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Apple MacBook Pro 13 Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Great performance for the price
  • Very good battery life
  • Long battery life (up to 45 minutes)
Cons**
  • Only one USB-C port
  • Only one Thunderbolt port

Summary

The new MacBook Pro 13 is faster than the old previous 2017 model, but some Windows devices are faster with supposedly slower CPUs. We suspect Apple will eventually discontinue the entry-level MacBook Pro 13 in the not-too-distant future and only offer a single MacBook Pro13 (or maybe MacBook Pro 14) with a more powerful ARM processor.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 13-inch is a mixed update. It fixes the troubled keyboard, but Apple's decision to stick with older hardware for entry-level configurations is a big problem. The MacBook Pro offers you the feeling that you can do anything, but you'll only have the right tools if you opt for the most expensive configurations.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent performance
  • Great keyboard
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 4K screen option
  • Keyboard still freezes occasionally

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 92%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The cooling solution of the MacBook Pro 13 did not change this year. Two fans dissipate the heat from the processors with seamless adjustments of the fan speed. The integrated Iris Graphics 655 can only handle very simple games, but the performance is steady after longer gaming sessions. Apple should start to think about a more powerful PSU for the 13-inch model.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim bezels
  • High-contrast display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
macOS even runs a bit better on the new M1 processor and almost all app for Intel Macs we have tried worked without any problems. The MacBook Pro 13 M1 is always equipped with the faster 8-core version of the iGPU, while the entry-level Air is also available with a less powerful 7-core iGPU. The synthetic benchmark performance is pretty much identical to the MacBook Air.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good battery life
  • High-quality case
  • Very good performance
  • Good keyboard
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Only one Thunderbolt 3 port

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Core i5-1038NG7 has a higher TDP rating of 28 W compared to the regular mobile chips. Apple does not restrict the power consumption of the processor, which means the performance of the cooling solution is the only restriction for the CPU performance. The cooling solution with the two fans has not changed and the MacBook is usually silent when you only use simple applications.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • Very good performance
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
grading the MacBook Pro to a 10th Generation Core i7 costs an additional $200. You can also upgrade the memory and storage amounts, all the way up to 32GB of memory and a 4TB SSD. The upgrades reduce the value proposition even further, with a maxed-out configuration ringing up at $3,600. Many prospective buyers will also want to consider an iPad Pro instead of a Mac laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a Core i7
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

References

1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Intel, 2020) review: The hobbyist. digitaltrends. 2020-05-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020) Review. pcmag. 2020-05-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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