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2020 13-inch MacBook Pro review: Bye Bye Butterfly Keyboard

Brett Nichols

Posted on May 18, 2020 03:35

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A review of the new 13-inch 2020 Macbook Pro line. If you truly want next-gen graphics performance, Apple users are going to need to dish out to get a higher-end model or wait for Apple to refresh the more economical MacBook Pros.

Throughout the last four years, Apple has been emphatically trying to sell its customers on the concept of a "butterfly keyboard" -- a.k.a. a keyboard with so little travel that it nearly feels like your fingers are in contact with a touchscreen.

Where there were a few (I really do mean a few) individuals that enjoyed Apple’s shallow keyboards, most users were left unsatisfied with the shallow keys. Even director and actor Taika Waititi chimed in during an acceptance speech that the keys are less than satisfactory! Thankfully, in late 2019 Apple began to phase out the annoying little keyboard. This was one done with great appreciation from Macbook users from coffee shops everywhere (don’t be offended Apple fans, I am referring to myself as well)!

Apple began bringing in the classic scissor-switch mechanism starting with the 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019, then the MacBook Air in 2020, and last but not least, the 13-inch MacBook Pro at the beginning of this month. While the keyboard upgrade is nice, unless you enjoy spending $1,000 or more just for a better keyboard, Apple’s update on the Pro line should be one that delivers in a spec upgrade as well. Thankfully Apple does deliver in this aspect. However, the upgrade applies only to half of the Pro line.

Apple’s higher line of Pros starting at $1800 and up begin with the new 10th gen intel processors which are stated to offer graphics up to 80% faster than the last generation. The higher-end models also have an advantage all beginning with 16gb of ram, doubling the amount of last year’s model at no cost! Where these features are wonderful for those who are willing to dish out nearly $2000 for a 13inch laptop, the lower-end models $1500 and under unfortunately only come with 8th generation processors, meaning similar speed and graphics performance as the last generation. In addition, cheaper models only start with 8gb of ram instead of the 16 like the more expensive iteration.

One silver lining overall is that both high and low-end models begin with 256gb of storage in comparison to last year's 128gb starting storage, saving customers about $200 at the starting price of the new MacBook Pros. This is not to mention that both come with the dandy new scissor-switch keyboards.

With all that being said, if you have been waiting for the miracle of a better keyboard and a cheaper price for storage on Macs (and memory in the case of the higher-end models), there is no greater time to purchase yourself a computer. However, for those wanting the faster speeds of 10th gen processors in the cheaper models, I recommend holding out a little longer, as its refresh may come even sooner than expected.

Do you have the new 13-inch MacBook Pro? If so, do you like it? Feel free to leave a comment down below and let me know your thoughts!

Brett Nichols

Posted on May 18, 2020 03:35

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