The Apple MacBook 5JY32LL/A once again proves why Apple is the gold standard among laptops. This compact laptop is extremely lightweight and energy efficient while providing all of the power and functionality you might expect from a 2016 MacBook. The single USB-C port may throw some people off until they understand just how powerful that single port really is. The 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD flash drive round off some very impressive technical specs. Apple has once again put out a world-class product at a price that’s much more reasonable than past releases.
1.1GHz Dual-Core Intel Core M Broadwell CPU
Ok, so you’re probably thinking “My grandpa’s laptop has a CPU that runs faster than 1.1 GHz, WTF!”. Before you get your panties in a twist, let me clue you in. This CPU is clocked at 1.1 GHz, however, it can burst to 2.4 GHz in turbo mode. Running at a lower clock speed not only uses less power, it also helps keep your laptop cooler which can extend its life. The kicker is that this mobile CPU from Intel has a full 4 MB of L3 cache. This helps keep your processor running fast, even at a lower clock speed than you may be used to.
8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
I really think that 8 GB of RAM is the MINIMUM you should be looking for in a laptop coming out in 2016 or later. Sure, you might not need THAT MUCH RAM right now, but what about two years from now? With the way technology is evolving, there’s no doubt that 8 GB could very well be a mandatory minimum for most cutting edge applications coming out in 2018 or later. Picking up a laptop with 8 GB of RAM right now means your system will run smooth and you’re somewhat future-proofed against operating system and application requirements for years to come.
256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
If you’ve read any of my other laptop reviews you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Solid-State Drives (SSD or Flash storage). The reason being is that flash memory is MUCH more reliable than the old mechanical hard drive technology. A flash drive (or SSD) has no moving parts that will (not can) break down eventually. Considering that what people store on their computer is highly personal (personal videos, pictures, resumes, tax info and other documents) and cannot be replaced easily, it only makes sense to do everything in your power to avoid a fatal hard drive crash that mechanical hard drives are so famous for. Not only is a flash drive going to be more reliable, it’s also going to be quite a bit faster. Storage is one of the biggest bottlenecks in computing and flash drives are helping to narrow that gap.
Retina LED Display
If Apple is known for anything (in my opinion) it is known for having extremely high-quality displays on all of their devices. Their retina technology utilizes pixels that are so tiny that the naked eye cannot differentiate between them, hence the word retina being used to coin the term. What this means for you is that you will never see pixelated text or images on your screen. This amounts to a display that is crisp, clear, sharp and smooth. I could easily throw in a few more adjectives to describe this display such as vivid, bright and high contrast, but I think you get the point.
A Single USB-C Port
This was by far the biggest shocker when the new line of MacBooks came out. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, has decided to do away with the plethora of ports that once lined the edges of their space gray devices. Once you understand how powerful USB 3.1 (USB Type C or simply USB-C) standard is, you would be likely to agree with their rationale. First off, there isn’t a single TYPE of device under the sun that can’t work with USB-C. The older USB standards lacked the bandwidth necessary to handle things like video devices and the power to charge larger devices like laptops. The new USB 3.1 (USB-C) standard has enough power and bandwidth to not only connect your laptop to an external monitor but also charge your laptop from that monitor simultaneously. Not only that but you can also daisy-chain multiple USB-C devices together or use a hub to connect them.
Features and Specifications
- 1.1GHz Dual-Core Intel Core M Broadwell processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4 GHz) with 4 MB shared L3 cache
- 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM, 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
- Intel HD Graphics 5300, 2304 x 1440 Retina, LED-backlit display
- 1x USB-C Port, 1x 3.5mm headphone audio jack, Force Touch trackpad
- Mac OS X v10.10 Yosemite
There aren’t many reviews available for this particular model, however, the single review posted on Amazon really says it all. Feel free to follow the link below to see this review and check if any additional reviews have been posted.