Apple MacBook 2015

  |   by Ian Debevoise

The biggest reason for buying the 2015 Apple MacBook is the Mac OS X operating system but there are few other reasons to spend so much on this laptop. It has a nice Retina display and solid battery life but offers few ports, poor processing and weird-to-the-touch keyboard.

  • 12-inch Retina display (2304 x 1440 pixels)
  • 1.1 GHz Intel Core M-5Y31 dual-core processor (4MB cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4 GHz)
  • 8 GB onboard system memory (1600 MHz, LPDDR3)
  • 256 GB PCIe-based onboard flash SSD storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 5300 (integrated)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB-C port
  • 480p FaceTime camera
  • 39.7-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 29W USB-C power adapter included
  • Dimensions: 0.14-0.52 x 11.04 x 7.74 inches (0.35-1.31 x 28.05 x 19.65 cm)
  • Weight: 2.03 lbs (0.92 kg)
  • Price as configured: $1,299.00

  • Pros

    • Gorgeous 12-inch Retina display
    • Thin, light, and feels solid
    • Wonderful battery life
    • Bright keyboard backlight
    • OS X (why you buy a Mac in the first place)
    • Excellent integration with iOS devices
  • Cons

    • No touchscreen. Come on, Apple.
    • Single USB Type-C port limits desktop/office use (adapter not included)
    • Polarizing keyboard typing experience (shallow travel, limited feedback)
    • Average processor performance (slower than expected)
    • Worthless 480p webcam
    • Overpriced for what you get

Quick Take

If you want a Mac that runs OS X, delivers great battery life, and has a beautiful Retina display then the new 12-inch MacBook is a solid choice. For everyone else, this is an overpriced status symbol.

Read Our Full Review: Apple MacBook Review (12-inch 2015 model)



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