Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Macbook Pro 13 adapted to surf the internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is in this spirit that Apple has developed this Macbook Pro 13.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13 inches size. The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Intel Core i5-7360U, is a rational choice. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
For hard drive sizing, Apple decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 10 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.
Is Macbook Pro 13 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Apple offers the Macbook Pro 13 perfect for that. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13 inches, it has a resolution format 2560×1600. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.4 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the Macbook Pro 13 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
The Macbook Pro 13 has a processor Intel Core i5-7360U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Equipped with the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Apple. The Macbook Pro 13 only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Either it’s something you’re going to use while travelling or on the go, or you’re between your office and the living room.You get 10 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
The Macbook Pro 13 to use while travelling.
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Macbook Pro 13. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
Its weight of 1.4 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 13 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The screen shows an interesting result.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
A processor Intel Core i5-7360Uthat allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Apple must be reduced. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 10 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Macbook Pro 13 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 13 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
All in all, this Macbook Pro 13 is an interesting product for travel.
The Macbook Pro 13 for audio or video editing ?
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Macbook Pro 13meets this need perfectly. With these components, Apple puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i5-7360U of this laptop is within the market average. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
The designers of Apple have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Macbook Pro 13 has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. Being only on batteries, you have 10 hours of autonomy at your disposal. As a reminder, with such a powerful laptop, it’s hard to do much better Apple.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Apple made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
With the Macbook Pro 13, you’re moving towards a very good product. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.
A quality product, designed by Apple with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
Macbook Pro 13 the right choice to play online?
If the question you are asking yourself is “Can I play games with this laptop?” then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. On this Macbook Pro 13, Apple has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 2560×1600, nothing better at the moment
The graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 card and processor Intel Core i5-7360U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-7360U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, Apple has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
What is expected from a gaming laptop is speed performance. It is among the best in terms of GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit).
With its 256 Gb of space, this Macbook Pro 13 is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this Macbook Pro 13 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.4 Kg.
With an autonomy of 10 hours, it’s better than the competition.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Cheaper than many other less powerful laptops. The right tool for maximum performance!
Macbook Pro 13 for office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Review of the details for this new laptop.
For those familiar with Microsoft Windows, this Macbook Pro 13 may be a little unsettling. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 1.4 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
Simply put, it’s not Macbook Pro 13 the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the Macbook Pro 13….
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Macbook Pro 13 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games