Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar Review and Specifications

Overview

Have you become annoyed of seeing your local Starbucks awash in silver, medium-sized laptops, sporting that glowing Apple logo? Well, Apple has remained confined to the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch design from the last four years, adding on engineering excellence to endure through multiple product cycles. This decision drove Macbook fans wild, as many itched for a newer, faster MacBooks– and ended up with the “new” models that looked the identical as what they already owned. Finally, the wait is over, and it’s unfortunate that MacBook fans have been left starving for an update as the new MacBook Pro’s price is hard to digest.

The base 13-inch model of Apple Macbook Pro 13-inch without the Touch Bar will cost you $1,500, a $200 upcharge over the former MacBook. In case you want the Touch Bar model of the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch we examined, you’ll have to spend out $1,800, in which you get a processor upgrade as part of the deal. Seriously,  $1,800 is a lot for an Apple MacBook Pro 13 with an Intel Core i5 processor. The sharp increase in price means that you can only obtain a Core i5 Apple MacBook Pro at prices on which you could get Core i7, and perhaps a RAM upgrade as well. Can the new version of MacBook Pro live up to the expectations set by its price? Check out in our Review on the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 512GB Retina Display), Silver

$1,775.10 $1,955.60

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar Review and Specifications

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Specifications- Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch


Display 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS LED-backlit Display
Dimensions 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.59 (inches)
Weight 3.02 pounds
Processor 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache
Operating System macOS Sierra
RAM 8 GB LPDDR3
Storage 512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
Secondary Storage none
Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 550
Video Memory  –
Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
Audio Stereo speakers with high dynamic range, Three microphones, 3.5mm headphone jack
Ports Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
with support for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
Optical drive none

Where To Buy

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop with Touch Bar (2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 512GB Retina Display), Silver

$1,775.10 $1,955.60

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar Review and Specifications

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9 Total Score
Summary

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers a fresh way to interact with apps, as well as more ports and speed than the base model, but the experience doesn't yet justify the premium.

Design
9.5
Keyboard and TouchPad
9.5
Display
9.5
Graphics and Audio
9
Hardware and Performance
9
Battery Life
8.5
PROS
  • Innovative Touch Bar
  • Touch ID speeds up logins
  • Bright and colorful display
  • Solid, compact design
  • Great speakers
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Lacks SD card slot and full-size USB port
  • An Hour less battery life than non-Touch Bar model
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