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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2017)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 886 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the screen and portability are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the touchpad and connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2017)

 

The MacBook Air remains an excellent ultraportable choice for students and other macOS fans with basic computing needs, but despite killer battery life, it will disappoint power users with its low-resolution display and outdated processor.

Thin and light. Long-lasting battery. Multiple USB ports.

Low-resolution display. Older Intel Core i5 CPU.

The MacBook Air arguably started the ultrabook party, and it's still there even as a younger, thinner, and better-equipped crowd has arrived. But it has yet to overstay its welcome. For macOS fans—especially note-taking, paper-writing college...

Aug, 2017

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

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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 : Klaus Hinum, Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

 

Early update. Apple already updates the MacBook Pro 13 after around 8 months. Modern Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs are supposed to provide more performance. But did the manufacturer fix some issues of the predecessor? Update: The review is now...

excellent chassis and build quality ; huge trackpad with great precision ; quiet and good cooling ; high WLAN transfer speeds ; very good display with perfect scaling ; good speakers ; good battery runtimes ; steady performance, also on battery ; 4x...

...but reduced bandwidth for the ports on the right side ; neither USB-A nor HDMI-out ; 2.4 GHz WLAN issues with attached USB-C device ; poor webcam ; very expensive – especially the upgrades

We could just repeat the verdict from last year's model at this point, because not much changed with this update. The new Kaby Lake processor is a bit faster, but the GPU performance did not change. The efficiency aspect on the other hand is...

Jun, 2017

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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 : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2017) Review and Ratings

 

Apple's iconic laptop gets a CPU update for 2017, and much about its design still charms us. But lacking a more substantive rethink, it's being eclipsed by lighter, faster laptops from Windows-device makers and Apple alike.

Iconic, solid-feeling design ; Still reasonably slim and light ; Long battery life ; Better port selection, keyboard feel than other modern MacBooks ; MagSafe power connector still rocks

Low-resolution screen ; Outdated processor

If you look at it through the lens of a world made up only of Apple devices, we're grateful that the MacBook Air exists. It may be a holdover from earlier days of Apple design, but that design is a classic that's aged well. And the inclusion of...

Aug, 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

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