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.

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