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Review : Apple Macbook Retina Display 12″ Laptop (2015) – 256GB SSD, 8 GB Memory, Gold (Custom-Built, Brown-box Packaging)

Apple MacBook 5JY32LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Gold, 256 GB)

BRAND-NEW, Retail Custom-Built Packaging

Color: Gold

Display: Retina display / 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology / 2304-by-1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors

Processor: 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with 4MB L3 cache, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz

Memory: 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory

Storage: 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage

Size & Weight: 11.04″ x 7.74″ x 0.14-0.52″ / 2.03 pounds

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5300

Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0

Camera: 480p FaceTime camera

Audio: 3.5 mm headphone jack / Stereo speakers, Dual microphones

Keyboard: Full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) individual LED backlit keys

Trackpad: Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Review :

By Raymond Han on September 27, 2016
Verified Purchase

Love this Macbook. Had a Macbook Pro 15 Retina (Mid 2015) prior to this and was tough lugging it around. My old job consisted of using resource hungry software so it served it’s purpose. My new role is much more focused on using less memory intensive apps like Microsoft Word and a browser. I would recommend this laptop to anyone who values portability above all else.

The Macbook does show some signs of lag sometimes and I find myself more conscientious of closing apps and browser tabs to keep it running fit. But with my habit of leaving 100+ tabs open, it may be a good thing.

Onto the keyboard, it is an adjustment but once you learn to trust it, you will type faster than you did on other Macbook keyboards. I equate it to when I moved from a blackberry bold to the original iphone back in 2007. Initially, I had a tough time adjusting to typing but that keyboard ended up being faster for me in the medium to long run. This keyboard will not take as long to get used to as your first touchscreen phone.

Overall, love the space gray, love the keyboard, the screen is fantastic, the form factor is fantastic. I get asked all the time about this Macbook just because its beautiful.

Last but not least the USB C port; It is a sad thing that magsafe is not on this macbook and I find myself having to plug the charging cable in more carefully to not scratch the space gray finish around the charging port. Overall not a big deal without the legacy usb ports for my use cases because I didnt really use local storage anyway (its all in the cloud!). The only annoying thing is that USB C cables and charger wall worts are expensive right now but I bought 1 extra pair for now.

The battery life on this machine is fantastic if you keep the apps you need running. Chrome as usual will drain the battery life and if you keep too many apps open you can click the battery icon in OSX and it will tell you what is draining the battery.

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