mac review 2015

A Brief Look at the 2015 Apple MacBook

The Apple MacBook has always been considered to be one of the best laptops on the market. How does the 2015 model stack up in comparison to its predecessors and competitors? Let us have a brief examination of a handful of the main features that this devices provides to the user.

Ergonomics and Design

Some users criticised the old MacBook versions due to their weight. It seems that Apple has kept this metric in mind with their new design. The 2015 upgrade is extremely lightweight and perhaps more importantly, stunningly thin. At its thickest point, it measures a mere 1.31 centimetres. This allows for easy transportation while the streamlined feel will please most users. Still, we should note that this model appears to be just as durable as previous versions.

Cost

Some will be understandably concerned about the cost of a new MacBook. As the price starts at £1,049 pounds, a sizeable investment will need to take place in order to own one. The nearest comparable model is the MacBook Pro with Retina. This is priced at £999 pounds. However, a difference of only £50 pounds is negligible in terms of the technical features that can be enjoyed.

Processing Power

The entry-level model is equipped with a 1.1-GHz dual-core Intel M processor alongside 8 gigabytes of RAM and an Intel 5300 graphics card. However, an option known as “Turbo Boost” can increase the power to 2.4 GHz. This is a better option for those who may demand heavy amounts of memory during normal operations.

Screen and Sound

Another notable improvement can be seen in the OSX Yosemite operating system. It is much cleaner than previous versions and many feel that this is intended to rival Windows 10. The sound quality is also surprisingly good in regards to the internal speakers.

Drawbacks

The only drawback worth mentioning has to do with the rather diminished processing power of the standard 1.1-GHz Intel chip. This can cause the unit to be sluggish; especially if a number of applications are running simultaneously.

Summarily, the 2015 MacBook is indeed worth a closer look. Those who have the money and are accustomed to Apple products will not be disappointed with what this model has to offer.

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Moto 360: It’s Time

When the three Android Wear watches were introduced, the Moto 360 stood out: premium leather strap, oblique glass, and a circular design – the first Android wear device sporting a round face.

A circular face is more watch-like, and that’s one of the reasons why Motorola chose this design for their Moto 360. Sure, there are analogue watches having a square face, but the Moto 360’s round face stood amidst the number of square smartwatches introduced to the world.

The materials used to create the Moto 360 were chosen carefully to make that “Whoa!” impression: a housing made of stainless steel and glass, and a leather strap coming from a sophisticated tannery and in Chicago. The Moto 360 is a smartwatch which is comfortable when you are wearing it, and its leather strap is better than the rubber strap of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, making it look and feel like a regular watch. The Moto 360’s watchbands come in light gray, dark gray, or black which are interchangeable. The downside: you can only use specially made straps for it.

"We wanted to hit that 'Whoa!' mark." -  Jim Wicks

“We wanted to hit that ‘Whoa!’ mark.” – Jim Wicks

The Moto 360 is all face, totally unlike the square faces of the G Watch and the Gear Live. It’s screen is a touch one, and it’s 1.56 in across, with a 320 x 290 resolution, making it 205 pixels per inch. It is not the sharpest display, but for a gadget with a tiny screen, it is not that bad.

The closest competition that the Moto 360 will have is the soon-to-be released Apple Watch. As of the moment, The Moto 360 is by far, the classiest Android Wear watch ou there. But just like any other gadget, this smartwatch may fade out of the picture in a few months’ time. With the ever-continuous technological innovations, let us not be surprised for the next smartwatch that’s going to come out in the market in the future!

My latest Tech: Jawbone

jawbone

So this is my new toy, it’s called a Jawbone and it ties into the quantified self. It does the normal job of tracking how much you move combined with an excellent tracking for sleep. It comes with a very swanky App called UP. Here is the screen shot:

 

upapp

At the moment (have been using it 1 month) I have two complains, neither are a deal breaker.

1. It gets in the way whilst typing. It’s blocky and a bit thicker than a watch so it does get in the way.

2. I wish it was water proof. I keep forgetting to take it off and it’s not water proof so it’s only a matter of time before I fry it in the shower.