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Apple MacBook Pro 13 M1 (Late 2020) Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2020) Laptop
Neoscore* 84%
  • Powerful M1 processor
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • High-quality display
  • Long battery life
  • 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[*] 80%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The $1,299 MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 is a fresh start for the Mac. Despite not having a fan in a slightly thinner chassis, it's only 11% behind the MacBook Pro in this benchmark. If you don't need the extra performance afforded by the Pro, the MacBook Air should be considered.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance for a 13-inch laptop
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[2]

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

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The latest 13-inch MacBook Pro reviewed here is as sleek as ever and more powerful than before. But concurrent updates to the MacBook Air have us recommending it over the smaller MacBook Pro. It's not heavy, but the MacBook Pro is slightly larger and heftier than some of its Windows competitors.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful M1 processor
  • Sleek, sleek design
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lacks True Tone and P3 support
  • Only one USB-C port

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) might just be one of Apple's most groundbreaking releases yet. Getting a major internal overhaul by ditching Intel for Apple's much-lauded 5nm M1 chip, the smaller MacBook Pro is much more powerful than it has ever been. We find its performance in both native apps, and while using legacy apps made for Intel-based MacBooks, seriously impressive. It certainly looks and feels identical to previous models, so anyone hoping for a radical new look to match the radical new hardware is going to be disappointed.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful M1 chip
  • Beautiful design
  • Great performance
  • Great speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 2020 delivers a great combination of computing comfort and pure power. The new Magic Keyboard is the biggest upgrade on this laptop ($1,299 starting, $1,799 as tested) Apple also offers Intel 10th gen processors on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, as well as faster RAM and double the storage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 13-inch display
  • Great battery life
  • Magic Keyboard is a big improvement
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as last year's model

references

  1. 1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 review: The iPhone of laptops. Digitaltrends. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ 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.
  3. 3. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020) Review. Pcmag. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review. Techradar. 05 March 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) review. Tomsguide. 15 March 2021. 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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