The 13-inch baseline MacBook Pro comes with outdated tech at a premium price tag

The MacBook Pro line has been split since the 2017 revision, and the division continues in 2020. Buyers who opt for the entry-level version will receive a device that comes with an 8th generation 1.4 GHz Core i5 chip that can reach 3.9 GHz during Turbo Boost.

Some hoped that Apple would make the jump from a 13-inch panel to a 14-inch one, as the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro was upgraded to 16-inch. This isn’t the case yet, but the device comes with a superb Retina panel, the celebrated headphones back, two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports, the controversial Touch Bar, and the same 720P camera that has been present for several years.

Wi-Fi remains limited to the 802.11ac standard, with no trace of Wi-Fi 6. While the new standard is still in the early stages of deployment, MacBooks are designed to be used for a long time, and the lack of support for it seems to be a major loss. On the bright side, Bluetooth has been updated to 5.0, which should improve the overall stability of the connection and the quality of data streams.

After a few hiccups, the butterfly switch mechanism has been abandoned in favor of a scissor-switch version. Many have argued that the main role of the Touch Bar and the butterfly keyboard was to push users towards an iPad-like experience on the MacBook, in an attempt to prove that you can work on both devices without problems, a noble attempt that seems to have backfired.

Storage capacity has been boosted, with 256 being the base option. Those who need more built-in storage space can opt for a maximum capacity of 2TB. RAM starts at 8GB, and multiple variants are available to suit your needs. Graphics-intensive tasks are handled by an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645.

The device is capable, but those who want a better deal should opt for the MacBook Air.

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