-C port for connecting storage devices, printers, external displays, power adapters, or anything else. Since there are no USB-C peripherals available (as of this writing), you need to use a $19 USB-C to USB adapter that will allow you to connect USB 3 and USB 2 devices to the MacBook. Want to connect to ethernet? You need the USB-C to USB adapter and the $29 USB ethernet Adapter. If you want to connect a HDMI display and USB devices, you need to get the $79 USB-C Digital ACV Multiport Adapter. Or if you want to connect a VGA display, you need the $79 USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter.

How fast is it? The Intel Core M processor in the MacBook is made to be efficient and cool. That means it's not a top-performing processor. In fact, the MacBook is the slowest of Apple's laptop offerings.

That being said, it can handle everything your typical user does on a daily basis. It can even handle some high-end, professional production tasks. It just won't be the fastest to the finish line.

Macworld's buying advice: The MacBook is for anyone who's constantly on the go and seldom needs to connect devices--be prepared to carry a bunch of adapters if you have to make connections. The MacBook seems like a good indicator of what direction Apple plans to go with its laptop line: thinner with fewer connectors. Even if you decide not to go with a MacBook, it's good to take a look at it and prepare yourself for what's coming.

 

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