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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar

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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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

There's lots to like about the new MacBook Pro: its slimmed-down design, brighter screen, improved audio, faster graphics and disk speeds. But by doing things like removing full-sized USB ports, the memory card reader and even the Function row, Apple seems to forgotten how many of us actually work. An even better MacBook Pro would be one that doesn't require users to make drastic changes to their workflow.

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Pros
  • Attractive and well-built
  • Thinner and lighter
  • Retina screen is brighter and more colorful than ever
  • Impressive audio quality
  • Fast performance, especially the disk speeds
  • Touch ID is a useful addition
  • Spacious trackpad
Cons
  • Expensive with the Touch Bar
  • Easy to accidentally hit the Touch Bar instead of the Delete key
  • No memory card slot
  • The only ports are USB-C ports
  • Rated battery life is shorter this year
  • No more MagSafe
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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
CNET
Apple's smart, useful Touch Bar makes it well worth splurging on the step-up version of the streamlined 13-inch MacBook Pro.
 
80
Macworld UK
All in all, this is a fast and beautiful laptop but one with some flaws to consider. And ouch, that price tag is steep.
 
80
Wired
The new MacBook Pro is a terrific laptop and, like the super-skinny MacBook, a clear indication of where most of the computing world is going. But comes with growing pains while your workflow and other devices adjust to a new way of doing things.
 
80
Time
The new Macbook Pro isn't for everybody. As helpful as it may be for digging through your inbox or inserting emojis into your chats, its steep price means it's a better buy for media professionals rather than everyday users.
 
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.
 
60
Digital Trends
The MacBook Pro 13 with Touch Bar is beautiful, but flawed.
 
60
The Guardian
The 13in MacBook Pro is the best computer you shouldn’t buy.
 
90
TrustedReviews
Apple’s back with a bang. The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes close to computing perfection.
 
90
VentureBeat
 
80
Macworld
If you need a MacBook Pro right now, the late 2016 models are solid performers. If I were buying one for myself, I’d go with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and max out the storage, although the 15-inch model is even better.

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