|Screen Size||12 inches|
|Screen Resolution||2304 x 1440|
|Max Screen Resolution||2304x1440 pixels|
|Processor||1.1 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR3|
|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
|Hard Drive||256 GB SSD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 5300|
|Chipset Brand||Intel HD Graphics|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 hours|
Apple MacBook MK4M2LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Gold, 256 GB) OLD VERSION
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- A full-size keyboard
- Retina re-envisioned
- The Trackpad, pushed even further with force touch
- Fully equipped for a wireless world
- Quietly astonishing
- 1.1 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core M Processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4 GHz) with 4 MB shared L3 cache
- 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM; 256 GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
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Stunning 12-inch Retina display
With over 3 million pixels and a 2304-by-1440 resolution, you can experience vivid images with astounding clarity
Edge-to-edge glass display with IPS technology and a 178° viewing angle
Optimized pixel design enables a bright display
New Apple-designed keyboard
Full-size keyboard with butterfly mechanism for precise key movement
Larger, thinner keys designed for a comfortable typing experience
Each key has its own LED for a uniformly backlit keyboard
- Gold color
- 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz
- Intel HD Graphics 5300
- 8GB 1600MHz RAM
- 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
- New terraced, contoured batteries allow for 35% more capacity for all day battery life
- Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
- FaceTime camera for video calls
- Headphone port and dual microphones
Thin and light design
At just 2 pounds and 13.1mm thin, MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac notebook ever
Comes with an all-new keyboard, Force Touch trackpad, USB-C port, and high-resolution 12-inch Retina display
Available in three gorgeous metal finishes—Gold, Space Gray, Silver
Versatile USB-C port
New industry standard USB-C port for charging, USB 3.1 data transfer, and native DisplayPort video output with adapter support for HDMI and VGA
Small, reversible design that’s 1/3 the size of a current USB port
New compact USB-C power adapter and charging cable included
All-new Force Touch trackpad
Force sensors allow you to click anywhere with a uniform feel
Customizable click sensitivity
Taptic Engine delivers click sensations through haptic feedback
Use Force click for easier access to helpful tools and information
Fast forward or zoom by gradually applying pressure to the trackpad
Supports all the Multi-Touch gestures Mac users love
|Apple MacBook MF855LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Silver, 256 GB)||Apple MacBook MJY32LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Space Gray, 256 GB)||Apple MacBook MK4M2LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Gold, 256 GB)||Apple MacBook MF865LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Silver, 512 GB)||Apple MacBook MJY42LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Space Gray, 512 GB)||Apple MacBook MK4N2LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Gold, 512 GB)|
|Apple model number||MF855LL/A||MJY32LL/A||MK4M2LL/A||MF865LL/A||MJY42LL/A||MK4N2LL/A|
|Color||Silver||Space Gray||Gold||Silver||Space Gray||Gold|
|Processor||1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz||1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz||1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz||1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz||1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz||1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 5300||Intel HD Graphics 5300||Intel HD Graphics 5300||Intel HD Graphics 5300||Intel HD Graphics 5300||Intel HD Graphics 5300|
|Memory||8GB 1600MHz||8GB 1600MHz||8GB 1600MHz||8GB 1600MHz||8GB 1600MHz||8GB 1600MHz|
|Storage||256GB PCIe-based flash storage||256GB PCIe-based flash storage||256GB PCIe-based flash storage||512GB PCIe-based flash storage||512GB PCIe-based flash storage||512GB PCIe-based flash storage|
|Battery||Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback||Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback||Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback||Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback||Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback||Up to 9 hours of wireless web; up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback|
With the MacBook, Apple set out to do the impossible: engineer a full-size experience into a super light and compact Mac notebook. That meant reimagining every element to make it not only lighter and thinner but also better. The result is more than just a notebook. It's the future of the notebook.
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ORIGINAL REVIEW: Not since the tech press slammed the original iPad ("Who need this?" "Nothing but a big iPod Touch!") have I seen such a wrong-headed rush to criticize a new Apple product. It's like watching a lunatic mob roam the village at night with torches and pitchforks, shouting: "Kill the beast!" And here's what's so bizarre about the criticism: the Macbook Air has always been compromised compared to the Macbook Pro. Worse screen, fewer ports, less available memory, slower processors. But everyone understands that these are the trade-offs if you want a thinner, lighter laptop. Now the new Macbook 12' takes thin and light to a whole new level, with a much better screen, while the main compromises vs. the Air are the reduction to one port and a slower processor... and the press has reacted like Apple shot someone's dog.
This review will take you through the major critiques of the new Macbook, tell you the truth about them, and help you decide if there's really any issue FOR YOU. But let's start here: the new 12" Macbook is one of the best pieces of design work to ever come from Apple, and that's saying a lot. It's certainly their sexiest and most gorgeous laptop ever, and I've been using Apple laptops since the Powerbook 170. It makes my 13" Macbook Air seem clunky by comparison, something I never would have thought was possible. And the screen is absolutely stunning.
Criticism #1: "It's just a low end laptop for consumers." Not true, not even close. If you're a video or photo editing professional, a hard core gamer or someone who plugs in multiple peripherals regularly--then you'll want either a Macbook Pro or possibly an Air. The price you'll pay will be size, weight and dollars in the case of the Pro. But for most everyone else, and that means most laptop buyers, the new Macbook can easily handle whatever you're likely to want it to do. The longer term use reviews now coming out confirm this. Keep in mind that you CAN still do things like edit video and photos on it--I do them often, though not professionally--it will simply take longer. But if you're not a pro who does it all the time, the speed difference won't matter, and the retina screen is huge plus for these uses.
Criticism #2: "It only has ONE port!!!" If you plug-in multiple peripherals regularly, you should be looking at a Pro or Air. Simple as that. But many/most Mac laptop users now plug-in peripherals infrequently. And if that's you, then one port isn't an issue. You'll need a USB to USB-C adapter cable, but they're readily available now starting at $10. The tech press screamed that only Apple's two USB-C adapter cables were available when the new Macbook was announced. "It has no ecosystem!" Well, yes, because companies don't make cables when there are no products to use them. But already Belkin and Monoprice have jumped in with USB-C adapter cables. So in a matter of weeks, this became a non-issue. And soon to come will be native USB-C peripherals, no adapter required.
Criticism #3: "The processor is slow!" The important question here is, "Slow for what?" Pro video and photo editing, or other similarly power hungry software? Yes. Hard core gaming? Yes. Everything else? No. Processors reached the point a few years ago where they were about as fast as most people needed them to be. But if you're really a power user--or just someone who wants the fastest toy on the block--then go buy a Macbook Pro.
Criticism #4: "I hate the new keyboard!" The truth is... you might. Or you might love it. How a keyboard feels is a very personal decision. Go try it at an Apple store. Based on reviews, I expected it to feel like learning to type all over again. Instead, I was shocked by the ease of transition from my Air and Apple wireless keyboard. It had a different feel, for sure, but I was up to normal typing speed immediately. Personally, I like the more stable-feeling keys on the new keyboard, and the new LED backlighting is beautiful. Then again, one reviewer complained bitterly that the letters on his "esc" key didn't have perfectly even illumination. Geez. So if you're one of "those" people, take note.
Criticism #5: "How could Apple ditch MagSafe?!" Yes, I'm kinda bummed, too. But this was the choice: create a MagSafe single port, proprietary to Apple, which third party accessory makers would not support. OR, lose MagSafe and adopt a port that will become the next industry-wide standard. Apple chose the latter, which has many advantages (like an ecosystem of USB-C products that started appearing in weeks)... but yes, your new Macbook will hit the ground if you trip on the power cord. A future version of the new Macbook might have both MagSafe power and a USB-C port--but there is zero room in the case to include that now. UPDATE JAN 2016: "Coming soon" from Griffin is their new BreakSafe power cable for the Macbook that restores MagSafe-type protection when charging. It's a simple, elegant solution and I'm shocked that Apple didn't think of it first.
Criticism #6: "It's disappointingly expensive." Not really true. People say that when comparing the MB 12" to the entry level Air prices, but those machines have half the RAM and SSD size of the MB 12". When you configure an Air the same as an MB 12", the Air 13" is the same price, and the Air 11" is only $100 cheaper. And both Airs lack a Retina screen, though they do have more ports and faster processors if those features are more important to you than screen quality.
Bottom line: the whole point of the new Macbook is about having the power and functionality of a Mac laptop in a device only slightly bigger and heavier than an iPad. If those sound like YOUR priorities for a laptop, then go check out the new Mabook--I think you'll love it, and the compromises are nothing like the reviews would have you believe.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review, and I hope you find it helpful in making a buying decision. I do try to respond to all questions posted in the comments section.
But here's the thing: YOU HAVE TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GETTING.
A lot of the negative reviews I see floating around the net about this computer right now are negative because of the one port issue and the sub-par internals. And those would be fair points to bring up if this were any other laptop. But this computer is not meant to be a powerhouse. It is not meant to play Bioshock Infinite.
****This notebook is simply meant to be an ultra-portable device (like a tablet or a cell phone) that gives you the full functionality of a computer****
That is the single most important thing to keep in mind as you are deciding if you want to buy this. If you understand and accept that fact, this will be the best electronics purchase you've made in a long time. If you need to do things like gaming, video editing, massive data crunching, etc, this is not the computer for you.
That said, here are my thoughts.
I am a graduate student. I like to keep a computer with me when I'm on campus even though I use my Galaxy Note tablet 99% of the time because there's always an occasion where you need to do some heavy lifting with an actual computer that a tablet can't do for whatever reason. As such, carrying around my Macbook Pro and adding the extra 5-6 pounds of weight for that 1% of time I actually needed it got really old really fast.
This new Macbook is 2 pounds and about the size of a large tablet which means I can throw it in my binder in the morning and forget about it. My Macbook Pro, which I had for years prior to this one, was great, but it was heavy. When I have this new computer with me, I literally forget about it because the weight is not noticeable. You wouldn't think a difference of 3-4 pounds would be that big of a deal, but it really, really is in this case.
You get 100% OSX here. No shortcuts, no dumb downs, no limitations. It functions exceptionally well. I have not run into any stuttering, freezing, or beachballs since I got it. It plays video just fine, whether it's through iTunes, YouTube, Netflix, or whatever. Music plays without hiccup. After getting MS Office installed and running, it opens those programs just fine and runs them without issue. Chrome can be a little slow to load web pages, but I think that's more an issue with my WiFi than the Macbook hardware.
Although it is not meant to edit video or do anything super intensive,that is not to say it can't. iMovie works perfectly fine, and I've seen videos on YouTube of people doing work with Lightroom and having little trouble. Again though, the computer is not meant for that, even if it can handle it, and there are better machines that could do it more efficiently out there for cheaper.
The new keyboard is getting a lot of flak. I actually really like it. It takes some getting used to. The keys ARE very flat and until you get used to it, it's sometimes difficult to tell if you've actually pressed the key or not while you're typing. I can definitely see why some people would not like it. If you're used to typing on a tablet touch screen at all, the learning curve isn't too steep and you probably will have a far easier time adjusting than someone who does not use a tablet touch screen keyboard very much. Even so, the keys have a satisfying "click" when you press them and the backlight looks beautiful in darker settings. There is not nearly as much "light bleed" on this keyboard as there was on my Macbook Pro (which honestly never really bothered me that much, but other people really hated it, apparently) and it looks all the nicer for it.
The new trackpad is really a nifty piece of technology. By now you've probably heard that it is "force touch" and doesn't actually have a hinge for clicking like a traditional one does. That is true. But what's really interesting is that when you "press" it to click, it feels EXACTLY like a traditional clicking pad. Whatever they did to make the haptic feedback work was perfect. I've been using laptops since I got my first one at 18 (think back to Windows Vista days) and I truly would not be able to tell the difference between this "force touch click" and a traditional click if I didn't already know it was there. It functions exactly as it always has, despite the vastly different technology behind the scenes.
So if you're hesitant about it for that reason (as some people are very picky about how their devices "feel"), know that Apple really got it right on this and it simulates a hardware click 100% perfectly.
The display is a standard Apple "retina" display, aka. absolutely crisp and beautiful. I came to this from a 2012 Macbook Pro (you know, the one with the CD drive in it?) which had a "standard" display. While I never hated it and it definitely worked how I needed it to, I now see the light and have accepted the loving embrace of the Apple Retina Display. It really is quite beautiful. If you're like me and have been behind the Retina bandwagon for the last 3 years, then this is a definite upgrade. By far.
The display is said to be 12 inches, so it is slightly smaller than the base Macbook Pro and the mid-range Macbook Air. Normally I avoid downsizing my screen size at all costs (I have a 7-inch phone) but the portability and Retina display more than make up for it. The text is crisp and clear enough that I can actually downsize my windows and still see what is on them which allows me to make better use of the screen real estate. I could not do that on my Pro and often had apps and programs in fullscreen mode so I could work and see them comfortably. In a way, I am more productive now with a smaller screen. How does THAT work?
As far as the guts of the laptop, it's got 8 gigs of RAM, a Core M processor, and an SSD. The Core M is actually a really neat piece of technology because it gives you a reasonably high level of performance without generating much heat. As such, the Macbook does not have a fan which means it runs completely silent, like a tablet or smartphone. It can sit on your lap without burning your legs or radiating a bunch of heat. I actually really like this because my Pro would get warm enough that if I was laying in bed with it on my legs, it would actually radiate enough heat to make ME hot enough that I had to turn on a fan or put the computer down to the side which is not optimal for typing. The Core M doesn't do that. It can get warm, but not enough to make you really notice it unless you are wearing short shorts and it is sitting on your bare thighs (girls).
The 8 gigs of RAM pick up any slack the processor might be neglecting. Like I said above, I have no had any issues with freezing or beachballing and it is certainly a noticeable difference in speed from my Pro, which only had 4 gigs (and an i5 to boot!)
The SSD comes in your standard sizes; 256 and 512. I bought the base model because I actually bought and put a 512 SSD in my Macbook Pro a while back and never used the other half. I just don't have that much media to warrant that kind of space (and the extra $240 to upgrade). If you need more space, of think you will, just get the 512. Everything is soldered to the motherboard. EVERYTHING. So what you get when you buy the computer is what you get. No upgrading, no passing Go. If you want/need more space in the future, you have to buy a new computer.
Allow me to reiterate:
AN IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOU THE HARDWARE: WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU GET. YOU CANNOT UPGRADE YOUR INTERNALS AT A LATER TIME.
That's about all I have for my review here. I just spent an hour and a half typing it up (on my new Macbook, of course) so I hope you find it useful. I think it is crappy, honestly, of Apple to take the modification options out of their compuers. I understand WHY they did, but it is still dumb to disallow people to modify their computers. Especially with how prohibitively expensive Apple tends to be. They are doing it to all their devices, so I imagine it is the future, regardless if we like it or not. Just anticipate your needs for the future and buy for that.
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