Yes, Apple is keeping the MacBook Air around, but the 12-inch MacBook continues to be the company’s true flagship ultraportable. It’s pricier at $1,299, versus $999 for the Air, but the MacBook is a pound lighter, has a much sharper and more colorful screen and now packs a 7th-generation Core processor and faster SSD for more pep. Apple also refined the keyboard to make it feel cushier. However, some of the same drawbacks remain on this refreshed MacBook, and other super-light Windows laptops — as well as Apple’s similarly priced MacBook Pro — surpass it in some ways.
Design: Still a de-light
Weighing just 2.03 pounds and measuring 0.52 inches thin, the MacBook is still one of the thinnest and lightest laptops around, even if it’s not the most attractive system in its class. Apple takes advantage of every square inch, as the keyboard stretches from edge to edge on the deck. We continue to appreciate the solid-feeling aluminum chassis, which is available in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver.
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