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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (late 2016)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (late 2016)

from  $1372.3+
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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro has the typical Function row instead of the new Touch Bar, but depending on your preferences, that could be a good thing. The lower price also means you get half as many ports as the higher-end models -- just two USB-C connections. Otherwise, though, you get the same thin and light design, spacious trackpad, colorful Retina display and improved audio setup.

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Pros
  • Attractive and well-built
  • Thinner and lighter
  • Spacious trackpad
  • Retina screen is brighter and more colorful than before
  • Impressive audio quality
  • Fast disk speeds
  • You get to keep your Function keys
Cons
  • No memory card slot
  • The only ports are USB-C ports
  • Only two USB-C ports on this entry-level model
  • Rated battery life is shorter this year
  • No more MagSafe
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
90
The Verge
The new MacBook Pro is as beautiful and desirable as ever, but using it is alienating to anyone living in the present. I agree with Apple’s vision of the future. I’m just not buying it today.
 
80
The Wall Street Journal
Do you invest in the future—a beautiful, highly portable machine with new tricks? Or maybe you do what I’m doing: Stare down at your three-year-old laptop and wonder if you can tough it out another year or two while this sorts itself out.
 
80
Ars Technica
This would be a great laptop if it was positioned at the $1,300 starting price of the old MacBook Pros ... At its current price, the $1,499 Pro feels like a laptop with a new design that just happens to be missing a bunch of the features that make the new design worthwhile.
 
80
CNET
While it's missing the buzzworthy Touch Bar, the entry-level MacBook Pro is effectively the redesigned and updated 'Retina MacBook Air' that you've been waiting for.
 
70
Macworld
The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps its function keys, but makes several compromises in order to be as thin as possible.
 
80
TechRadar
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is a solid laptop that combines a highly attractive design with snappy storage, a gorgeous display and a trackpad the size of a saucer. But, if you didn't like the 12-inch MacBook's shallow keyboard and reliance on USB-C ... this new MacBook is unlikely to convert you.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
The new MacBook Pro is an excellent ultraportable with a brighter display, more compact design, and superb battery life, but it's not the fastest.
 
100
T3
The Pro's performance is still excellent in this respect, anyway. If you have specific needs that prioritise lightness and battery life, you might consider the 13-inch MacBook Air, but for the majority of users, this entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is by far the better value.
 
80
AppleInsider
The 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar is an achievement in industrial design that fulfills Apple's commitment to usability and user experience. It is a happy middle ground between the thin-and-light 12-inch MacBook ... and Apple's ... MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar.
 
80
TrustedReviews
It won’t suit everyone, and I strongly suggest you try it out in an Apple Store – but for me, the keyboard on the MacBook Pro is the best I’ve ever used.

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