Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold

Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple’s new MacBook, and their reactions were tepid.

The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. macApple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better.

Reviewers praised the device’s light weight, its sharp screen, the full-sized keypad, the new Force Touch feature and even the solitary USB-C port, although it is not backward-compatible with earlier USB technologies.

“I’ve seen one, and they’re very light, their screen is small but pretty good, and you’d say that if price were no object or somebody gave you one of these things you’d use it,” said Mike Jude, a manager with the Stratecast service of Frost & Sullivan.

“It looks cool. It’s light, it’s trendy, and if you’re looking at it as a kind of a status symbol — the way you’d look at the Apple Watch — you might think having the latest and greatest might be worth the money,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“If you’re looking at it from the standpoint of utility, though, you could do a lot better,” said Jude. “It doesn’t have the most powerful processor out there, and compared to current generations, its battery is kind of a power hog.”