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Apple Macbook (early 2016)

Apple Macbook (early 2016)

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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Apple deserves credit for improving the MacBook's battery life and disk speeds, but other than that, this is, for better and worse, the same machine as last year's model. If you previously shied away from the 12-inch MacBook because of the "one port" thing, this still isn't the laptop for you. But if portability and screen quality are a priority above else, you can take comfort in knowing that this year's version is just as good in that respect, and that the performance is materially better.

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Pros
  • Lightweight, attractive design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Gorgeous display
  • Improved SSD speeds
  • New model does indeed get an extra hour of battery life
  • Now available in pink, if that's your thing
Cons
  • Still just one port; adapters sold separately
  • Battery life still trails other ultraportables, including Apple's own MacBook Air
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

82
 

User Reviews

90
Peter
I was looking for a laptop on the go, mainly to present PowerPoints, all over...read more
80
MarcG.
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
With a handful of subtle improvements, the updated 12-inch Apple MacBook is more of a mainstream machine, but remains a few tweaks away from being the best laptop on the market.
 
80
TechRadar
Apple has reinvented the laptop with the new MacBook, but there's room for improvement. If you can stomach its flaws, it's such a beautifully-designed machine that they probably won't matter.
 
90
Mashable
The new MacBook is still the thinnest, lightest Apple notebook you can buy. And now it has better performance.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
The updated MacBook packs more performance and battery life into a wonderfully thin and light design, but Apple didn't address the biggest drawbacks.
 
80
Macworld
The MacBook is for the user who values portability over anything else. The 2016 edition comes with a welcomed speed boost and a Rose Gold option.
 
70
PC Mag
The insanely sleek 12-inch MacBook is still the lightest Apple laptop, but competing Windows laptops have caught up in thinness, weight, and screen quality.
 
70
Tech Insider
It seems like the only real advantage the MacBook has over other computers is its design and portability. The only reason to buy it is if you value looks over everything else and are willing to pay a premium for it.
 
80
Time
The MacBook’s design and portability won’t disappoint Apple fans, so long as you don’t mind going all-in on USB Type-C.
 
80
Ars Technica
If you mostly use your laptop as a laptop without connecting it to a bunch of external monitors and peripherals, the MacBook acquits itself reasonably well, though I still think it would have greater appeal if it was more versatile.

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