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Featuring a 7th-generation Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage space, the new 12-inch MacBook ramps up performance across the board and aims to give customers more bang for their buck. Let’s see if it’s earned its $1,300 entry price.
The 12-inch MacBook is an impeccably crafted laptop. Every inch is engineered to perfection, from the laser-cut speaker grille, to silky glass trackpad, and the high-gloss sheen applied to the iconic Apple logo on the lid. There’s no doubt that this is a luxury device from the moment you first touch it, and it’s an absolute joy to use.
The 12-inch MacBook has a single USB-C port one the left side, and a single headphone jack. At first glance, it seems like a daring move, an effort to pare away the non-essential elements. It’s a step backward, plain and simple. During everyday use you will butt up against this limitation, probably more than once during a single day.
The MacBook is an exceptionally well-made device, and if you bought one you probably wouldn’t be disappointed. It will do everything you expect it to do — if you don’t try to play games — but it has one flaw. The price. It’s not just a problem because it’s expensive. Apple products are always more expensive than their competitors, as it’s a premium brand. The MacBook Pro 13 now starts at $1,300 (sans Touch Bar), and it’s superior in nearly every way.
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