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Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 289 reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472). 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. Opinions about the screen and usability are generally positive. The design and performance also get good reviews. There are some critical opinions about the connectivity and price, while opinions are divided on the energy efficiency.

portability, performance, design, usability, screen

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Apple MacBook 13-inch, Early 2006 (First Generation, Core Duo, MA254, MA255, MA472) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk.

67% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDriveApple MacBook MA472, 13" TFT, Black, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 1GB, 80GB HDD, SuperDrive

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook (2017) review

 

Full disclosure: I've had a strong affinity for the 12-inch MacBook since it was originally introduced in 2015. Sure, it was underpowered and had an annoyingly flat keyboard. And it had only a single USB-C port -- then still something of an exotic...

The new 12-inch MacBook adds the improved keyboard mechanism from the MacBook Pro line. New processor and RAM options mean better performance.

Little else has changed, including the lack of ports beyond a single USB-C connection. You still can't get more-powerful mainstream Intel processors.

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.

Jun, 2017

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Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple MacBook review (2016, 12-inch): The best ultraportable around

 

The Apple MacBook is faster and has a lengthier battery life than its predecessor, and its an ultraportable you'll just have to splurge on

As good as last year’s model was, I felt like a really needed an excuse in order to justify buying one. This year’s model, however, with its better battery life, faster storage and quicker CPU is a laptop that needs no such vindication. If portability...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook (2016) review

 

In October 2016, Apple updated its laptop portfolio, delivering an overdue refresh of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros . Considerably slimmer and lighter than their predecessors, the new models come equipped with larger Force Touch trackpads and...

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: (which.co.uk)

Apple MacBook 2017 review

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The 12-inch Apple MacBook gets an update in 2017, but is it just a lick of paint, or is there something more substantial going on under the hood? With a slight upgrade to the processor and a more powerful graphics card, could the 2017 MacBook make you...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Apple MacBook review

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The latest iteration of the tech giant's flagship laptop, the Apple MacBook fine tunes its predecessor with improvements to the battery, shaving off some casing and - wait for it - introducing a new rose-gold option. Read on to see if it's worth...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2017)

 

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.

Astonishingly thin and light. 15+-hour battery life. Retina display offers crisp text and bright colors.

Connectivity is limited to a single USB port and a headphone jack. Components are not upgradeable after purchase.

Unless you are a Mac user who values portability above all else and are fine with shelling out the extra cash for a dock or adapter, we recommend taking a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which we'll have a review for in the coming days. If you don't...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook (2017) review

 

Full disclosure: I've had a strong affinity for the 12-inch MacBook since it was originally introduced in 2015. Sure, it was underpowered and had an annoyingly flat keyboard. And it had only a single USB-C port -- then still something of an exotic...

The new 12-inch MacBook adds the improved keyboard mechanism from the MacBook Pro line. New processor and RAM options mean better performance.

Little else has changed, including the lack of ports beyond a single USB-C connection. You still can't get more-powerful mainstream Intel processors.

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.

Jun, 2017

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.

Aside from the new Rose Gold option, the new MacBook is visibly unchanged from last year's model, though its new Skylake-based processor improves benchmark performance a bit. But battery life takes a hit due to that faster CPU. You can't deny the sleek...

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook (2015)

 

The 12-inch Apple MacBook is the thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet, combining the power of OS X with extreme portability and more than 14 hours of battery life.

Incredibly thin. Weighs less than 2 pounds. Excellent battery life in testing. Retina Display. Great-sounding speakers. Available in three colors.

Only one USB-C port, with no adapters included. USB-C is not Thunderbolt-compatible. New keyboard and Force Touch trackpad take some getting used to. Can only be upgraded at initial purchase.

Conclusion The Apple MacBook is certainly an excellent choice if you travel frequently and want to run desktop apps instead of settling for mobile versions. It's lighter and much slimmer than the latest Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, and its battery lasts...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: (NotebookReview.com)

Apple MacBook User Review

 

According to online recycling websites this form of plastic has 'long been on environmentalists' hit lists for dispersing widely across the landscape, and for being notoriously difficult to recycle. Most places still don't accept it, though it is...

Solid construction ; Impressive industrial design ; Awesome touch pad ; Excellent keyboard ; Centrino 2 processor ; NVIDIA 9400m

Price – it is $200-300 overpriced in my opinion ; 2GB RAM is low by today's standards ; 160GB HDD is low by today's standards

Keeping the old plastic MacBook model in the lineup as an olive branch to the value conscious is strange. Its $999 price point acknowledges the unrealistic entry price of the new MacBook, but in and of itself is no bargain either. It’s hard to imagine...

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):41.4
Battery life (max):10 / 11
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30 / 720

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Gold / Grey / Pink / Pink gold / Silver / White
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:30.5 / 33.8
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 2304 x 1440
HD type:2K Ultra HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:226
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950 / No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:16
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):850
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 615 / Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / German / UK English / US English
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad

Memory

Internal Memory:0.5 / 16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No
Networking features:Ehernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet
Networking type:BASE-T
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11g

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:24
DVD read speed:8
DVD rewrite speed:4
DVD write speed:4
LightScribe:N / No / Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD-ROM / N / No

Other features

Dimensions (WxDxH):325 x 227 x 27.5
Display:LCD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
TV in port: No

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C

Performance

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:N / No / Y
SmartCard slot:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:29

Processor

Processor boost frequency:2.2 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor cache:2 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core Duo / Intel Core M / Intel Core m3-7xxx / Intel® Core™ Duo
Processor frequency:1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4 / 1.83 / 2
Processor front side bus:667
Processor lithography:14
Processor operating modes:64-bit

Processor special features

Intel HD Graphics:Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:Y / Yes
Intel�� Turbo Boost Technology:Y
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2

Security

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

Software

Bundled software:-Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools)\n-iLife ’06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, iWork (30-day trial), Big Bang Board Games, Comic Life, Omni Outliner, and Apple Hardware Test / Executive, Hagaki card, Index card, L, Legal, Letter, Statement / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger / macOS Sierra

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:256 / 512
Hard Drive Capacity:60
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:Flash / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512 / 60 / 80

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:196.5 / 22.7 / 227
Height :2.75 / 27.5
Height (front):0.35 / 3.5
Height (rear):1.31
Weight:2.36 / 920
Width:280.5 / 32.5 / 325