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Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Late 2020) Laptop

MSRP 1299 USDNEX score 91%

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Product Overview

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.
Beyond the performance boost, the new MacBook Pro 13 is able to deliver up to 2x the battery life of its predecessor, thanks to the efficiency of the new M1 chip.
The Late-2020 MacBook Pro 13 is essentially the same in dimensions (same width and depth), performance (same chipset, memory, SSD, display, and I/O), and price as the new MacBook Air.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 91% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Good keyboard
  • Great battery life
  • Very good performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No 4K display
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 + 3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
58.2 Wh
Camera | Front
HD (720p)
Colors
Silver or Space Gray
Form Factor
Clamshell laptop computer
Microphone
Studio-quality three-mic array with directional beamforming
Speakers
Stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
Size | Height
0.61 inch (1.56 cm)
Size | Width
11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
Weight
3.0 pounds (1.4 kg)

Display

Brightness
500 nits
Display Diagonal
13.3 inch
Display Type
IPS
Gamut
DCI-P3, True Tone technology
Pixel Density
227 ppi
Resolution
QHD+ (2560 x 1600)

Function

Graphics
Apple M1 8-core GPU
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
MacOS Big Sur
Operating Temperature
50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Processor
Apple M1 8-core CPU with 16-core Neural Engine
Security
Touch ID sensor
Touchpad
Force Touch trackpad

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 17 hours wireless web / Up to 20 hours Apple TV app movie playback
Memory | Capacity
8 or 16 GB
Power Supply
61 W
Storage
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB

Production

Availability
2020-11-17
Debut
2020-11-10

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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.
Find the original article here.
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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 review: The iPhone of laptops. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/apple-macbook-pro-13-m1-review/. 2020-12-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 review: Amazing breakthroughs in processing and battery performance. [macworld]. https://www.macworld.com/article/234838/13-inch-macbook-pro-m1-review-amazing-breakthroughs-in-processing-and-battery-performance.html. 2020-11-16. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
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. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (M1, Late 2020) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-13-inch-m1-late-2020. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review: Apple's most ambitious laptop yet. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/macbook-pro-13-inch-m1-2020-review. 2021-04-30. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
6. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/apple-macbook-pro-13-inch-m1-2020. 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/macbook-pro-13-inch-2020. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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