The New MacBook

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  1. ChrisAtsin

    ChrisAtsin Notebook Evangelist

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    I believe this is the first example of too thin on a laptop. One port and virtually no key travel. Also Core M processor and same starting price as a rMBP 13". If this sells well, I would have to say that Apple has the most legendary marketing team of all time.
     
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    It looks like a great piece of engineering, at solving a problem that is not interesting to me.

    I think many people will love this: fits great in a purse or handbag, so small and light you don' tneed to notice or care about it but can still have a decent laptop for answering email and posting on social media. If you prefer Mac OS to Windows (who doesn't) and want a casual device with a keyboard. This is a comparable offering to the Surface Pro, although (and I say this as a person who hates Windows) surprisingly lame in comparison.

    I'm looking for a small but powerful laptop with an excellent keyboard. This is not the product for me, it is less powerful and has a worse keyboard than my 5yo Acer TimelineX "netbook" (core i3). I'm trying to replace this crappy old laptop but nothing on the market today is good enough!
     
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    I believe that at this point the windows hate is unwarranted. Yes, Windows 8 was a horrible mess but 8.1 is great and there is no better device to showcase that than the Surface Pro 3. I don't see any reason to get that new macbook over a SP3. OSX is great but IMO it's not better than windows although I can see how people may prefer its aesthetics. How powerful of a laptop are you looking for?
     
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    I think it's pretty. Really, really good-looking hardware.

    I think having to choose between charging and hooking up an external monitor, or charging and inserting a thumb drive, is kinda crazy.

    The ultra-thinness is counterbalanced by the need to carry a bunch of dongles or maybe a USB hub, at least for the next couple years. The developed world is overflowing with USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices, but USB Type-C? Haven't seen a single device in the wild yet that uses it. A laptop with no USB 2.0 or 3.0 may be "ahead of its time" and not quite in the good sense.
     
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    droyder Notebook Evangelist

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    I've watched a few of the early hands-on reviews and they all mentioned that the keyboard and trackpad both have a very "mechanical" feel to them. The keyboard is being universally panned, so Apple will have to add some actual key travel to the 2nd generation next year.

    More importantly, however, a Core M machine can't be a true 'desktop replacement', thus there's really no purpose for this device. Are we now supposed to believe that consumers need a phone or phablet, a tablet, a 12" underpowered notebook, and a 13" or 15" regular notebook? Of course not.

    Regardless, I'm not an Apple consumer because OSX is complete junk, but I do respect their craftsmanship and attempts at innovation. No one can deny it's a nice piece of hardware to look at, but it doesn't serve any functional purpose.

    Apple should've simply redesigned the 11" and 13" MBA and been done with it.
     
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    I agree, it's a beautiful machine but little else. I also don't see much in term of innovation. I don't consider thinner to be innovative. The main reason why I have an OSX capable machine is xcode but I think it's a charming OS. I really like the Air and I was hoping they would redesign that with a retina screen and a smaller footprint but they didn't so I just ordered a new rMBP . I guess that would have to do for now. That new MacBook is too underpowered and flawed.
     
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    Lol I can't tell if you're serious with the thumb drive comment. And yeah, Apple has been resisting touch on OSX which makes sense for 13+inch devices but for 12 and under, some kind of yoga-like feature would not have been out of place.
     
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    This thing I hate most about the new MacBook, is the prices of the MacBook Pro Retina 15 have jumped up 10%, yesterday they were cheaper to purchase. Now Apple have released this new MacBook at a high price, they have pushed up the top end tier pricing to widen the gap. Nasty and greedy!
     
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