My brand new 12″ MacBook arrived today and I love it. I will have a full review next week but, here are my first impressions.
Out of the box I proceeded to set it up. I had read the scary articles about the Setup Assistant hanging for up to thirty minutes if you connect to the internet during setup but I decided to follow the normal setup and my new notebook was up and running in under 5 minutes. There were a number of updates to do..and once they were done I did some web surfing and set up my email accounts etc..I found the keyboard felt different but it didn’t slow down my typing and I was starting to get used to it after a few minutes. I wasn’t sure if I would like the Gold colour but once I picked it up and had a good look…Wow! Not to mention it is light as a feather.
The new MacBook is definitely faster than my Mid 2012 MacBook Air 11″ in fact for things like email and web surfing it feels as fast as my Mac mini with an i7 quad-core processor. Obviously the screaming fast PCIe-based flash storage makes a huge difference. And the Retina screen…spectacular is the word that comes to mind. I am currently undergoing treatment for Macular Degeneration and my eyesight isn’t the greatest but, I had no trouble reading text on the screen at the default resolution.
My Macbook arrived 20 days after I placed my order on the morning of launch day. For 7 days it was in the hands of UPS and of that 7 days it sat in depots at Anchorage, AK and Louisville, KY for more than 4 days. Previous orders from Apple shipped from China via FedEx have arrived in three or four days. I think Apple made a mistake switching to UPS.