Living in the future: Apple's super-thin MacBook reviewed
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1799 (starting price); 1.1GHz with 256GB storage is $1799; 1.2GHz with 512GB storage is $2199;
Manufacturer: Apple

Have you ever looked at a laptop and said “sorry, but this isn’t thin enough”? Apple has, and with its latest laptop, has found a way to make one of the lightest, thinnest, and most futuristic computers yet. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Apple’s MacBook.


Inside the MacBook, you’ll find some Intel inside, with a Core M processor from the Broadwell generation, also known as the fifth-generation of Intel’s CPUs for those who want to know how recent the chips are (hint: the answer is “very”).

These are clocked at either 1.1GHz for the base model or 1.2GHz for the one above it, the extra hundred megahertz difference also bringing different storage options, with either 256GB on-board flash storage in the 1.1GHz model or 512GB storage in the 1.2GHz version.


Memory on both of these computers is set to 8GB RAM, and Apple is relying on Intel’s HD 5300 graphics to do any heavy lifting if needs me, with no discrete graphics in either of these models, just like with the MacBook Air.

Connections on the Apple MacBook are pretty slim, but just enough, with 802.11a/b/g/n provided as well as 802.11ac (because ac is backwards compatible), Bluetooth 4.0, with wired ports provided through the 3.5mm headset jack on the right side of the computer and the new USB Type-C port on the left.


USB Type-C is a bit of a newbie, so we feel the need to give this one an introduction: essentially, it’s an all-in-one port, providing video out, power, and data all through the one port.

The USB Consortium has been eyeing this for a while now, and USB 3.1 or “Type-C” as most people will call it has been expected to work as a charging port, making it possible for you to charge your laptop through the special port, while also using this for data transfers, and even to connect to a monitor by way of a special adaptor.

Think of this as the improved iteration of Thunderbolt, only even more open, and with the possibility of charging your laptop through the port.

That said, being a first generation product, the MacBook only has the one USB Type-C port, and there are no special adaptors to give you HDMI out or regular USB 3.0 out of the box, so if you want to do more than charge your computer using this port, you will need to go out and buy an adaptor for the purpose.


But that’s all the ports and connection options being offered, and these sit inside of Apple’s typically metal unibody case, made from aluminium. This casing is built to be slim, sitting at a maximum closed height of 13.1mm at its thickest point, and 3.5mm at its thinnest, with a weight of under a kilogram, weighing in at 920 grams, lighter than the smaller 11 inch MacBook Air.

A new style of keyboard sits in this casing, as does the relatively new Apple Force trackpad, which made its first appearance on the MacBook Pro 13 inch (2015), and there is also a new screen here, too.

Inside the MacBook, you’ll find a 12 inch Retina grade screen, the first time we’ve seen Apple’s “Retina” technology move below the 13 inch space. This display relies on a 2304×1440 resolution, providing a pixel clarity of roughly 226 pixels per inch, scaling the display to a native 1280×800 with a higher pixel count, though you can force this to scale to 1440×900 if you need more space and can see smaller fonts with ease.