MacBook 2016, Review: how much performance is reasonable for a laptop

Every now Apple used to have a first generation of certain products which, succeed or later, there are many commitments to fulfill. And usually with a higher than one would expect by pure specifications price. The MacBook we met last year was one of those products.

6 month ago came the second generation of the MacBook with the usual renewal of essential hardware. TechGIndia took a few weeks working every day with the new MacBook 2016 to tell how has been the evolution and to what extent the shortcomings of the first generation are corrected without affecting the great values of a single laptop for good and bad. This is the TechGIndia review of the Macbook 2016.

MacBook 2016, main features of a computer that is no longer only

WE planned to start this Review Macbook 2016 with a headline that had hovered in my head before writing this review myself now, “a single team for the good and the bad.” But soon I realized it would not be in line with reality.

THE MACBOOK AND EQUIPMENT IS NOT ONE BUT KEEPS THE LEADERSHIP IN AUTONOMY AS ISSUES WHILE insists on being top dog in PHYSICAL CONNECTIVITY, A REALITY TODAY

The Macbook 2016 is no longer unique. There are already on the market teams that are direct competition and contributing part of the values found in this Macbook, as minimum thickness and weight, very good or excellent screen design.

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That does not mean that the Macbook 2016 should be considered a team where there is no doubt the great exercise of industrial design that Apple has made, placing in a very light and slim design most of the features that a market sector will need to use regular laptop. What is missing is not no sacrifice in direct physical connectivity due to that single USB-C port.

MACBOOK 2016
SCREEN 12” IPS (2304 x 1440 pixels) (Aspect ratio 16:10)
PROCESSOR Intel Core M3/M5/M7 (2×1.1/1.2/1.3 GHz)
MEMORY 8 GB
GRAPHICS Intel HD 515
STORAGE 256 / 512 GB SSD
CONNECTIVITY WiFi 802.11ac + BT 4.0
BATTERY 39.7 Wh
Power Adapter 29 W
PORTS USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), take headphones, microphones
CAMERAS FaceTime 480p
OTHERS Backlight keyboard
DIMENSIONS 280 x 196 x 3 / 13.1 mm
WEIGHT 920 g
PRICE 1610 / 1999 USD

What remains: portability and the only port

Nothing you see in this new Macbook 2016 gives you some of that is a revamped model track. Virtually everything about the new Macbook remains both the highlight and what we thought Apple would improve in a second generation.

Design

The only new level of design found in this Macbook 2016 is the color pink. The arrival of this color catalog of options Macbook is something that a few years ago would have seen as something very strange, like gold, but slowly, with the push of smartphones, more and more manufacturers dare put on the shelves.

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Moreover, the Macbook is still an incredibly slim, compact and light equipment, below the kilogram. It’s almost like not take anything with us and leaves us with the most accurate picture as possible of an ultrabook. Here precedence over everything else portability and as we shall see, this involves sacrifices.

CAN YOU SURVIVE WITH ONE USB PORT-C? CLEAR, ELSE IS THAT WITH IT FEEL IN MANY TIMES YOU HAVE A HOME TEAM LIMITED AND NOT ALL THAT GIVES YOU ASK IN EVERY MOMENT

The most obvious or causing most controversy is the only port. A USB-C for charging and connection to peripherals. Who will be between cloud services and other (battery full time, for example) feel fulfilled with this single port, but we do not seem to be enough.

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Perhaps much of how you use it do not feel you need anything else, but either a USB memory you want to connect a load moment for forgetting it ready to go to work or wherever, or resort to an external display …. We firmly believe that at least a second USB-C port was necessary if we are to turn this team into the main price it has.

That said, on a day to day has become essential adapter Apple to have HDMI output, another USB-C charging port and one USB classic. But you have to pay for it, because nothing comes standard with the Apple team.

screen

The Macbook is a very compact notebook should not take misleading. With it you get a screen of 12 inches, a value that in teams where we want above all portablidad, is certainly the most successful.

In the IPS panel Macbook does not occupy the entire surface, but there is a good exercise to minimize its thickness and leave a thinner in that part but also a quality screen that takes advantage of the rolling equipment.

IF YOU NEED MAXIMUM MOBILITY AND VERY GOOD DISPLAY, macbook JUSTICE AND WE CAN FORGET THE AIR mediocrity of this aspect

The IPS panel Macbook 2016 offers a resolution of 2304×1440 pixels, more than enough for this diagonal. Here we do not appreciate that we need more like happens with the Air from Apple itself. The format is 16:10 and the quality we get is maximum in color reproduction, contrast, brightness and outdoor viewing. There reflexes, of course, but they are very small and is one of the notebooks with the most comfortable we work outdoors in this section.

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With the “separation of powers” that holds very tightly Apple, no touchpad on the Macbook. Perhaps in the future, if macOS evolves into the mobile version, we can begin to glimpse touching the screen. It seems to me something practical and instinctively repeat the gesture often unintentionally.

In the display of content, Apple maintains the ability to change from the native resolution to other screens equivalent to 1153×720, 1024×640, 1280×800 or 1440×900 pixels virtual, plus native. Here and you will depend on your tastes or needs.

That great screen quality looks good accompanied by a fairly powerful sound and clear to what one might expect on a computer with the profile of this Macbook. Apple as well.

Finally, despite the price and level of demand that Apple has given its new Macbook, the webcam is stuck in a ridiculous 480p. It is perhaps secondary but those details that you are sobering functionality.

Battery

No modifications to the exterior design and just a better generation of processors Core M, we could not expect many innovations in the autonomy of this Macbook 2016. It remains a point enough for Macbook, but no brand differences and other two ranges.

There are few teams that can offer similar features maximum portability and battery to approach a work day, but Apple is not alone in that race. In our test, with continuous video playback we could exceed 9 hours, and more intense sessions brighter, continuous connectivity and office tasks, navigation and communications, we mediated 7-8 hours, a very good figure. There are not many new features in this section.

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As for the charging system, we have a fairly compact charger with USB-C port, but as in the first model, the loss of the magnetic connection we do not like anything. We have lost the assurance that tripping over the cable does not end with the Macbook on the floor, which, with a team of so little weight, is not unreasonable.

Keyboard and touchpad

Surely in the future, accustomed to typing increasingly integrated touchscreens and external keyboards in different accessories, technologies like Apple has included in the keyboard of your Macbook from the first generation have their important gap. In my case I am still fighting with it.

MAYBE WHEN TIME VAST MAJORITY ON SCREENS you type,macbook keyboard AS NATURAL AND NOT BE TRANSMITTED SOMETHING STRANGE FEELING LIKE TODAY

Keyboard Macbook 2016 I still love the size of the keys, their distribution which is easy to get used, the backlight is automatically thanks to a light sensor (and then be able to regulate the light intensity of support) or little handle loud it is. But for a notebook in which, at least in my almost, just writing a lot, the route of your system butterfly has not convinced me yet.

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The answer is less than with other keyboards, and even once we have made the adaptation period for that peculiar touch, reducing the impact on each press relation to conventional keyboards, may end up resulting in increased fatigue prematurely with classical solutions. Of good, of course.

DISTRIBUTION, key size, the backlight IS INDIVIDUAL AND AUTOMATIC … ALL SEEMS TO ME THE HIGHEST LEVEL BUT STILL FEELING IS NOT A KEYBOARD to spend many hours ESCRIBIENDO

If the keyboard I have them all with me, not so with the trackpad. Here Apple has managed to make a very prominent advantage over Windows computers, and will not find better than the Macbook trackpad. Force has built-Touch technology so that no classical physical system but is the vibration response of the system itself which conveys the feeling of a physical button activating when we do.

This is a very basic overview of the possibilities of technology in this trackpad. It remains to be seen if they end up sticking out party because the answer or operation of this part of the team does not depend on where we press or to choose the amount of pressure to be exerted to manage a certain action opens up a range of options that we like there.

IF ONE WITH KEYBOARD FEELING MAY FACE BY THE SYSTEM CREATED BY PECULIARITY APPLE, WITH ALL they ARE GREAT FEELING TOUCHPAD

Moreover, the touchpad movements are fast, accurate, enjoyable and gestures work perfectly. Here Apple is still by far unbeatable.

What changes: more power for essentials with a laptop

Is it all in the new Macbook 2016 “old”? No. Apple has brought his laptop the new generation Core M processors and SSD memory faster. Are subtle changes that improve the experience with this team but not we going to go crazy or excessively change the idea behind this team.

Performance

If the light and thin design MacBook (and other ultrabooks under Windows) is possible it is through the use of Intel Core M processors. With them you can do without fans and joined the SSD, we get an experience of use in which we do not know if the computer is on or not.

This is what remains, which is not enough, the very positive side of using Intel chips Core M. On the opposite side we have what we can not do with a laptop has become more polarized. maximum portability with good battery performance is synonymous with fair (and increasingly necessary in areas).

EVOLVE YOUR LAPTOP WORLD ENDS BASICALLY: O MAXIMUM POWER TO COAST BATTERY AND DESIGN, PORTABILITY ABSOLUTE OR MORE BASIC TASKS

The new Core M and integrated graphics units improve performance Macbook, putting in some cases with the same raw power than Core i5 of the previous generation, but for demanding tasks like editing RAW files or 4K video, and of course any game, this is not the laptop to choose from.

Yes that easily meets for an increasingly common laptop use and more playful: online video playback, web browsing, social networking or office. A level benchmarks, with Geekbench we have obtained these data with the M3 Core version and 256GB SSD, the input in the world that sells Apple Macbook:

MACBOOK (2015) MACBOOK (2016) SURFACE PRO 4 (CORE M3) SURFACE PRO 4 (CORE I7) THINKPAD X1 TABLET (CORE M5)
SINGLE CORE 2383 2579 2397 3412 2744
MULTICORE 4383 5080 4520 6904 4430

A level specifications, the interior design of Apple completely limited configuration options. It is one of the major commitments of its form factor. All models come with 2016 Macbook 8GB of RAM standard, and Apple can not modify it. You want a Core M3 or M7, is what you get. Regarding SSD, there are 256 or 512 GB as options.

The performance of internal memory also improves the results of last year’s model, staying at about 660 MB / s in writing and 942 MB / s in reading, very good numbers but not outstanding over rivals in its price range.

Macbook 2016: the note and view TechGIndia

Pro consolidated its beaches and especially the Macbook Air as references in the field of portable, last year Apple released its most radical ultrabook. The new Macbook 2016 repeats the strategy at face value with the exception of an upgrade processor. And it remains a product that you know that you risk and also at a price not exactly small.

Core M processors that compromise their performance, other clear benefits are achieved for a team where the first, most important, is portability. Apple will also apply developments in the touchpad and keyboard, with varying taste as you expect, especially on the keyboard.

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