The entry-level, 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t have the buzz-worthy Touch Bar everyone is talking about, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a formidable laptop. For $1,499, you get a brighter and more colorful screen than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, a bigger touchpad, louder speakers, and speedier performance, all wrapped up in a design that’s thinner, lighter and smaller than its predecessor. The battery life is pretty awesome, too.
If you wanted an adaptive, multi-touch screen above the keyboard that provides all sorts of nifty shortcuts, you’d have to fork over $1,799 for the Touch Bar model. Is the more affordable new MacBook Pro we reviewed worth it? Yes, but it isn’t as fast as cheaper Windows laptops with Intel’s newer 7th-generation processors, and Apple ditched some useful ports to achieve this svelte design.
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