What is the MacBook Pro 13-inch?
Apple's 2018 update represents an incremental upgrade to the company's range of MacBook laptops targeted at professional photographers and video editors – or indeed any power user who wants to run and weapon.
Macbook Pro 13-inch is the more portable option and targeted at advertisements that need a power plant mobile workstation. It has improved last year's model specifications and an upgraded keypad, which should hopefully address some of the problems that the 2017 model buyers experienced.
Apple's True Tone software, which dynamically adjusts the screen color temperature to better fit the environment in its surroundings, has been featured in the year. In addition, the presence of Apple Voice Activated Assistant, Siri, also points to greater availability.
Apart from that, as usual, Apple presents a compact and stylish metal body that bends with promise.
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MacBook Pro 13-inch Design
2018 The MacBook Pro 13-inch is almost identical to the previous model and the 2016 model before that. The body of the MacBook Pro is – like earlier versions – made of a hanging metal alloy. It has an almost pure finish that is as comfortable to touch as it is to the eye.
Two sets of microbored holes are located on both sides of the keyboard, from which music blowing feels nice and loud. But when you work, your position means that your hands more than likely will hide some of the sound.
Unlike the roof the company has brought its latest iPhone X, Apple has not seen the fit to banish the 3.5mm headphone jack here so you can plug in regular phones and spread your work peacefully.
The target 212.44 x 304 x 14.99 mm, the MacBook Pro 2018 will not take up a lot of space in your purse. It's quite easy too, weighs 1.37 kg – which is on par with the average laptop.
At 14.9mm this model is remarkably slim; The latest MacBook Air measures 17mm. This means that it's very slim compared to other notebook laptops and amazingly lock-friendly.
So what does all this skinniness mean in addition to easy transferability? A shortage of ports and a butterfly switched keyboard. You get four Thunderbolts – or practically three, since one of them is likely to draw power from the mains most of the time.
Although there are more Thunderbolt compatible accessories on the market these days, and the Thunderbolt standard itself is amazing when it comes to what it can do, the reality is that this is likely to frustrate buyers.
Anyone who just dropped a note punch on an otherwise good screen, or appears to introduce a client to find that they can not connect to the TV in the meeting room because there is no HDMI port, or can & # 39; Do not use these Ethernet cables in the conference zone, it will need to stand out for an adapter.
Yes, Apple produces and sells many multi-port adapters and there are chances that your budget may extend to accommodate a new MacBook Pro, so an additional £ 70 will probably not kill you. But I feel that Apple could earn a good will if it had thrown into an adapter with all MacBook Pro.
Thanks to the Thunderbolt ports that work with USB-C connections, you can always keep any phone you're currently rocking up on the go, which is convenient. In a pinch, you can keep your Nintendo Switch topped up.
When it comes to upgrades, you do not have many options after you buy it, but you can configure storage (up to 2TB on 13-inch versions, 4TB on 15-inch versions) and memory (up to 16GB on 13 inch models and 32GB on 15-inch editions) upon registration.
With regard to processors, the most basic 13-inch model comes with an 8th Gen 2.3GHz quad-core i5 CPU ( i5-8259U) while the 15-inch version has a dull 2.9 GHz hexagon i9-8950HK. The version submitted for review is a 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB LPDDR3 (2133MHz) RAM and a 2TB PCIe SSD drive, of which 1.97TB is available from fresh.
MacBook Pro 13-inch Keyboard and Control Panel
There have been a lot of speculation about the real purpose of the rubber layers underneath keycaps on the new third generation butterfly switch keyboards. Officially, they have been introduced to make the keyboard quieter and a little easier on the fingers.
But rumors suggest that these have been installed to make the keys less likely to break. Only time will tell if the error rate is as high as it used to be in previous versions. But what can we say about the new third-generation MacBook Pro keyboard in the meantime?
In short, it does not feel like much of a step up from last year's edition. Keyboard tours are shallow, which is not really different from the 2017 show. But the design, especially compared to older MacBook Pros, feels claustrophobic. I have quite big hands with a whole octave team, so those with smaller paws can find that this is not a problem.
I'm less pleased with the overall writing sensation. At times the keyboard was actually painful to write on. I got the impression that although the layout had been stretched over a larger surface area, I would still not have liked to work with it.
Of course, I was used to the strange type of sensation after a week of solid use but temporarily moving back to my old MacBook Pro 2013 with its old school interruptors and the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 with its fancy maglev keys , I felt again the butterfly breakers where it was a little unpleasant by comparison.
The trackpad is super responsive and easy to touch. Scrolling through pages, emails and articles using a topsuit, turned out to be nice and breezy. But in some cases it is suddenly pressed, making it difficult to click on things.
Even after tweaking sensitivity, and switching Force Touch (press to click, instead of clicking to click), I could not find a good medium. There is a slight bend towards the bottom of the pad, which gives a more specific click, but this allows me to ask the operating surface's life. If something bends, it's generally not a good sign.
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MacBook Pro 13 -Inch – Touch Bar
The touch bar is unchanged from previous versions, and too many users will remain a Marmite feature.
I loved being able to quickly press the volume controls and crank or deep music accordingly when you stream music. When watching videos in QuickTime or Final Cut Pro X, a mini-timeline on the line makes it easy to sip back to specific scenes. Another nice addition is the ability to spin PDF files 90 degrees when viewing them in Preview.
I also liked that when listening to a track in Spotify, the extended menu provides media controls and a scroll bar, so you get a rewind of that harpsichord solo is a breeze, not to mention a lot of fun. It is the digital sound quality of a DJ record scraper.
Having said that, the use of the touch line will vary greatly depending on what apps you use and if the developer supports them.
However, it was not quite common sailing. At times I found out that when I wanted to dampen sound, I accidentally trigger Siri or brightness by mistake.
You can easily configure the setup in the settings to suit your needs, which is good, but I found myself that a non-touchable version with the correct function key was available. Say what you like about physical checks, but at least they remain in the same place. You do not get the advantage that your muscle memory gives you an ever-changing context-sensitive control strip.
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, returning from the 2017 version, is useful. That means you can bypass having to enter your complex and hard-to-crack passwords whenever you want to authorize an iTunes purchase. But most of the time it will be used to quickly unlock the laptop, as it almost excites.
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MacBook 13-inch – Display
2018 The MacBook Pro screen is excellent. Colorimeter tests with maximum brightness recorded high levels of brightness, 514.1 nits. This is over 500 nineties we are promised on paper, but pretty good enough. I could easily write part of this review on Pro outside in full sunlight. On the other end of the scale, black levels were recorded at 0.32 nits, giving a stunning contrast ratio of 1469: 1.
The MacBook Pro 2018 has also expanded the entire sRGB color group and 84% of the wider Adobe RGB- spectrum. The DCI-P3 score was as impressive 98.9%. Busy color temperature was 6514K, not far from 6500K ideal.
In plain English, this means that color accuracy is about as spot on as you should get. If you are a photographer, video editor or digital artist, 2018 MacBook Pros guarantees your attention for this reason alone.
It's better in all areas than Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, with the exception of the Adobe RGB score. The XPS 15 covered a more impressive 94.2% of the spectrum, so if you take pictures with this color space, it might be the door you're looking for instead. However, we are usually impressed with the MacBook Pro.
Note that the screen was tested with True Tone turned off. True Tone is a new feature for MacBooks that Apple introduced with 9.7-inch iPad Pro. True Tone automatically adjusts the screen color based on ambient ambient light, with the aim of keeping white balance no matter where you work.
It's a subtle effect that you will not always notice. It's clearer that you've been working on the desktop for a while, then taking your laptop into a meeting room. It's a nice-to-have feature, but if you work with pictures or digital art, you want it turned off. If you work somewhere where there is hard overhead strip lighting, your retina on the other hand will appreciate the gradual shift to milder, warmer colors.
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MacBook Pro 13-inch Performance
Performance will depend on which version of MacBook Pro you choose. Here is a brief overview of all your processors, memory and storage options:
|Processor Options||2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (8th) or 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 (8th) / 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel six-core Intel Core i7 (8th) or 2.9GHz six-core Intel Core i9 (8th) with discreet Radeon Pro (4GB video memory)|
|Memory||8GB or 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM / 16GB or 32GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel Iris Plus 665 / Discreet Radeon Pro 555X (4GB GDDR5 vRAM) or Radeon Pro 560X (4GB GDDR5 vRAM)|
|Display Options||13, 3-inch, 2560 x 1600, 227 ppi / 15.4 inch, 2880 x 1800, 220 ppi|
|Storage Options||256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB (both 13-inch versions) / 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB (Core i7 15 inch version) / 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB (Core i9 15 inch version)|
|Speakers||Stereo Speakers, 3.5mm Jack, Three Microphones|
|Ba tteri||58 WHr battery) / 83.6 Where battery (built-in)|
Our review model was a 13-inch laptop computer with the quad-core i7-8559U processor. Note that the baseline for Geekbench 4 single-core results is 4000, and twice for multi-core tests, derived from tests of devices running on an Intel Core i7-6600U, which ran some of the latest 2016 MacBook Pros.
We recorded 5378 for the single-core test and 18,885 for multi-core, far above Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, XPS 13, and Microsoft Surface Book 2.
Disk speeds are the best we I have looked at any laptop. Our MacBook Pro 2018 clocked average write and read speeds of 2631.2MB / sec and 2281.1MB / sec at the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. The writing speeds were a bit lower than what nevertheless gave Windows laptops us, but the speeds are significantly higher. I should note that the CrystalDiskMark utility we use for Windows devices is not available for MacOS, so we used another benchmarking app. Although this means that it is not a perfect comparison, you get at least an idea of how fast it can move. The Blackmagic scores are quite impressive either.
Cinebench A video and graphics benchmark gives an indication of how the MacBook Pro 2018 processor will handle strong loads. It scored 594cb, which is just under 705cb achieved by Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 with a quad-core Core i7 CPU (i7-8705G).
The performance of 38.51 fps OpenGL was also lower than Dell's laptop's 86.99fps score. This is surprising since the Intel Iris 655 iGPU in the MacBook has 128 MB of memory to play while the AMD Radeon ™ RX Vega M GL buffer in Dell is only 8 MB. XPS 15 exceeded our original expectations in the graphics department, so we were not shocked by these results.
Since the MacBook Pro 2018 is not designed as a gaming device, it was not undergoing the same test process as Razer Blade 15, only applies to video work.
Although I did not notice any slowdown when I recorded HD video files, Final Cut Pro collided the first time I attempted to export a 10-minute 4K video clip – the only instance of instability I experienced. Make no mistake, for creative work, the MacBook Pro 2018 is an animal.
MacBook Pro 13-inch – Battery
On paper, Apple claims 10 hours of browsing and streaming music with both versions of MacBook Pro. I did not quite beat that figure after a day's solid writing while listening to the odd album or YouTube video, with the screen set to 150 mains. In my experience, it was closer to six hours. It's about standard for most Ultrabooks, but depending on the tasks you use the machine, the mileage may vary.
Playing a looped 2hrs 30mins 4K video sample in QuickTime so the battery goes down to 8% after seven hours of playback. It hit 5% danger zone after 7hrs 20mins – it safely gave up the ghost after 7hrs 33mins.
Rendering and export of the same clip in Final Cut Pro X took about 5 minutes and dunked a full battery by 2%. A similar 10-minute 4K clip took 12 minutes to reproduce and consume 4% power. If you sweat it on a conference floor, rush exporting content for your YouTube channel, the battery will feel burning.
Loading the MacBook Pro from the slot with the Thunderbolt AC adapter was fast. From the blank it was up to 72% after one hour and 90% after 1 hour 30 minutes. To charge the device to full it takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.
Why buy MacBook Pro 13-inch?
Photographers, artists and videographers will be thrilled with the 2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch display and performance.
The color is among the best we've seen on any Ultrabook, and it is recorded solid, if not amazing, benchmarking results. If you shoot video on the go and you need to be able to do big projects quickly, you may experience problems with power. Fortunately, it does not take long for a MacBook Pro 13 inch thirsty battery to recharge.
That said, if you want to buy a new MacBook for video editing only, you should examine higher-end 15-inch versions. Not only do you get a larger screen with higher resolution and powerful processors, but you get a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 4GB dedicated GDDR5 vRAM thrown in.
However, be warned that the 2018 MacBook Pros are expensive. Our review model costs £ 3599 if purchased directly, which amounts to around £ 300 / month over a year to 0% interest. The lack of ports is also a pain and means you almost need to download a Thunderbolt 3 to Ethernet adapter if you plan to use it for work.
All in all, the Macbook Pro 13 -Inch is a solid, powerful mobile workstation that will delight buyers despite these small flaws.
MacBook Pro 2018's powerful display and top performance make it a perfect choice for creative types. But t he high price and the fact that you have to buy adapters if you want more than just Thunderbolt ports, will reveal some more informal buyers.