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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9001 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and portability are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably.

usability, performance, price, portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 465 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the performance.

performance

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Dual Core i5 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, HD Graphics 4000, OS X Lion)Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Dual Core i5 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, HD Graphics 4000, OS X Lion)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1151 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the portability and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed opinions on the connectivity and reliability.

performance, usability, price, design, portability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (MD101, MD102) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the sound and design. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the durability and portability. Some have doubts about the reliability and price.

performance, usability, size, design, sound

price, reliability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch LaptopApple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (15 inch) review

 

Not very long ago, to be the 15-inch MacBook was to be the life of the laptop party. Big and powerful, yet still slim and attractive, the college kids wanted MacBook Airs, while the designers and artists wanted the 15-inch MacBook Pro (or, in a few...

A faster processor, improved graphics, and USB 3.0 highlight a series of internal improvements in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro .

The unchanged design is starting to feel a little dated. Any real structural changes, HDMI, higher-res displays, were reserved for the Retina display version of the MacBook Pro.

Another year of incremental improvements for the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro help it maintain its lead as a useful, powerful, attractive midsize laptop, but the competition is closer than ever to catching up.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

Apple 13" MacBook Pro

 

The first major refresh of the MacBook Pro line in several years is controversial because Apple removed most ports and switched to a very low travel 12" MacBook style keyboard to make a thin laptop even thinner (14.9mm). It's also a half pound lighter...

Fantastic build and good looks. Superb display, OS X Sierra is a fine OS

Expensive- what a price hike! More for good looks than Pro work: oddball butterfly low travel keyboard, no legacy ports except headphone jack

I've been a Mac user since the late 1980's when they were tall beige boxes with floppy drives. Apple has had their ups and downs, but I've stuck with them because their OS is solid, their build and materials excellent, the hardware and features often...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Ian Osborne (techradar.com)

13-inch Apple MacBook Pro review

 

The 2012 refresh gives Apple's most portable MacBook Pros an exciting upgrade

New processors ; Better integrated graphics ; Unibody build ; USB 3.0 ; Excellent screen

No discrete graphics ; Limited upgrade options ; Only a small speed bump ; Slow hard drives ; Cheaper model only Core i5

Apple upgraded its entire range of notebooks with the mid-2012 refresh. Although the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has grabbed most of the headlines, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro shouldn't be overlooked.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: James Hutchinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple Macbook Pro (13in)

 

Apple's smallest MacBook Pro laptop has plenty of power and a long battery life

Fantastic build quality and design, extremely long battery life, multi-touch trackpad, beefy processor and RAM options

RAM upgrades are expensive through Apple, no anti-glare display coating option, battery can't be removed

The 13in Apple MacBook has gone Pro, with more memory, beefier processors and an embedded battery that outlasts similar-sized notebooks we've tested. We would prefer an option for a more powerful graphics card though.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: James Hutchinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple MacBook Pro (13in)

 

Apple's 13in MacBook Pro is the smallest notebook in the company's "Pro" range, but it still packs quite a punch. This laptop is a fantastic compromis...

Fantastic build quality and design, extremely long battery life, multi-touch trackpad, beefy processor and RAM options

RAM upgrades are expensive through Apple, no anti-glare display coating option, battery can't be removed

The 13in Apple MacBook has gone Pro, with more memory, beefier processors and an embedded battery that outlasts similar-sized notebooks we've tested. We would prefer an option for a more powerful graphics card though.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: stuffmagazine (stuff.tv)

Apple MacBook Pro 13in preview - laptop reviews and video

 

Apple's unibody MacBook Pros have been given a refresh, with a new 13in version and a tweaked trio of 15in models

Claimed 7 hour battery life. SD card slot. New 13in version

No ExpressCard slot

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Stephen Dean (reghardware.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Pro 13in

 

Review Shock horror – Apple laptop in so-so review scandal. The latest MacBook Pro with Retina Display [1] may be setting a new standard at the top of the range, however, this modest update for the standard 13in MacBook Pro looks rather like it's...

When my esteemed colleague Dabbsie reviewed the 2011 model last November [5] he bemoaned the MacBook’s high price but concluded that it was justified as this was ‘the best bloody entry-level laptop in the world’. This year’s model is just as good, but...

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: abd_k (cnet.com)

"Terrible Delivery and Customer service"

 

I have Purchased a Mac book pro, and was really looking forward to it, BUT IT STILL HAS NOT ARRIVED! Yet the disappointing service of Apply and their disgusting delivery Service Syncreon or UK mail ( they cant even decide which one they are using) took...

Haven't even tried it yet

Haven't even tried it yet

Oct, 2014

Consumer review by: J-Caywood (cnet.com)

"Final Verdict: Well Worth the Money"

 

After owning my MacBook for a month I finally feel ready to review it accurately. Let me start off by saying that I was highly reluctant to spend so much money on a laptop. I've always been a Windows guy so I've known that you can buy laptops with...

+ Build quality unibody construction

- Aluminum frame scratches a little too easily and the glossy screen picks up fingerprints/oil

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: J-Caywood (cnet.com)

Final Verdict: Well Worth the Money

 

After owning my MacBook for a month I finally feel ready to review it accurately. Let me start off by saying that I was highly reluctant to spend so much money on a laptop. I've always been a Windows guy so I've known that you can buy laptops with...

+ Build quality unibody construction + Very cool led backlighting keyboard keys + Satisfied with mountain lion, everything runs fast and animations are fluid + Intel Core i5 runs very fast with minimal heat

- Aluminum frame scratches a little too easily and the glossy screen picks up fingerprints/oil - Screen glare makes working in sunlight basically impossible

Aug, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:63.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):63.5
Battery life (max):7
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera:N / No
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:10
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
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
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1250
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:79
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys: No

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4 / 0 - 179921.3
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120078.7
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 relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / Stereo
Display:LCD
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Infrared data port: No

Packaging Data

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

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

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

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):29
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
PCI Express configurations:1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:I7-3520M
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:I7-3520M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
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 Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
Processor ARK ID:64893
Processor code:SR0MU
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:Y

Software

Bundled software:- Photos\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- iTunes\n- Photo Booth\n- App Store / Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, FaceTime, Time Machine, iTunes, Photo Booth, App Store
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X Mavericks

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC / SDHC / SDXC
Flash memory:128 / 256 / 512
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA III / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Storage media:Flash / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 500 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.94
Depth (imperial):8.94
Height:0.949
Height (imperial):0.95
Weight:4.54
Width:12.8
Width (imperial):12.8