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MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 – Apple Notebook Review

24.07.2019 0 Comments

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

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Content

1 Completion and first impressions 2 Design and usability 3 Display 4 Keyboard, trackpad, multimedia 5 Touch Bar and Touch ID 6 Performance and software 7 Cooling system 8 Autonomy

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Since the 13-inch “bug” of the new generation visited our office, two and a half years have passed. During this time, the model was updated several times, increasing productivity and slightly changing the keyboard mechanism. The last two updates also support True Tone display technology. All this is already a strong reason for the upgrade from earlier models, but whether it is worth thinking about buying for those who bought a laptop in 2016 or 2017 – today we will understand the experience of working with the new 13-inch MBP with Touch Bar and quad-core processor.

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Package and first impressions

Expensive purchases are often accompanied by nice bonuses included. But this does not at all concern the set in the box with the MacBook Pro. Here with a laptop there is only a power supply, charging cable and a normal set of papers. Yes, the stickers for the bumper and the fridge also remained. The budget for the purchase of such a laptop should immediately add an average of about $ 100 to a good hub for connecting external devices, because the MacBook itself has long ceased to be equipped with USB-A, HDMI and other still popular connectors.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

Lovers of accessories have a place to wander in search of protective cases, vinyl stickers, all sorts of covers and bags for transportation. There are only more options to make your laptop more original than usual. Well, moving to a new computer is still simple; for this procedure, you can use the migration assistant or the Time Machine native backup system.

Design and usability

Alas, Apple rarely updates the design of their laptops. The fourth revision of the current generation of MacBook Pro visually does not differ from the first (presented in the fall of 2016). The body can be silver or “cosmic” gray, and its dimensions are 30.41 × 21.24 × 1.49 cm with a weight of 1.37 kg. But in terms of portability, the MacBook Pro is still one of the best options.

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Let such a laptop for sale for more than two and a half years, the relevance of the appearance has not lost. MacBook Pro 13 is compact, does not require a lot of space in the bag, looks good and is convenient in everyday use. As the assembly, nothing has changed, all the elements of the body fit perfectly, and the tactile sensations of aluminum are still good.

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Ironically, but pulled out of the MacBook with the one-hand opening test (which for some reason is still often remembered), this MBP still fails. More precisely, the lid can be opened, but you have to hold the laptop so that it does not budge. He corny does not have enough weight in order to stay on the surface of the table. True, this is not observed on all surfaces, somewhere the legs cling quite strongly, and somewhere they slip more than they should. The display mount is very confident and holds the screen well in any position, while working with a laptop will be comfortable both at the table and in any other conditions (sofa, armchair, hammock …).

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

For external devices, you still need a hub. MBP is equipped with four (two in the base models without Touch Bar) Thunderbolt ports that are compatible with USB-C. Only over the years of these connectors, users have not changed most of the old devices, and all USB-C gadgets are a little more expensive than usual, not to mention the cost of, say, drives with a Thunderbolt interface. Even to the laptop, you can connect headphones / headset through the combo standard connector.

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Probably, it makes no sense to repeat once again about the other details and features of using such a computer. Everything that was in our review of the new generation MBP still does not remain relevant to this day.

Display

The size and resolution for the younger "proshki" not changed for quite some time. And, probably, not much and you need to somehow change these parameters. The 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels (227 ppi) is still a very good option for a portable laptop today. The aspect ratio of 16:10, of course, does not suit everyone, but I would not say that this is a very critical moment. But he has enough pixels for a smooth and beautiful picture.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

Changes in the color rendition, too, should not have been expected. IPS-matrix is ​​still good for working with colors, and even more so for normal work tasks and entertainment. Another thing – support technology True Tone. The last two MBP revisions maintain this function and adjust the color temperature of the image depending on the environment. This has to be turned off when working with a photo or video, but I don’t want to turn it off in all other cases. Although lovers of “cold” shades are unlikely to like it, because most often the picture is corrected precisely to the “warm” side.

Display measurements with True Tone disabled:

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The brightness of the display is also enough – 430 cd / m². The minimum value is only 5 cd / m², just like on smartphones. To all the screen is protected by a good anti-reflective layer, which, even with the glossy coating, fights reflections well. And everything looks beautiful, but requires attention, you have to wipe the display often.

Keyboard, trackpad, multimedia

A branded keyboard with a butterfly mechanism brought a lot of reputational losses to MacBooks. It is comfortable, with a pleasant sound and good illumination, but the ease with which the mechanism clogs and thus creates problems, frightens potential buyers and discourages the desire to update the laptop from owners of previous generations. That only is the cleaning instructions. During its existence, the mechanism was modified a couple of times, and the most notable upgrade was the appearance of a rubber membrane between the key cover and the mechanism itself. She had to prevent clogging of the latter. A side effect – she made the tap quieter.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

In the 2019 model, this gasket changed the material, but most of the mechanism remained the same. Needless to say, the company does not tell how this has corrected the situation. But most of the unpleasant cases with the keyboard brand stores decide within the warranty (namely, on the keyboard, it is generally extended for several years). And if there are no problems with the keys (in my 2016 model, for example, everything is fine so far), then the keyboard only makes you happy with the work. Personally, I liked its sound more before the appearance of the membrane, but now it is muffled and does not disturb others so much. Feelings from the set have not changed much and it is still one of the best keyboards with which I had to work.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

The trackpad remained unchanged. And he does not need them. The touch surface is still the size of a large iPhone, covered with glass, it works accurately, simulates pressing with the help of Taptic Engine vibration and recognizes several degrees of force pressing (Force Touch). It is even hard to think of something that I would like to add to the work of the trackpad, because it can perfectly replace the mouse (although work that requires more precise movements, such as photo processing, is still more convenient to do with the mouse).

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

The speakers were updated in the previous model (2018) and this time they were not touched. They are still one of the best in modern laptops, especially this size. The speakers have enough power for a small room, they can not just voice the video, but are also well suited for listening to music. They, of course, will not replace the full acoustics, but in the absence of such, the dynamics of the laptop will not disappoint.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

The webcam also did not seem to change, at least the company does not advertise it. In the characteristics, it is still listed as 720p FaceTime HD, and I personally find it difficult to visually distinguish the picture of the cameras of models of 2016 and 2019. For video, it is still good, but a modern smartphone will have much better front-facing camera capabilities. The built-in microphone is suitable for conversations under two conditions: the room will be quiet (after all, the microphone doesn’t distinguish the voice and background noise) and you do not need to type anything on the keyboard during a call. In other cases, the headset will be the preferred solution.

Touch Bar and Touch ID

In this section, too difficult not to repeat. As I wrote in last year’s review of the 15-inch model, the Touch Bar will not completely change the lives of most users. Yes, in some "native" applications, if desired, you can find a couple of interesting features, and in a third-party software, everything depends heavily on developers, who for the most part do not bother much with the question of support. But after using the MacBook Air review, in some places there was a lack of the Touch Bar, which means that the thing is not the most useless.

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But much more like having a laptop fingerprint scanner – Touch ID. With it, you can not just quickly get into the system, personally, the scanner helps me a lot more with access to passwords in the 1Password application and payment using Apple Pay. The accuracy and speed of operation is very high.

Performance and Software

The last pair of 13-inch models received not only new keyboards, but also, naturally, new processors. Only this time for trinasks, bundles with quad-core / eight-threaded chips appeared. In our case, got Intel Core i5-8279U (2.4-4.1 GHz) with integrated graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655.

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The amount of RAM varies from 8 to 16 GB (still LPDDR3, but with a frequency of 2133 MHz), and the storage capacity starts from 128 GB and the maximum can be 2 TB (which will greatly increase the cost of the laptop – the maximum configuration costs $ 3499). In this case, everything inside is soldered on the motherboard and is not amenable to upgrade (this also had a terrible effect on the maintainability of the model). Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 are engaged in communication (in models without Touch Bar Bluetooth receiver version 4.2).

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

For office work and various media this, of course, is enough. Moreover, the new quad-core Core i5 can, for example, convert video slightly faster than i7 from the 15-inch model of 2016 (the test laptop converted a 24-minute 4K movie to Full HD in 34 minutes, while the 15-inch MBP 2016 with i7-6820HQ did the same thing in 37 minutes). All that is missing is discrete video, which is still not available for “trinashek”, but any Thunderbolt port will allow you to connect an external pocket, if it is so necessary. The company store has expensive options from Black Magic. They can even run demanding games (unless, of course, they have a Mac version, or the laptop has enough drive capacity for an additional partition with Windows and games).

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MacOS continues to evolve and grow into useful features, all of which will be available for a long time for current MBP models (even the most basic). The last couple of major updates brought much more stability and fixed most of the errors that were recently encountered in the system. The only thing that in my experience has not been corrected is the correct logic of the virtual start and stop button of music playback, which does not always correctly understand which sound source should be picked up. But I want to believe that updating iTunes with the release of the next major version of the OS will still solve this issue.

Cooling system

With thermoregulation changes did not happen. As in past laptops, there are slots on the sides and openings between the topcase and the display mount. Air flow is not noticeable to the user during use. In addition, during simple operation, the fans can turn off, and even if they spin a little, they are almost inaudible. But it is worthwhile to launch a demanding task (game, video processing, etc …), how quickly the CO will start spinning the propellers. A maximum of 6400 for the left and 6900 revolutions per minute for the right, and it will just be well heard by everyone in the room.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

Normal office work will heat up the processor to 45 ° C (the average I saw during the test). The case will not affect it in any way, it will remain cool and there will be no discomfort in use. On the other hand, with a more serious load, the temperature of the processor can rise to almost a hundred degrees and tangible heating of the case can not be avoided here. It is difficult to blame such a case for this, because heating is a modest price for good performance and excellent portability.

Autonomy

The appearance of quad-core processors was also reflected in the capacity of the batteries – now it is 58 Wh • h versus 49 earlier. At the same time, the declared working time remained at the level of 10 hours of video playback in iTunes or browsing in Safari. With comfortable backlight settings and without special restrictions in the number of applications running in the background, the usual work with mail, browser, documents and other things can last more than 7 hours without an outlet. On a two-hour film spent about 15% of the charge. Not every laptop can do that, the MBP's autonomy is usually pleasing.

MacBook Pro 13 ″ 2019 - Apple Notebook Review

The power of the complete power supply unit remained 61 W. Full charge now takes a little more time – 1:45 – which is still relatively fast. The very same power supply is compact and lightweight. However, with this level of autonomy, you can sometimes afford to forget it at home or in the office.

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Specifications

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46 700 – 64 499 UAH
Compare prices Type Laptop Design Classic Operating system macOS High Sierra Diagonal, inches 13.3 Matrix type IPS Coating type glossy Resolution 2560×1600 Touch + (Touch Bar) Processor Intel Core i5 Frequency, GHz 2.4-4.1 Number of processor cores 4 Chipset no data RAM, GB 8 Maximum RAM, GB 8 Type of memory LPDDR3-2133 MHz Hard disk, GB – SSD, GB 256 Optical drive – Graphics adapter, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 65 memory 5 External ports 4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C); Headphone Card Reader – WEB-camera 720p FaceTime HD camera Keyboard backlight + Fingerprint scanner + (Touch ID sensor) Network adapter – Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Bluetooth 5.0 3G / LTE – weight, kg 1.37 Size, mm 212.4×304.1×14.9 Body material aluminum Body color gray space Power, W * h 58 Battery type Li-Pol

The editors are grateful to the online store Stylus.ua for helping to organize a review of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 laptop

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