The MacBook Air was a game changer when it was released in 2008, but a few years down the line, it is hardly turning heads any more. We have seen the rise of thinner and faster Mac versions and Windows ultrabooks thereby rendering the MacBook Air a bit obsolete. But, Apple is not the one to cow down or be intimidated at the face of challenges; they went back to the drawing board and came out with the MacBook, which is definitely thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air.
It is almost easy to confuse it with an iPad, owing to its compact features but it does come with a keyboard and regular display. It has incorporated the logic board from its iPad, thereby making it thinner and easier to carry around. By squeezing all the electronic devices into the logic board, Apple was able to eliminate the need of a fan and thus reduce the size of its MacBook considerably.
MacBook is reasonably priced for an Apple device; which means it is not cheap under normal standards. But, as with all Apple devices, you get full value for your money; be it the design, features, performance or sheer looks. It offers 256 GB storage on its $1299 model. That is only $400 higher than the MacBook Air, but almost double its storage capacity. Cool bargain, isn’t it? The $1099 Air offers the same storage, however, the new MacBook comes with a much better screen resolution and display that makes you want to forget the $200 price difference.
MacBook has incorporated the Retina display from its iPhone and iPad versions. To begin with, the Air version comes with a crisp display, but it pales in comparison to the high end display resolution of the latest Apple MacBook. The same goes for the intelligently designed keyboard as well. At a time when most manufacturers are trying to compromise keyboard size for larger screens, MacBook has struck the perfect harmony by giving due importance to both screen size and keyboard precision. Smaller keyboards make typing on them quite difficult and irritating, but that won’t be the case with the MacBook. This version also comes with a much improved trackpad which comes with new controls as well.
One thing that you are sure to miss in the MacBook is the ubiquitous USB ports. It is ironic since it was Apple that popularized USB ports in its iMac. However, in a world that is quickly moving towards wireless capabilities, it may only be just that Apple is the one that is the harbinger of change, once again. While we are on the subject of things that will be missed in the MacBook, the micro SD card is worth mentioning. SD card slot was available on Air versions, but in a bid to reduce dependency on stand-alone cameras, the MacBook has decided to do away with SD card slots.
All said and done, the Apple MacBook is not for everyone. You need to analyze what it has and what it doesn’t before you go ahead and make the purchase.