Apple truly redefined the concept of an ultra-portable notebook in 2014 when it released a 12-inch Retina laptop that was just 13.1mm thick!
Despite being the baby of the MacBook family, in many ways it’s a grown-up MacBook Air, designed to be used anywhere, all day and with a new ‘butterfly’ mechanism keyboard that’s better for long periods of typing.
The MacBook was updated in early 2016 with slightly improved specs and a new Rose Gold colour (also available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey). Weighing in at just 0.92kg, it’s Apple’s most lightweight laptop but still packs in a 226ppi pixel density in its 12-inch Retina display.
The MacBook is powered by an Intel Core M processor (at 1.1GHz, 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz), which doesn’t require a fan to keep cool, so the MacBook runs silently.
It also features a Force Touch trackpad, which can trigger different responses as you apply more pressure. All models of the MacBook come with 8GB of 1866MHz memory, with no option to add more, and Intel HD Graphics 515 – that’s 25% faster than the previous iteration – and there’s 256GB or 512GB flash storage options.
Entry-level: The 1.1Ghz MacBook
The basic model is £1,249, which is the 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB flash storage. If you step up to £1,549 you get a 1.2GHz Core m5 processor and 512GB flash storage.
Step up to the 1.3Ghz MacBook
1.1GHz and 1.2GHz are the two flavours of MacBook on offer, but you can configure a 1.3GHz model online for an extra £135/£225, depending on which model you start with. That’s a great buy as you get the Core m7 processor but the rest of the specs are unchanged.