Caitlin at Macworld had this to say about the Macbook: good in theory, bad in reality. What do you think? "... combines technologies that aren’t yet standard, but could be one day. The Force Touch trackpad, super thin keyboard with reduced key travel, and lone USB-C port make the new MacBook a truly next-generation laptop, which is awesome in theory. In reality, the keyboard isn’t the easiest to type on, and the USB-C connector makes the new MacBook incompatible with basically every other device you own... people who drop $1300 on the 12-inch MacBook will face struggles that buyers of other MacBook models don’t, at least for awhile longer." http://www.macworld.com/article/301...ggest-wins-fails-and-wtf-moments-of-2015.html I think it's actually bad in reviews (like this), but good in the hands of actual owners. There were a few high quality reviews (Anandtech, for example: "I hesitate to call the MacBook a niche product since niche implies highly specialized when in fact the MacBook isn’t quite that specialized – it’s just small"). But, most of the reviews seemed to copy/paste the same complaints, especially in the early days of lazy reviewing and tight deadlines. Trackpad The trackpad non-standard criticism seems odd to me, because it is also found on the 13" MBP, but I do recall a few reports in the early days of anti-trackpad sentiment, though I've never understood that -- besides being more accurate and consistent, I couldn't even tell the difference between the old and new one. Keyboard The keyboard, like any keyboard change, is going to bug some people. I prefer the external keyboard to the iPad's virtual one, and the MBP to the Air keyboard, but if I had to choose one, I'd go with the rMB. It's actually larger than the Air's. I understand that everyone has their preference, but it seems to be fine for people who use it long enough to get used to it. I think Caitlin is regurgitating what she read in reviews, not what she knows through personal experience or learns from owner feedback. Connector Yes, it is an annoyance, but hardly a deal breaker. I've got to get new connectors for every new Apple device / update anyhow, so it's more of the same. Struggling? No. I don't think about it much, because it is a non-issue for me. She seems to be regurgitating stuff said by stationary users, who obviously will be annoyed when peripherals aren't easily connected, rather than consider the needs of mobile users, who want to make the trade-off for a smaller, lighter device. Performance Weirdly, she didn't even touch on this directly -- just threw out the price as if it was too much for too little, which is the complaint I sometimes hear when comparing it to other, larger computers in the lineup. It's the same you hear for just about every computer lineup, though -- they get more expensive as they get smaller. I've found the performance / price ratio to be acceptable. I remember the original Air struck me as way too much. I'll never complain about a price cut, but this seems about right. The reason this drew my attention is that we are many months out and we are still seeing the same stuff being churned out by reviewers. I suspect early reviews got it wrong, and the problem with perceptions is that they are based on a few minutes of early use by people who were mainly comparing it to the 13" Airs. It's interesting to see how much of an impact these early reviewers (who form their opinions in seconds or minutes) have on long-term perceptions, something that is probably negatively affecting Pro and Watch sales as well.