It’s not often I find an article by Andrew Orlowski that I can agree on
Now compare this to the Watch and the Netbook – ooops, sorry, I meant the new MacBook.
The new laptop continues to “push the envelope” for size and weight, but it comes with some very familiar compromises. The low power chip is a giveaway (and considering the Air and MacBook Pro offer outstanding performance for the same money).
Removing all but a headphone jack and a single USB Type-C port is the real compromise. The Type-C replaces the MagSafe power socket – so you can’t plug in a USB mouse and charge the computer at the same time. To do that, you’ll need a $79 adapter. You’ll need that to use your current accessories while charging.
And if you use VGA and HDMI monitors you’ll need both VGA and HDMI flavours of adapter. You’ll also need adapters for things you didn’t realise you needed. There’s no SD card slot on the machine, so budget for one of those. And probably a hub.
Did Apple really need to throw out a dedicated power socket? It’s pretty fundamental. It’s even more fundamental a couple of years down the line, when the battery holds a fraction of its original charge.