Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But A Bit Awkward

Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward

I just lifted Apple's gorgeous new MacBook with a single hand. It felt like I was holding nothing at all. It's so light. With a laptop in my left paw, a DSLR camera in my right, only one of them felt substantial. It's the first of many things to love about Apple's new machine. But it's not completely loveable.

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Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward

The Screen

Why yes, that is a Retina display, the first on a MacBook anywhere near this thin. And oh gosh is it gorgeous. So, so very very good that even if this machine hadn't just blown my mind with its thinness and lightness, I would want to buy it. Remember when I gave you 5K pictures of Apple's 5K Retina iMac so you could have some vague idea of how much these images pop? I am sorry I didn't have time to do that here, but trust me that there's no way my DSLR photos could do it justice.

What really struck me, though, is that the "Retina" claim of not being able to see any individual pixels still holds up when the laptop's screen was right in front of my eyes, with the keyboard deck pressed up against my chest. Given how thin and light this laptop is, I could totally see myself watching movies and viewing photos, etc, with the new MacBook propped up on my body while lying in bed.

Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward
Apple's New MacBook Hands-On: Gorgeous, Featherlight, But a Bit Awkward

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