Apple has updated the 13-inch Retina táo macbook pro with some major improvements, including fifth-generation Intel bộ vi xử lý core processors, Iris 6100 graphics cards, PCIe-based flash storage that can manage up to lớn twice the transfer speeds of the previous generation, an extra hour of battery life & faster RAM.

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The marquee feature on this computer, though, might be the Force touch trackpad, which combines Force cảm biến input & Apple’s quality ‘Taptic’ haptic feedback engine – it’s the first Mac lớn ship with the new trackpad, and the first chance users have to try it on for size.

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Basics

13.3-inch 2560 x 1600, 227 PPI IPS LED display2.7GHz dual-core Intel chip core i58GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM128GB PCIe-based flash storageIntel Iris Graphics 6100, supports 3840 x 2160 on two external displays2x Thunderbolt 2, 2x USB 3, HDMI, SDXC, 3.5mm audio in/outWi-Fi 802.11ac, công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.010 hour wireless web, 12 hour iTunes movie playbackMSRP: $1299 (as tested)

Pros

Portable & powerfulAll-day batteryForce cảm biến trackpad is extremely cool

Cons

No RAM upgrades post-purchase

Design

The new 13-inch Retina macbook phiên bản pro keeps the same thiết kế that táo khuyết has been offering since 2012, but while the case’s novelty may have worn off, the quality of its construction has not. The slender shell measures only 0.71 inches thick, and weights under three & a half pounds. It still, in other words, feels remarkably portable for the power it’s packing, especially considering that Retina display and the all-day battery.

That said, the design is beginning to lớn feel a bit less exciting given the advances in the rest of the industry, & especially framed against the dramatic portability of the new laptop macbook design that táo bị cắn unveiled alongside the announcement of the new Retina laptop apple macbook update. Whereas the Retina táo macbook pro used to stand in stark contrast lớn the beefy MacBook và non-Retina MBP, it’s now the heftiest of Apple’s notebooks.

Still, the unibody aluminum shell hasn’t lost any of its appeal from an aesthetic perspective, and the 13-inch version especially still doesn’t địa chỉ much in the way of pack weight or occupied bag space. & while the laptop apple macbook Air might be smaller still, the difference is not going to have a practical effect for most users. Plus, the performance & spec benefits more than justify a bit of additional heft when compared to lớn the Air. Và from the perspective of someone who uses a 15-inch táo macbook pro with Retina Display, the 13’s kích cỡ and weight savings feel positively luxurious.

Features

The 13-inch macbook Pro’s most apparent new feature, for most users, will be the Force cảm ứng trackpad. This đầu vào device resembles Apple’s previous trackpad, and the one found on all of its other current laptop macbook offerings, but its outward appearance & tactile feel hide the fact that it’s actually a trackpad with virtually no motion whatsoever – there’s no actual mechanical click when you press the trackpad down, but it will still feel 100 percent like a physical click is taking place thanks khổng lồ Apple’s new ‘taptic’ haptic physical force feedback technology.

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The Force touch trackpad does feel slightly different from existing laptop apple macbook trackpads, but the difference is one you’ll easily adjust to, or not even notice if you’re new khổng lồ Macs. Apple’s trackpad with this 13-inch táo macbook pro is still the best in the business, but now it offers even more features thanks khổng lồ the Force Touch input options, và Taptic settings. You can dial in how ‘clicky’ the trackpad feels in your notebook’s software settings, choosing from one of three levels depending on your preference. And Force cảm biến adds a new layer of input options across the OS.

Using Force Touch, you can use a deeper, secondary press lớn institute a range of actions, including looking up dictionary và Wikipedia definitions for words in Safari và other native OS X apps. You can also force click on link to see a preview of the site they’ll take you to without actually opening said site, preview documents in finder and on the desktop, and even see songs and albums in iTunes. Force clicking on an address will bring up a Maps preview, & using it on Dock icons reveals an Exposé view of all your mở cửa windows for the corresponding app.

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It’s a great feature already, but it’s also available to lớn developers lớn build upon. This means that apps like Chrome could take advantage of it in the future to offer similar features to those currently available in Safari, but it also means you can expect drawing and creative apps to lớn take advantage of the pressure sensitive đầu vào options also made possible with the Force cảm ứng tech. Already, you can use a simple máy tính bảng ipad stylus to control your line width & weight when marking up documents or signing your name in Preview, so developers like Adobe should be able to bởi even more.

Performance

The new 13-inch macbook phiên bản pro has a number of new hardware features that lead to lớn big gains in performance vs. Previous generation machines. These include new Broadwell fifth generation dual-core hãng intel processors, which come standard at 2.7GHz & are upgradable lớn a 2.9GHz or 3.1GHz version. The processors hold up well when working with just about any software, including taxing apps lượt thích Final Cut Pro X (the đoạn clip review above was edited on the laptop, for instance, and the notebook remained fast và responsive throughout).


A lot of the work when it comes khổng lồ tasks like đoạn phim editing that hit your on-board storage hard also benefit from Apple’s use of new PCIe-based flash. It can offer up khổng lồ twice the read and write speeds of the previous generation’s flash, và up to 17 times that of a 5,400 RPM platter hard drive, và the difference really shows. My main production machine is a 2012 iMac with a 7,200 RPM 500GB drive, và the difference is night & day. In most cases, the difference is small vs. Recent machines, but it’s enough of a bump when doing things lượt thích browsing big video clip libraries that it’s something anyone doing video editing on the go will appreciate.

You can also nguồn up khổng lồ two additional monitors running at 4K resolution from the Thunderbolt ports on the laptop macbook Pro, thanks khổng lồ the new hãng sản xuất intel Graphics 6100. I tried it out with a single Monoprice 4K monitor & found it lớn be an excellent way khổng lồ gain some additional productivity out of a mobile machine. Plus, that display still offers a great combo in terms of resolution, quality, color balance, và flexibility for scaling up the screen real estate when you really need it on the road.

I could easily swap out the new 13-inch Retina táo macbook pro for my 15-inch model from last year and not notice any appreciable difference in terms of lost performance, given my workflow, which includes light đoạn clip editing and heavy photo editing from time to lớn time. Và the 13-inch seems lớn last for days when used in normal conditions, và those new 10-hour estimates seem on point when used during continuous lengthy sessions with only light or moderate browsing.

Bottom Line

Apple’s newest Retina apple macbook phiên bản pro packs a punch: The under-the-hood improvements địa chỉ cửa hàng up lớn big gains for tasks like mobile video editing that have traditionally proven fairly frustrating, and the added screen real estate you’ll get make it even better in these situations. You could get more portability by going khổng lồ the 13-inch macbook Air (or waiting for the new 12-inch MacBook) but Retina và horsepower bởi a lot to lớn recommend this machine instead.

For my money, the best notebook currently available is this 13-inch Retina laptop macbook Pro. It has the oomph needed to engage in đoạn clip editing, with a form factor that’s still very portable and aesthetically pleasing. The screen gives you real estate when you need it, và optimal text rendering when you don’t, & the new Force cảm ứng trackpad offers some very cool additional tricks now (while preserving all the left- and right-click features you’re already used to) & promises even more khổng lồ come from third-parties in the future.

If you use your notebook for any kind of real work, in addition to lớn general browsing & movie watching, the new 13-inch macbook pro with Retina Display offers a perfect balance of power and convenience.