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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2017 (MPXQ2, MPQV2)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 624 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2017 (MPXQ2, MPQV2). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and screen. The design and usability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability, and some have doubts about the connectivity and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2017 (MPXQ2, MPQV2) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2017, Touch Bar)

 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets even better with a processor upgrade, vastly improved battery life, and a slight graphics bump. But the entry-level, non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a much better value.

Stunning Retina display. Sleek design. Excellent battery life. Above-average graphics performance

Expensive compared with entry-level, non-Touch Bar model. Very shallow key travel.

Don't get me wrong: There are countless ways to use the Touch Bar (here are 15 to start with), many of which could simplify the workflows of creative professionals. But most users likely won't get an extra $500 worth of enjoyment or productivity out of...

Jul, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2017)

 

The base model MacBook Pro gets an updated processor and a price drop, making it the best choice for Mac shoppers who want a blend of power and relative affordability.

Excellent battery life. Thin and light. Crisp Retina display. Price drop from last year's model.

Connectivity limited to two USB-C ports. Small 128GB hard drive.

If you're willing to spend a bit more than the $1,299 base price, you can outfit the MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD for an additional $200. That add-on will make its spec sheet nearly identical to the $1,799 Touch Bar version, with the only significant...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

 

Annoying fan. The MacBook Pro 13 without Touch Bar gets the Kaby Lake update as well. Thanks to the lower price, longer battery runtimes, and function keys, the entry-level model could potentially be the better choice for many users. However, you also...

excellent chassis and build quality ; huge trackpad – still best in class ; silent without high workloads ; very good speakers ; very good display with perfect scaling (typical for macOS) ; very long battery runtime

connectivity issues with 2.4 GHz WLAN and USB-C devices ; high-pitched fan noise under load ; only 3 ports ; very expensive – especially the upgrades ; poor webcam

The biggest difference between the two available 13-inch MacBook Pro models from Apple is not only the Touch Bar above the keyboard, but also the cooling. The more expensive model gets a superior solution with two fans, while the cheaper test model...

Sep, 2017

Expert review by (zdnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2017) review: Faster but still expensive

 

It's barely six months since Apple revamped the entire MacBook Pro range, introducing the eye-catching Touch Bar on several models -- along with eye-watering price rises, courtesy of Brexit. So the new models introduced at Apple's World Wide Developer...

Ultraportable, slimline design ; Weighs 1.37kg ; Bright, colourful Retina Display ; Kaby Lake processor update

Very expensive ; No discrete GPU ; USB-C connectivity only

Expert review by : Charles Jefferies (computershopper.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 2017) Review and Ratings

 

If you can live without top models' glitzy Touch Bar, you might get Apple's best laptop bargain, though you'll want to invest in a storage upgrade and USB-C adapters.

Super-bright screen ; Impeccable build quality ; Over 16 hours of battery life as tested ; Impressive speakers

Shallow keyboard feel ; Minimalist port selection ; Base model has just 128GB of storage

The hardest part about liking the 2017 MacBook Pro is its keyboard. We can say we did like it better after we spent significant time with it, and we had absolutely no trouble with typing accuracy. However, the stiff feel isn’t for everyone, so our...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (computershopper.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 2017 Touch Bar Version) Review and Ratings

 

It's expensive, but Apple's slightly miniaturized MacBook Pro flaunts the company's sleek engineering—though we think its flat keyboard outweighs its touted Touch Bar.

Sunny Retina screen ; Great battery life ; Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

Stiff, shallow keyboard ; No USB 3.0 or HDMI ports or SD card slot ; Touch Bar not worth the surcharge

After fully recharging each laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we loop a...

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Frakes (thewirecutter.com)

Which MacBook Should I Buy?

 

We think most people who want a great general-use Mac laptop should get a 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256 GB of storage from either 2017 or early 2015.

Jun, 2017

Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo (reviewed.com)

MacBook Pro 13-inch (Touch Bar) Laptop Review

 

The new MacBook Pro is one of the best yet—but is it worth the price?

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

MacBook Pro

 

MacBook Pro review: Is Apple's ultra-expensive laptop worth the cash?

Stunning design and build quality ; Pro-quality screen ; Super-fast SSD ; Silky-smooth macOS

Middling processor ; Where are the ports? ; Too expensive given performance

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the best-designed laptop in the world, without question. Just consider whether you’re willing to pay for it.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple MacBook Pro (2017) review

 

Apple's most powerful portable gets a performance boost for no extra cash. What's not to like?

Plenty of power and long-lasting battery life ; Gorgeous display is basically unrivalled ; Fantastic keyboard/touchpad combo

You’d better be ready to live the dongle life ; Loses cool points versus the Touch Bar model

Performance, portability and a sensible price make this the go-to MacBook Pro for anyone that isn’t tied to a desk

Jun, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2 / 3

Battery

Battery Capacity:49.2 / 54.5 / 71.8 / 74.9
Battery capacity (Watt hours):49.2 / 54.5 / 71.8 / 74.9
Battery life (max):10 / 9
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby Time:30

Camera

Front camera:Y
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Grey / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:2560 x 1600
Display surface:Gloss
HD type:Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel type:IPS
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 61

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2160
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA2E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Graphics 5100 / Intel Iris Graphics 540 / Intel Iris Graphics 550 / Intel Iris Graphics 6100

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:English / German / Portuguese
Keyboard number of keys:65 / 79
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Trackpad
Touch Bar:Y

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):1300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 177165.4
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-25 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-25 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C
Power cord included: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 61

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4
Processor:i5-4278U
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.4 / 2.6 / 2.9 / 3.1 / 3.3
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4278U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):28
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:83508
Processor code:SR1ZV
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Yes
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:Y

Software

Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- Game Center\n- Mac App Store / iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X Mavericks / macOS Sierra 10.12

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:1000 / 256 / 512
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.36 / 8.62
Height:0.587 / 0.709
Weight:3.02 / 3.46 / 3.48
Width:12 / 12.4