The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro has arrived and today we are seeing the first reviews arriving with the stable Magic Keyboard taking a closer look at Apple’s new notebook. No overall surprises but look below as The Verge, TechCrunch, Engadget, Jason Snell, MKBHD, and UrAvgConsumer highlight why the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro is a “strong and safe bet” and also the MacBook line-up’s “awkward middle child.”
The three big changes for the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the long-awaited switch from the butterfly keyboard to the Magic Keyboard scissor switch, doubling the base storage (now 256 GB), and 10th gene Intel processors in the higher-end models starting at $1.799.
The Verge concludes:
TechCrunch outlined how exciting it is to see the Magic Keyboard arrive on the latest MacBook Pro, but also noted that one downside is the difficulties of the 2020 MacBook Air. All in all, however, TC is calling the 13-inch MacBook Pro a “strong, safe bet.”
MKBHD praises the actual escape key and inverts t arrow keys that come with an upgrade to the Magic Keyboard. But he also emphasizes that this will not be much of an upgrade beyond the change to the Magic Keyboard.
Because of the price and efficiency, he says it places the 13-inch MacBook Pro in a “awkward middle child spot again” because those who really care about efficiency will probably look at the 16-inch MacBook Pro and those who are more budget-focused and not high performance will look at the MacBook Air.
In closing his review, MKBHD highlights lingering concerns about a 14-inch MacBook Pro and we could see the first ARM MacBook from Apple a short time ago.
YouTuber UrAvgConsumer points out that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is another option for users to consider when it comes to finding the best balance between portability and strength. But again, he states that if you really value / need power, you’ll probably want to look at the 16-inch MacBook Pro and if you’re looking for general-use portability, the MacBook Air is probably the best choice.
After running some test on the higher-end model Apple gave him a nice comparison graph, too:
See also our thorough breakdown of how the 13-inch MacBook Pro compares with MacBook Air and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
And check out Dave Lee’s video below for some perspective on the 8th gen versus 10th gen Intel chips in the 13-inch Pro vs MacBook Air with 10th gen Intel chips: