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MacBook 2016 review: Ultraportable laptop satisfies with speed gains

It's not a desktop Mac replacement. The MacBook is ideal for on-the-go use.

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64-bit Geekbench 3 results

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64-bit Geekbench 3 results: 2016 and 2015 MacBook

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64-bit Geekbench 3 results: 2016 MacBook and 2015 MacBook Air

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64-bit Geekbench 3 results: 2016 MacBook and 2015 MacBook Pro

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64-bit Geekbench 3 results: 2016 MacBook and iPad Pro

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Cinebench OpenGL results

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Blender BMW Benchmark results

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At a Glance
  • The MacBook is for the user who values portability over anything else. The 2016 edition comes with a welcomed speed boost and a Rose Gold option.

    Pros

    • Small size and light weight make it ideal for travel
    • Increased performance
    • Improved battery life

    Cons

    • Only one USB-C port for charging and peripherals
    • Reduced key travel on keyboard makes the keys uncomfortable to press
    • 480p FaceTime camera
    • No flash storage customization options available
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