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MacBook Review (2017), the impossible Mac

The word that best defines the two weeks I’ve been using the new 2017 MacBook is this: impossible . It’s an impossible Mac, which can’t be real. Yes, we’ve all tried it in an Apple store, lifted it with one hand and supported its ridiculous weight. But by doing this, we’re missing out on the real experience of using it every day. And that’s where the magic of the third generation Mac hides.

MacBook 2017: Technical Specifications

MacBook 2017

MacBook Review (2017), the impossible Mac
MacBook Review (2017), the impossible Mac

12-inch 2,304 by 1,440 pixel (226 ppi)Intel Core m3 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, choice of Intel Core i5 1.3 GHz dual-core or Intel Core i7 1.4 GHz dual-coreMemory8GB of integrated LPDDR3 memory at 1 866MHz, 16GBA storage optionSSD PCIe 256GBDimensions and weight920g0.35-1.31cm x 28.05cm x 19.65cmGraphics cardIntel HD Graphics 615CameraFaceTime 480pPortUSB-C 3.1 first generationColoursPink gold, space grey, silver and goldPriceFrom 1,499

An impossible format

This 2017 MacBook inherits qualities of the original MacBook Air and the name of the notebook for the masses of the same name. Both Macs were introduced in precisely the same year: 2008 . And now, almost ten years later, in a twist of fate, they’re back together as one. And it doesn’t do that anyway, because Apple has decided to take this laptop to impossible extremes.

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Because when you start using this MacBook in your day-to-day life, you realize the titanic effort behind its format. Twelve inches of retinal screen . A second-generation butterfly keyboard. An audio system that you don’t expect to sound as good and as good. And a battery that can withstand a full day’s work in the hands of a demanding mobility professional.

The weight of MacBook 2017 is so negligible that a conventional briefcase is not only large, but also weighs far more than the computer itself.

All this is enclosed in an ultra-compact package weighing only 920 grams (less than one kilo). A laptop that’s more likely to weigh less than the case you’re carrying it in. And this is a detail that has scared me more than once: it is so light and compact that you do not know if what you carry on your shoulder is a case with a Mac or is completely empty . The way to get out of this doubt without having to open it is to try to gently fold the leather case and, if it offers resistance, it is that you have it inside.

We technology enthusiasts may be more than used to the latest products. Being early adopter makes us impervious to novelty when it barely exceeds a couple of months on the market. But common mortals don’t follow novelties to the minute, so seeing a laptop of these characteristics live and in person, catches their attention.

Two years after it was released and three revamps later, the MacBook is still a very sexy notebook.

What’s changed in the 2017 MacBook

Under the same external appearance as the two previous versions of MacBook, the 2017 revision raises the stakes in several key areas. The most important of all hardware improvements is the addition of the Intel processors from the Kaby Lake family . The one that our test unit was mounted on is the m3 model with two cores and 1.2Ghz, which reaches an amazing 3.0Ghz under demanding tasks.

As you can see from the Geekbench result, MacBook 2017 is a machine with very attractive performance. In both types of test, the current generation improves on last year’s by a wide margin . In particular, the single-core test scores 3,284 compared to 2,481 the previous year, a 32% increase. The multi-core test scores 6,825 this year, compared to 4,991 in 2016, an increase of 36%.

The 2017 MacBook improves on Geekbench tests by 33 percent and 36 percent over last year’s single and multi-core tests

Here we must clarify one thing. Although Intel has renamed the m5 and m7 processors as i5 and i7 respectively, they are still comparable to the “m” family of previous years. If we look at the power increments of each, it occurs in jumps of only 100MHz . This makes sense. MacBook is still a very compact notebook with no room for fans, so power can’t rise dramatically without additional ventilation.

Another improvement point of this generation is in the PCIe type SSD, which according to Apple is considerably faster than the previous model. The RAM is still the same, LPDDR3 type at 1866 MHz but we now have the option to choose 16GB instead of the only 8GB previously available.

The About This Mac menu shows the main specifications of the entry-level MacBook 2017.

The latest improvement that will please many is a change in the keyboard. The 2015 and 2016 models introduced a new butterfly mechanism that reduced the thickness of the keys, increased their stability and surface area, and minimized vertical movement. A keyboard that was not to the liking of some, but that, in spite of everything, ended up reaching the rest of Apple’s laptops.

The keyboard creates a sense of disorientation in the first few hours, but as the days go by you get used to it and type faster than before

Now, with the 2017 MacBook, we have the second generation with an improved mechanism. Adapting to it from one of the keyboards on other models is easier than you’d expect . The width of the keys, together with their stability, makes typing faster and with fewer errors than before. I find that typing requires less effort on this keyboard, although it feels a bit harder (tougher maybe?).

The transition is made in a few days of constant typing on it and after trying it out, any other keyboard becomes primitive. It is also slightly louder than other systems without being a problem. For a user used to Apple laptop keyboards (not desktops), this is a clear improvement.

MacBook Wireless Life

I’ll tell you a secret. The transition to a Mac with a single USB-C port made me a little insecure about working with it. I didn’t want to be in the situation where I needed an obsolete (but functional) port adapter and didn’t have it handy. And even less to find a client who wanted to pass me documents via USB and couldn’t do it.

On almost every trip from home to client meetings I have taken an adapter to a traditional USB port . Until I finally realized one thing: I haven’t connected anything to this MacBook in the two weeks I’ve been trying it out. Not a single cable different from the charger, not even an audio jack (I see very primitive again having to connect a headset to a device having the AirPods). I haven’t connected my iPhone 7 Plus yet either. What for?

Wasn’t the “post-USB-A” world supposed to be one hell of an adapter?

In these weeks I have lived that vision of a wireless future that began several years ago. Little by little, the company on the block has laid the foundation for this way of understanding communications. We have Continuity, Hand-Off, AirDrop, names that for someone outside this world say nothing. But they translate into concrete uses and improvements in the experience:

These benefits only add up when the user is committed to the Apple ecosystem, including devices, software and services such as iCloud and Apple Music. Come on, the experience is better when you use more of the company’s devices . Another necessary ingredient but not from Apple is this: a good WiFi and data connection. It’s a must for wireless living.

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Right now, the current state of Apple’s wireless vision seems pretty polished. Despite this, I’m convinced that the W1 chips won’t just stay in the AirPods and we could see them arrive in other devices. Again, a topic for another day and time.

Incredible battery, more than enough power

One aspect I find fundamental in this new MacBook is the battery. As we know, Apple had to put a battery with a very distinctive shape inside the tiny body of this Mac. A technique that uses the creation of “terraces” that remind us of the heights of a mountain.

Apple claims that this battery lasts up to 10 hours, more than enough to cover a working day. In my experience, without having done the typical battery life test, it delivers on its promise. My routine in this area involves putting the MacBook to sleep every night and having it 100% ready in the morning. On a normal day I usually end up with 25%-30% charge .

As an anecdote, during a meeting last week with a client, the battery only went down to 95% in two hours. But I just took some notes and visualized a presentation, with Mail and Slack working in the background. About this, I have to say that I have completely abandoned Chrome after using it in tandem with Safari for years. I now only use the Apple browser, which is much more battery friendly.

This is where Apple’s decisions with Safari make the most sense: it prioritizes battery life over everything else without sacrificing performance

In terms of power, MacBook 2017 has plenty of room for my everyday tasks. Having 10 to 15 Safari tabs , a PowerPoint presentation of about 30 slides, Slack with three computers, three Mail accounts, and iTunes playing music from Apple Music, all at the same time, is no problem. Although I must say that when I am not using an app or planning to do so, I close it.

In more intensive tasks such as video editing filmed from an iPhone 5s is when you can miss a more powerful processor. Obviously, the m3 chip of this generation is not designed for high performance work. And yet, when we put four videos of this type into iMovie on the MacBook, it chewed them up without breaking a sweat . Thumbnails, cropping, audio modification, transitions, real-time view, all worked without any jumping or beach ball .

Noise in these circumstances? Zero , didn’t you already say that you don’t have a fan? The silence of this MacBook is, once again, impossible.

All this is surprising after reading too many times that the MacBook is a low-power machine. If you’re looking to shred several very long 4k videos, you probably need a different Mac.

A few final words about MacBook 2017

This MacBook is priced at ?1,499 including VAT , the same as other company laptops. Discussions about currencies and indirect taxes aside, the truth is that the computer market is not what it used to be. In a world where the personal computer is more and more a niche product rather than a mass market product, the only way for manufacturers to escape from a lake that is evaporating is upwards.

Apple has decided to bring one of its laptops to the same edge as possible . A minimal computer, with more than enough power and state-of-the-art hardware. Without forgetting its exclusive macOS, which provides a series of user comforts that are difficult to abandon.

The 2017 MacBook is a device designed for the use and enjoyment of the mobility professional, with battery and power to spare

The only thing that can be considered as a negative point is that the FaceTime camera is still 480p. The same as the previous two generations. For me, this is a feature that is very low on the priority list on a Mac (in contrast to the camera on an iPhone, which is number 1). But that doesn’t make it excusable. There are many features that are not decisive, but when they are improved the user will be grateful. And this is one of them.

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Finally, the display still looks great even though it didn’t make the jump to the P3 color range on iPhone 7 and MacBook Pro. Nor does it have a third-generation Thunderbolt connector, which this time may be due to the power of the Intel processor. That being said, if none of these things are a problem for you, MacBook 2017 is a fantastic machine .

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