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Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 222 reviews of Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the usability and screen. The design and performance also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the reliability. 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 products in the same category the Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 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 products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

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

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 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 products in the same category on Amazon.com. People really like the usability and screen. The design and portability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the connectivity and image quality. 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.

Nov, 2019

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Kenny Yeo (hardwarezone.com)

Apple MacBook (2016) review: Updated, but is it any better?

 

Apple has updated its super thin and light MacBook with new processors, faster storage, and it's now available in rose gold. Do these upgrades make it the must-have ultraportable notebook? We find out.

Gorgeous design and now available in rose gold ; Unbelievably thin and light ; Awesome Force Touch trackpad ; Great Retina Display ; Excellent build quality

Less powerful than other Mac notebooks ; Shorter battery life than other Mac notebooks ; Only one USB Type-C port ; No dedicated jack/port for power ; Keyboard needs getting used to

In short, our assessment of the MacBook hasn’t changed with the updates that it has received.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Neil Hughes (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's 2016 12" MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won't change any minds

 

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of...

A year after its debut, the ultraportable, fanless design remains a stunner ; Modest processor improvements faster storage and longer battery life are welcome ; New rose gold option gives consumers more choices

Still priced starting at $1,299, and still too expensive for what it does ; The single USB-C port and lack of MagSafe will continue to alienate and stir debate ; FaceTime camera is only 480p, and some may want to try the keyboard before they buy ;...

In considering the early 2016 MacBook, we kept asking ourselves one question: If someone had already formed a definitively positive or negative opinion on Apple's 2015 model, is there anything this year's upgrade has done that would change their minds?...

Apr, 2016

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