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Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 437 reviews of Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and portability. The design and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the energy efficiency and price, while opinions about the memory and touchpad are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 user reviews of Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Macbook White 13" 2.4GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2Gb, 250Gb, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, up to 10 hour battery life)Apple Macbook White 13" 2.4GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2Gb, 250Gb, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, up to 10 hour battery life)

May, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Apple Macbook 13-inch, Mid 2010 (MC516) from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the price.


71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MC516LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook MC516LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

May, 2018

Expert review by : Klaus Hinum (

Review Apple MacBook 2010-05 Notebook


Updated graphics. After its latest refresh the white MacBook has ...

Very quiet running noise ; Very good input devices ; Excellent battery life ; Fast 320M onboard graphics card

Limited number of ports ; Sharp front edge ; Windows drivers aren't perfect ; Still no Core-i processor

The performance of the GeForce 320M, despite not having its own graphical memory. We were also surprised by the many similarities to the MacBook Pro 13"

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Apple MacBook 13" Core 2 Duo Notebook


A wolf in sheep's clothing. After Apple changed the processors of

Top Workmanship ; First-class reasonable design ; Good Input Devices ; Very mobile, because of its low weight and compact design ; High-Quality Interfaces ; Remote Control ; Bright Display ; Good Performance ; Low Noise Emissions during Idle mode ;...

Sharp Edges ; Only 2 USB Ports ; Limited vantage point vertically ; High noise emissions under load

Aug, 2007

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Spring 2010 (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz review:


Incredibly popular on college campuses and in coffee shops, Apple's MacBook laptops are arguably one of the most flexible and useful laptop lines ever designed, thanks to the company's overarching hardware and software ecosystem--and anchored by our...

Faster processor; improved graphics; better battery life.

Still no SD card slot; might be time for Apple to switch to 16:9 aspect ratio displays.

Apple slightly revamps its basic MacBook with improvements under the hood, but keeps the design and price the same, which makes the new MacBook tough to beat as a back-to-school laptop.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Apple MacBook/2.4GHz (Mid 2010)

May, 2010

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Apple MacBook (2010)


Even though Apple only introduced the unibody MacBook last Fall, we weren't surprised that the company's consumer notebook saw a refresh shortly after the MacBook Pro line saw its upgrades. Like the Pros, the MacBook's updates are mostly limited to...

May, 2010

Expert review by : PC Magazine (

Apple MacBook 13-inch


Most affordable Intel-Mac notebook. Lightweight. One-inch-thick chassis. Has most of the MacBook Pro features

No ExpressCard or PC Card slot. Runs warm like the MacBook Pros

The more affordable Mac-Intel notebook you've been waiting for is here. The MacBook 13-inch sports many of the features and power of its bigger siblings for a lot less money.

Sep, 2009

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Apple MacBook MC516LL/A White


Overall, the Apple MacBook White MC516LL/A is one of the best consumer values for first-time and experienced Mac users alike. If anything, the 10-hour battery (which is the longest lasting MacBook battery ever) is enough to convince those who need...

Valuable- appropriately priced and more affordable than previous generationsNext-generation- 13Featured- 250GB hard drive, 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAMRevolutionary- innovational power cord and 10-hour batteryCompetitive- PC counterparts offer more power,...

As the PC vs. Mac war continues, PC manufacturers have stepped up the...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Review: MacBook/2.4GHz (Mid 2010)


With its faster processor, improved graphics and longer battery life, the MacBook makes an attractive option for budget conscious laptop shoppers. Performance-wise, the MacBook isn't different from the 13-inch 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook’s appearance is identical to the mid-2009 model it replaces, using the same 13-inch glossy screen and white plastic unibody design. Also unchanged are the ports, with a Mini DisplayPort, two USB 2.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jonathan Rougeot (

Apple MacBook (2.4GHz, 2010 Version) Review and Ratings


Budget-minded shoppers will get much of the experience of the excellent MacBook Pro line in this less-expensive Apple laptop, but weigh the trade-offs carefully.

Excellent battery life ; Improved graphics from previous version ; Many of the same features as the more-expensive MacBook Pro line

No memory-card reader ; No battery-indicator lights ; Lacks new external features

May, 2010

Expert review by : Paul Thurrott (

Windows Phone Update: May 2010


It's been two months since MIX'10 and Microsoft's last major public Windows Phone 7 update. So here are some answers to common questions that have come up since then.

One other confusion I've seen expressed online regards the Windows Phone 7 "hubs", or panaromic experiences. Many developers have claimed that they cannot create their own hubs, while others have claimed that the built-in hubs in Windows Phone...

May, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Audio system:2.0 / HD / Stereo
Audio system full duplex: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:63.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):63.5
Battery life (max):10 / 7


Front Camera: Yes
Swivel webcam: No


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Polycarbonate
Product type:Notebook


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 63.5
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 320M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
On-board graphics adapter: No
On-board graphics adapter model: No


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard function keys:12
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No


Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:N / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network connection type:RJ-45
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 180000 / 0 - 393700.8
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):0 - 90
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000
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):-24 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:24
CD-R read speed:24
CD-R write speed:24
CD-RW read speed:10
CD-RW write speed:10 / 24
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:4 / 6
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:8
DVD-RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD-RW write speed:4 / 8
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:4 / 6
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:4
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:6 / 8
DVD+RW write speed:4 / 8
Labelflash: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW

Other Features

Audio system:HD
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS / Mac OS X
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):13 x 9.12 x 1.08
Display:LCD / LED
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Maximum operating altitude:118110.2
Maximum shipping altitude:419291.3
Maximum storage altitude:177165.4 / 179133.9
Number of products included:1
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Plug and Play: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V / 100 - 240 V AC / 100 - 240V / 100 - 240V 50 - 60Hz / 100 - 240V AC / 100 - 240V/50 - 60 Hz / 100V - 240V, 50/60Hz / 100V—240V, 50/60Hz
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Relative humidity:0 - 90
TV in port: No
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wake-on-Ring ready: Yes
Weight:2.98 / 4.7
Wireless Technology:IEEE 802.11 n / IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi / WiFi / Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1
Volume Control:Digital


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 63.5
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.050 - 1.150
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.4
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:P8600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series
Processor socket:Socket 479
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
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: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35568
Processor code:SL3BV
Processor package size:35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington


Bundled software:iLife / iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book / Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard \n(Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools).\niLife \n(iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, iDVD).
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.94 / 9.09 / 9.13
Depth (imperial):9.12
Height:1.06 / 1.08 / 10.8
Height (imperial):1.08
Weight:2.98 / 4.7
Width:12.8 / 13
Width (imperial):13