MacBook 2016 Review

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Apple’s MacBook is back… with a few tiny upgrades.

The 2016 MacBook, which you can now buy for $1299, gets you more speed for the same price. It’s pretty much the same as 2015 MacBook except for a few upgrades such as a faster processor, better battery life, improved graphics, more storage options, and more color options as well. It’s now also available in rose gold.

But is it really worth upgrading to MacBook 2016 edition? Check out our MacBook 2016 Review where we help you decide whether it’s worth upgrading to Apple’s latest MacBook.

A Quick Look at the Specs

  • Screen Size: 12 inches
  • Max Screen Resolution: 2304 x 1440 px
  • Processor: 1.1 GHz Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3
  • Memory Speed: 1600 MHz
  • Average Battery Size: 10-11 hours
  • Storage Options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Weight: 0.92 Kg (2.06 lbs)
  • Starting Price: $1299
  • Warranty: 1 year

Design

There are no design changes from last year’s MacBook. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as MacBook is one of the best-looking computer in the MacBook lineup. In terms of design, the new MacBook is simply flawless. It’s thin and light, and like any other gadget made by Apple, it looks and feels high-quality. It has sharp retina display and resembles an iPad more than a MacBook. It has a keyboard which is a pleasure to type on.

It still has one port despite the backlash the company received for having only a USB-C charging port. If you were hoping that Apple would add two USB-C ports to the 2nd generation MacBook, you will be disappointed. One USB-C port means you still won’t be able to charge your MacBook and plug in an accessory simultaneously. Despite this, the USB-C plug is revolutionary and something that will definitely be embraced by other gadget makers in the near future. Plus, it charges way faster than a regular USB.

Performance

The 2nd generation MacBook is slightly faster than its 2015 predecessor. In fact, 25% faster. The new release is not much of an upgrade for people who already own last year’s MacBook or MacBook Air. But if you’re buying a Mac after 4-5 years, then this is a solid upgrade. The 2016 MacBook has Intel’s sixth-generation Core M processor, ranging from 1.1 Ghz to 1.3 Ghz based on your configuration. The integrated graphics have been upgraded to Intel’s more powerful 515 module which promises 25% better performance.

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Battery Life

Apple claims that the new MacBook will have an hour of extra battery life compared to last year’s MacBook. This roughly translates to 10-11 hours of battery life which is quite impressive.

Verdict

The new MacBook is not for you if you’re looking for a lot of power. But if you value design and portability, then this MacBook is perhaps the one you have been waiting for. If you’re upgrading to MacBook after 4-5 years, then you will probably be happy with the performance of this laptop. However, if you already own 2015 MacBook or MacBook Air, perhaps you should wait for the next upgrade.

You can order the MacBook 2016 from Amazon here.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
Performance
Battery Life
Value-for-money
Editorial Staff at 99signals is a team of Inbound Marketing experts led by Sandeep Mallya.

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