APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13 (MID 2017, I5, WITHOUT TOUCH BAR) REVIEW

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The 2017 update of the 13-inch MacBook Pro ($1,299) isn"t a groundbreaking refresh, but it does come with two very important new features: a reduced price and new processor options from Intel"s lathử nghiệm seventh-generation bộ vi xử lý Core i5 và Core i7 series. The exterior kiến thiết remains identical khổng lồ the previous version, but more performance for less cash easily makes up for the laptop"s relative sầu dearth of USB ports and the laông chồng of a cảm biến Bar compared with the more expensive sầu 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro. Add in vastly improved battery life and better performance benchmark results than many of its Windows competitors, và the result is that this already-excellent ultraportable notebook now earns our Editors" Choice award as the best Mac máy vi tính.

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Thin and Light, With a Shallow Keyboard

The 13-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro is extremely thin for a full-featured laptop, measuring 0.59 by 11.97 by 8.36 inches (HWD) và weighing 3.02 pounds. That"s actually thinner than Apple"s original & now somewhat dated ultraportable, the 13-inch MacBook Air. But it"s not quite as thin as the MacBook (0.52 inches), the New Razer Blade Stealth (0.51 inches) or the 0.41-inch-thin HP Spectre 13, which HP. bills as the world"s thinnest laptop. The Apple MacBook Pro is almost imperceptibly heavier than last year"s Mã Sản Phẩm, which weighs 2.99 pounds.


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Its aesthetics, however, remain identical to lớn the previous version. Available in either Silver or the Space Gray of our chạy thử unit, this is a gorgeous machine amidst an ever-growing crop of well-designed ultrabooks. Long-time Mac users may lament that the Apple hình ảnh sản phẩm is no longer backlit, but the logo"s new shiny silver finish will assure everyone in front of you that you"re using an Apple sản phẩm. Whichever color you choose, it will pervade the entire chassis và lid, which are both made of aluminum. The only departures are the keyboard và screen bezel (both black), & the glass trackpad, which takes on a slightly lighter hue compared with the body toàn thân.

The backlit keyboard has butterfly switches & extremely shallow key travel, which requires a bit of acclimation if you"re upgrading from an older Mac. Apple claims that its butterfly mechanism is more stable than conventional máy tính xách tay keyboard switches, which resemble a pair of scissors. The sound of the keys vaguely resembles the electronic clicks you"ll hear from an iOS keyboard. The typing sensation is similar, too: it requires just a little more pressure than what you"d use khổng lồ type on a touchscreen. We eventually found the typing experience tolerable—not necessarily enjoyable—but the keyboard will likely meet with your instant approval if you learned to lớn type on a điện thoại thông minh instead of a PC.

Short on Connectivity

This Apple MacBook Pro offers very few ports. It has just two USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 connectors on the left edge, & a single audio jaông xã on the right edge. (The 13-inch cảm biến Bar Model, which starts at $1,799, includes two USB-C ports on each side.) Having only two ports is an inconvenience, but remember that you"re going khổng lồ need lớn buy an adapter or USB hub for most of your older peripherals that don"t support USB-C anyway (think mice, keyboards, hard drives, and even your iPhone). You can buy Apple-branded adapters lượt thích the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter ($69), or opt for all-in-one adapters and desktop docks. Some, lượt thích the Sateđưa ra Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub Adapter ($99), are offered in colors that match the Táo MacBook Pro.


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The lack of a cảm ứng Bar, however, isn"t necessarily a bad thing. This mã sản phẩm is $500 cheaper than the Táo MacBook Pro with the bar, which makes it more likely to lớn appeal to lớn budget-conscious college students. While the cảm ứng Bar is innovative sầu & convenient for certain creative workflows (here are 15 things you can do with it), most other buyers will find it to lớn be a luxury instead of a need-to-have sầu productivity feature.

Thanks lớn their upward-facing design, the MacBook Pro"s speakers sound robust for such a thin máy vi tính, & are more versatile than those designed lớn bounce sound off of a desk or other flat surface. As with the previous mã sản phẩm, the MacBook Pro can fill a medium-sized room with distortion-không lấy phí music. The 2,560-by-1,600-resolution Retina display is equally impressive. The 500-nit screen is brighter than the Dell XPS 13 cảm biến & HP. Spectre 13, và people who work with images will appreciate that this MacBook offers support for the P3 color gamut. The screen"s downsides are its slightly inferior resolution compared with the 4K display available on the New Razer Blade Stealth, và the fact that it"s only available in a glossy version—there"s no matte option khổng lồ reduce glare, which was a problem for our Đánh Giá unit in the brightly lit PC Labs. Above sầu the screen is a forward-facing 720p FaceTime HD camera, better than the 480p camera you"ll get on the MacBook. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2 và 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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Our test unit is loaded with macOS Sierra, but macOS High Sierra, an iterative update, will be available for không tính phí once Apple rolls it out this fall. The Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro comes with 90 days of không lấy phí technical support and a one-year limited warranty.


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You won"t find a lot of storage with the base configuration, which comes with a 128GB SSD. That"s half the capathành phố of the base Model MacBook, which also starts at $1,299. Drive options are plentiful, however: they include 256GB for $200, 512GB for $400, or 1TB for $800. All are SSDs, which explains why the price doubles along with capathành phố.

Better Processor, Excellent Battery Life


Other than this MacBook Pro"s $200 price drop, a seventh-generation 2.4GHz Kaby Lake Hãng sản xuất Intel Core i5 processor with an upgraded integrated Hãng Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 GPU are the only major improvements. Our MacBook is also stacked with 8GB of RAM. Various upgrades in processor và memory are available at the time of purchase, as well as the aforementioned storage options. While we can"t run our full suite of Windows-based tests on this system, the new components resulted in markedly better performance in our multitruyền thông media tests than the previous Apple MacBook Pro. It took less time to convert a video file in Handbrake (one minute và 51 seconds vs. 2:10), manipulate an image in Photoshop (3:46 vs. 4:23), và achieved a higher score on the Cinebench 3D benchmark (376 vs. 306). The MacBook Pro"s scores on the Handbrake and Cinebench tests were also better than many of the competing ultraportables we"ve sầu tested recently, including the Core i7-powered New Razer Blade Stealth, the Dell XPS 13 Touch, và the Microsoft Surface Laptop.

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Gaming performance, however, was somewhat worse than the previous-generation Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro, despite the upgraded GPU. Our đánh giá unit failed khổng lồ break the 30 frames per second required for smooth gaming in our Heaven demo at medium graphics quality. Scores on the similar Valley demo were a bit better, but as with any ultraportable without a discrete graphics thẻ, you shouldn"t expect smooth gaming at maximum screen resolution and graphics chất lượng settings. On the other h&, if you intover to play casual games at moderate chất lượng as a study break, for example, the MacBook Pro is a better choice than much of its Windows competition, which posts even lower frame rates on the Heaven & Valley tests. It even does better than the New Razer Blade Stealth, although that laptop is compatible with Razer"s Chip Core external graphics thẻ enclosure for more serious gaming.


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Battery life is excellent, even by the power-sipping standards that we"ve come to lớn expect from Mac laptops. The MacBook Pro lasted for 16 hours & 26 minutes on our battery rundown thử nghiệm, nearly an hour longer than the current-generation MacBook & the 15-inch MacBook Pro, và a staggering four-and-a-half hours longer than the previous 13-inch Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro. The only máy vi tính we"ve tested recently to post a better battery rundown score is the Microsoft Surface Laptop, which came in at 16 hours & 44 minutes.

This Is the MacBook You"re Looking For

If you"re willing to lớn spover a bit more than the $1,299 base price, you can outfit the Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro with a 256GB SSD for an additional $200. That add-on will make its spec sheet nearly identical to lớn the $1,799 Touch Bar version, with the only significant differences being a faster processor clock speed & a second mix of USB-C ports on the Touch Bar mã sản phẩm. For videographers who can improve sầu their workflow with the Touch Bar or need extra ports lớn plug in external hard drives, spending the extra cash for that mã sản phẩm may be prudent. Touch screen aficionados who are OS-agnostic will also want lớn consider several Windows alternatives that offer full touch screens, and in the case of the New Razer Blade Stealth, a 4K display. But if you"re a macOS devotee who wants a relatively affordable and very stylish ultraportable with a long-lasting battery and a processor that won"t be outdated for several years, this MacBook phiên bản Pro is the best laptop you can buy.


Tom is giaithuongtinhnguyen.vn"s San Francisco-based news reporter. He got his start in giải pháp công nghệ journalism by reviewing the lachạy thử hard drives, keyboards, và much more for giaithuongtinhnguyen.vn"s sister site, Computer Shopper. As a freelancer, he"s written on topics as diverse as Borneo"s rain forests, Middle Eastern airlines, & big data"s role in presidential elections. A graduate of Middlebury College, Tom also has a master"s journalism degree from Thành Phố New York University. Follow him on Twitter