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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop (May 2020)

MSRP 1299 USDNEX score 89%

Product Overview

In May 2020, Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard from the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Now featuring up to 10th-generation Intel Core quad-core processors, the MBP-13 includes 16 or 32GB of 3733MHz LPDDR4X high speed memory on upper-end models.
The Magic Keyboard features a redesigned scissor mechanism with 1mm of key travel. There is also a physical Escape (ESC) key next to the Touch Bar and Touch ID.
Apple has also doubled the storage for higher-end models (that employ the 10th-gen Intel Core processors).
Every new MacBook Pro 13-inch comes with macOS Catalina, supporting even tighter integration with other Apple devices, notably the iPad Pro.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 89% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great keyboard
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
  • Very good performance
Cons
  • Lacks a Core i7
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No 4K screen option
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), headphone
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5, WiFi 5 (802.11ac)

Construction

Battery | Capacity
58 Wh
Camera | Front
HD

Dimensions

Size | Depth
212.4 mm
Size | Height
15.6 mm
Size | Width
304.1 mm
Weight
1.4 kg / 3.1 lbs

Display

Brightness
500 nits
Display Diagonal
13.3 in
Display Type
IPS
Pixel Density
227 ppi
Resolution
2560 x 1600

Function

Audio
Stereo with Dolby Atmos support
Processor
10th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 (quad-core) or 8th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7

Performance

Memory | Capacity
16GB, up to 32GB (8GB or 16GB on models w/ 8th-gen Intel processors)
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X (LPDDR3 on models w/ 8th-gen Intel processors)
Power Supply
61W USB-C
Storage
512GB or 1TB, up to 4TB (256GB up to 2TB on models w/ 8th-gen Intel processors)

Production

Debut
2020-05-04
Made In
China

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Intel, 2020) review: The hobbyist. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/apple-macbook-pro-13-review/. 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 (Touch Bar, i5) Laptop Review. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-MacBook-Pro-13-2018-Touch-Bar-i5-Laptop-Review.316648.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 Laptop Review: The entry-level Pro also gets the M1 performance boost. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-MacBook-Pro-13-2020-Laptop-Review-The-entry-level-Pro-also-gets-the-M1-performance-boost.510883.0.html. 2020-12-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ MacBook Pro 13 2020 in Review: Apple's subnotebook only gets the mandatory update. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MacBook-Pro-13-2020-in-Review-Apple-s-subnotebook-only-gets-the-mandatory-update.467617.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-13-inch-2020. 2020-05-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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