The new aluminum 13” MacBook is an amazing machine.
- Build quality is incredible — you won’t believe how solid it feels.
- The brightness and colors on the screens are excellent.
- The glossy screen isn’t too glossy — it’s not significantly better or worse in this regard than the old MacBook’s. I never noticed its glossiness once I started using it. That said, they probably consider that when designing the lighting in the Apple Store.
- The new button-less trackpad is a little strange at first, but I got used to it after about a minute.
- They’re impressively thin and lightweight. Holding an Air in one hand and a 13” aluminum MacBook in the other, the Air is certainly lighter (by 33%), but I really don’t think the Air has enough of a size and weight difference to justify its disadvantages.
- Like the Air, the new MacBook’s beveled bottom edge makes it much easier to pick up from a table one-handed than the old MacBooks.
The flagship glass-cube Fifth Avenue Apple Store didn’t have any new 15” MacBook Pros out on display yesterday, but I’m sure much of the same applies to them. I’m especially curious to hold one and evaluate its weight and build quality.