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Apple MacBook 12-inch (2017)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 150 reviews of Apple MacBook 12-inch (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and usability. The design and performance also get good opinions. Reviews about the keyboard and durability are mixed, and some have doubts about the price.

portability, performance, design, usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook 12-inch (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Apple MacBook (2017) review


Surprisingly more than ‘more of the same'

Really solid build quality ; New keyboard switches feel great ; The screen’s lovely for general use ; Decent battery life

FaceTime camera is 480p ; Keyboard is REALLY LOUD ; Would be nice if it was 200 quid cheaper ; USB-C rather than Thunderbolt 3

Little’s outwardly changed, but tweaks and spec bumps ensure Apple’s ultra-thin laptop’s still one of the best around

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook (2017) review


Full disclosure: I've had a strong affinity for the 12-inch MacBook since it was originally introduced in 2015. Sure, it was underpowered and had an annoyingly flat keyboard. And it had only a single USB-C port -- then still something of an exotic...

The new 12-inch MacBook adds the improved keyboard mechanism from the MacBook Pro line. New processor and RAM options mean better performance.

Little else has changed, including the lack of ports beyond a single USB-C connection. You still can't get more-powerful mainstream Intel processors.

With a subtle tweak to the keyboard and better component choices, this cult favorite mini MacBook suddenly feels like it can be your everyday laptop.

Jun, 2017

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Apple MacBook 2017 review

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The 12-inch Apple MacBook gets an update in 2017, but is it just a lick of paint, or is there something more substantial going on under the hood? With a slight upgrade to the processor and a more powerful graphics card, could the 2017 MacBook make you...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Tom Brant (

Apple MacBook (2017)


The ever-slim Apple MacBook gets a faster processor and remains a battery life champ, but a persistent dearth of connectivity ports makes it unappealing compared with the similarly priced MacBook Pro and Windows competitors.

Astonishingly thin and light. 15+-hour battery life. Retina display offers crisp text and bright colors.

Connectivity is limited to a single USB port and a headphone jack. Components are not upgradeable after purchase.

Unless you are a Mac user who values portability above all else and are fine with shelling out the extra cash for a dock or adapter, we recommend taking a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which we'll have a review for in the coming days. If you don't...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

MacBook review: Apple's 12-inch mini laptop gets it right


In its third incarnation, faster processors and a much better keyboard finally make the 12-inch MacBook a contender.

The new 12-inch MacBook adds the improved keyboard mechanism from the MacBook Pro line. New processor and RAM options mean better performance.

Little else has changed, including the lack of ports beyond a single USB-C connection. You still can't get more-powerful mainstream Intel processors.

With a subtle tweak to the keyboard and better component choices, this cult favorite mini MacBook suddenly feels like it can be your everyday laptop.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Apple MacBook 12 (2017) Laptop Review


What is new? As well as the quietly updated Air 13, the MacBook 12 has also got a new CPU and a faster SSD. With it, Apple aims to be "years ahead". "Compared to whom or what?" you might ask. Probably in comparison to the Air 13, whose essentials are...

high-quality, extremely thin and lightweight case ; very good Force-Touch touchpad ; very good, high-resolution display ; silent operation ; very good speakers

only one port, which is also used for charging ; keyboard takes some getting used to ; display with glossy surface ; reduced performance under prolonged load

How is the new MacBook 12 from Apple doing about 2 years after its first release? Well, we would not say that it is "light years" ahead, since other manufacturers have not slept during this time and offer slim and likewise powerful mobile computers...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Matt Safford (

Apple MacBook (2017) Review and Ratings


Apple's updated MacBook gets a performance and battery boost, plus a somewhat better keyboard. It remains impressively slim, with an excellent screen, but we still want more than that one port.

Improved performance and keyboard compared to previous-generation MacBook ; 15-hour battery life ; Excellent Retina display

Still just one USB port (a Type-C that won't fit most existing peripherals) ; Noisy keyboard

For the second year in a row, Apple has done a modest amount of tweaking to its updated MacBook, dropping new low-voltage processors and faster SSDs into the same snazzy, slim, and solid-feeling chassis that debuted in 2015. Color options remain the...

Jul, 2017

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APPLE MacBook 12" - Rose Gold (2017)


Every thing scroll up and down bad too much to say waste of money

Feb, 2019

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APPLE MacBook 12" - Space Grey (2017)


Lots of emails asking me to rate product

Jan, 2019

Consumer review (

Light and stylish


Bought for my daughter as a replacement for 6 year old MacBook Pro. She loves the fact that this is smaller and lighter and easier to carry around

Nov, 2018

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):41.4
Battery life (max):10 / 12
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30 / 720


Front Camera:Y
Rear camera:N / Y
Swivel webcam:N / Y


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold


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


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:30.5
Display Resolution:2304 x 1440
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:226


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2304
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 615 / Intel® HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 615
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


Full-size keyboard:Y
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:English / German / US English
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Trackpad


Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866
Memory form factor:On-board


Bluetooth version:4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,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):-25 - 45

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

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


Ambient light sensor:Y
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated:N

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N
ExpressCard slot:N
Headphone outputs:1
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y


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


Bus type:OPI
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core M / Intel Core m3-7xxx
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:M7-6Y75
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core m7-6Y series
Processor Socket:BGA 1515
Processor threads:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):4.5

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:88199
Processor code:SR2EH
Processor package size:20
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y


Bundled software:- Photos\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Siri\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Maps\n- Notes\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Photo Booth\n- Preview\n- iTunes\n- iBooks\n- App Store\n- Time Machine / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine
Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:macOS Mojave / macOS Sierra


Card reader integrated:N
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:512
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
SSD capacity:256 / 512
SSD interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):3.5
Height (rear):1.31