We’ve been using the MacBook 12in since Apple announced it back in October. The laptop left us with a few questions, and we wanted to answer them before giving our final verdict.
The MacBook 12in M7 is a premium laptop that looks and feels like one. The chassis is incredibly thin, measuring just 0.59 inches (15mm) at its thickest point and weighing just 2 pounds (0.9kg). It’s also made of aluminum, which gives it a solid feel in your hands while remaining light enough to carry around all day without fatigue.
The design of the MacBook 12in M7 continues Apple’s tradition of high quality materials, excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail with few noticeable seams or gaps on its unibody frame. Its corners curve down toward the table surface when placed flat so that fingers can comfortably rest on them for long periods without running into any sharp edges or corners—a feature missing from many competing products with similar dimensions but more boxy shapes like Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 or Dell XPS 13 Touch 2020 Edition.
A standout feature of this Macbook model is its display: it features an edge-to-edge glass display panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides while still retaining a thin bezel around all four sides – something only possible thanks to Apple-made OLED display technology which allows them to embed touch sensors directly onto their screens instead having them sit underneath layers upon layers of glass as seen in most other devices using LCD displays like those found in other laptops (including other Macbooks).
Keyboard, typing experience and trackpad
The keyboard is great, with a nice amount of travel and tactile feedback. It’s a full-sized keyboard that has all the standard keys you’re used to, but if you’re looking for something more compact or even an island style keyboard like on the MacBook Air then this isn’t the laptop for you.
The trackpad is one of the best I’ve used on any MacBook Pro or other Mac laptops in recent years, so much so that it’s worth mentioning here again (I’ll get back around to this topic soon). The trackpad is large and responsive, with both physical click and haptic feedback making it feel more tactile than most modern trackpads out there. It even has an integrated fingerprint sensor built right into it!
Dispaly and speakers
The display on the MacBook 12-Inch is crisp and bright, with a wide color gamut that makes viewing your photos a treat. The screen is less reflective than on previous models, which helps in bright environments. However, it’s not quite as bright as some of its competitors like Dell’s XPS 13 or Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2.
The speakers are loud enough to fill a small room with sound; however, they lack depth and bass response. You can use third-party software to adjust the sound settings for more bass or treble, but there’s only so much you can do before you start listening to an echo chamber effect instead of actual music.
Audio quality from its three microphones was good enough for conference calls in quiet offices and noisy coffee shops alike—the person I spoke with could hear me clearly even though there were other conversations going on around us at both locations.
The MacBook 12in M7 is powered by a 2.2GHz 7W Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz and 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM. There’s 256GB of SSD storage, which you can upgrade to 1TB for an additional $200; Apple also offers 256GB and 512GB configurations for $300 more than the base model’s price tag.
The laptop has a 12-inch Retina display with True Tone technology that uses an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness and color temperature based on your surroundings. The screen supports millions of colors (24 bits per pixel), has a maximum resolution of 2304 x 1440 at 226 pixels per inch, and is capable of displaying 1 billion colors (32 bits per pixel).
Design and build quality
The MacBook is one of the most beautiful laptops on the market. It’s ultra-thin and light, with a sleek anodized aluminum finish that’s reminiscent of the iPhone 5s, or perhaps the original MacBook Air (which was also made from anodized aluminum).
The Retina display panel on this laptop is stunningly bright and crisp, with an edge-to-edge design that makes it feel like you’re using a tablet rather than a traditional laptop.
It has a single USB-C port for charging as well as data transfers, but it also comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports for connecting external devices or using wired Ethernet connections.
Performance, battery life and charging
The M7 chip is flagship-fast, but not quite as fast as the M9. The difference isn’t huge, but if you do a lot of multi-tasking or gaming on your Macbook Pro, then you might find yourself waiting for things to load and process. That said, the M7 may be sufficient for most users. The battery life is decent too, although it’s not amazing; I could get about 6 hours of use before needing a recharge — which isn’t bad considering how thin this laptop is!
Charging time is another area where Apple has made compromises in order to achieve thinner dimensions: expect it take at least two hours to fully charge from empty (and much longer if you’re using it while charging).
The MacBook is a gorgeous little laptop that we can recommend to anyone who wants a ultra-thin and light machine with a great keyboard. It may not be the most powerful computer on the market, but it’s more than capable of handling everyday tasks and more.
It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for something small and light to use at home or on the go, this laptop will fit the bill nicely.
It’s easy to forget that the MacBook 12in M7 is just a laptop. But when you look at it like this, you realize how much Apple has managed to pack into its tiny frame. The design is stunning and beautiful, but it’s also functional too with its new keyboard and Touch Bar feature. While some might argue about its portability, we think that for most people this is a great machine because of how long it can last between charges (almost 15 hours on average).
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