Which? tests find new MacBook falls short of Apple's bestNew £1,000 MacBook may not be your best choice
09 July 2015
The MacBook is Apple’s signature laptop, and this year’s redesigned 12-inch MacBook model is the slimmest, lightest laptop Apple has ever produced. But our tests have found it may simply not be worth the £1,049 asking price.
We’ve tested the new 12-inch MacBook and, while it’s a phenomenal piece of design, we can reveal that it’s probably not the best choice for you to spend your hard-earned money on.
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MacBook range expands
Apple’s super-slim laptops have been a hit in recent years thanks to the popularity of the MacBook Air range, which have 11-inch and 13-inch models. Expanding on this existing range, the 12-inch MacBook is the slimmest and lightest laptop Apple has ever produced. It’s truly stunning, and sure to wow anyone you show it off to.
However, with that cutting-edge design came a few technical sacrifices – not least a processor that’s the slowest in the MacBook range. It only has one USB-C port, a new standard of USB which uses a new shape and size. Your old USB accessories won’t be able to fit into it, so you’ll need to drop a sizeable sum on an Apple-branded adaptor.
12-inch MacBook price
Speaking of sizeable sums, the 12-inch MacBook isn’t cheap. It’ll set you back at least £1,049 for the lowest-spec model – that’s £300 more than the 11-inch MacBook Air.
That £300 seems like especially poor value when you learn that the MacBook Air even has a more powerful processor.
You could even get a MacBook Pro Retina – Apple’s high-end, high-performance laptop – for £50 less than the 12-inch MacBook 2015! It may not be as portable but it’s just as gorgeous to look at.
We can confidently say that all three Apple MacBook ranges are great products, but which one is best for you? Check out our full reviews of each of the Apple MacBooks to find out.
Apple MacBook (12-inch) review – read our full take on the latest MacBook
Apple MacBook Air (11-inch) review – the super-slim, portable Apple laptop
Apple MacBook Pro Retina (13-inch) review – is this the best MacBook to choose?