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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8467 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the portability and design are generally positive. The price and usability also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed views about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Laptop (2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 8GB 1600MHz memory 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive1 Intel HD GraphApple MacBook Pro 13 inch Laptop (2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz 8GB 1600MHz memory 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive1 Intel HD Graph

Jan, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1151 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviews about the portability and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good comments. The connectivity and reliability get mixed comments.

performance, usability, price, design, portability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Jan, 2019

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Amazon.ca review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca.

83% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (Mid 2012)

 

When Apple announced the update to its MacBook Pro line in June 2012, we had anticipated a slimmer, new design and high-resolution screen. While that did happen in the form of the Retina display, the standard MacBook Pro range wasn't axed. There's no...

Classic design, USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, responsive OS makes light work of your day-to-day projects, beefed up on the power front, sturdy build quality, backlit keyboard with brightness adjustment, great screen brightness and viewing angle

"Sharp" wrist-rest edge, spacing between connection ports, undeniably expensive, screen resolution could be higher (but Retina model has that covered), the Retina model overshadows this "standard" release, no SSD as standard

There's no doubt that the MacBook Pro (mid 2012) is one great-looking, powerful machine that will serve many professionals well. The user experience is smooth thanks to the latest operating system, and the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 transfer speeds are a...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Ian Morris (pocket-lint.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid-2012)

 

To some extent, Apple has made a rod for its own back. The MacBook Air reached such impressive heights last year, with just about the best computer hardware on the market, and with more than enough features to keep even demanding users happy. This year...

Beautiful, sturdy, great keyboard and trackpad, spiffing battery life

Expensive, keyboard a bit squeaky, can't be upgraded

We aren't sure what has happened, but it very much appears that Apple laptops are no longer all that much more expensive than a decent PC. The Dell XPS 13 uses older tech, but still costs nearly the same as this 13-inch Air. Arguably, the Air offers a...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : stuffmagazine (stuff.tv)

Apple MacBook Pro 13in preview - laptop reviews and video

 

Apple's unibody MacBook Pros have been given a refresh, with a new 13in version and a tweaked trio of 15in models

Claimed 7 hour battery life. SD card slot. New 13in version

No ExpressCard slot

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Ian Osborne (techradar.com)

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro review

 

The 2012 refresh gives Apple's most portable MacBook Pros an exciting upgrade

New processors ; Better integrated graphics ; Unibody build ; USB 3.0 ; Excellent screen

No discrete graphics ; Limited upgrade options ; Only a small speed bump ; Slow hard drives ; Cheaper model only Core i5

Apple upgraded its entire range of notebooks with the mid-2012 refresh. Although the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has grabbed most of the headlines, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro shouldn't be overlooked.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Stephen Dean (reghardware.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Pro 13in

 

Review Shock horror – Apple laptop in so-so review scandal. The latest MacBook Pro with Retina Display [1] may be setting a new standard at the top of the range, however, this modest update for the standard 13in MacBook Pro looks rather like it's...

When my esteemed colleague Dabbsie reviewed the 2011 model last November [5] he bemoaned the MacBook’s high price but concluded that it was justified as this was ‘the best bloody entry-level laptop in the world’. This year’s model is just as good, but...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : James Hutchinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple Macbook Pro (13in)

 

Apple's smallest MacBook Pro laptop has plenty of power and a long battery life

Fantastic build quality and design, extremely long battery life, multi-touch trackpad, beefy processor and RAM options

RAM upgrades are expensive through Apple, no anti-glare display coating option, battery can't be removed

The 13in Apple MacBook has gone Pro, with more memory, beefier processors and an embedded battery that outlasts similar-sized notebooks we've tested. We would prefer an option for a more powerful graphics card though.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : James Hutchinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple MacBook Pro (13in)

 

Apple's 13in MacBook Pro is the smallest notebook in the company's "Pro" range, but it still packs quite a punch. This laptop is a fantastic compromis...

Fantastic build quality and design, extremely long battery life, multi-touch trackpad, beefy processor and RAM options

RAM upgrades are expensive through Apple, no anti-glare display coating option, battery can't be removed

The 13in Apple MacBook has gone Pro, with more memory, beefier processors and an embedded battery that outlasts similar-sized notebooks we've tested. We would prefer an option for a more powerful graphics card though.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (engadget.com)

MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2012)

 

More Info Apple announces refreshed MacBook Air: Ivy Bridge processor, USB 3.0, shipping today The 2012 MacBook Air vs. the 2011 model: what's chan...

At first blush, the MacBook Air doesn't appear to have changed much between 2011 and 2012: it looks exactly the same, save for those USB 3.0 ports and new MagSafe2 connector, and even the 50Wh battery remains unchanged. As for those faster Ivy Bridge...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (mid 2012)

 

The MacBook Pro with Retina display is a top-shelf laptop with a world-class display. It isn't cheap, but it's worth it.

Beautiful Retina display ; Thinner and lighter than previous Pros ; World-class performance ; Improved battery life

Expensive ; MagSafe 2 connector requires an adapter

Is this the best Mac ever? You can't ignore the Air as an amazing piece of machinery, especially with the new, higher-powered Ivy Bridge processors and faster SSDs tucked inside its wedge profile. But, this new Pro is on another level of performance....

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.com)

2012 13-inch MacBook Air review: Still the king of the ultrabooks

 

The improvements are harder to spot, but a price drop and some added features make this year's MacBook Air an even better buy than last year.

The 13-inch ; has new Intel CPUs, better battery life, and an improved 720p Webcam, and finally adds USB 3.0 ports, while shaving $100 off the price from last year's models.

The design, while strong, stays largely the same: there's no Ethernet port, and the base SSD storage option of 128GB is smaller than a standard hard drive, though common for ultrabooks.

This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):63.5
Battery life (max):7
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Silver

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.8
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1250
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad

Memory

Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1600

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4570
Operating altitude:0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Other features

Audio system:HD
Display:LCD
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):29
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.6
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:2.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I7-3520M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64893
Processor code:SR0MU
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Storage Media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22.7
Depth (imperial):22.7
Height :2.41
Height (imperial):2.41
Weight:2.06
Width:32.5
Width (imperial):32.5