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Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and screen. The design and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the connectivity and keyboard. There are some mixed views about the energy efficiency and reliability.

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 (Early 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People are impressed by the usability and screen. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability. There are some negative opinions about the connectivity and image quality.

performance, portability, design, screen, usability

image quality, connectivity

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MLHA2LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Silver, 256 GB) NEWEST VERSIONApple MacBook MLHA2LL/A 12-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Silver, 256 GB) NEWEST VERSION

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

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 (pocket-lint.com)

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

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

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 (cnet.co.uk)

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 (alphr.com)

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 (macworld.co.uk)

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 (canadianreviewer.com)

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 (digitalspy.com)

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 : Henry Burrell (macworld.co.uk)

Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2016) hands-on review

 

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?

Undeniably beautiful design ; Improved processors on all models ; More resilient battery performance ; A screen to die for

Single port limits some users ; Keyboard takes some practice ; You'll need to save up

There's no escaping the fact that this is a very similar laptop to its 2015 predecessor, which so divided the tech community. But we think the problems have been overblown. The engineering on show is superb, and the performance is completely acceptable...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Alan Lu (itpro.co.uk)

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

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):41.4
Battery life (max):10 / 11
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:640 x 480

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Gold / Grey / Pink / Pink gold / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Gold / Grey / Pink / Pink gold / Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:30.5
Display Resolution:2304 x 1440
HD type:2K Ultra HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:226
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 850 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard number of keys:79
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 4500
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Headphone outputs:1
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:29

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):29.8
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1866,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 2x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.7 / 3.1
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core M / Intel Core m5-6xxx / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:M3-6Y30 / m5-6Y54 / M7-6Y75
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core m3-6Y series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series
Processor Socket:BGA1515
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):4.5
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88198 / 88199 / 88202 / M3-6Y30 / m5-6Y54
Processor code:SR2EH / SR2EM / SR2EN
Processor package size:20
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / No

Software

Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / macOS Sierra 10.12

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:256 / 512
Storage Media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.6 / 196.5
Height (front):0.35 / 3.5
Height (rear):1.31
Weight:920
Width:28.1 / 280.5