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Gorgeous screenLong battery lifeGood graphics, even faster SSD speedsComfortable keyboard


New trackpad takes getting used to; Force cảm ứng gestures aren't that usefulDiscrete graphics still not an option on the 13-inch ProThe machine isn't any thinner or lighter than it was a year and a half ago

Hardware (but mostly the trackpad)


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If you already own a recent apple macbook Pro, or have even futzed around an táo Store, then you know what to expect here. The new MBP, lượt thích so many before it, is constructed from a seamless block of machined aluminum, with springy, well-spaced keys và a crisp 2,560 x 1,600 display, framed by a thin, barely there bezel. As before, the machine measures a slim 0.71 inch thick, though táo bị cắn dở is listing the weight as slightly heavier this time around: 3.48 pounds, as opposed to lớn 3.46. Big whoop.

Around the edges, you get the same selection of ports: two USB 3.0 connections, a full-sized HDMI socket, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, an SD card slot & a headphone jack. Nope, no USB Type-C ports lượt thích on the new laptop macbook -- at least not this time around.

Oh, & the aluminum lid and chassis are still scratch-prone. With that, I am done talking about the laptop macbook Pro"s hardware.

Except for the new trackpad, of course. I have plenty more khổng lồ say about that. For starters: What a risky thing for táo khuyết to do, replacing the touchpad that"s already the best in its class. Reviewers like it; users seem to like it. So what"s the problem? If it ain"t broke, don"t fix it, right? Right. Except for the fact that the Force touch pad can vì chưng things the Mac regular trackpad can"t. I already gave the example of pressing down on the skip keys in QuickTime to lớn rewind or fast-forward at 60x speed. But there are other use cases: You can use the "Force Click" in Safari to get Wikipedia previews và word definitions. You can annotate in Mail and Preview. Speaking of Mail, you can Force Click on an address & see it in a pop-up map. You can also use it in Finder to lớn preview files. And those are just built-in Mac apps; developers can build this feature into third-party apps as well.

Before I get into the utility of all this, though, allow me to lớn take a step back & explain how this thing works. Though it"s about as spacious as the one on the old model, the new Force cảm ứng pad does away with the old-school "diving board" -- the hinge mechanism that makes it easier lớn press down on the bottom portion of a touchpad than on the top. In fact, the trackpad here doesn"t have any buttons; there"s nothing to depress when you bear down with your finger. Instead, táo bị cắn fools you into believing you"re clicking something. How? With the use of a "Taptic Engine" -- a bunch of wires coiled around a magnetic core that provide vibrating haptic feedback to lớn match whatever you"re doing onscreen. It"s so convincing, in fact, that I would sometimes forget it wasn"t a normal trackpad -- until I turned the machine off, anyway, and was left with a stiff piece of glass.


That said, these "button presses" don"t feel like using a touchpad on other MacBooks. If you"re coming from an older model, as I am, you"ll notice the new trackpad feels shallower; even though táo bị cắn dở makes it feel lượt thích you"re clicking something, your finger isn"t "pressing down" as far as it normally would. This was an adjustment for me, but I found a few ways lớn get past it. First off, I turned on the "tap-to-click" option in the settings, which helped me avoid "clicking" when it initially felt too weird. (To be fair, I always have tap-to-click enabled on my own Mac, so this didn"t feel like much of a workaround for me.) Secondly, there"s also an option in the settings khổng lồ adjust the click pressure. Moving it from "medium" (the default) to "light" also helped soften the learning curve.

Mostly, though, it just took time. After two days with the Force touch pad, I was more or less used khổng lồ it. Heck, if I weren"t switching back & forth between the new Pro & my own laptop macbook Air, I might have adjusted even sooner.

But back to my original question: Was this all worth it? vị the benefits of a pressure-sensitive touchpad outweigh the inconvenience of taking away the one people are used to? I"m not convinced they do. In Safari, at least, the novelty wore off quickly, particularly since it often took me several tries khổng lồ get it right. Sure, it"s cool lớn be able to Force Click on a word & be able to lớn see a dictionary definition or a Wikipedia preview, but because I never fully got the hang of the gesture, it was far easier khổng lồ just open a new browser tab và do a quick Google search. In that respect, the Force touch pad didn"t change my habits. Same with Finder: When you Force Click on a thumbnail to lớn preview it, the actual "preview" is still small, unless you give it a second, harder press at which point it stretches to lớn a fuller size. I"d still prefer lớn use a keyboard shortcut: hitting the space bar to open a much larger preview.

I did enjoy the super-fast fast-forwarding, though. For me, at least, that might be the best & most practical reason to have a pressure-sensitive trackpad. Even so, the Force touch feels lượt thích just another nice-to-have feature; I don"t mind that it"s there, và I ultimately got used khổng lồ it, but it"s also not something I particularly needed. It"s certainly not essential on the màn chơi of the Retina display, which basically spoiled the lower-res apple macbook Air screen for me và many other users. Every Mac should have a Retina panel; the Force cảm ứng trackpad I can take or leave at this point.

Performance và battery life

OS X benchmarksGeekbenchXbenchBattery life
13-inch macbook pro with Retina display (early 2015, 2.7GHz bộ vi xử lý core i5, hãng intel Iris 6100)6,293 (32-bit) / 7,062 (64-bit)48711:23
13-inch macbook pro with Retina display (late 2013, 2.4GHz bộ vi xử lý core i5, hãng sản xuất intel Iris graphics)6,288 (32-bit)42811:18
13-inch laptop macbook Air (mid 2013, 1.3GHz bộ vi xử lý core i5, hãng sản xuất intel HD Graphics 5000)6,021 (32-bit)30412:51
13-inch macbook pro with Retina display (late 2012, 2.5GHz vi xử lý core i5, hãng sản xuất intel HD Graphics 4000)6,812 (32-bit)3786:07
13-inch macbook pro (mid 2012, 2.5GHz vi xử lý core i5, intel HD Graphics 4000)6,817 (32-bit)3686:51
13-inch laptop apple macbook Air (mid 2012, 1.8GHz bộ vi xử lý core i5, hãng sản xuất intel HD Graphics 4000)6,195 (32-bit)3216:34

The refreshed macbook pro arrives not long after hãng intel started shipping its fifth-generation chip core processors, code-named "Broadwell." As you"d expect, then, the Pro comes with your choice of new core i5 và i7 chips, though only dual-core for now, as hãng intel hasn"t released its quad-core Broadwell processors yet. Also not surprising: The performance boost is in many ways a fairly modest one. When intel first announced these chips, it said we should only expect a 4 percent gain in productivity-oriented tasks. So it makes sense, then, that the laptop apple macbook Pro"s results in general-performance benchmarks are only marginally better than they were a year and a half ago. Armed with a 2.7GHz core i5 processor & 8GB of RAM, I saw less than a 100-point difference in tests lượt thích Geekbench và Xbench.

That said, Broadwell promises some bigger gains in graphics -- after all, a whole two-thirds of the die area is dedicated to lớn graphics. In particular, according to lớn Intel, Broadwell machines should deliver a 22 percent improvement in 3d graphics benchmarks, & up lớn 50 percent faster video-conversion time. Và the new macbook pro actually does most Broadwell machines one better: As before, it uses the cpu maker"s high-end "Iris" solution, instead of the usual hãng sản xuất intel HD graphics. Given that the MBP is mainly intended for prosumers & creative pros, I decided to chạy thử the Iris 6100 graphics by loading up Final Cut Pro with a handful of 4K clips. Aside from one dropped frame -- brought on by trying to showroom a transition -- đoạn clip playback was smooth. In fact, I was usually able to add effects in real time without causing any hiccups or slowdowns.

In gaming, meanwhile, I saw a slight bump in Batman: Arkham City (the same game I used to demo the late 2013 model), with frame rates rising from 32 fps to lớn 33. Not really surprising, that: The Pro was never intended as a gaming machine, per se.

Battery life

Apple apple macbook pro with Retina display (13-inch, 2015)11:23
MacBook Air (13-inch 2013)12:51
HP Spectre x36011:34
Apple apple macbook phiên bản pro with Retina display (13-inch, late 2013)11:18
Chromebook px (2015)10:01
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus8:44
Dell XPS 13 (2015)7:36
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro7:36
Acer Aspire S7-3927:33
Microsoft Surface Pro 37:08

Even more than the new processor, though, the biggest improvement might be disk speeds. Though the Retina display apple macbook phiên bản pro has had PCIe-based SSDs (which are faster than mSATA ones) for about a year & a half now, táo bị cắn says the PCIe drives used in the latest MBP are twice as fast as the first PCIe SSDs used. Specifically, the company says its new disks can reach peak read speeds of 1.6 GB/s & max sequential write speeds of 1.5 GB/s. Indeed, in the Blackmagic disk thử nghiệm I got average read speeds of 1.3 GB/s, nearly matching the promised rate, although my write speeds came to an average of 643.6 MB/s. That"s still higher than just about any other 13-inch máy vi tính I"ve tested recently; I just couldn"t reach those theoretical speeds of one & a half gigabytes per second. In real-world use, this translates to lớn snappy performance, affecting everything from app load times to lớn cold boot-ups (I recorded 13 seconds khổng lồ get khổng lồ the login screen).

Apple says the new 13-inch Retina display apple macbook phiên bản pro is capable of up lớn 10 hours of web browsing, or up to 12 hours of iTunes clip playback. Sure enough, I logged 11 hours and 23 minutes in"s đoạn phim looping test, using an episode of Breaking Bad I purchased through iTunes. That does indeed match Apple"s own estimate, và I suspect I could have actually broken the 12-hour mark had I not chosen such punishing battery settings. (As I vị when I chạy thử Windows PCs, I kept the macbook pro from going lớn sleep or dimming its display when unplugged.) và hey, even 11.5 hours is impressive for a machine in this class -- the only other system I"ve seen recently that matches that is HP"s Spectre x360.

Still, I was surprised the battery didn"t last even longer. First off, though the machine meets Apple"s estimates, the Macs I"ve tested usually exceed expectations -- that"s why the late 2013 model, which was rated for nine hours of runtime, actually clocked more than 11 hours. That brings me khổng lồ point number two: The battery life here more or less matches what I got a year and a half ago. Also, to lớn even achieve flat year-over-year battery life, I had lớn stick with iTunes; when I played movies through QuickTime and/or used a file I downloaded from somewhere else, the battery life was up to lớn an hour shorter. To lớn be fair, even hãng intel warned that battery life gains with Broadwell would be fairly modest over last year"s processors, but still, I did expect more of an improvement. For the record, at least, other reviewers have noted bigger gains; I"m just not sure why I wasn"t able khổng lồ replicate their test results. I"ll continue running some tests and will update this đánh giá if anything changes.

Configuration options


The 13-inch Retina display macbook phiên bản pro starts at $1,299 with a 2.7GHz fifth-generation Intel chip core i5 processor, hãng sản xuất intel Iris Graphics 6100, 8GB of RAM & a 128GB PCIe-based solid-state drive. From there, you can upgrade lớn a slightly faster 2.9GHz vi xử lý core i5 processor for an extra $100, or a 3.1GHz vi xử lý core i7 CPU for $300. You can also double the RAM lớn 16GB for $200. Want more storage? táo bị cắn dở also sells a 256GB mã sản phẩm ($1,499) & one with a 512GB SSD ($1,799). In the case of the $1,499 model, it has the same specs as the $1,299 variant, just with more storage. If you spring for the $1,799 model with 512GB of storage, though, you"ll also get that slightly faster 2.9GHz processor. There"s also a $500 1TB SSD option, but it"s only offered as an upsell on the $1,799 model.

One thing you won"t find on the 13-inch Retina MBP: a discrete graphics option. That"s only available on the 15-inch model, và even then, it"ll cost you at least $2,499.

The competition


Mac diehards who want a máy tính xách tay with decent graphics really only have one option: the Retina display laptop apple macbook Pro. For those of you who are more OS agnostic, though, you have a few other good PC options. Most don"t have quite the same graphics clout as the 13-inch Retina MBP, but they vì at least offer similarly sharp screens, premium build chất lượng and long battery life. My personal favorites: the Dell XPS 13 ($800-plus) và HP Spectre x360 ($900-plus). Starting with the Dell, it weighs 2.6 pounds and has a nearly bezel-less (up to lớn 3,200 x 1,800) display that allows it to lớn have a much smaller footprint than a typical 13-inch laptop. All told, it earned a score of 90 in our review, thanks not just to lớn the compact design và crisp screen, but also a comfortable keyboard, fast performance và surprisingly good audio. My only real pet peeve may have been the occasionally temperamental touchpad.

As for the Spectre, it has a 2,560 x 1,440 screen option & a machined aluminum build that some might say was inspired by the macbook itself. I haven"t published my đánh giá yet (working on it!), but I can tell you now, the battery life is impressive: about 11.5 hours of video playback in my tests. It"s also lighter than the laptop apple macbook Pro, with the weight ranging from 3.17 to 3.26 pounds, depending on the configuration. Again, still polishing off my review, but I think it"s safe khổng lồ say this is a solid option if you"re looking for a premium, high-performing 13-inch machine.

If, in the end, you find graphics don"t matter that much -- và that you can maybe even live without the sharp screen -- Apple"s 13-inch apple macbook Air is cheaper, at $999. It"s also lighter with longer battery life. & it has the old touchpad too, if that"s what you prefer, but again, you"d be giving up that sharp screen to get it. Decisions, decisions...



The refreshed Retina display macbook phiên bản pro is mostly an incremental improvement over the previous model, with even faster disk speeds và stronger graphics, along with the same comfortable keyboard, slim design, long battery life and stunning screen. The only area where the MBP represents a possible step backward is the touchpad. To lớn Apple"s credit, the pressure-sensitive Force cảm biến pad is interesting, and has the potential khổng lồ become more useful as third-party developers start to incorporate the "Force Click" into their own apps. In fact, I"m still curious lớn see what a potential Force cảm ứng iPhone might look like; perhaps the tech would make more sense there, where having pressure sensitivity doesn"t mean forfeiting a best-in-class trackpad. Right now, though, Force touch feels like a solution to lớn a problem I"m not sure anyone had. At worst, it"s a gimmick; at best, it"s a nice-to-have feature. Either way, although the new touchpad doesn"t feel quite the same as the ol" "diving board," you should at least get used lớn it quickly.

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In the end, too, despite its flaws (the shallower touchpad, the continued lack of a discrete graphics option), the 13-inch Retina display stands as one of the only laptops of this kích thước that offers this cấp độ of portability, screen chất lượng and graphics power, not to lớn mention this nice a screen. If you need a lightweight machine with enough processing clout for a little 4K đoạn phim editing, this is still one of your best bets.