Updated 18 Jul 2017

Apple

MacBook 12-inch (early 2015)

Snapshot: The Apple MacBook 12-inch (MMGL2X/A) laptop has a 12-inch screen. It has a Intel Core m3-7Y32GHz processor and 8GB RAM. How good is its display?

MacBook 12-inch (early 2015)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1999

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Test results

Overall score
80
Design and use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Display
?/10

Good points

  • Good design and use.
  • Good battery life.
  • Very good performance.
  • Excellent colours on the screen.
  • Little reflectance.
  • Excellent brightness and contrast.
  • Very good video playback.
  • Excellent audio.
  • Very good viewing angles.
  • Has 1 USB-C port.
  • Light tablet section.
  • Backlit keyboard.
  • Quiet.
  • Large trackpad.

But

  • Front camera only.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Design and use (35%) includes status lights/indicators, connections, laptop design, general use as a laptop, overall style and mobility as well as evaluating its security, manual and recovery options (if provided). For hybrids we also test laptop-to-tablet conversion and general use as a tablet. We also assess the audio quality of the speaker.

Performance (25%) is assessed using 3 benchmark software tools to evaluate the laptop’s performance during a range of tasks as well as its storage capabilities.

Battery life (20%) looks at the battery consumption for both heavy and light usage. Heavy usage is defined as playing an HD-quality video on loop, with power management features set for maximum performance, screen brightness at 100% and connected to a network with WiFi. Light usage is daily tasks, such as browsing the internet and checking email.

Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness, depth and contrast, vertical and horizontal angle of view and glare and surface reflections.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1999
Type
Standard
Full model number
MacBook 12-inch (MMGL2X/A)
Body type
Clamshell

Specifications

Screen size (in)
12
HDD (GB)
n/a
SSD (GB)
256
Available user space (GB)
228
RAM (GB)
8
Intel processor type
Intel Core m3-7Y32
Cores
2
Processor model
Intel Core m3-7Y32, 1.1GHz
Video type
Intel HD Graphics 515
Video RAM (GB)
Shared
Native resolution
2304 x 1440
Weight with / without keyboard (kg)
0.9
Weight of power supply (kg)
0.2
Size HxDxW (mm)
14 x 196 x 280
Trackpad size (mm)
112 x 69
Average heavy use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
5:50
Average light use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
19:36

Features

Operating System supplied
macOS Sierra
Stylus included
n/a
Optical (DVD or CD) drive
No
USB 2.0 ports
0
USB 3.0 ports
0
USB-C ports
1
Thunderbolt port
0
Ethernet port
No
Headset port
Yes
Microphone port
No
Headphone / microphone port
No
HDMI
No
Mini DisplayPort
No
WiFi (GHz)
2.4 / 5
WiFi 802.11
a/b/g/n/ac
NFC
No
Memory card reader
No
Front camera
Yes
Rear camera
No
Backlit keyboard
Yes, 16 levels

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