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Apple MacBook 12 2017

Specifications

Apple MacBook 12 2017
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1866 MHz LPDDR3 (on‑board)
Display
12 inch 16:10, 2304 x 1440 pixel 226 PPI, APPA027, LED IPS, Retina display, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Apple SSD AP0256, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom 802.11ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13.1 x 280.5 x 196.5 ( = 0.52 x 11.04 x 7.74 in)
Battery
41.4 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple macOS 10.12 Sierra
Camera
Webcam: 480p FaceTime camera
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
920 g ( = 32.45 oz / 2.03 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1499 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 82.89% - good
Average of 19 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 75%, features: 41%, display: 89% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 94%, ergonomy: 93%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook 12 2017

90% Apple MacBook 12 (2017) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
What is new? As well as the quietly updated Air 13, the MacBook 12 has also got a new CPU and a faster SSD. With it, Apple aims to be "years ahead". "Compared to whom or what?" you might ask. Probably in comparison to the Air 13, whose essentials are still from 2012? This could be successful; at least in part.
80% MacBook 2017 REVIEW: At Apple's Price you may opt for MacBook Pro - but say bye to the Air
Source: Daily Star English
We've always been a huge fan of the MacBook and this update improves the experience even further.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook review
Source: Techradar English
Apple has given the MacBook's performance a much-needed boost, and it helps OS X zip along much better. Its critical flaws remain, but the 2016 version is less of a risk than it was last year. We just wish it was a bit cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook review
Source: Techradar English
Apple has given the MacBook's performance a much-needed boost, and it helps OS X zip along much better. Its critical flaws remain, but the 2016 version is less of a risk than it was last year. We just wish it was a bit cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook (2017) review: Third time's a charm
Source: Pocket Lint English
The 2017 Apple MacBook is one gorgeous looking, capable and long-lasting laptop. The second-gen butterfly mechanism keyboard is a notable improvement over the previous generation too.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook (2017) review
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
The MacBook is stunning but it is cursed with one port in a world that isn’t ready for that yet. If you do everything over the air though and want the smallest, lightest ultrabook possible then it is an outstanding, if expensive, option.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook review
Source: Techradar English
Apple has given the MacBook's performance a much-needed boost, and it helps OS X zip along much better. Its critical flaws remain, but the 2016 version is less of a risk than it was last year. We just wish it was a bit cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Apple MacBook (2017)
Source: PC Mag English
The ever-slim Apple MacBook gets a faster processor and remains a battery life champ, but a persistent dearth of connectivity ports makes it unappealing compared with the similarly priced MacBook Pro and Windows competitors.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
100% Apple MacBook (2017) review
Source: Stuff TV English
The MacBook Air’s time is over, though. It looked the business when Steve Jobs pulled one out of an envelope in 2008, but is surely now only hanging around to have Mac laptops start at under a grand. Unless you really can’t stretch to the MacBook’s price tag, it’s time to consign the MacBook Air to history.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Apple MacBook (2017) Review
Source: Computer Shopper English
For the second year in a row, Apple has done a modest amount of tweaking to its updated MacBook, dropping new low-voltage processors and faster SSDs into the same snazzy, slim, and solid-feeling chassis that debuted in 2015. Color options remain the same as last year's model's, with Rose Gold for those who find pink appealing, and three others for those who prefer a more traditional (or professional) look.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Apple MacBook (2017) review:
Source: CNet English
With a subtle tweak to the keyboard and better component choices, this cult favorite mini MacBook suddenly feels like it can be your everyday laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
MacBook (2017) preview
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
The MacBook is stunning but it is cursed with one port in a world that isn’t ready for that yet. If you do everything over the air though and want the smallest, lightest ultrabook possible then it is an outstanding, if expensive, option.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2017
80% Apple MacBook (2017) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Overall, the MacBook is certainly worth the premium, but it's not a slam dunk. That's because Apple now offers a 13-inch MacBook Pro for the same $1,299 price as the MacBook, one that offers an additional USB-C port, Thunderbolt 3 and a faster Core i5 processor. However, that version of the Pro also weighs about a pound more than the 12-inch MacBook and has half as much storage (128GB vs 256GB). So if you prefer macOS, get the MacBook if you want to travel really light, but buy the Pro if you want something more versatile.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

12 Zoll Macbook, Core m3 von 2017
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/24/2017
84% Ein Nachfolger für das MacBook Air?
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 84%
Apple MacBook 12-Zoll
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/14/2017
85% MacBook 12″ 2017
Source: Hipertextual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
100% Apple MacBook 12" (2017), i5 1,3GHz, 512GB ssd Spacegrijs (Qwerty) Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
75% Apple MacBook 12" 2017 Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Apple MacBook 12″ (Mid 2017)
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Fast fingerprint sensor; beautiful design; good price / performance ratio. Negative: Slippery; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/19/2017
Apple Macbook Mid 2017 – Старый Новый Друг
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Metal case; stylish design; excellent display; good ergonomy; powerful hardware. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2017
80% Apple MacBook [TEST]: MacBook gør livet på farten lettere
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100%
83% Test Af Macbook 12″ 2017
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 83%
83% Test Av Macbook 12’’ 2017
Source: Ljud och Bild SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 83%

Comment

Model: The Apple MacBook 12 2017 continues to be Apple’s true flagship ultraportable. The MacBook is a pound (0.45 kg) lighter than the Air, has a much sharper and more colorful screen and now packs a 7th-generation Core processor and a faster SSD. Weighing at just 2.03 pounds and measuring 0.52 inch thin, the MacBook is still one of the thinnest and lightest laptops around, even if it's not the most attractive system in its class. Apple takes advantage of every square inch, as the keyboard stretches from edge to edge on the deck. We continue to appreciate the solid-feeling aluminum chassis, which is available in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver. Apple has brought the 2nd-generation butterfly keyboard design from the MacBook Pro line to the MacBook. Thanks to refinements to the dome switches, the result is a layout that feels a lot better than its mere 0.5 mm of travel might suggest. The 4.4 x 2.7-inch Force Touch trackpad is still pretty roomy given the limited real estate on the deck, and it provided a snappy click sensation along with buttery smooth scrolling. Executing multi-finger gestures such as a three-finger flick up to see open apps, felt effortless.

While some ultraportable laptops in this price range make due with Full HD screens (1920 x 1080 pixels), the MacBook's display is the sharpest in its class at 2160 x 1440 pixels. The MacBook's panel is pretty bright, too, as it puts out 340 nits. That beats the Asus ZenBook 3 and HP Spectre. Under the hood, the MacBook finally has a faster Kaby Lake chip inside. As the MacBook sports a fanless design, it comes standard with a 7th-generation 1.2-GHz Core m3 processor that's optimized for efficiency. A user also gets 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD which promise more speed than the last model. On the other hand, the MacBook offers a faster SSD than other notebooks in its class. There are plenty of things to like about MacOS, especially how well iCloud keeps photos, notes and other files in sync across MacBook, iPhone or iPad. The ability to quickly AirDrop pictures and videos wirelessly from iPhone to the MacBook is another plus. And while Mac malware threats are on the rise, MacBooks are generally more secure than Windows machines. The MacBook is still very light on ports. A user gets only a single USB-C port, and it doesn't support the Thunderbolt 3 standard, which is growing in popularity and can be found on laptops that cost hundreds less. This would allow to plug the MacBook into a dock, power two displays simultaneously, or attach to a growing number of external graphics amplifiers.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel HD Graphics 615: Integrated graphics card in some Kaby Lake Y-series processors (4.5 Watt TDP) with 24 EUs (GT2) and no dedicated graphics memory. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
7Y32: Extremely efficient ULV-SoC (System-on-a-Chip) for tablets and fanless notebooks based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Includes two CPU cores clocked at 1.0 - 3 GHz with Hyper Threading support as well as a graphics adapter and is manufactured in a 14 nm process. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
12":

This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.92 kg:

Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles weigh as much.


Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. Apple has at least sporadically been considered the most valuable company in the world since 2011 and has consistently ranked among the Top 10 companies in the world.

In the laptop sector, Apple's market share was 9.3% in 2014 and 10.3% in 2016. The latter corresponds to the 5th place. In the smartphone segment, Apple achieved 15.3% in the first quarter of 2016, which means a market share loss when compared to the 18.3% in same quarter of the previous year.
Nevertheless, Apple ranked second place behind Samsung in both years.

There are tons of reviews on Apple laptops, smartphones and tablets. The ratings are significantly above-average (as of 2016).


82.89%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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HD Graphics 6000, Core i5 5350U, 13.3", 1.35 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2017-06-20 (Update: 2017-06-20)