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APPLE MacBook 12" - Space Grey 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD (2017) £799 @ Currys
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Posted 28th Jul

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Looking for a MacBook myself and came across this... thought it was a good deal with £300 off, but I don’t know too much about these
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Top features

- Thinner, lighter, and much faster so you can do more

- Force Touch trackpad makes navigation faster and more intuitive than ever

- 12-hour battery life let you work all day without being disturbed

- macOS Sierra for professional-level computing

Thinner, lighter, and much faster

At just 13.1 mm thin and weighing under one kg, the Apple MacBook is made for computing on the move. You can slip it into a bag or case and enjoy access to everything that matters without compromising luggage space.

A seventh generation Intel Core processor speeds up all your daily tasks, such as opening PDF files and loading videos.

Packed full of performance and high-end features including a better-than-HD screen and super-fast SSD storage, the new MacBook is the ultimate Apple laptop for computing on-the-go.

Type MacBook
Operating system macOS Sierra
PERFORMANCE
Processor - Intel® Core™ m3 Processor
- Dual-core
- 1.2 GHz / 3.0 GHz (Turbo Boost)
RAM 8GB DDR3
Storage 256 GB SSD
SCREEN
Screen size 12"
Screen type Retina Display
Resolution 2304 x 1440
CONNECTIVITY
WiFi 802.11 ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
USB USB Type-C x 1
Audio connections 3.5 mm jack
MEDIA
Disc drive No
Memory card reader No
SOUND
Speakers Stereo speaker
FEATURES
Camera 480p FaceTime camera
Mouse / trackpad Force Touch trackpad
Keyboard Full-size backlit keyboard
Other features Ambient light sensor
POWER
Battery type Lithium-polymer
Battery life Up to 12 hours
GENERAL
Colour Space grey
Box contents - Apple MacBook 12"
- AC power adapter
- USB-C charging cable
Dimensions 13.1 x 280.5 x 196.5 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 0.92 kg
Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year
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Bradmonk28/07/2019 23:57

Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it …Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it utterly beyond me.


Why people who can’t comprehend other people wanting Apple products continuing to comment on Apple deals is utterly beyond me too
skinrush28/07/2019 12:51

It doesn't really matter that it has old tech. Even with the M3/M5 …It doesn't really matter that it has old tech. Even with the M3/M5 variants, they are plenty quick enough when used with Mac os. In my opinion, if you install windows on a boot camp partition on one of these, they're still quicker than many comparable Dells/HP's/lenovos running more recent i5's.The only downsides to one of these are the single usb c port, the butterfly keyboard reliability (replaceable) and it won't perform brilliantly with heavy video editing tasks. Just my experience.


Have you got proof on this? Nothing wrong with core M's but I think your statement is misleading. If you spend the same money on a windows machine then its likely to have a far better i5/i7 processor rather than a bottom on the range one. For this money I would expect a 8th gen 4 core i7 which will easily outperform this.
I think some people might be comparing this to the old MacBook Air. Apple recently released new MacBook Air models, and this was discontinued at the same time (the new Air's lack the large bezel of the old Airs).

This has some old tech, but, if you want to be in the Apple ecosystem and need a very small, thin and light laptop, is a good buy at this price.
Have to say all reviewers and Apple just don’t understand this device (well they do but need to sell Airs and simplify the lineup). At this price it’s a great buy. I picked up the Air in store a few times now and it’s so much bigger and heavier. I love my MacBook 12 and just had keyboard swapped (wasn’t too bad but thought why not?). One port was a pain two years ago but there are now so many cheap adapters that include power pass through. Whack a D brand skin on it and this is literally one of the most best devices around for basic work flow and media consumption if you live a mobile lifestyle (fits great on even a train flip table, university chair desk or yes Starbucks!)
Edited by: "cantonbean" 28th Jul
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This is good price now, but take from John Lewis, you will get 2 years warranty.
I hear they are killing off the 12inch MacBook... probably because it’s very under powered...
jona7728/07/2019 11:55

This was posted just over a month ago at £719 from eBay …This was posted just over a month ago at £719 from eBay https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/apple-macbook-12-inch-2017-space-grey-gold-silver-71910-at-currys-pcworld-ebay-with-code-pricewin-fri-14-sat-15-june-only-3246949


Have to say all reviewers and Apple just don’t understand this device (well they do but need to sell Airs and simplify the lineup). At this price it’s a great buy. I picked up the Air in store a few times now and it’s so much bigger and heavier. I love my MacBook 12 and just had keyboard swapped (wasn’t too bad but thought why not?). One port was a pain two years ago but there are now so many cheap adapters that include power pass through. Whack a D brand skin on it and this is literally one of the most best devices around for basic work flow and media consumption if you live a mobile lifestyle (fits great on even a train flip table, university chair desk or yes Starbucks!)
Edited by: "cantonbean" 28th Jul
ZuuperMan28/07/2019 12:03

I hear they are killing off the 12inch MacBook... probably because it’s v …I hear they are killing off the 12inch MacBook... probably because it’s very under powered...


I think it’s more they should price it lower then the MacBook Air but are probably learning from iPhone XR that having a product that does 80-90% of the same thing at cheaper hits margins. The air is better for sure and is overpriced like the MacBook 12 in terms of specs. However once you use one of these you’ll find anything else bulky.
I paid £730'ish through currys and utilising top cashback and bluelight card giftcards.

I already owned an old air but this def lighter and the actual size is smaller than the air due to the lack of bezel around the screen.

You'll need to factor in a few quid for a multi usb-c port, i paid £8 for one with 2 usb, 2 sd card readers, 1 hdmi.

Its a lovely bit of kit!
I think some people might be comparing this to the old MacBook Air. Apple recently released new MacBook Air models, and this was discontinued at the same time (the new Air's lack the large bezel of the old Airs).

This has some old tech, but, if you want to be in the Apple ecosystem and need a very small, thin and light laptop, is a good buy at this price.
It doesn't really matter that it has old tech. Even with the M3/M5 variants, they are plenty quick enough when used with Mac os.
In my opinion, if you install windows on a boot camp partition on one of these, they're still quicker than many comparable Dells/HP's/lenovos running more recent i5's.
The only downsides to one of these are the single usb c port, the butterfly keyboard reliability (replaceable) and it won't perform brilliantly with heavy video editing tasks.
Just my experience.
tickedon28/07/2019 12:32

I think some people might be comparing this to the old MacBook Air. Apple …I think some people might be comparing this to the old MacBook Air. Apple recently released new MacBook Air models, and this was discontinued at the same time (the new Air's lack the large bezel of the old Airs).This has some old tech, but, if you want to be in the Apple ecosystem and need a very small, thin and light laptop, is a good buy at this price.


It’s not so much old tech as ‘Core M’ which is super low power and fine for 90% of what people do on their computers - which is why so many Celeron netbook-type things and Chromebooks sell well. I had one before but didn’t use it enough. Was a fantastic travel laptop though - keyboard fine on mine but always niggling feeling it would break sometime. Better purchase than an Air 2015/17 model that everyone went bonkers for yesterday.
skinrush28/07/2019 12:51

It doesn't really matter that it has old tech. Even with the M3/M5 …It doesn't really matter that it has old tech. Even with the M3/M5 variants, they are plenty quick enough when used with Mac os. In my opinion, if you install windows on a boot camp partition on one of these, they're still quicker than many comparable Dells/HP's/lenovos running more recent i5's.The only downsides to one of these are the single usb c port, the butterfly keyboard reliability (replaceable) and it won't perform brilliantly with heavy video editing tasks. Just my experience.


Have you got proof on this? Nothing wrong with core M's but I think your statement is misleading. If you spend the same money on a windows machine then its likely to have a far better i5/i7 processor rather than a bottom on the range one. For this money I would expect a 8th gen 4 core i7 which will easily outperform this.
"thought it was a good deal with £300 off, but I don’t know too much about these"

mcrobbj28/07/2019 13:24

Have you got proof on this? Nothing wrong with core M's but I think your …Have you got proof on this? Nothing wrong with core M's but I think your statement is misleading. If you spend the same money on a windows machine then its likely to have a far better i5/i7 processor rather than a bottom on the range one. For this money I would expect a 8th gen 4 core i7 which will easily outperform this.


I haven't really got time to run benchmarks or prove statements, but my experience of running a 12 inch MacBook for personal use and having a new i5 Dell latitude for work, is that they perform quite similarly with office apps, music, Internet, photos etc.
Like I said before, I probably wouldn't attempt heavy video editing on a 12 inch MacBook. I wouldn't use one for games either.
Whether one of these is good for you will depend on your usage case.
currys one looks like a later model ? 2018 prob

just checked its same just diff colour
Edited by: "Bargainzbuddy" 28th Jul
Been this price at both JL and Currys for ages. OP you need to remove GOLD from the title as its misleading. The gold has been OOS at JL for well over a month (I'd set up an email notification to advise me when its back in stock back then, and nothing has come through), so ended up getting the gold one from Currys.

Also, already posted hotukdeals.com/dea…761
Edited by: "robertr" 28th Jul
I got one of these on the John Lewis deal and love it. Bootcamped windows 10 and it runs great. My main laptop is a Dell XPS 15 4k but I will often grab the macbook if it’s for some quick browsing or email. Just got back from holiday and it was the perfect size for travelling with. I’m very pleased with my purchase
ZuuperMan28/07/2019 12:03

I hear they are killing off the 12inch MacBook... probably because it’s v …I hear they are killing off the 12inch MacBook... probably because it’s very under powered...



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Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it utterly beyond me.
Bradmonk28/07/2019 23:57

Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it …Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it utterly beyond me.



Sometimes discontinued products are both cheaper and have factors that appeal? For instance I bought a Dell XPS 9360 when was just being discontinued because I specifically wanted the last true Dell XPS Matte screen, ports but i5 8th gen. Also sometimes people have accessories etc that work with the older tech better...like a Thunderbolt Display etc
Edited by: "cantonbean" 29th Jul
Bradmonk28/07/2019 23:57

Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it …Why people still continue to pay so much money for Apple products, it utterly beyond me.


Why people who can’t comprehend other people wanting Apple products continuing to comment on Apple deals is utterly beyond me too
I'm thinking of getting a new laptop and was thinking of this but is it worth getting the MacBook air over this? What's the pros/cons of each?

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Turnipfarmer02/08/2019 09:22

I'm thinking of getting a new laptop and was thinking of this but is it …I'm thinking of getting a new laptop and was thinking of this but is it worth getting the MacBook air over this? What's the pros/cons of each?https://www.johnlewis.com/2017-apple-macbook-air-13-3-intel-core-i5-8gb-ram-128gb-pcie-based-ssd/p3081001


That MacBook Air has a terrible screen and half the storage, but a faster processor. It also has USB-A ports and an SD card port, whereas the MacBook has only USB-C port. The MacBook has an excellent screen, is significantly lighter, has newer technology and comes in more colour choices. Personally I would not buy that MacBook Air today, and if you want an Air I would save a bit more or stretch to a 2018 model. If you're happy with the MacBook it's an excellent computer that should last you years for browsing, watching video, document editing, but don't expect to do anything too intensive on either of these computers.

qwerty21202/08/2019 14:16

Pitiful cpu performance and no seperate graphics …Pitiful cpu performance and no seperate graphics chiphttps://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+m3-7Y32+%40+1.10GHz



If you care about performance benchmarks, this computer isn't for you. It's a niche product for people wanting an ultra-portable laptop.
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Just get an air or a pro. These have crap processors.
The growing range of Lenovo's ThinkPad X range is da shiznick of laptops IMO. Starting at a little over 1Kg in weight.

Well made and durable, great keyboards, trackpad might be a point of contention for some who've become accustomed to the Wembley Stadium acreage of Apple's pad. Easy to open to upgrade WiFi, BT, SSD or when it comes to replace a worn out battery or failed components. Spill proof and designed to be used out in the field.

Can get expensive if you go for latest and greatest (which is the temptation with these as they last so well) with touch-screen or high-res WQHD or UHD screen. Buy an X1 or X1 Yoga from their previous gen range to get more for your money, or buy a recon'ed unit to enjoy a few more lattes out in the high street.
I wish Apple hadn't discontinued these - picked up a 2019 Air and it felt incredibly heavy in comparison!
TopTrump20/08/2019 10:20

The growing range of Lenovo's ThinkPad X range is da shiznick of laptops …The growing range of Lenovo's ThinkPad X range is da shiznick of laptops IMO. Starting at a little over 1Kg in weight. Well made and durable, great keyboards, trackpad might be a point of contention for some who've become accustomed to the Wembley Stadium acreage of Apple's pad. Easy to open to upgrade WiFi, BT, SSD or when it comes to replace a worn out battery or failed components. Spill proof and designed to be used out in the field.Can get expensive if you go for latest and greatest (which is the temptation with these as they last so well) with touch-screen or high-res WQHD or UHD screen. Buy an X1 or X1 Yoga from their previous gen range to get more for your money, or buy a recon'ed unit to enjoy a few more lattes out in the high street.


And if you don’t actually want a windows laptop?......
Noobster10120/08/2019 12:27

And if you don’t actually want a windows laptop?......


Then get a Mac or a Chromebook I guess, or run a dual boot setup on a laptop with a decent spec.

Mac's are all fine and well, but after seeing videos from the likes of Louis Rossman on YouTube, you come to the realisation that these things are deliberately focussed away from longevity, gently persuading people to accept that it should be seen as more of a disposable piece of tech bought by many on credit, aimed at fans of the brand or those that can justify repeat purchases of the next gen product. The whole Apple care package and sometimes not being honoured speaks volumes how they perceive their customers will tolerate anything.

For £800 I think people should be offered more robust hardware for their money. Just my opinion, but I think Apple have peeved a lot of early adopters off in their quest for generating increased revenues.

I know from my experience that none of the Apple products I have owned have lasted more than two or three years daily use without abusing it. If it were priced more reasonably, I'd perhaps overlook their approach to bake in obscelence through product failure that's often dressed up as the next improved model to own.

Tech has come on leaps and bounds, most don't fully utilise the computing power on offer and it's only boredom or an electronics failure that convinces them they need the next release of product.

A box of chicken wings from KFC almost lasts as long as Apple's bread and butter hardware.
Edited by: "TopTrump" 20th Aug
Noobster10120/08/2019 12:27

And if you don’t actually want a windows laptop?......


A laptop is a laptop, you can use linux if you don't want windows...
qwertymz20/08/2019 10:24

I wish Apple hadn't discontinued these - picked up a 2019 Air and it felt …I wish Apple hadn't discontinued these - picked up a 2019 Air and it felt incredibly heavy in comparison!


They might bring out a new version but the weight difference is pretty small, about 350 grams from memory? I guess i could see that being a pain if you carry it around in your hands a lot but not stuck in a bag.
Not really an apple fan tbh way overpriced for the spec I think it mostly appeals to snobs that want to advertise their wealth I had a few Mac's over the years Mac mini, air etc ended up buying a gaming laptop i5 1050 graphics 256 ssd and 1tb data for less ! I think as long as people are willing to pay silly prices apple will keep their prices high
Edited by: "BonzoDogDooDaa" 20th Aug
TopTrump20/08/2019 10:20

The growing range of Lenovo's ThinkPad X range is da shiznick of laptops …The growing range of Lenovo's ThinkPad X range is da shiznick of laptops IMO. Starting at a little over 1Kg in weight. Well made and durable, great keyboards, trackpad might be a point of contention for some who've become accustomed to the Wembley Stadium acreage of Apple's pad. Easy to open to upgrade WiFi, BT, SSD or when it comes to replace a worn out battery or failed components. Spill proof and designed to be used out in the field.Can get expensive if you go for latest and greatest (which is the temptation with these as they last so well) with touch-screen or high-res WQHD or UHD screen. Buy an X1 or X1 Yoga from their previous gen range to get more for your money, or buy a recon'ed unit to enjoy a few more lattes out in the high street.


I like my ThinkPads but actually I’d argue that Dell Latitude 7390 (XPS 13 business model) or HP Elitebook 830 G5 has the current X series beat. The touchpad on the X and Tseries is horrible, and they haven’t done a lot to fix it in last 5 years - if you have a bad touchpad at least give it proper buttons.
plewis0020/08/2019 14:08

I like my ThinkPads but actually I’d argue that Dell Latitude 7390 (XPS 13 …I like my ThinkPads but actually I’d argue that Dell Latitude 7390 (XPS 13 business model) or HP Elitebook 830 G5 has the current X series beat. The touchpad on the X and Tseries is horrible, and they haven’t done a lot to fix it in last 5 years - if you have a bad touchpad at least give it proper buttons.


Compared to the apple touchpads they are all bad. I wish everyone would just copy the apple touchpad tbh.
BonzoDogDooDaa20/08/2019 13:55

Not really an apple fan tbh way overpriced for the spec I think it mostly …Not really an apple fan tbh way overpriced for the spec I think it mostly appeals to snobs that want to advertise their wealth I had a few Mac's over the years Mac mini, air etc ended up buying a gaming laptop i5 1050 graphics 256 ssd and 1tb data for less ! I think as long as people are willing to pay silly prices apple will keep their prices high


Not really comparing like for like. There is a cost to fitting it all in such a small space.
plewis0020/08/2019 14:08

I like my ThinkPads but actually I’d argue that Dell Latitude 7390 (XPS 13 …I like my ThinkPads but actually I’d argue that Dell Latitude 7390 (XPS 13 business model) or HP Elitebook 830 G5 has the current X series beat. The touchpad on the X and Tseries is horrible, and they haven’t done a lot to fix it in last 5 years - if you have a bad touchpad at least give it proper buttons.


Yours is a Intel gen 4 model then? They tried the all in one sprung larger trackpad with mouse 'corners' on some models released around about the 2014/2015 mark (which I also hated) and then reverted back to seperate keys. Current ones have independent keys and a slightly smaller trackpad.

Had an XPS 13 business model and found the lower placement of the buttons annoying. Compact unit but weightier than the X1 Yoga I bought myself.
HP's keyboards - I'm not a fan of.
CoeK20/08/2019 14:25

Compared to the apple touchpads they are all bad. I wish everyone would …Compared to the apple touchpads they are all bad. I wish everyone would just copy the apple touchpad tbh.


No they're not. The Elitebooks since the G1 have had glass touchpads which feel great and smooth. The Latitude 7390 has dedicated buttons which gives you the accuracy you need. Not quite Apple standards but that's a software thing, as if you use an MacBook touchpad in Windows it's just as bad (or rather not as good).

TopTrump20/08/2019 14:27

Yours is a Intel gen 4 model then? They tried the all in one sprung larger …Yours is a Intel gen 4 model then? They tried the all in one sprung larger trackpad with mouse 'corners' on some models released around about the 2014/2015 mark (which I also hated) and then reverted back to seperate keys. Current ones have independent keys and a slightly smaller trackpad.Had an XPS 13 business model and found the lower placement of the buttons annoying. Compact unit but weightier than the X1 Yoga I bought myself.HP's keyboards - I'm not a fan of.


Which ThinkPad? I've had the X280 before and that wasn't great for touchpads. The 40-series (T440 and X240) with Haswell chips were the ones with that deep click touchpad that everyone hated. AFAIK all TouchPads after the 30-series have clickpads with no physical buttons underneath. HP keyboards are generally useless, especially on the Pavilion range (where they inexplicably have half-height enter keys) but on the EliteBooks they are probably the best keyboards I've come across. My biggest issue with the latest EliteBooks is they've gone to aluminium chassis which is not as durable as the previous magnesium alloy they had before - it dents if you just look at it slightly wrong. The Dells have some soft-touch coating and very robust exteriors, like the ThinkPads.
Edited by: "plewis00" 20th Aug
plewis0020/08/2019 14:27

No they're not. The Elitebooks since the G1 have had glass touchpads which …No they're not. The Elitebooks since the G1 have had glass touchpads which feel great and smooth. The Latitude 7390 has dedicated buttons which gives you the accuracy you need. Not quite Apple standards but that's a software thing, as if you use an MacBook touchpad in Windows it's just as bad (or rather not as good).


Haven't tried the elitebook one, will give it a go. Tried the XPS's and all the microsoft ones though and found none of them as nice to use regardless of material.

But for me it is the clickiness. I prefer the haptic feedback that the macs do. All the other things they do like multitouch don't bother me, i would rather have touchscreen.
CoeK20/08/2019 14:31

Haven't tried the elitebook one, will give it a go. Tried the XPS's and …Haven't tried the elitebook one, will give it a go. Tried the XPS's and all the microsoft ones though and found none of them as nice to use regardless of material.But for me it is the clickiness. I prefer the haptic feedback that the macs do. All the other things they do like multitouch don't bother me, i would rather have touchscreen.


If you like the haptic feedback then yes, it's only Apple and it's so good you can't tell it's not moving, I would agree with that. But if you're using Windows, they lose their edge. I don't really use multitouch other than two finger scroll, every other gesture is just plain annoying. The Surface line-up has good touchpads I find. I typically use my Surface in laptop mode and rarely touch the screen at all.
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