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Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 222 reviews of Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and screen are on the whole positive. The design and performance are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the reliability, and the connectivity and keyboard get critical opinions.

portability, performance, design, screen, usability

price, keyboard, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016) from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Apple MacBook 12-inch (2016) from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the usability and screen. The design and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative reviews about the connectivity and image quality, and comments are divided on the reliability.

performance, portability, design, screen, usability

image quality, connectivity

77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (

MacBook (12-inch, 2016)


Apple's flagship laptop has had a refresh, and while not huge amount has changed over last year's model, it's the same price for an improved specification. Win-win, right?

May, 2016

Expert review by : Rhiannon Williams (

Apple MacBook (2016) review: Is port-free still the future?


The revival of the MacBook range in spring 2015 resulted in one of the most beautiful and portable Apple laptops: the 12-inch MacBook. It was also one of the most controversial, with just a single USB Type-C port handling all the connectivity and...

Small size and lightweight design, quality screen, Force Touch trackpad, day's battery life

Still only one USB Type-C (two would be better), no touchscreen, no Touch ID, expensive

The 12-inch MacBook has divided opinion since day one, having done-away with a full-size USB port for the smaller USB Type-C. A couple of years down the line and this will be a more standard format, but the bigger issue is the MacBook's persistence to...

Sep, 2016

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Apple MacBook (2016) review


More power, more pink, but what else?

Good battery life ; Great screen ; Lovely trackpad, good keyboard layout ; Class-leading speakers

Rubbish connectivity is still annoying ; No memory card slot ; Mixed feelings about the slim keyboard

Two pounds of pink aside it’s much like last year’s 12in MacBook. But that’s no bad thing.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook (2016) review


In October 2016, Apple updated its laptop portfolio, delivering an overdue refresh of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros . Considerably slimmer and lighter than their predecessors, the new models come equipped with larger Force Touch trackpads and...

The 12-inch MacBook gets a decent boost to performance and battery life, while keeping the same slim, light premium body. The high-res display and responsive trackpad remain the gold standard. Color options add a fun bit of personalization.

The single USB-C port will continue to be an inconvenience for many. The shallow keyboard isn't ideal for long-form typing. Other super-slim laptops manage to fit in more powerful processors.

With a handful of subtle improvements, the updated 12-inch Apple MacBook is more of a mainstream machine, but remains a few tweaks away from being the best laptop on the market.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Ian Betteridge (

Apple MacBook (2016) review: Small and even more perfectly formed


A boost in battery life and performance makes the MacBook more tempting than ever

The MacBook answers the question, “What would happen if you mated a MacBook Air with an iPad?”. It’s a Mac, running OS X, but the design and feel of the product is heavily influenced by the iPad. It’s the first Mac I’ve used where OS features that have...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Henry Burrell (

A question of port: Hands on with 2016's new 12-inch MacBook


Apple's updated 12-inch MacBook for 2016 boasts faster processor and storage performance, 10 hours of battery life and a form factor like no other. But does all this justify its apparent compromises and high price? Here's our 12-inch MacBook review

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (

Review: Apple MacBook (2016)


The most portable Mac retains the thin and light profile that mobile workers and frequent travellers appreciate and becomes a better vessel for many of the upcoming macOS Sierra features.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Luke Johnson (

Apple MacBook (2016) review: The laptop you'll want more than any other


Prepare to covet.

Stunning, minimalist design ; Brilliantly sharp, vibrant Retina display ; Sleek, user-friendly OS X software

Single connection port is restrictive ; Hugely expensive ; Gets seriously hot with prolonged use

The MacBook isn't the most powerful laptop around – not by a long shot – and its single port set-up can be more than a little restrictive, but that's only part of the story. In classic Apple fashion, these significant shortcomings aren't as damaging as...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Alan Lu (

Apple MacBook Retina 12in (early 2016) review


Apple's latest ultraportable laptop didn't quite tickle us pink

Very lengthy battery life; Large and very responsive touchpad; Light yet sturdy; Sharp, bright and non-reflective screen

No Thunderbolt 3; Keyboard and wireless-centric design won’t suit everyone

As expected, the latest 12in Macbook is a mild iteration of last year’s model. It’s a good ultra portable, but if you didn’t like last year’s version then you won’t like this one either

Apr, 2016

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Expert review by : Alan Lu , Joe Curtis (

Apple MacBook Retina 12in review - 'a superb choice, but challenging to fit into how you work'


Apple upgrades specs and adds rose gold model for 2016 MacBook Retina 12in

Very thin and light; Lengthy battery life; Top quality screen and touchpad

Keyboard won’t suit everyone; USB-C adapters a necessity; Wireless-only not always possible or desirable

Apple’s ultra portable laptop is stunning, but the compromises made to achieve its low weight and slender profile won’t suit everyone

Apr, 2016

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