If there was one thing that I truly missed about using my Google Pixelbook as my daily driver laptop, it was the size and portability. When I moved back over to iOS and MacOS after years on Android and Chrome OS (you can still read my exploits at ClintonFitch.com), I went back to my trusty MacBook Pro 15″ from 2015. It is a solid device and powerful but its big and its heavy and frankly, for what I do, a bit of overkill.
The big and bulky bit of the MacBook Pro is significant for me. I travel, a lot. This year I will push over 100,000 miles of air travel which is a typical year for me. The smaller I can make things and the lighter they can be, the better it is for me. That is what initially caught my attention about the 2017 MacBook.
The 2017 iteration of the MacBook is the third since the line was introduced back in 2015. Sharing the same fundamental design of previous iterations, the mid-2017 model brings significantly improved internals that make this MacBook snappy and a joy to use. It also brings the next generation of Butterfly Mechanism keyboard which has a much better tactile feedback than the first generation.
That said, the 2017 version of the MacBook still isn’t perfect. The single USB-C port is a show stopper for some, especially considering it doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3. Also, the 480p webcam is lackluster on a good day. But if you are looking for power and portability, and you want a Mac, this MacBook should be on your short list.
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