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Apple MacBook Pro 13 M1 (Late 2020) Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Powerful M1 processor
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • High-quality display
  • Long battery life
Cons**
  • Only one USB-C port
  • Only one Thunderbolt 3 port

Summary

The Late-2020 MacBook Pro 13 is the first MacBook Pro to feature Apple's proprietary M1 chip, which delivers the largest boost in performance in MacBook history: 2.8x faster CPU, 5x faster GPU, and 11x faster ML performance.
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[*] 91%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The 2,560 x 1,600 “Retina” display is sharp, bright, and color-precise. The M1 chip allows Apple to do the audio processing all on its own. Unlike most laptops, it's actually a joy to listen to music on the MacBook Pro 13-inch M1.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable trackpad
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No 4K display

macworld[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from macworld have found the following[***]:
Apple claims the M1 Mac is better at managing the power it uses, which means better battery life. The M1 MacBook Pro fills out the lower-end of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup. If the FaceTime camera and the two ports aren’t enough to temper the excitement, maybe this one issue will.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, sturdy design
  • Improved performance
  • Improved battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only one external display

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

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The M1 is by far Apple's best-performing processor. Macs are not typically the platform of choice for 3D gaming. With the M1, the MacBook Pro could serve as a decent option for casual gamers. The MacBook Pro remains a workhorse if you want a compact laptop that is still powerful.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful M1 processor
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

t3[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 98%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is an exciting laptop. It's also one of the most powerful the company has ever made. Add in the longest battery life seen in a MacBook and you have an absolutely excellent laptop that excels in numerous ways. If you're looking for a cleverly designed workstation laptop that's slim and easily portable, then this is a splendid investment. However, if you don't need a laptop for that, and want a day-to-day work and photo editing of a bit of light and even photo editing, then you may be overkill.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful M1 processor
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Only two Thunderbolt 3 ports

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) runs silently thanks to its fanless design. It does kick in after a while when you're doing some strenuous work on the device. The laptop also gets rather warm towards the back at times. However, the fans don't ever get too distracting, and for day to day use you'll never hear them. The M1 chip can beat powerful Intel 11th gen chips, and it proved to be correct.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful M1 chip
  • Long battery life
  • Decent webcam
Cons[**]
  • Fanless design
  • No Thunderbolt 3

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 94%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 2020's Iris Plus graphics are perfectly suitable for photo editing and video editing. The MacBook Pro's battery life is really strong given all the power you're getting under the hood. If you want to stick with Intel and have four Thunderbolt 3 ports instead of two, the MacBook Pro is a great choice.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

References

1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 review: The iPhone of laptops. digitaltrends. 2020-12-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020) Review. pcmag. 2020-11-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review. techradar. 2021-03-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) review. tomsguide. 2021-02-19 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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