MacBook 2017 review: Apple’s updated ultraportable laptop comes at a price – Telegraph.co.uk
At the same time, Apple is pushing its iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, with the release of a new 10.5-inch model and an iOS software update featuring a host of PC-like functions.
So who is the MacBook for?
The 2016Â price hike following the Brexit voteÂ saw the MacBook lifted to Â£1,249, at the dear end for a laptop, twice the price of equivalently specced Windows laptops, and significantly more than a new MacBook Air.
While the 2017 model is no more expensive, Apple recently dropped the price of the entry-level MacBook Pro, so for the same Â£1,249 price you can get a more powerful machine, a bigger screen and an extra USB-C port. Both claim a 10-hour battery life, although when it comes to video playback, the MacBook can stretch that out an extra couple of hours longer than the Pro.
Where the 12-inch MacBook excels is in portabilityÂ and, to a lesser extent, design. At 0.93kg, it is two-thirds the weight of Appleâs other laptops (and less than half that of my ageing 2010 MacBook Pro). It is envelope-thin, small enough to fit in any backpack and many handbags. If you spend a lot of time carrying your laptop around like I do itâs a godsend not to feel like youâre lugging a sack of bricks from place to place, and itâs dinky enough to sit on your lap or the cosiest coffee shop table.