With Apple’s new Retina MacBook now on sale, we took a look and thought about why you shouldn’t get Apple’s latest device. Even though it looks great and stands out from the crowd, is it really worth all that money? Read on and find out.
Four reasons not to buy a MacBook: USB-C adaptors
One reason that many people may decide against buying the new Retina MacBook is because of the introduction of the new USB-C technology. Even though the technology enables data transfer, video output and power input through a single port, it means that if you want to use existing USB peripherals, you’ll have to invest in some kind of USB-C adaptor.
Apple has also confirmed that while third party adaptors can offer data transfer and video output, no company apart from Apple can offer an adaptor that supports power input. This means that those of us that want to charge our MacBooks, use an external display and USB devices at the same time won’t be able without forking out for Apple’s £65 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adaptor.
There’s also the issue with the number of ports available; there’s only one single USB-C port on the new MacBook. While it can be argued that because it supports video output, data transfer and power input, you wouldn’t need more than one port, what happens if you want to use multiple devices? It seems as if Apple is moving us towards a more wireless future, but it feels like being shoved in at the deep end as opposed to a slow adoption to the standard.
Four reasons not to buy a MacBook: Not enough processing power
Another reason not to buy the MacBook as it isn’t as powerful as its rivals. Sure, it should be fine for those of you that just tweet, browse and watch but when using processor hungry applications like Photoshop, you may start noticing a decline in performance. It’s powered by Intel’s new Core M processor, designed specifically for thin notebooks and tablets, which isn’t the best performing processor with only 1.1-1.3GHz options available.
Take the Acer Aspire S7 for example – the S7 packs either a fifth-generation Intel Dual Core i5 or i7 processor, depending on the model you go for. With all that processing power in a 12.9mm thin machine, you’d expect a price tag to go along with it Right? Apparently not, as the S7 starts at only £800. It’s not the only example though, as the Toshiba Kirabook, Lenovo LaVie Z and Apple’s own MacBook Air (2015 model) all come with either fifth-generation i5 or i7 processors and all have similar prices to the new MacBook.
Four reasons not to buy a MacBook: More expensive than rivals
Even though the new Retina MacBook isn’t as powerful as some of its rivals, it still costs more than many others in the same category. Let’s compare the price of the MacBook to the laptops we mentioned earlier:
- Retina MacBook 2015: Starts at £1049
- Acer Aspire S7: Starts at £800
- Toshiba Kirabook: Starts at £1000
- Lenovo LaVie Z: Starts at £950
- MacBook Air 2015: Starts at £849
They’re also the devices that use a faster processor than what’s used in the MacBook. So what are you paying for? Some may argue that you’re paying the extra for the ‘Apple experience’ – the customer service in store, the Genius Bar and of course, the Apple ecosystem in general. But for those of us that aren’t too bothered about the ability to send texts from a MacBook or be able to book a Genius Bar appointment, there are better and cheaper alternatives available.
Four reasons not to buy a MacBook: Delivery times
The biggest reason not to buy a MacBook is because, well, you can’t. Even though the MacBook was released on the 10 April, its in extremely short supply – forget about walking into an Apple Store and buying one, as we have been into several stores with none on display or in stock.
It’s not just the UK though, this shortage is world wide as Macworld’s Susie Ochs wrote on launch day: "I have spent the morning calling around to every Apple Store in the Bay Area, and they have all explained, very politely, that I can place an order online or over the phone, but I can't actually go to the store today and pick one up."
So, how long do you have to wait to get your hands on a MacBook? At the time of writing, Apple’s online store suggests a four to six week wait time before your new MacBook gets dispatched. Sound familiar?
See also: New 12-inch Retina MacBook review