I did my research prior to replacing my 13" MacBook Pro. I had it for less than two years and barely used it because I had the same exact laptop for work. I figured I'd offload my personal MBP since it was in mint condition and get something a bit more suitable for my uses. I don't cut video, I don't record music, I'm not editing photos. The MBP was too much machine for me and it was going to waste. I surf the web, watch Netflix, check email, and - of course - shop on *. I was also seeking more portability; I wanted something I could carry in my backpack every single day and not even know it was there. Since I'd be carrying it day in and day out, I wanted a laptop with a battery that would last. I found all of those things in the 12" MacBook. It's a laptop that's ACTUALLY the size of a notebook. It's speedy, well-designed, and appealing to the eye. I see a lot of folks commenting on the new keyboard but I've had no issues with it. With a new design will obviously come a learning curve. I've been typing on it all day and, to be completely honest, I can't tell the difference from my MBP. I also see comments about it's speed. To those people I ask this: what are you using this thing for? You can't buy this laptop and expect it to be a video editing powerhouse. That has NEVER been the job of a baseline MacBook, so why would you expect that to change? Apple invented the Pro series MacBooks for all of you that were seeking something with more horsepower to edit video, photos, etc. Stick with that. Finally, I have to comment on the speakers. This thing sounds REALLY good for it's size and also in comparison to my 13" MBP. I kinda can't believe it. As a musician, I'm impressed with the audio it pumps out. I don't want to hear from the folks who say you can get a PC for much less money and do the same things. I know you can. But does it look as good? Does it operate as flawlessly? Will it last as long? Will it work seamlessly with my iPhone? No, no, no, and no. Been there, done that. All in all, this is a well-designed piece of technology. I absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone seeking something portable for light duty work. If you know what you're buying, this laptop is a homerun.
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