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New MacBook: 5 Things I Learned on the First Day



The Keyboard is Different, But Not Bad

The Keyboard is Different, But Not Bad

Apple changed the keyboard on the 2015 MacBook Retina, which is a major deal for someone who writes a few thousand words every day. I am slower than on my MacBook Pro Retina, but the speed is coming back.

The MacBook keys are flatter and wider than on the other Apple notebooks that I'm used to, but the overall size of the keyboard is just right. The more I use the new keys, the faster my typing is, but after 3,000 words I am still adjusting to how much pressure some keys need to register a tap and to the lower height of the keys.

I don't expect that this keyboard will present a problem in the long term, despite the changes introduced. 



  1. spaff843

    08/05/2015 at 6:48 pm

    Nice article. Helpful. I was waiting for an decent upgrade to my 2013 Macbook Air and it didn’t happen. Very disappointed. I didn’t want a smaller screen and didn’t like the what Apple was giving us in the New Macbook for the startup price, and that’s before I started loading it up. I went to a 2015 retina Macbook Pro. Brilliant machine, and dollar for dollar, after looking at what I would upgrade on the New Macbook (hate that name) and what that would cost, I feel I got a LOT more for my cash in the Pro than the new machine was offering. Truth be told, though, my dream machine is a Macbook Pro Retina 13.3 that morphs itself into the Macbook Air 13.3 case. Probably not ever going to happen. Don’t see myself ever buying the New Macbook either.

  2. Richbary

    09/01/2015 at 5:09 am

    Its been a week since my new Macbook 12 arrived. So far I can only describe my experience as PERFECT. Retina display is gorgeous, performance is awesome, keyboard & trackpad were mastered in a matter of hours and are totally responsive, battery life exceeded expectation and portability is amazing. Admittedly, I am not a power user and simply use my device for typical operations like email, essay writing, texting, calendar functions, video watching, music etc.
    This is my first Apple computer after always using Microsoft lap tops…..and I doubt that I will ever go back. Lots of pros and no cons from me.

  3. Vinay B. Sujan

    12/12/2015 at 11:16 pm

    I think the MacBook is a sensible choice for people who need a laptop for day-to-day tasks, such as email and word processing. I feel the notebook suffices nicely whether at home or on the go. If you do a lot of paper writing, I genuinely believe you can do it as well on this laptop as you would on a MacBook Pro 15. I do plan on getting one, but thought I’d wait for the next version, in the hope that Apple adds an extra USB port.

  4. Ed

    12/19/2015 at 7:10 pm

    The new MacBook is AWESOME! Originally, I purchased the new iPad Pro … thinking it would be a replacement for my 2010 MacBook Pro. However, though touted as a desktop replacement tool, the iPad Pro is still a generation or two from being a complete desktop (or laptop) replacement tool. So, I returned the iPad for this MacBook. All I can say is … I’m very impressed. This computer weighs a hair over two pounds, the retina screen is impressive, and the new keys on the keyboard are very comfortable and responsive. The processor is lightning fast. I like the USB-C plug … but the adapters are pricy. I’m a high school teacher. I use my Mac every day. I just began using this MacBook at school … leaving my MacBook Pro at home. Generally, I have 8-10 tabs open at a time, I have a video … or video(s) cued on YouTube, and I run several applications … each and every day. This is no challenge for my MacBook … it completely handles these tasks. In sum, I am very impressed with this MacBook, and I can see myself using it for years … just as I did with my MacBook Pro. A word of wisdom, since there is no upgrade option, I’d advise buying the 512G version; glad I did. Thank you Apple for creating the perfect laptop!

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