Apple MacBook 12-inch 1.3GHz Gold
- Upgraded to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz)
- 8GB Memory
- 512GB Flash Storage
- Intel HD Graphics 5300
- New Mac with one-year Warranty (three years with the purchase of AppleCare)
- Free Big Foot 4GB USB Drive Included
Get a free Sasquatch Big Foot 4GB USB Drive with this computer- it ships automatically with your order! Our lovable mascot, Max the Sasquatch, donated his footprint for this cute and useful USB thumb drive, with plenty of storage space for you to use to transport data, back up important files and much more! Just a memento and a bit o' thanks from PowerMax for ordering a new Macintosh!
The new MacBook delivers a full-size experience in the lightest and most compact Mac notebook ever. Every element, from the new keyboard and Force Touch trackpad to the 12-inch Retina display, USB-C port, battery and logic board, has been completely re-imagined to make it not only thinner but also better. The result is more than just a new notebook. It’s the future of the notebook. Available in gold, space gray, and silver.
- Intel Core M processors
- Intel HD Graphics 5300
- Flash storage
- Up to 9 hours of battery life1
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi Force Touch trackpad
The following is a review of the MacBook, posted by our friend and customer Dennis Sellers on April 24, 2015.
I’ve been using the 12-inch MacBook for about a week now. My prognosis: it’s a good (if pricey) secondary Mac, but won’t work as the main computer for anyone who does tackles more than basic computing chores.
If you’re looking for a laptop to complement your desktop, the MacBook is a reasonable choice. My primary computer is my 27-inch iMac (the best computer ever made, in my opinion). However, when I’m making a road trip or simply want to work in the sunroom at home, the new Apple laptop comes in handy.
At least it did once I got everything set up. Unfortunately, I ran into problems shortly after I unboxed it and tried moving some some basic content (Safari bookmarks, Pages documents, etc.) over Wi-Fi from my iMac. Strangely, I was never presented with an option to select the iMac for importing data, just my Time Capsule. But when I chose the Time Capsule, the “spinning wheel of death” appeared. And. It. Just. Kept. Spinning.
Evidently, this isn’t an uncommon problem. In online post Apple says if your MacBook stops responding and shows a spinning wheel after you create a user account in Setup Assistant, simply allow the setup to continue. The setup process will purportedly resume after about 30 minutes. However, it never did for me. I finally moved the content I wanted to transfer to an external drive and plugged the drive into the MacBook via a $18.95 USB-to-USBC cable.
Once the content was moved and I began using the teeny ultra-portable, I was immediately impressed with two things: its size and the Retina display. At just two pounds and and 13.1 mm thick, it’s hard to believe this is a full-fledged laptop. However, it is (well, with some compromises; more on that in a sec). In terms of sheer svelte design, Apple has done an incredible job.
The MacBook display (with a 16:10 aspect ratio) is stunning and simply pops with clarity. Its physical resolution is 2304 by 1440 pixels. This means that, at standard “2x” retina resolution, it’s the equivalent of a 1152×720 display. For some folks that’s going to be too small.
That’s why Apple ships the laptop with its default resolution scaled to emulate a 1280 x 800 display, which is about the same screen area as you’d find on an 11-inch MacBook Air. However, I prefer the More Space setting, which emulates a 1440×900 display (think 13-inch MacBook Air pixel size).
It took me a while to acclimate myself with the new keyboard and trackpad. The MacBook’s keyboard is 34% thinner than those on other Mac laptops. It uses an Apple-designed butterfly mechanism that’s 40% thinner than a traditional keyboard scissor mechanism.
Apple says the keyboard is four times more stable, “providing greater precision no matter where your finger strikes the key.” New stainless steel dome switches located beneath each key deliver a responsive feel when typing with no “give” on the sides of the keys.
Since other keyboards wiggle a bit on the sides, this takes some getting used to. However, after about an hour, the new tactile experience had won me over. Also, every key on the new keyboard is individually backlit with its own single LED, which comes in handy in low (or no) light situations. (Alas, the Apple logo isn’t backlight like with other Macs. You’ve been warned if that’s important to you.)
The MacBook also features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and haptic feedback that provides a responsive feel. This also requires a bit of adjustment, but it’s a pleasure to use once have. Unlike the hinge-based multitouch trackpad it replaces, Apple’s Force Touch unit doesn’t move, but the effect of simulated clicks is so convincing that you’ll think it’s moving.
You can even customize the feel of the trackpad by changing the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The Force Touch trackpad also enables a new gesture called Force Click. That’s a click followed by a deeper press, and can be used for tasks like pulling up the definition of a word, quickly seeing a map or glancing at a preview of a file.
With no moving parts or vents, the new MacBook was designed from the ground up to be the first fanless Mac notebook. I expected it to get warm with long use. However, in work stretches of an hour or so, it’s remained comfortable enough that it can sit on my uncovered legs without discomfort.
The MacBook features the new fifth-generation Intel Core M processor that runs at just five watts and Intel HD Graphics 5300. This makes it very energy efficient, but means it’s no powerhouse. You can check out specific benchmarking at CNET, LAPTOP, and Geekbench Browser, but the bottom line is that the MacBook is more powerful than I’d anticipated. I can work with Pages, Safari, Mail, Pixelmator, and Calendar open simultaneously with no performance hits. iMovie also chugs along well. However, if you’re a serious gamer, Final Cut Pro X user, or Photoshopper, move on along, cause the MacBook isn’t for you.
The new laptop features a terraced battery design layered in individual sheets contoured to fit the MacBook’s sleek, curved enclosure. Apple says the new portable has 35% more battery capacity than would be possible with traditional battery cells and delivers all-day battery life with up to nine hours of wireless web browsing and up to 10 hours of iTunes movie playback. I found the company’s estimates to be spot-on.
Unfortunately, other things aren’t so seamless with the MacBook. For one thing I miss the MagSafe connector that comes with all other Mac laptops. The connector is held in place magnetically so that if it’s tugged — for example, by someone tripping over the cord — it will pull out of the socket without damaging the connector or the computer power socket, and without pulling the computer off the surface on which it’s located.
Perhaps Apple thinks the MacBook will run long enough on a full battery charge that folks generally won’t use the power cord when working with the MacBook. I think that’s a poor assumption, but Apple has made the move because of the next-generation USB-C port. A new industry standard, USB-C supports higher wattage charging, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) data transfer and DisplayPort 1.2 all in a single connector that’s one-third the size of a traditional USB port. It’s the word “single” that’s the key here. Sharing a single port for all accessories as well as the power cord will be frustrating if you’re using the MacBook as your main computer.
Overall, the 12-inch MacBook is such a different beast that I have to give it two ratings. If you’re using it as a secondary, supplemental Mac, give it 9 points out of 10. If you intend on using it as your main Mac, make that 5 out of 10.
The MacBook is available in three finishes—gold, silver and space gray (the one I chose) —and is the first MacBook with an all-metal enclosure. It comes with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.4 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,299 and with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300 starting at $1,599 Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.
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1Battery life varies by use and configuration.See www.apple.com\batteries for more information. TM and © 2015 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.
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1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
2. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
3. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2015 using preproduction 1.2GHz Intel Core M-based 12-inch MacBook systems with 512GB of flash storage and 8GB of RAM. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75 percent. The HD movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75 pct.. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed into an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.