New 13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Chip Review

New 13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro with M1 Chip

Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1

The latest model Apple MacBook Pro with the brand new Apple’s own breakthrough M1 chip has a 13.3-inch retina display, 256GB Solid State Drive, 8GB memory, Mac OS and a very impressive 20 hours of battery life. You have the option to purchase it with 512GB SSD if you will need more storage space and two color options of space gray and silver.

The 8-core M1 processor is a massive change over the previous versions in terms of CPU, GPU and machine learning performance. The 8 cores on this processor are 4 efficiency cores and 4 performance cores and 16-core Neural Engine for the advanced machine learning. You can be out and about and away from the power outlets all day and night long and get more done with its very long, 20 hours of battery life. You can expect around 2.8 times better performance from this 8-core M1 chip that will let you do your work much more quickly.

Please note that you can run the iOS apps on the Apple Mac operating system. The 8GB Unified PDDR4X SDRAM at 4266 MHz is more than adequate for this MacBook Pro and offers decent multitasking power with the ability to run a few browser tabs and apps simultaneously with zero issues. You will feel this great speed with the super fast SSD storage, whether you choose the 256GB version of the 512GB. You can open the files and the system starts and shuts down super quickly. The new MacBook Pro has the active cooling system with a great performance.

The 13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit Retina display on this MacBook offers superior picture quality with the vibrant colors, great contrast and 500 nits of brightness. It has the 16:10 image aspect ratio, IPS panel with 178-degree viewing angles, 2560-by-1600 native resolution for 227 pixels per inch and support for millions of colors. The FaceTime webcam has the standard 720p high definition resolution, which is not amazing but OK and the performance is a bit better with the power of the enhanced graphics card. And with the new built-in GPU you have up to 5 times faster graphics card performance for any graphics intensive games or applications.

For connectivity you have 802.11ax WiFi that is compatible with 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports that support USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps), DisplayPort Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps), and charging and 3.5mm headphone jack. And the backlit magic keyboard feels really good. What’s most criticized about this new MacBook is the same old design by Apple. But we certainly don’t have any complaints as the performance level is excellent and the battery life of 20 hours is the longest we have come across so far. There are still no SD Card Reader or HDMI or regular USB ports and you’ll need a dongle by Apple. 

Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Processor

As you may be aware this is actually the second MacBook Pro upgrade in 2020 with the earlier one having only minor upgrade in specs, this new one with the 5nm M1 chip is simply amazing. There is no more Intel processor and integrated graphics card in Air, Mini or Pro. It is actually claimed to be the fastest compact pro laptop in the world for machine learning and is 3 times faster than any Windows laptop in this category. It is also a competitively priced notebook with a starting price roughly 100 dollars less than the latest model Dell XPS 13.

You don’t have a different keyboard than before (but sill feels great), better speakers or other brand new external features and what is simply awesome about this new MacBook Pro is all inside. Unlike the new fan-less MacBook Air, this new MacBook Pro has fans that will keep the system cool even when performing intensive tasks, which is not the case for the Air. But you may hear a bit of noise from the fans during the very strenuous tasks. So if you plan to use the laptop for rendering tasks for hours then this new Pro may be worth paying extra. The new MacBook Pro with M1 chip weighs only 3 pounds and measures 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches. In the package you will find the 13″ MacBook Pro, a 2m long USB-C charge cable and 61W USB-C power adapter. If you are on a budget, even the cheapest Pro is quite expensive and Air with M1 costs much less.

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