The 12-inch MacBook remains a beautiful piece of hardware, made of sturdy aluminum and measuring just 0.5 inches thick. Apple added a rose-gold colour option to the mix to go along with space gray, gold and silver. Its display is so sharp and colourful that it makes me want to throw out my MacBook Air.
The laptop has a resolution of 2304 x 1440 pixels. The MacBook’s extreme minimalism may be a selling point, but the lone USB Type-C port is still a problem for me. If I want to plug in the laptop’s power cable and attach an external display or another device, such as the iPhone, at the same time, I need to connect the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which has a power port, USB 3.0 port and HDMI port. Another bummer is one cannot connect more than one monitor to the MacBook at the same time, something I do every day with the MacBook Pro.
However, Pluggable claims that you can connect the MacBook to its Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station to power multiple monitors. Priced at Shs3.5m, the 2016 MacBook is certainly an improvement over its predecessor. It’s significantly faster, especially if you opt for the Core m5 model, and it lasts an hour longer on a charge, all while being extremely portable. I also continue to love the Retina display and don’t really mind the flat butterfly keyboard.
• Good battery life
• Great screen
• Lovely trackpad, good keyboard layout
• Class-leading speakers
• Less medium connectivity limited to apple.
• No memory card slot
• Mixed feelings about the slim keyboard.