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2018 Apple MacBook Pro, 13-inch. Ben Sin

Apple's MacBook settings were once the best designed best built and among the most powerful laptops around. In particular, MacBook Air was a stunner of a device and a game shifter for the industry.

The gap in quality has closed dramatically in recent years. Today, the top layer of Windows laptops is almost as well built and in many cases more powerful. But after testing the 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro for a week, I'm reminded that, yes, Apple is the originator of the "premium" laptop and it still has a couple of tricks on

The machine is thin and solid. Ben Sin

Common Apple Blossoms

The first is MacOS, which in my opinion is better than Windows as an operating system. Remember, I'm not an Apple loyalist – j I like Android over iOS as a mobile platform – but on a laptop, MacOS is just so much more intuitive and aesthetically pleasing than Windows. I especially like the different steering wheel movements, and especially the triangles of any word or string of words & nbsp; to view a quick popup window with relevant information such as preview or word definition.

Tapping on a word or string of three-word words triggers a popup window with relevant information depending on the context. Ben Sin

The other is building quality. I have recently reviewed Huawei MateBook X Pro and thought the building quality was top. But after handling it next to the MacBook Pro next door, I can see and feel the difference. When the MacBook Pro is closed, the hinge area is completely flushed and the entire device feels like a solid, tight metal part. Huawei's laptop, when closed, has a slightly protruding hinge area, and if I press hard on the laptop, I can feel the aluminum casing.

Notice that the MacBook Pro hinged (top) is slippery while the Huawei MateBook X Pro has a hinge a small coarse edge. Ben Sin

These are smaller, smaller things, but still worth mentioning in a review. A MacBook's hinges and stability are still unparalleled in laptops.

Some things can be improved …

Open up clamshell, but MacBook Pro looks a bit dated compared to the Huawei MateBook X Pro or even Dell XPS 13. This is because the edges Around the MacBook Pro screen, the arena is small. They are not big – only noticeable. Huawei's portable display, by comparison, extends almost the limit to the limit. The Huawei MateBook X Pro (Huawei MateBook X Pro) has half an inch more screen, despite keeping the same physical footprint as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (Huawei MateBook X Pro) left) has a more disappointing display than MacBook Pro. Ben Sin

While we are nitpicking, I can also get the biggest mistake in the MacBook Pro now, the keyboard, which uses Apple's "butterfly mechanism." Simply put, the butterfly mechanism makes the keyboard keys flatter and less "elevated" than just about any laptop keyboards ever made. It looks absolutely cool – the keyboard looks almost flushed with the trackpad – but it does not give a better writing experience. Keys have less travel and tactile feedback than, and almost all other laptops out there. I am a type-approval of a touch so that the lack of travel really threw me off initially.

Look at how flat the keyboard is compared to the entire bottom of the laptop. It's very little key holiday. Ben Sin

My score on typingtest.com's Aesops fabulous test with MacBook Pro. Ben Sin

Apple claims that this change was made to improve keyboard stability, but I have never heard any complaint on Apple keyboard before butterfly. I have a 2012 MacBook Air at home and I still like the keyboard better.

Butterfly keyboards will not be a dealbreaker for most. People who make this MacBook Pro's only computer (a realistic usage scenario, given the spread of smartphones) will get used to the keyboard and do not think much about it. But people who jump between a MacBook and a desktop, or another laptop, are reminded of Apple's weird flat keys.

Power and Honor

Let's get the real reason why the new MacBook Pro exists: the 8th Generic Intel Silicone Bump. My demo device is an i7 time of 4.5Ghz. It is a base model with an i5 and a more premium i9 model that is only available on 15-incher. And with the new processors paired with Apple's T2 chipset, these laptops are faster. Not even in the test period, I saw the dreaded "spinning ball" that now dominates my MacBook Air 2012. Even when you're pushed to perform intensive tasks, such as sending 4k videos, my device never got hot or made the highest fan sounds I would get from Huawei's MateBook X Pro.

It is worth mentioning that the top model i9 model suffers from gas problems during the first week of launch, first noted by tech YouTuber Dave Lee but Apple has since solved it with a software update. This kind of quick response is commendable.

Also new to this year's notebook is TrueTone display and Siri support. The former Apple's smart technology is transferred from iPad Pro and iPhone X, which automatically adjusts display temperature to better fit the lighting in the environment. While useful, I'll turn it off because I prefer accurate colors when I examine photos and edit videos. Much more useful to me was Siri support because I was able to call & nbsp; That with voice to help me check the fact when I write articles.

MacBook Pro is a very polished device. Ben Sin

The final Apple-specific feature is Touch Bar, a digital touchscreen strip that replaces the F keys on keyboards. The strip is context sensitive and displays relevant action buttons depending on what I have opened. These include fluffy things, such as a fast emoji shortcut button while writing, and actually useful things like full-on video controls, including a scrubber. I love being able to fast forward or rewind video clips by swiping on the touch line.

Some reviews reject Touch Bar as a gimmick, but considering how rare the F keys are used by the average person, I think it's a smart innovation.

The Dongle Hell, but a necessary evil

In the recently released Mission Impossible film, Tom Cruise is keen to stop a terrorist group living by mantra "it can not be peace without first, a great suffering. "

I look at the" dongle hell "situation of the MacBook Pros as something along with that mindset. 2018 MacBook Pros, like the 2017 and 2016 versions, only offers USB-C ports and nothing else. This means that most users need to plug in an optional accessory (such as dongle) only to get the usual ports, such as USB-A, HDMI output and memory card reader.

There are two USB-C ports on each side. No USB-A. Ben Sin

I can not even use my wireless mouse with my laptop because I currently do not own a dongle, but unlike most reviewers, I'm not annoyed by it. I see it as a necessary victim. USB-C is the all-in-one cable that the technology industry has been pushing for in three years. But because manufacturers want to play it safely and accommodate the masses, the adaptation of it is still slow. Certainly, people with new Android phones all have a USB-C cable, but outside that group, most are still addicted to USB-A, which is an outdated port that may die. USB-Cs are far more flexible, adaptable and capable of transmitting power and data.

Apple forces USB-C on MacBook users, can & nbsp; force accessory makers to admit and just go USB-C all the way. We need to suffer through the dongle hell now to live a future where everyone can only use a cable for each accessory and device.

Of course, there is a lot of irony in this because Apple still insists on using its proprietary Lynport for iPhone when it is obvious that USB-Cs are better for power and data transfer. It's also entertaining to me that & nbsp; Android users who carry a MacBook can use a cable and charging to drive everything, while iPhone users with a MacBook need two cables.

In terms of charging, the MacBook Pro will fortunately not need it too often. The 13-inch device I tested has the best battery life I've ever seen on a lightweight computing machine. When used for regular work, such as writing word documents, browsing the web and listening to Spotify, the MacBook Pro can last for almost 10 hours. If I push it and use it and a movie-watching machine, it's good for at least two movies.

Touch Bar can be used to scrub through videos, a feature I love. Ben Sin

It's expensive, but it will be worth it to anyone. Ben Sin

Overall, I enjoyed thorough MacBook Pro experience and understand why they dominate every coffee shop I go to. But that's a big warning: these things are expensive. The 13-incher base model, with an i5 processor, 256GB of internal storage and only 8GB of RAM, starts at $ 1800. And that configuration will not be enough for most to be honest. Consumers will at least cast specifications up to i7 and 512 GB of storage, and the price will jump to $ 2300. Likewise, Huawei MateBook X Pro and Dell XPS 13 sell for $ 400 to $ 500 less.

So is the MacBook Pro a great value? No, but this definitely does not mean anything for loyal Apple fans or creative professionals who want the most "premium" machine.

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2018 Apple MacBook Pro, 13-inch Ben Sin

Once upon a time Apple's MacBook settings were clearly the best designed, best-built and among the most powerful laptops around. Especially the MacBook Air was a stunner on a device and a game switch for the industry.

This gap in quality has closed dramatically in recent years. Today, laptops are almost as well built, and in many cases more powerful. But after testing the 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro for a week, I'm reminded that, yes, Apple is the originator of the "premium" laptop, and it still has a pair of tricks on the sleeves to retain this status.

The machine is thin and solid. Ben Sin

Common Apple Blossoms

The first is MacOS, which in my opinion is better than Windows as an operating system for computers. Remember, I'm not an Apple loyalist – I like Android over iOS as a mobile platform – but p I especially like the different steering wheel movements, especially the tripple of any word or string of words to see a fast popup window with relevant information, such as link preview or word definition.

Tapping a word or string of three-word words triggers a popup window with relevant information depending on the context. Ben Sin

The other is building quality. I have reviewed the Huawei MateBook X Pro recently and thought the building quality was top notch. But after handling it next to the MacBook Pro next door, I can see and feel the difference. When the MacBook Pro is closed, the hinge area is completely flushed and the entire device feels like a solid, tight metal part. Huawei's laptop, when closed, has a slightly protruding hinge area, and if I push hard on the laptop, I can feel the aluminum casing.

Notice that the MacBook Pro hinged (top) is smooth while the Huawei MateBook X Pro has a small coarse edge hinge. Ben Sin

These are small, small things, but still worth mentioning in a review. A MacBook's hinges and stability are still unmatched in laptops.

Some things can be improved …

Open up clamshell and MacBook Pro looks a bit dated compared to the Huawei MateBook X Pro or even Dell XPS 13. It's because the edges around The MacBook Pro screen is not small. They are not big – only noticeable. Huawei's portable display, by comparison, extends almost the limit to the limit. The Huawei Notebook PC has a half-inch screen despite keeping the same physical footprint as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Huawei MateBook X Pro (left) has a more immersive display than MacBook Pro. Ben Sin

While we are nitpicking, I can also get the biggest mistake in the MacBook Pro now: the keyboard, which uses Apple's "butterfly mechanism." Simply put, the butterfly mechanism makes the keyboard keys smoother and less "elevated" than just about all portable keyboards ever made. It looks absolutely cool – the keyboard looks almost flushed with the trackpad – but it does not give a better writing experience. Keys have less travel and tactile feedback than, well, almost all other laptops out there. I am a type-approval of a touch so that the lack of travel really threw me off initially.

Look at how flat the keyboard is compared to the entire bottom of the laptop. It's very little key holiday. Ben Sin

My score on typingtest.com's Aesop's fabulous test with MacBook Pro. Ben Sin

Apple claims that this change was made to improve keyboard stability, but I have never heard any complaint on Apple keyboard before butterfly. I have a 2012 MacBook Air at home and I still like the keyboard better.

Butterfly keyboards will not be a dealbreaker for most. People who make this MacBook Pro's only computer (a realistic usage scenario, given the spread of smartphones), turns to the keyboard and does not think much about it. But people jumping between a MacBook and desktop or another laptop are reminded of Apple's weird flat keys.

Power and Glory

Let's get the real reason why the new MacBook Pro exists: the 8th Generic Intel Silicon Bump. My demo device is an i7 time of 4.5Ghz. It is a base model with an i5 and a more premium i9 model that is only available on 15-incher. And with the new processors paired with Apple's T2 chipset, these laptops are faster. Not even during the test period, I saw the dreaded spinning ball that now dominates my MacBook Air 2012. Even when you're pushed to perform intensive tasks, like sending 4k videos, my device never got hot or did the highest fan sounds I would get from Huawei's MateBook X Pro.

It is worth mentioning that the top model i9 model suffers from gas problems during the first week of launch, first noted by tech YouTuber Dave Lee, but Apple has since solved it with a software update. This kind of quick response is commendable.

Also new to this year's notebook is TrueTone display and Siri support. The former Apple's smart technology is transferred from iPad Pro and iPhone X, which automatically adjusts display temperature to better fit the lighting in the environment. While useful, I'll turn it off because I prefer accurate colors when I examine photos and edit videos. Much more useful to me was Siri support, because I was able to call it with voice to help me check that I wrote articles.

MacBook Pro is a very polished device. Ben Sin

The Den final Apple-specific feature is Touch Bar, a digital touchscreen strip that replaces the F keys on keyboards. The strip is context sensitive and displays relevant action buttons depending on what I have opened. These include fluffy things, such as a fast emoji shortcut button while writing, and actually useful things like full-on video controls, including a scrubber. I love being able to fast forward or rewind video clips by swiping on the touch line.

Some reviews reject Touch Bar as a gimmick, but considering how rare the F keys are used by the average person, I think it's a wise innovation.

The Dongle Hell, but a necessary evil

In the recently released Mission Impossible film, Tom Cruise is keen to stop a terrorist group living at the mantra "it can not be peace without first, a great suffering. "

I look at the "dongle hell" situation of the MacBook Pros as something next to the thought. 2018 MacBook Pros, like the 2017 and 2016 versions, only offers USB-C ports and nothing else. This means that most users need to plug in an optional accessory (such as dongle) only to get the usual ports, such as USB-A, HDMI output and memory card reader.

There are two USB-C ports on each side. No USB-A. Ben Sin

I can not even use my wireless mouse with my laptop because I do not currently own a dongle, but unlike most reviewers, I'm not annoyed by it. I see it as a necessary victim. USB-C is the all-in-one cable that the technology industry has been pushing for in three years. But because manufacturers want to play it safely and accommodate the masses, the adaptation of it is still slow. Certainly, people with new Android phones all have a USB-C cable, but outside that group, most are still addicted to USB-A, which is an outdated port that may die. USB-Cs are far more flexible, adaptable and capable of transmitting power and data.

Apple forces USB-C on MacBook users, can force accessory makers to admit and just go USB-C all the way. We need to suffer through the dongle hell now to live a future where everyone can only use a cable for each accessory and device.

Of course, there is a lot of irony in this because Apple still insists on using its proprietary Lynport for iPhone when it is obvious that USB-Cs are better for power and data transfer. It's also entertaining to me that Android users who carry a MacBook can use a cable and charging to drive everything, while iPhone users with a MacBook need two cables.

In terms of charging, MacBook Pro will fortunately not need it too often. The 13-inch device I tested has the best battery life I've ever seen on a lightweight computing machine. When used for regular work, such as writing word documents, browsing the web and listening to Spotify, the MacBook Pro can last for almost 10 hours. If I push it and use it and a movie-watching machine, it's good for at least two movies.

Touch Bar can be used to scrub through videos, a feature I love. Ben Sin

It's expensive, but it will be worth it to anyone. Ben Sin

Overall, I enjoyed extensive MacBook Pro experience and understand why they dominate every coffee shop I go to. But that's a big warning: these things are expensive. The 13-incher base model, with an i5 processor, 256GB of internal storage and only 8GB of RAM, starts at $ 1800. And that configuration will not be enough for most to be honest. Consumers will at least encounter specifications up to i7 and 512GB of storage, after which the price jumps to $ 2300. Likewise, Huawei MateBook X Pro and Dell XPS 13 sell for $ 400 to $ 500 less.

So is the MacBook Pro a great value? No. But this is definitely not important for loyal Apple fans or creative professionals who want the most "premium" machine possible.


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