The new Macbook. SHINY. I purchased my last Macbook Pro 3.5 years ago. Over the years I have done several upgrades (including a screen replacement!) – but overall – the machine is SOLID. I use my Macbook Pro each and every day and leave it on for hours, rarely rebooting.
After seeing a glimpse of the new Apple Macbook – I thought maybe I’d upgrade. It’s time and while my old Macbook Pro still has life left – my son needs a new laptop for school and might as well upgrade mine and pass this old one down. Today I headed to check out the new Apple Macbook. I’ll jump to what you were wondering, nope – I didn’t buy it. I ended up purchasing a new Macbook Pro. There were several decisions that weighed my decision – things that I thought i would share should you be in the market for the new Macbook.
Things to Consider Before Buying the New Apple Macbook
1. Screen Size
The Macbook is 12 inches. Yes, the Macbook Pro starts at 13.1 but that 1.1 makes a huge difference in size.
Yes, I get USB-C is the next thing. I just think it’s to premature for me. There aren’t any available Apple USB-C adapters at the moment. Sure they are coming, but they aren’t hear now. Plus, I know how many times I have tripped over my Macbook Pro cord and it’s unsnapped easily. I can visualize if I bought this, the machine flying off the desk onto the floor since the USB-C doesn’t snap like the old adapter!
3. No Light Up Apple
Okay, so this totally may not be a TOTAL deal breaker but still it annoyed me. The cute little light-up Apple is just a plain non-light-up Apple on the Macbook.
4. Amazing Battery Life
While the Macbook may not be for me, there are some great things about this new Apple device. The battery life lasts up to 10 hours. Crazy!
5. Color Options!
Apple gives you options on colors for your Macbook. There is silver, space grey or gold. Remember when they use to do colored i-Macs?
Is the New Macbook Worth It?
At $1299, the Macbook is a look at where Apple is headed. It’s light-weight (just 2 lbs) offering an awesome battery life. It would be great if you don’t need a big screen and don’t use any design-type apps.
Unfortunately for me, I need to be able to use everything Adobe Creative Suite offers. Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, etc is not going to happen on the Macbook. So, I ended up purchasing a new Macbook Pro. I love it and will give a full run down on the new features and upgrades I’ve noticed over the 3.5 year old – late 2011 Macbook Pro.
If you are interested in learning more about how the new Macbook compares to the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air – check out this helpful chart: