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

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 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. People are impressed by the usability and screen. The design and performance also get good views. Opinions about the energy efficiency and reliability are mixed, and the connectivity and keyboard get negative reviews.

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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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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. Reviewers really like the usability and screen. The design and portability also get good reviews, whereas the connectivity and image quality get critical comments. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

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

Nov, 2017

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

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz Review

 

Pioneering. One of the hotly debated devices from Apple's line-up has been updated: The MacBook 12 omits non-essential features and focuses on highest portability. Fan, many interfaces, a mechanical touchpad, a long key travel: "You don't need that."

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...

Apr, 2016

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: Alex Hernandez (techaeris.com)

12″ Apple MacBook Review: Great Laptop Priced Wrong

 

Apple pulled out every bit of magical marketing it could during the announcement of the 12-inch MacBook. The elaborate and beautifully produced videos are like a crack addiction with Jony Ive's British accent luring you in. The new MacBook was touted...

Super thin, super light, ridiculous display, El Capitain is great, speakers are amazing

Keyboard isn't awful but it may be hit or miss with some, camera is God-awful. Price...price...price...this thing costs too much

A powerful and portable laptop with an amazing screen, great build quality, good battery life and OS X. But Apple priced this way too high, only buy this if you really are curious, otherwise, buy a MacBook Air or a Windows equivalent.

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:41.4
Battery capacity (Watt hours):41.4
Battery life (max):11
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30

Camera

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

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Color of product:Gold / Grey / Pink / Pink gold / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:12
Display Resolution:2304 x 1440
HD type:2K Ultra HD
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:29

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160
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 / 850 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard number of keys:79
Numeric keypad: 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: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): 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

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Data

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

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: 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
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: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 2x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:m3-6Y30 / m5-6Y54 / m7-6Y75
Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.7 / 3.1
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core M / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1.1 / 1.2
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
Processor socket:BGA1515
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):4.5
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 / 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: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: 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: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
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:No / Yes
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 / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): 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™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88198 / 88199 / 88202
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: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: 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

Storage

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.72 / 7.74
Height (front):0.0138
Height (rear):0.0516
Weight:32.5
Width:11 / 11.1