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Apple MacBook Pro 13 Review Rundown

Apple | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Apple MacBook Pro 13
  • Great performance for the price
  • Very good battery life
  • Long battery life (up to 45 minutes)
  • 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[*] 75%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 13 plays a crucial role in Apple's lineup. It's a demographic that includes some of Apple's biggest fans. The MacBook Pro 16 is the best choice for serious creative professionals. If you're set on a Mac, your other two options are the MacBook Air and the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great performance
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Apple quietly updated its MacBook Pro series. Apple might be repeating the story of the MacBook Air, which did not get any updates for quite a while and became less expensive over the years. Apple equips the 2018 MacBook Pro with its own T2 chip, which combines several functions including storage encryption and secure boot features. The Apple MacBook Pro 13 is powerful enough for almost any requirements thanks to a native quad-core CPU.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good input devices
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Good system performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • WLAN connectivity issues in some scenarios
  • Only one USB-C port

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
While the new MacBook Air is now exclusively powered by Apple's own ARM silicon, we still get two completely different models of the more expensive MacBook Pro 13. Apple still offers the version with four Thunderbolt ports and Intel CPUs (28W) in the higher price range starting from $1799. The previous entry-level MBP 13 with two Thunderbolt ports is now equipped with the Apple M1 chip. We want to find out if the less expensive MacBook Air might even be the better choice.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good input devices
  • Very good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • High-quality display
  • Good speakers
Cons[**]
  • Only one Thunderbolt port
  • Only one USB-C port

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Only the new Magic keyboard was carried over to the new 2020 MacBook Pro 13. The controversial butterfly keyboard has now been replaced in every MacBook on sale. Compared to the MacBook Air, the IPS screen of the MacBook Pro covers the larger P3 color gamut. The biggest spec of the 13-inch MacBook Pro retails for 4,379 Euros (~$4,900)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality case
  • Very good keyboard
  • Good system performance
  • Long battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
Cons[**]
  • Only one Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Only one USB-C port

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The new-for-2020 13-inch MacBook Pro was the last Mac notebook waiting to be updated with the new Magic Keyboard. Also new on our $1,799 MacBook Pro review unit are an updated 10th Generation Intel processor. The MacBook Pro and MacBook Air both have built-in fingerprint readers, which Apple calls Touch ID sensors.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Improved keyboard and touchpad
  • More ports than the MacBook Air
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Intel, 2020) review: The hobbyist. Digitaltrends. 22 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review. Notebookcheck. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 Laptop Review: The entry-level Pro also gets the M1 performance boost. Notebookcheck. 20 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ MacBook Pro 13 2020 in Review: Apple's subnotebook only gets the mandatory update. Notebookcheck. 02 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020) Review. Pcmag. 07 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. *. 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.
  7. **. 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.
  8. ***. 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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