Using its quality, excellent keyboard and improved durability, this is among the best computers you can purchase but do it yourself

Apples 13in MacBook Pro for 2017 presently has battery existence that suits the strength of the hardware and the good thing about the look, even if it’s still very costly.

Once the new, redesigned MacBook Pro was launched last year it included relatively old chips Intels sixth generation Core i5 or i7 processor and integrated graphics. While performance was perhaps as much as componen concentrating on the same machines using the newer, improved seventh generation Core i5 and i7, one factor the 13in MacBook Pro fell short on was battery existence.

Annually on, a revised form of the 13in MacBook Pro can be obtained even though nothing apparent has altered around the outdoors, it now has the seventh generation Apple chips and also the latest version of MacOS High Sierra and can get you through almost a whole morning at no cost.

The Apple MacBook Pro running High Sierra comes benefits from a new, faster file system. Photograph: Apple

The MacBook Pro is a svelte, beautiful machine, available in silver or space grey aluminium. At 1.37kg its about 80g heavier than Dells touch-screen XPS 13, but about 160g lighter than Microsofts Surface Book 2. Its a similar thickness to Dells machine at its 15mm thickest point, but thinner than the Surface Book 2 at its 23mm thickest point.

The screen is one of the best fitted to a laptop, with good viewing angles, brightness and colour accuracy matching the P3 colour space, which is important if youre trying to edit images or video. The keyboard is still pretty noisy at full tilt and has little give when you depress the keys, but is accurate, with a solid feel. I like it, but some will hate it.

The Touch Bar will still prove divisive, with some saying it slows them down, but app support for it has grown dramatically, with most high-profile apps benefiting from custom keys. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner also works as advertised, and is certainly a useful addition, although now that the iPhone X comes with with Face ID it possibly feels a stopgap for facial recognition.

The large, pressure-sensitive touchpad is perhaps the very best in the industry youll swear it moves because of the haptic feedback, but check it out using the turn off and also you understand it doesnt.


  • Screen: 13.3in LCD 2560×1600 (227 ppi)
  • Processor: Apple Core i5 or i7 (seventh generation)
  • RAM: 8 or 16GB
  • Storage: 128, 256, 512GB or 1TB
  • Operating-system: macOS High Sierra
  • Camera: 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Connectivity: Apple Iris 650, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, headphone
  • Dimensions: 212.4 x 304.1 x 14.9mm
  • Weight: 1.37kg

Longer battery existence

The four USB-C ports on the MacBook Pro are spread two on each side. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

The 2017 13in MacBook Pro has enough power for pretty much anything most people will want it too, while the new macOS High Sierra significantly speeds up some functions such as moving files. Its at home editing video, photos and generally creating media. Even a light bit of editing video in 4K will be perfectly manageable, but anyone seriously attempting to use the 13in MacBook Pro to do heavy video or VR creation will probably find the integrated Intel Iris 650 graphics card a little anaemic.

Having said that, it was capable of a light bit of gaming, managing to run the graphically demanding XCOM 2 on low detail and resolution settings with acceptable frame rates.

Testing the new 13in TouchBar model with a Core i5 processor and 8GB or RAM, the biggest change for 2017 is longer battery life. The 2017 13in MacBook Pro gave me two hours more battery life than the 2016 MacBook Pro did while using both macOS Sierra and similar with the newer macOS High Sierra, lasting just under eight hours between charges when used for a full working day. That included using screen at around 70% brightness and having between five and 10 tabs open in two instances of Chrome, as well as Typora for text, Wire for chat, Mac Mail for email, Reeder for RSS feeds and Pixelmator open intermittently for image editing when required.

Thats a solid improvement over the older model and nipping in the coat tails from the competition, like the seventh-generation Core i7 Dell XPS 13, which routinely managed approximately eight hrs underneath the same usage conditions.

What hasnt altered is the possible lack of non-USB-C ports. Annually around the situation isnt very different. Getting four USB-C ports is excellent, particularly because they all support Thunderbolt 3 and may charge the device. Connecting displays along with other non-USB peripherals using USB-C is okay, but its the odd USB-A memory stick, card readers or similar that gets to be more difficult. It might be nice to simply have recently one USB-A port.


The 13in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at 1,749 (buy here). A non-Touch Bar version can be obtained for 1,249 (buy here).

To compare, Dells XPS 13 having a comparable screen and eighth generation Core i5 starts at 1,329 (buy here), Microsofts Surface Laptop starts at 979 (buy here), as the Surface Book 2 starts at 1,499 (buy here).


The 13in MacBook Pro is among the most refined effective laptops available. You will find certainly cheaper options which are also excellent, but not one of them have quite exactly the same mixture of quality, excellent keyboard, massive trackpad and wide-ranging of USB-C ports.

The newer Apple chips mean among the downfalls from the previous model continues to be considerably improved. Under eight hrs of battery existence continues to be quite remote the perfect with a minimum of 10 hrs, but is a lot nearer to your competition and can nearly do light work with a complete day for most of us.

Its still very costly, still missing a USB-A port, theres still an issue of whether its pro enough for professionals and today there are other effective eighth generation Apple chips obtainable in rivals. However the 13in MacBook Pro continues to be among the best computers you can purchase. Using it’s a genuine pleasure, and thankfully it now lasts lengthy enough I’m able to finish my work without grabbing a plug.

Pros: beautiful, great screen, Touch Bar, Touch ID, massive trackpad, thin and comparatively light, USB-C, OK battery existence

Cons: no USB-A ports, no ethernet, no native display ports, no upgrading after purchase, very costly

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