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Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 reviews of Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and screen. The design and performance also get good views. Some have doubts about the connectivity and keyboard, and there are some mixed views about the reliability.

portability, performance, design, screen, usability

price, keyboard, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably.

keyboard, performance, screen, portability, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple MLHE2B/A MacBook 12-Inch Laptop (Intel Core m3 1.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB Storage, Intel HD Graphics 515, OS X El Capitan)Apple MLHE2B/A MacBook 12-Inch Laptop (Intel Core m3 1.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB Storage, Intel HD Graphics 515, OS X El Capitan)

Feb, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Apple MacBook Retina 12-inch, Early 2016 (MLHA2, MLHC2, MMGM2, MMGL2, MLHE2, MLHF2, MLH82, MLH72) 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 Laptops on Amazon.com. Opinions about the usability and screen are generally positive. The design and portability also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the reliability. Some have doubts 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

Feb, 2017

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

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz Review

 

Apple has relatively quietly refreshed its MacBook 12 series. While the basic principles remained unchanged compared to the predecessor from 2015 (see review), the notebook hardware was brought up-to-date with an Intel Skylake processor and fast NVMe...

outstanding Retina screen, precise Force-Touch trackpad, notable speaker quality, high-end aluminum chassis, silent as passively cooled, yet still not very hot

a single combo port is a serious restriction, the short key travel causes typing errors again and again, no charge indicator via LED, poor maintainability and upgradeability (iFixit 1/10 points), single core performance is slightly lower than the...

The 12-inch MacBook is and remains an impressive device. Low weight, an excellent display, and its build quality are outstanding properties. However, not much has changed compared to the model from 2015. Slightly improved graphics performance and...

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook 2016 Review

 

It's best to think of the 2016 MacBook as a MacBook S. Similar to the evolution from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s, Apple didn't revamp the design for its ultraslim 2-pound laptop. Instead, the company focused mostly on internal upgrades for the...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Jamison Cush (NotebookReview.com)

Apple MacBook 2016 Review: The Good, The Bad, The Expensive

 

The new Apple MacBook is expensive considering its specs. But it also arguably has the best hardware on the market. Does that make it a compelling product? Read on to find out.

Great hardware ; Excellent display ; Best touchpad on the market

Overpriced for its performance ; Single USB Type-C port frustrating, accessories expensive ; Display not a touchscreen ; Shallow key travel makes for uncomfortable typing

May, 2016

Expert review by: Lauren Goode (theverge.com)

MacBook 2016 review: all of the possibilities, all of the realities

 

Last year's introduction of the 12-inch MacBook — that's just MacBook, not MacBook Air or MacBook Pro — highlighted some of the best elements of Apple design. The laptop is beautiful, super thin,...

Incredibly thin/light ; Beautiful Retina display ; Improved performance

Still not as powerful as other MacBooks ; Shallow, edge-to-edge keyboard ; Single USB Type-C port

May, 2016

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (zdnet.com)

Apple MacBook (2016) review: Skylake update improves performance and battery life

 

The MacBook's lightweight design is hard to beat for portability, but there are alternatives that offer better battery life and more connectivity for office use.

Sleek ultraportable 12-inch laptop weighing just 920g ; Impressive Retina Display ; Improved battery life and GPU performance

Expensive ; Few upgrade or repair options ; Limited connectivity

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Roman Loyola (pcworld.com)

Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 review: Enough new features to justify upgrading (from PowerDVD 14, at least)

 

When it comes to hardware, Apple isn't afraid to force its users to adapt, to change habits. Longtime Mac users remember when Apple stopped including floppy and optical drives, or when FireWire was discontinued. More recently, Mac users have had to...

Small size and light weight make it ideal for travel ; Increased performance ; Improved battery life

Only one USB-C port for charging and peripherals ; Reduced key travel on keyboard makes the keys uncomfortable to press ; 480p FaceTime camera ; No flash storage customization options available

The MacBook is for the user who values portability over anything else. The 2016 edition comes with a welcomed speed boost and a Rose Gold option.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Apple's updated MacBook is indeed faster with longer battery life

 

Apple deserves credit for improving the MacBook's battery life and disk speeds, but other than that, this is, for better and worse, the same machine as last year's model. If you previously shied away from the 12-inch MacBook because of the "one port"...

Lightweight, attractive design ; Comfortable keyboard ; Gorgeous display ; Improved SSD speeds ; New model does indeed get an extra hour of battery life ; Now available in pink, if that's your thing

Still just one port; adapters sold separately ; Battery life still trails other ultraportables, including Apple's own MacBook Air

How similar is the updated MacBook to last year's model? Put it this way: I was strongly tempted to assign it the exact same score. In the end, I decided it deserved a slightly higher number as a way of acknowledging the extra hour of battery life and...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2016)

 

The insanely sleek 12-inch MacBook is still the lightest Apple laptop, but competing Windows laptops have caught up in thinness, weight, and screen quality.

Gorgeous, thin build. Weighs less than 2 pounds. Retina Display. 11 hours of battery life. Excellent-sounding speakers. Available in four colors including Rose Gold.

Limited connectivity with a single USB-C port, and no adapters are included. USB-C is not Thunderbolt-compatible. Shallow keyboard and Force Touch trackpad take some getting used to. Internal upgrades can only be made at initial purchase.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook 2016 256GB, silver

 

Nor is it the only player in the game. Since the 2015 original , we've seen super-thin laptops such as the upcoming HP Spectre shaving millimeters from previous versions, or tablet hybrids such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Samsung Galaxy TabPro S...

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: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook (2016) review:

 

The modest updates to Apple's 12-inch MacBook laptop don't go far enough to make it the new must-have machine for everyone. At the same time, there's a sizable enough boost to performance and battery life that the system can no longer be considered an...

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

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes

Display

HD type:2K Ultra HD
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
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 OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: 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
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core m3-6Y series / Intel Core m5-6Y series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):4.5

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
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 Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88198 / 88199 / 88202
Processor package size:20

Storage

Flash drive interface:PCI Express