Today, Obejor Blog shall be reviewing the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019) in Nigeria.
Obejor Blog believes that the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers the best combination of speed, battery life and display quality for the most reasonable price.
Here is the MacBook Pro 13-inch (2019) Full Review and Specification
The new MacBook Pro 13-inch for 2019 packs a much faster 8th gen Intel Core CPU and both Touch ID and the Touch Bar. And while the keyboard still isn’t great, Apple has introduced minor enhancements that will (hopefully) make it more reliable. Add in more than 10 hours of battery life and you have one of the best laptops around, and the best Apple laptop for most people — at least those who want a future-proof system.
This is going to sound like a broken record, but Apple really needs to shake things up on the design front. The 13-inch MacBook Pro has sported the same aesthetic for years. It’s a handsome and elegant look, for sure, with a solid unibody aluminum chassis. But the design is a bit on the chunky side, and the bezels look chunky, too, next to the likes of the Dell XPS 13.
While you do get two color options with Space Gray and Silver, I would have liked for Apple to add the same gold color hue that the MacBook Air offers.
This is going to sound like a broken record, but Apple really needs to shake things up on the design front.
Weighing 3.02 pounds and measuring 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.59 inches, the MacBook Pro 13-inch is portable enough to slip in a backpack without it weighing you down. Still, the Dell XPS 13 (2.7 pounds 0.3-0.46 inches thick), the HP Spectre x360 (2.8 pounds, 0.6 inches) and the MacBook Air (2.8 pounds, 0.2-0.6 inches thick) are all slimmer and lighter.
Just the kind of minimalism I don’t like, this version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro packs a whopping two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are both on the left side. That means you can charge your system and use one other peripheral at the same time, unless you spring for a dongle or use a USB-C hub at your desk. The right side houses a headphone jack.
Despite having a thinner chassis, the Dell XPS 13 offers three USB-C ports (two of which support Thunderbolt 3), plus a microSD card slot. And the HP Spectre x360 comes with both USB-C and a traditional USB-A port.
Whether you’re a creative pro or you just appreciate a stellar picture, the 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina Display on the 13-inch MacBook Pro is one of the best I’ve seen on any laptop.
The dual speakers that flank the keyboard on the MacBook Pro produce rich and nuanced sound, as I discovered when streaming “What The?!” from 311. The swirling guitars and pulsing beat were powerful without overwhelming the dueling vocals from S.A. Martinez and Nick Hexum. Meanwhile, James Earl Jones’ voice sounded even more god-like than usual when I watched The Lion King trailer, and the soaring strings got very loud without getting distorted at max volume. But if you want a more intimate concert, you’ll want to invest in a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
Keyboard and Touchpad
As someone who has been using the 2nd-generation MacBook Pro Butterfly keyboard for a couple of years, anything is an upgrade. And I do find the 4th-gen Butterfly keyboard on this new MacBook Pro to be quieter and slightly more comfortable. More important, Apple says that it has added a new material to the mechanism to prevent reliability issues, such as accidental double presses or keys not registering.
Touch ID and Touch Bar
Apple used to reserve the Touch ID sensor and Touch Bar for the more premium 13-inch MacBook Pro, but they’ve now made their way to the entry-level model. I’m happy about one of those decisions.
Touch ID makes it easy to unlock your Mac with a single press, so you don’t have to rely on a password. Plus, you can use it for the App Store, iTunes, Apple Pay and in the Safari and Chrome browsers. Yes, a Face ID feature would be faster, but that will probably come in future Macs.
I’m more ambivalent about the Touch Bar. In some cases it actually makes it harder to get things done, such as raising or lowering the volume. For instance, you press the volume key and then slide up or down, as opposed to just hitting the volume up or down button. There are some shortcuts I like, such as being able to skim through photos and pressing on my favorite sites when using Safari, but overall, I’d prefer a proper touch screen.
Here is the biggest reason to get the 13-inch MacBook Pro over the 2019 MacBook Air. The MacBook Pro packs a much faster quad-core, 8th-generation Core i5 processor (U series), compared with the weaker dual-core Core i5 chip (Y Series) in the Air.
There’s a pretty stark difference regarding real-world performance. Take our video-editing test, in which we transcode a 4K clip to 1080p. It took the MacBook Pro just 14 minutes and 42 seconds, compared with 36 minutes on the Air. By comparison, the Dell XPS 13 took 19:20 and the HP Spectre x360 22:30.
No offense to the MacBook Air, but here’s yet another reason to choose the Pro over it. The 13-inch MacBook Pro features a 58.2 watt-hour battery, compared with a 49.9 WHr battery on the Air. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, the MacBook Pro lasted an excellent 10 hours and 39 minutes, which outlasts the 8:51 from the Air.
Still, the Pro doesn’t make our list of laptops with the longest battery life, as other ultraportables last longer on a charge. The HP Spectre x360 turned in a runtime of 12:07, and the 1080p version of the XPS 13 endured for 12:22.
No surprise here. The MacBook Pro kept its cool on our heat test, in which we stream video for 15 minutes before measuring different parts of the notebook. The MacBook Pro stayed under our 95-degree comfort threshold, hitting 91 degrees on the keyboard, 88 degrees on the underside and just 82 degrees on the touchpad.
This is where we are in the evolution of Apple’s laptops.
Should anyone get the Air? Yes, those who prefer a thinner and lighter design, hate the TouchBar and really don’t mind less horsepower. But overall, my recommendation is the MacBook Pro 13-inch. I just wish Apple included more ports.
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