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New MacBook: 5 Things I Learned on the First Day



2015 MacBook Performance and Battery Life

2015 MacBook Performance and Battery Life

When the MacBook first arrived I saw reports on Twitter from users experiencing poor performance with Google Chrome, which was concerning, but so far performance meets my needs. 

Although I have yet to test how well this notebook can handle 5 windows with a combined 40-50 tabs in Chrome, it has no problem with the 2 Chrome windows and 10 tabs that I normally work with. 

This is not a notebook that I will go to for heavy video editing, but I'm already doing a lot of that right on the iPhone or iPad. 

It's too early to make bold proclamations about battery life. After 3.5 hours of web work with the screen at 70% brightness I still had 50% battery life, so it may be able to hit the 7 hour mark based on my average use. 



  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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