Is the 2018 MacBook Pro 13" Worth It?

by: Austin Evans

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hey guys doston this is the brand-new 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro and inside there are going to be some decent improvements including an update to the 8th gen Intel Core processors the only downside is that this laptop is $1,800 and that's for the base model so of course the question is is it worth it for context this is the Dell XPS 13 it's going to be the late 2017 model which means that even though the hardware is slightly different compared to the 2018 Edition is going to have very similar specs but surprise surprise this guy is going to cost a whole lot less look I get it Macs have always been priced on the premium side of things and this is absolutely no exception when you consider that this is the base model that costs eighteen hundred dollars even someone who's interested in a Mac is going to think that's a lot of money unless you're I don't know Tim Cook or something and you have these line in your bathroom I guess I don't know I don't think Tim Cook does that but no it's not all bad this generation of MacBook Pro is hands-down the nicest piece of laptop hardware that you can buy today in my opinion the build quality of this guy is absolutely on point it's made entirely out of aluminum and especially when you look at the little tiny details it is clear that Johnny I've and the boys spent a lot of time paying a lot of attention to detail and that's something I appreciate no part of this is going to be rattling or squeaky or feel sort of unbalanced it is all a very very nice piece of hardware the already great display has been upgraded with true tone Tech which just like on the iPhone and on the iPad is going to allow the screen to adjust its white balance to better suit the room that you're in now personally for me I don't find this very useful because when I paid this much for a laptop I want a very colored accurate display for things like photo and video editing but I mean it's a nice feature it is something new the speakers are also terrific so as far as that 13-inch laptop goes these are about as good as it gets now are they facing you which is very important when you know you have speakers that are not facing downward like a lot of them but they're also very rich they're very deep and they've got a lot of volume I also think the Apple t2 chip inside is a fairly big deal so this is going to be a dedicated processor which is going to handle a lot of the lower level things such as things like the touch bar the webcam things like your audio and even your SSD which is going to speed things up and importantly also give you some better security in the future that teacher chip also enables the webcam to be updated to a full 1080p it's not exactly going to be the best thing in the world unlike the XPS 13 which unfortunately has the webcam not only below the screen but also all the way to the left side for some bizarre reason all the downsides of the previous generation MacBooks are also here as well so you're still going to be getting a very similar keyboard now is going to be slightly tweaked here to be a little bit quieter and supposedly more reliable but there's still not a lot of actual keyboard travel and the touch bar is well still the touch bar so it's here it's going to give you access to things like being able to easily adjust your volume your brightness which is mostly what I use it for or you could also do stuff like get shortcuts or whatever but I mean it's fine it's there it doesn't really do a lot the most noticeable downside of the last gendell are going to be the ports there are still just for us PC ports you know like the last two Mac books however it's going to be a little more complicated than just that so if you get the standard non touch bar version of the MacBook Pro not only is it not going to be updated with the 8th gen processors so the 2017 model is just rolling over but you're also only going to be getting 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports I mean sure that's fine if you want to plug in you know a power adapter and a single dongle but that's not a lot for a laptop that's still going to cost you about $1,300 if you move up to the touch bar model you're going to be getting a pretty decent performance bump so this is going to be a very respectable quad-core processor in this case with the base model we're getting the Core i5 8 259 yuan the 13-inch unless the u series processors and basically all the competition which we're running at 15 watts the MacBook Pro is going to be running at 28 watts and that might not sound like a big deal but having double the power budget is going to allow them to not only get higher clock speeds out of that core i5 but also include better graphics what that means is that even the base core i5 MacBook is going to be able to outperform the core i7 version of the XPS 13 and of course it's going to be a big jump over the non-touch bar MacBook the inclusion of iris graphics on the sky in this case the 6:55 is also going to mean that you're getting a pretty sizable bump to the graphics performance again it's not going to be anywhere near as much as say something like a dedicated GPU but considering that you're still getting all the power savings with just better graphics is definitely going to be a bad thing this is Dean the new MacBook is also really fast now again I have the late 2017 version of the XPS 13 but they are both going to be using a 256 gigabyte nvme SSD as you can see all the XPS is fast by pretty much any standards the 2018 MacBook is just going to be straight up faster but again when we come back to price that's where the MacBook starts to look a little bit more shaky at $800 for the base model this is one of the most expensive 13-inch MacBook you can get and again with the base model you're only going to be getting eight gigs of RAM and a 256 gig SSD when you think about it from a value perspective it gets even worse the more you spec it out so you can easily upgrade this guy over $3,000 and that's not even the Mac spec for a two terabyte SSD on this guy and yeah to put that in context you can build a pretty solid XPS 13 with the core i7 and that same eight gigs of ram and 256 gig SSD for over $500 less sure they're definitely going to be some advantages of going with the MacBook but that's a lot of money now the extra performance of the MacBook is nice stuff like having a better display and another USB C port is helpful by the end of the day these are going to be pretty comparable laptops this one just happens to cost a lot more honestly what might be a better option is going to be this guy's bigger brother the 15-inch MacBook Pro for only a few hundred more dollars you're going to be getting an upgrade to the eight series processors which means that you're getting a standard six core Core i7 as well as standard 16 gigs of ram a 200 all option on this guy and on top of all of that you're going to be getting dedicated graphics something that's not going to be an option on nsq of the 13-inch MacBook Pro the new MacBook Pro is a good laptop you're getting solid performance a great build but it's just really expensive you've got to be a very specific kind of person to want to spend this much money on a 13-inch laptop if that's you by all means go for it it is a saw an option but for most people I think it would be much better served with something like a MacBook Air it wasn't super old hmm if Apple could please update some of their other Mac

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