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Apple MacBook Pro (13 inches, 2020) Review: Here is why we cannot recommend the entry-model.

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What is an Apple Macbook Pro?

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch has a decent battery, a new keyboard, and promises 10th gen performance. The design of the new model however seems a little too familiar. 

What about its design and feature?

Apple has not made any major changes to the basic design of the 13-inch MacBook pro. The company has introduced the model in the same Space Gray color; however, this version is thicker than the previous one. The dimensions of these laptops are-11.97 X 8.36 X0.61 inches. The new model is also heavier; it weighs 3.1 pounds whereas the 2019 model weighed 3.02 pounds. There are four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one audio jack. 

The touch bar above the keyboard is there with content-sensitive buttons. Not everyone is a huge fan of these buttons but they come in handy while editing pictures for your social media handle. 

The entry-level model has got a lot of attention, with the magic keyboard, which has an improved ‘scissor’ mechanism. The novel mechanism seeks to provide a comfortable feel since earlier it was criticized for the ‘butterfly’ keyboard. The former is more ergonomic and responsive than the former. The Retina Display is the same and the entire Apple 2020 models share the brightly colored 2560 X 1600 resolution. 

The official website of the US-based company has a second standard configuration available on their websites to allow the users to simply double their storage. For 512 GB the website charges an extra $200. The new configuration allows the users to include a quad-core Core i5-1038NG7 processor. The 10th generation configuration is integrated with Iris Plus Graphics, has 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. 

The size of the SSD can also be doubled to 1TB for just $200. However, the memory upgrades offered by Apple are pretty expensive. It will cost you another $400 for just 16GB RAM. Nevertheless, the Thunderbolt ports of the new model make the upgrades pragmatic and affordable. 

What is the right price?

The base model of MacBook Pro (13 inches) starts just at $1,299, which is costs the same as the last year’s launch. The base model has a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th gen processor. The two-year-old technology is just not good enough for the new specifications. The upgraded model serves 10th gen Intel processors, however, the cost of those models is just not affordable for all. The mid-range of the new model costs around $1, 799, which comes with 512GB storage and a 2.0GHz 10th gen processor. When CPU takes a leap from 8th gen to 10th gen then the version of the new model automatically becomes faster. 

How about the performance? 

The official announcement made by the company stated that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will offer 2.8X times performance at a faster pace. A test was run between the old and the new models and it was concluded that the MacBook edged ahead of the graphics performance by a small difference. However, the Valley test used is pretty much demanding thus, even the slightest difference of frames per second seems to be a major improvement. 

Can you tell the battery life of an apple mac book pro? 

The battery seems like a minor disappointment in the 2020 model since the battery life drops at an unexpected rate. Apple promises its 8th and 10th generation models to deliver the best performance for up to 10 hours. The last year’s model managed to work for 9hours and 45 minutes however, the new model could only manage 8hours and 45minutes. Nevertheless, the amount of battery is good enough to work for the number of office hours. 

Why everyone should buy it?

  • Improved performance in comparison to 8th generation models
  • Lightweight design and easy to handle
  • 4 Thunderbolt three ports 
  • Bright colored Retina Display
  • Improved keyboard
  • Larger SSD capacity of the base model
  • Same price as the 8th generation model but better specifications

Why buy it when you actually need it?

  • Over-priced storage and memory updates
  • Poor resolution of the webcam (720p)
  • Less repair and upgrade options 
  • The entry-level model has 8th gen CPU

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a compact device then MacBook pro (13 inches, 2020) is the perfect pick. However, the entry-level model is not recommended due to the performance gap. Thus, if you’re willing to spend $1, 799 for the upgrade model then you should go for it. If not, then instead of buying the entry model, purchase the MacBook Air 2020. 


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