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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Late 2016 (MLH12, MLVP2, MNQF2, MNQG2, MPDK2, MPDL2, MLL42, MLUQ2)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 368 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Late 2016 (MLH12, MLVP2, MNQF2, MNQG2, MPDK2, MPDL2, MLL42, MLUQ2). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and price.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

MacBook Pro review (2016): A step forward and a step back

 

There's lots to like about the new MacBook Pro: its slimmed-down design, brighter screen, improved audio, faster graphics and disk speeds. But by doing things like removing full-sized USB ports, the memory card reader and even the Function row, Apple...

Attractive and well-built ; Thinner and lighter ; Retina screen is brighter and more colorful than ever ; Impressive audio quality ; Fast performance, especially the disk speeds ; Touch ID is a useful addition ; Spacious trackpad

Expensive with the Touch Bar ; Easy to accidentally hit the Touch Bar instead of the Delete key ; No memory card slot ; The only ports are USB-C ports ; Rated battery life is shorter this year ; No more MagSafe

I'm one of many Mac owners out there who has been waiting for Apple to upgrade the MacBook Pro line. Now that it finally has, I find the new laptop isn't quite what I wanted. For me, the ideal MacBook Pro is actually a mashup between this and last...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: A second-screen dream machine

 

Apple's Touch Bar -- a thin screen that replaces the function keys on the new MacBook Pro -- can't compete with the multitouch screen found on iPads and Windows laptops, but it has a lot more promise than you might expect.

The inventive Touch Bar streamlines work and saves clicks, and Apple has improved almost every part of the thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, including a larger touchpad, faster components and a flatter keyboard. iPhone's Touch ID is handy on the Mac, too.

You're paying a hefty premium for the Touch Bar, which supports only a limited handful of Apple apps for now. The USB-C-only ports mean carrying a bag full of dongles. The lack of high-end graphics or huge RAM options in the 13-inch model may frustrate...

Apple's smart, useful Touch Bar makes it well worth splurging on the step-up version of the streamlined 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro review (13-inch, 2016): This is basically the Retina MacBook Air you've always wanted

 

It's missing the fancy new Touch Bar, but everything else about this entry level Pro has been updated.

A massive touchpad dominates this incredibly skinny, high-powered laptop. The screen really pops, with less bezel and wider color range. Adding space grey as a color option gives it a bold, mod look.

This version leaves out the amazing new Touch Bar. It's more expensive than the model it replaces and has only a pair of USB-C ports plus a headphone jack for wired connectivity. The shallow keyboard takes getting used to.

While it's missing the buzzworthy Touch Bar, the entry-level MacBook Pro is effectively the redesigned and updated 'Retina MacBook Air' that you've been waiting for.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2016)

 

The entry-level, 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn't have the buzz-worthy Touch Bar everyone is talking about, but that doesn't mean this isn't a formidable laptop. For $1,499, you get a brighter and more colorful screen than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro,...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Klaus Hinum, Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2.9 GHz i5, Touch Bar) Notebook Review

 

The better 13-inch Pro? The MacBook Pro 13 Touch Bar is Apple's new 13-inch flagship model. Besides the obvious OLED display above the keyboard, however, there are more differences compared to the entry-level model with function keys. Is it worth the...

excellent chassis and build quality ; huge trackpad with great precision ; quiet and good cooling ; high WLAN transfer speeds ; very good display with perfect scaling ; good speakers ; good battery runtimes ; steady performance, also on battery ; 4x...

...but reduced bandwidth for the ports on the right side ; neither USB-A nor HDMI-out ; 2.4 GHz WLAN issues with attached USB-C device ; poor webcam ; very expensive – especially the upgrades

The two models of the new Apple MacBook Pro 13 are – as expected – similar in many respects. This includes the excellent chassis, which is still extremely sturdy despite the diet. You also get one of the best and brightest displays on the market,...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner, Klaus A. Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2016, 2 GHz i5, without Touch Bar) Laptop Review

 

Brilliant, even without Touch? The new MacBook Pro laptops have arrived. The most striking new feature: a Touch Bar instead of function keys. Apple still offers a model without this novelty, and wants to target the "entry-level sector" – price: 1699...

excellent chassis and build quality ; huge trackpad – still best in class ; silent without high workloads ; very good speakers ; fast WLAN ; very good display with perfect scaling (typical for macOS)

connectivity issues with 2.4 GHz WLAN and USB-C devices ; clattering fan on our test model ; only 3 ports ; very expensive – especially the upgrades ; poor webcam

Before we can get our hands on Apple's highly praised Touch Bar, we can review the entry-level model of the new MacBook Pro 13, which is already available. It is also supposed to replace the less expensive Air models in the medium-term if you ask...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (zdnet.com)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016) review: Touch Bar-free model offers impressive battery life and portability

 

The big headline-grabber when Apple launched its long-awaited update for the MacBook Pro range in October was, of course, the new Touch Bar -- the touch-sensitive glass panel intended to replace the conventional function keys that have been used on...

Slimmer and lighter than previous models ; Bright, colourful 2,560-by-1,600 display ; All-day battery life

Lacks a discrete GPU ; Only two USB-C ports for connectivity ; Very expensive (in the UK)

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : AppleInsider Staff (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's new Kaby Lake 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar unexpectedly speedy vs. 2016 model

 

After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor -- and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to...

Jun, 2017

Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Brendan Nystedt (reviewed.com)

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016) Laptop Review

 

Why is it so hard to pick a MacBook?

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Frakes (thewirecutter.com)

Which MacBook Should I Buy?

 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016 without Touch Bar, or 2015) is the best Mac laptop for most people, though choosing has never been harder.

Jan, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2 / 3

Battery

Battery Capacity:49.2 / 54.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):49.2 / 54.5
Battery life (max):10
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Grey / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:2560 x 1600
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:61

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: 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 / 1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1926 / 0x1927
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Graphics 540 / Intel Iris Graphics 550
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / French / Russian / Spanish / Swiss / UK English / US English
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:64 / 65 / 78 / 79
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Touch Bar:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: 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 - 177165.4
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-25 - 45

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

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

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
Headphone outputs:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2 / 4

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:61

Processor

Bus type:Opi
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-6267U / i5-6360U
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.3 / 3.30 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.4 / 2.9 / 2.90 / 3.1 / 3.3
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6267U / i5-6360U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-6300 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / FCBGA1356
Processor threads:4
Stepping:K1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 28
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
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® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:91156 / 91166
Processor code:SR2JK / SR2JM
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 24 x 1.3
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N
Fingerprint reader: Yes

Software

Bundled software:iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra / macOS Sierra 10.12

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:1000 / 256 / 512
Storage media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.36
Height:0.587
Weight:3.02
Width:12