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Apple MacBook Pro 13 ” (Touch Bar) Review

Apple has managed to take the redesign and usage habits one step further with the new generation models of the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro , which differs especially with the Touch Bar in our model , thus offers a different experience. Of course, there are many changes compared to the predecessor model. Let’s start to examine the word immediately without further ado.

Design

Our MacBook Pro has a space gray color. It can also be preferred with a silver color option. Drawing attention with its design that is 17 percent thinner than the old model, the MacBook Pro offers a distinctive visual with its aluminum body both when you touch it and when you put it on the table. This 13 -inch model is distinguished by its compact structure, as well as being easier to carry and more flexible to use compared to the 15-inch model.

The key differences in the design of this model of the MacBook Pro are the trackpad and the newly arrived Touch Bar . The trackpad, which has a much wider (almost 2 times wider) area compared to the predecessor model, also triggers use in a positive way as well as visuality. The trackpad still offers Force Touch support, of course …

Touch Bar is a difference that gives this series its name. We will talk more about the Touch Bar, which is located just above the keyboard, in more detail.

The keyboard under the Touch Bar has once again been revised. The keys are closer to the base than before, thus offering 4 times more key stability than Apple says. However, we can say that we are divided on this issue. Because some of us said that the keypad is more comfortable, some of us were not very satisfied. Your opinion is more important here.

There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the right and left sides of the new MacBook Pro . 4 different ports are very nice, of course, but if you look for an adapter in the box, you cannot find it, let’s say that.

Display and Touch Bar

The screen of our MacBook Pro is 13.3 inches in size. As is known, the MacBook Pro also has a 15-inch option. The resolution of the screen is 2560×1600 pixels . The screen using the IPS panel is 67 percent brighter than the predecessor model. Offering 500 nit brightness, the screen also provides 67 percent higher contrast ratio. Previous Retina display users know how good the MacBook Pro’s display is. The model we have is to create the same satisfaction. Photoshop and video professionals will appreciate this device with its screen.

Now let’s get to the Touch Bar located just below the screen. One of Apple’s most talked about topics in this generation was the removal of the Escape key from the keyboard , but this key hasn’t gone anywhere. This button is available in the Touch Bar. Also not only that; Thanks to the Touch Bar, the keys that are missing are also guests of the keyboard.

You can customize the Touch Bar and get different shortcut keys at different points of use. If we give you a few tips on using the Touch Bar, we can place photo editing in the first place. While editing your photos, you can scroll through your photos on the Touch Bar and rotate them in the same way. Likewise, you will throw your hand at this bar while using the Photoshop application. Touch Bar, which gains special functions for Photoshop, is also your assistant in video editing.

When you press the Fn key, the function keys from F1 to F12 also appear here, again, all the emojis in your correspondence are listed here. In addition, you can see additional features in this area while using Safari. You can access more options from “System Preferences> Keyboard” section. The way of use is various, but at the point of application, we can see features specific to certain applications for now. These need to be more diversified.

At the end of the Touch Bar is and Touch ID . You turn on the device with this button and at the same time you read your fingerprint from here.

Technical staff and performance

MacBook Pro has different technical staff options. The model we have is the Intel Core i5 2.9 GHz frequency model. The processor, which can increase gear to 3.3 GHz with Turbo Boost , is supported by 8 GB 2133 MHz memory. Including 512 GB PCIe based SSD, MacBook Pro also owns the Intel Iris Graphics 550 graphics unit.

In the meantime, let’s say that you can touch this technical staff during the purchasing phase. In other words, you can increase the power of your processor and choose different options in memory and storage points. Of course, you have to pay extra for these.

When we ran the MacBook Pro in the Geekbench 3 test, the result it gave us was 7665 points. This result, which is a multi-core score, follows the 7681 score of the Dell XPS 13 model, I have to say that. However, it is also an important point that this model has a Core i7-7500U processor.

When we look at the SSD performance of the MacBook Pro, we can easily say that it is one of the fastest laptops so far. According to the CrystalDiskMark result we received, the MacBook Pro, which received a reading result of 1995 MB / S, showed a writing performance at 1789 MB / s.

So, how is the battery performance of the MacBook Pro? As followers of us know, there has been a lot of talk about the battery life of the MacBook Pro . According to the test results given by Apple, the MacBook Pro, which offers up to 10 hours of battery life, received very different results in the tests of Consumer Reports. Let’s see what result he got from us …

First of all, Apple’s removal of the Estimated Time Remaining indicator makes it difficult to predict how long the battery will last, let’s say that. In our tests, we used media playback and web roaming scenarios. Let us state that after 1 hour of Netflix experience with 40 percent screen brightness on, we saw a 12 percent battery loss.

On the other hand, using Photoshop 6 hours , still at 40 percent screen brightness 7 hours we were able to get your circulation performance. The MacBook Pro, which we also saw that it offers 9 hours of offline media playback, consumed its battery life within 2.5 hours in Football Manager, one of the games we played frequently during our review . By the way, let’s also say that in this game, we witnessed the MacBook Pro getting too hot.

Summing up

The model we have of the MacBook Pro has been a model that we highly appreciate both in terms of design and use. Especially the ease of use brought by the Touch Bar is admirable. However, of course there are some shortcomings, we have also conveyed them to you in our review. The price of the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now 9499 TL . Of course, it should be noted that the price increases depending on the configuration difference. At this point, as always, the choice is yours.

Who Should Buy

Aside from users who want to meet the new generation MacBook Pro, it also appeals to those who want to update their MacBook to the Touch Bar.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 “(Touch Bar) Technical Specifications
Product Model Apple MacBook Pro 13 ” (Touch Bar)
Product Type Notebooks
CHIP Online Note 84
Producer Apple
General
OS macOS Sierra 10.12.3
Processor Intel Core i5
Processor Speed 2.9 GHz
Core Count 2nd
Display and Graphics
Screen 13.3 inch
Display Panel IPS
Resolution 2560 × 1600 px
Graphics Processor Intel Irıs Graphics 550
Memory and Storage
Memory (RAM) 8 GB
SSD 512 GB
Optical driver No
Links
HDMI No
DisplayPort No
VGA No
Bluetooth No
Card reader No
Weight 1.37 kg
Technical details
Thunderbolt 3 4 units

Alternatives

The MacBook Pro is available in a flat version without Touch Bar, as well as a 15-inch model option for those who want a larger display.

 

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