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Apple MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop (2016, Touch Bar) Review

Our Findings

 apple-macbook-pro-mlh12lla-4The Apple MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A brings some authentic innovation to the Mac loyalist since 2012. Here we’re privilege to have sleek Touch Bar, with a sleek design as well as class-leading performance for a 13-inch laptop, however as with all new Apple laptops, you can steer clear of carrying lots of adapters or choose to buy all-new peripherals.

PROS: Helpful, versatile Touch Bar. Compact with sturdy chassis. 4 USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Display supports DCI-P3 color spectrum.
CONS: Shallow key travel. No USB 3.0 ports. Needs adapters for legacy peripherals.

For the Mac loyalist, the release of a new gadget, especially MacBook, comes with a rush of expectations also in late 2016 the folks down at Apple in Cupertino, CA didn’t principally disappoint. They gave us new Macs with a touch bar for the 13.3 along with 15.4 inchers and some important redesigns as well as performance tweaks. The Apple MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A is the 13.3-inch iteration boasting superior connectivity, with a speedy 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, thereby making it an excellent performer than the base model. Although the authentic deal rests on Apple’s new Touch Bar in the company of Touch ID, which opens your world to a multipurpose row of function keys, while at the same time giving you an instinctive way to interact with your programs along with data.

Lucky enough, in the new Apple MacBook, we’re seeing a more sophisticated build quality as well as the performance we’ve come to anticipate of Apple’s other gadgets all in one place. Even as that, we still have a little rough edges including the new trivial keyboard, that means you will need more time to get used to it very well, also the need to either make a switch over to the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 infrastructure or stash a choice of adapters into your laptop sack. So if you can put up with the changes, though, it suffices as a lighter, multipurpose, more potent MacBook Pro and among the top ultraportable laptops you can buy without necessarily having a second thought.
Design and Features

MacBook Pro is getting revamped now since 2012 it came in full force, and overall, that’s a good thing not minding that we anticipated more than this. Similar to the base model that comes with no Touch Bar, with the same chassis, the device measures 0.59 by 11.97 with 8.36 inches (HWD), also this version weighs 2.98 pounds (0.01 pound smaller than its sibling). It’s about ½ a pound lighter than the 2015 model. This makes a lot difference if you need an ultraportable to take around. Notwithstanding, Apple MacBook Pro smidgen is deeper than our Editors’ Premium Choice high-end ultraportable laptop, the Dell XPS 13 Touch, however not to levels that would otherwise make it enormous. Our review unit comes in an all-aluminum Space Gray, nevertheless you can also go for the Apple MacBook Pro MLVP2LL/A which comes in stunning Silver color, for folks who have a preference in a traditional Mac aesthetic.

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The keyboard of Apple MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop is one area most passionate users will be a little unease. So if you’re an editor or a zealous freelancer who spends significant time typing, the keys here are a bit shallow. However, they feel better than on the 12-inch Apple MacBook MLHC2LL/A. Also, it’s significantly larger than the one we saw on preceding year’s model. Additionally, been that it uses Force Touch make it better. It’s also easy to use with palm rejection, which could peradventure become an issue with lots of surface area. Moreover, the speakers flank the keyboard, and produce lucid sound without alterations. It’s audible enough to fill a small-to medium-size room effortlessly.

The 13.3-inch Retina display comes with a resolution of 2,560-by-1,600. It’s rated for 500 units which help in brushing off reflections, especially when working in a sun-drenched office or concluding a task outdoors. Similar to its predecessor, the display of Apple MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop has a DCI-P3 color gamut, to be in line with the wider range of colors that you can capture with the iPhone 7 along with 7 Plus, as well as the iPad Pro, or an authentic camera. However, this resolution isn’t actually the best among all taking into consideration that the competing ultraportables in the similar category come with QHD as well as 4K resolutions including the awesome Dell XPS 13 Touch that comes with a QHD+ (3,200-by-1,800) screen, whereas the Razer Blade Stealth‘s display is 4K (3,840 by 2,160).

Connectivity is superb, at least on MacBook standards. The new MacBook Pro is equipped with four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are double those in the 12-inch MacBook Pro. It has two of it placed on each side which will enable you to actually charge the laptop from any of them, in conjunction with a standard headphone jack on the right. Though we give Apple credit for including 4 ports, we’d have chosen at least one USB 3.0 (Type-A) port for connecting older parts of the system. This implies that you’ll have to purchase a USB-C–to–USB adapter if you feel like to connect a USB thumb drive, or a USB-C–to–Lightning cable for your iPhone, as well as Thunderbolt 3–to–Thunderbolt 2 adapters to hook up a Thunderbolt hard drive.

Port selection is at same level with competitors like the HP Spectre 13 as well as Asus ZenBook 3, although the Dell XPS 13 Touch boasts both USB 3.0 as well as USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Actually a third party docking station will be helpful or even a monitor with a Thunderbolt 3 cable. Although you’ll most likely need to buy a bag full of dongles or basically upgrade your peripherals which are an ideal for you to get the best out of the system.


This awesome configuration is equipped with 8GB of RAM as well as a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), although you can opt for as much as 16GB of memory along with 1TB of SSD space. Be mindful that the RAM can’t be upgraded later before you make a purchase. This is peculiar with all Macs, it comes with quite a lot of preinstalled apps, together with iTunes, iBooks, Numbers ,Keynote, Pages, as well as Photos, so you’re all ready to use the system as a comfortable home base for your Apple gadgets such as AppleTV, Apple Watch, iPhone, as well as iPad.

Getting around the Touch Bar

Apple MackBook ProSo long as Apple MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop are concern, the most interesting new feature of it is the Touch Bar. This is a dynamic area that measures about 10 inches wide also just under a half-inch tall, although transforms the space at the top of the keyboard. It traditionally held the row of Function keys. Touch Bar is basically an auxiliary touchscreen that app developers can use to their advantage. Notwithstanding, Apple have been trying hard so as not to bring a touch screen to the MacBook, however we now have it – the small size along with position in spite of their initial plans. Conversely, being an actual glass, you shouldn’t expect it to be more efficient and useful similar to the function bar as well as adaptive keys on the 2014 version of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which incorporated a set of backlit stencils into distribution buttons in four modes on the same bodily surface.

The Touch Bar functions more similar to the Apple Watch, if the physical surface that can vary and display graphics or text plus thumbnails are anything to go by. Don’t mistake it for a touchscreen, rather, see it to be more of a workflow enhancer, given that it only displays commands, however you have to dig for the menus. The Touch Bar is very easy to use, particularly if you’ve been using Apple products and conversant with the icons. Take for example, from the keyboard control panel you can substitute any of the Touch Bar’s default functions with precise commands to turn on the screen saver, or take a screen shot, as well as activate Sleep mode/screen lock, enable dictation and many others.

If you often use these functions, then the Touch Bar will enable it have them close for coziness. Perhaps you still need the usual function keys (as well as the Esc key), all that is needed to do is tap and hold the Fn key beneath the row of the keyboard to call them up on the touch Bar. Also the bar supports Ten-finger touch input, so you can hit multiple buttons at the same time or use other multitouch gestures as an app demands.


Towards the right of the Touch Bar there’s a mixture Power button in addition to Touch ID sensor. This enables you unlock your laptop in one step once you’ve signed in for the first time (although as on the Apple Watch, iPhones, as well as iPads you’ll have to input your password after a reboot). When you finish training the laptop to recognize one fingerprint, afterwards, you can input up to four others, so you can comfortably use either hand or support up to 5 different users.

The MacBook Pro MLH12LL/A is a mid-tier laptop and it delivers wonderfully on where it matters most. Our unique review unit came with an Intel Core i5-6267U processor along with Intel Iris 550 graphics. This is a significant improvement over the Core i5-6360U processor with intel Iris 540 graphics as seen in the base model. To compare with the competitors, it crunched strong numbers on everyday computing tasks. This is as result of the combination of the speedy processor as well as the snappier PCIe-based SSD. It remained competitive on multimedia tasks with solid performance Photoshop, despite the fact that it remained to some extent behind the Dell XPS 13 Touch along with the new Razer Blade Stealth. Yet, it’s a MacBook Pro that we can recommend as being ready for everyday graphics works, more reason for a stronghold of the Mac Faithful.

In Q3/4 of 2016, all the latest high-end as well as midrange I have tested have come with incorporated Intel HD Graphics, however it’s the first time the more potent Intel Iris graphics is making an entry. The disparity is clear on 3D tests, also the combination can deliver nice frame per second (FPS) on most recent game titles, although on some you’ll have to do with 1,366-by-768 resolution along with the graphics quality set to Medium.

At native resolution also with the graphics settings turned up, frame rates were not all that fantastic to be called playable. This implies that you should be able to play 3D games at a casual altitude, or view 3D interfaces for architectural drawings effortlessly, but look somewhere else if you’re heavy into CAD/CAM or want to play graphic-demanding games.

Battery life on MacBooks has always been extraordinary, and the MacBook Pro’s last up to 9 hours, 27 minutes, on our battery rundown test. It’s quite impressive. That’s sufficient juice to keep you powered all-day long. The battery is better than the New Razer Blade Stealth that last for 9:20 or the HP Spectre 13 that can last for 8:36. That is to say that the base model of the MacBook Pro endured a bit longer (11:53), likewise the Asus ZenBook 3 (12:07). Among all, the ultraportable leader is still the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air (17:36). Even as Apple is still selling that model, the company has not publicized plans to update the MacBook Air line.

apple-macbook-pro-mlh12lla-6The 2016 iteration of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro introduces into the competition a new redesign that is both silky and capable with inspiring interoperability (with your iOS devices, Apple TV, as well as watchOS). Credit to the Touch Bar. The good news is that the power and battery are adequate to keep you working all day without interruption. What you need is to adjust to the latest keyboard, though; you might probable need to buy some adapters in other to get the work done. When USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are everywhere as USB 3.0 is now, there will be no need for any reservations, however until that time. But for now our Editors Choice award still go to a system that has both USB-C/Thunderbolt as well as USB 3.0 ports. The Dell XPS 13 Touch has it all in terms of ports, competitive performance, with a higher resolution screen. As a result, it remains our Editors best Pick for high-end ultraportable laptops.
And for the the Mac Faithful

Apple MackBook ProThinking if you should upgrade from an older MacBook Pro? Yes, so long as you will ungrudgingly move from USB 3.0 as well as Thunderbolt 2 devices to USB-C–Thunderbolt 3. Perchance you have a 2014 or 2015 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you should most likely hold off, except you really, really want the Touch Bar. The advantages of the new processor and screen alone aren’t worth the hitch of getting used to the new keyboard and USB-C interface. If you’re taking into consideration the base-level MacBook Pro, we think it’s worth the additional dollar for this model, for its faster processor and the Touch Bar’s prospective utility. But if you need a bigger screen, the 15-inch MacBook Pro might be the best choice, since it delivers sufficient memory, a powerful Core i7 processor, with discrete AMD Radeon graphics, but bear it in mind that it will dig deeper into your pocket as well.

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