Apple’s new MacBook is designed for portability over everything else. It’s just 13mm thick, weighs under 1kg and manages to pack a 12-inch Retina display and full-size keyboard into a smaller frame than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Its battery lasted 7.5 hours in our extensive tests, and due to the fanless design, it’s exceptionally quiet too. It even sports a Force Touch trackpad for even more control when you click.
There are compromises – a less-capable processor, but you won’t notice it in everyday use because the flash storage and 8GB RAM mean OS X and apps like Pages and your web browser work quickly and flawlessly. However, it will struggle with more demanding tasks, and does occasionally stutter in surprising places, such as using Google Maps in Safari.
If you’re looking for more power from a thin and light notebook, then the MacBook is outclassed by its Air sibling, but if you want something feathery light that will run basic tasks all day while unplugged from the mains, this is it.