Especially the combination of excellent mobility, great performance and a flawless build quality that is typical for Apple ensured the inch device a top spot in our corresponding Top 10 ranking in the end of There is a new version of the "MBP 13" since the beginning of this year and we will have a closer look at it in this review.
The main attraction is the updated hardware platform based on the Intel Broadwell generation, whose improved power efficiency should result in even longer runtimes. Furthermore, the manufacturer introduced other small improvements, starting with the new Force Touch trackpad up to an SSD that is twice as fast, according to Apple. That a MacBook is not really the cheapest entry into the notebook world should not surprise anybody. However, potential buyers will have to pay even more this year — Apple increased the prices significantly because of the very weak Euro right now.
You can save some bucks compared to the official Apple prices at some retailers, but the MBP 13 is an expensive device nonetheless. Since the chassis and the ports are identical to the predecessor, we won't cover them extensively once again. All the corresponding information is available in our unboxing and test video on YouTube as well as the previous review article. The MacBook is still the benchmark for all the rivals in respect of the quality.
Although there are many high-quality Ultrabooks with Windows nowadays, not many can actually reach the level of Apple. The chassis, which is milled from a single piece of aluminum, is not the lightest of its kind with 1. Our critical eyes could not find any build quality flaws, but we can still notice the very limited upgradeability.
The specialists from iFixit only rated the MacBook with 1 out of 10 possible points. This means the MBP can be used as a real working device — one ambition that does not apply for the slimmed down Air-series or the new inch MacBook. The wireless connectivity includes the usual features like Bluetooth 4.
Apple uses a particularly fast triple-stream adaptor from Broadcom. The new Force Touch trackpad is probably the most innovative new feature of the MacBooks. Dimensions and the surface are completely identical to the previous solution — the actual highlight is the construction underneath. While a classic ClickPad uses some kind of hinge and can only be clicked at the lower half as a result, Apple's pad lies flat on the underground. This means nothing happens when you try to click it while the device is turned off.
While the device is running, however, sensors analyze the pressure from the fingers of the user. If they register an input, the pad simulates a slight physical deflection via electromagnets and even creates the typical clicking noise. This trick feels so realistic in practice that you think you actually use a normal touchpad — with a slightly short travel — and a very crisp pressure point.
But what are the advantages of this construction, which is certainly very complex? But the notebook can also execute different actions depending on the applied pressure. You can search for terms in texts of websites with the Force Click, edit file names in the Finder or show all the opened windows from an app in the dock. The manufacturer created an overview about the numerous possibilities of the pad on the Internet — we found that some actions were pretty handy after a small learning period, but others are basically unnecessary gimmicks.
It remains to be seen how applications from Apple and third-party companies will use the new feature. We still had some issues with the installation of Windows 8. All the hardware components, including touchpad obviously without the Force Touch feature , are automatically recognized and installed, only some small details like pinch-to-zoom refused to work in our case. We will have a closer look at the problems when you use Windows on a MacBook in the following sections.
By the way: Windows 7 as well as all bit versions of the Microsoft OS are, unfortunately, not supported by Boot Camp anymore. Considering the recently introduced Dell XPS 13 , which has a resolution of x pixels at the same display size, the x pixels of the MBP 13 appear much less impressive than one or two years ago. The Dell also has a tiny frame that allows very compact chassis dimensions and also looks unbelievably good.
You could, however, acknowledge that Apple found a good compromise in respect of the resolution: PPI XPS PPI is more than enough to display even very small symbols and fonts sharply from a typical viewing distance. If you run older Windows applications via Boot Camp, you will face scaling issues quite often that would even be worse with higher resolutions.
You should not forget the very high power consumption of displays with extremely high resolutions, either. That the brightness distribution is not completely even but slightly decreases from the right to the left side, is hardly visible with the eye. Even the typical worst-case scenario — a black picture with the maximum brightness in a dark room — is no problem for the panel and you get a very uniform result.
We could not determine annoying PWM flickering. Apple did not make any compromises in regard to the panel and still uses a high-quality IPS screen. It is probably the same or a very similar model from the predecessor; at least the similar measurement results suggest that. The rich black value of just 0. Still, there won't be a big subjective difference with such high results. The MacBook-series is a very popular choice amongst photographers as well as graphics artists, and not without a reason: The devices from Cupertino have convinced with accurate colors for years now.
The new MBP 13 confirms those high expectations with impressively low DeltaE deviations, which can even be further reduced with a calibration. Although we would generally say it is a glare panel, there are not as many reflections compared to most rivals. This is probably a result of the special surface coating, even though it actually produced some negative news recently: The phenomenon is called "Staingate" and hundreds of users on the Internet have complained about glossy stains and discolorations that appear after less than a year and then start to grow.
A MacBook Pro Retina 13 in our editorial office, which was purchased in autumn , is affected as well. It remains to be seen whether the generation will have these issues as well. Apart from this issue, the surface, which reduces the reflections, is pretty useful and ensures the visibility of the display content even under the sky.
Not every IPS panel is similar: Displays with this technology are generally known for their good viewing-angle stability, but there are actually pretty big differences between the individual models. The panel in the MBP 13 is at the highest level in this respect and hardly shows any deviation in terms of contrast or the colors, even with very flat angles. They result in good battery runtimes; the performance, however, is not really outstanding.
The Core iU in our entry-level configuration has a nominal clock of 2. Apple also offers an optional upgrade to a Core iU 2. Apart from the clock differences as well as the slightly bigger L3 cache of the i7 version, however, the models hardly differ at all: All three chips have two CPU cores each and support Hyper-Threading to execute up to four threads simultaneously.
Since there is no dedicated graphics card unlike the Asus UXLN , for example , all 3D calculations are handled by the integrated Iris Graphics Still, based on our experiences at least for Intel GPUs from the last couple of years , the frame rate does not scale according to the theoretical performance. One reason for this is the limited memory bandwidth.
Both the processor and the graphics unit are still attached via a small bit interface 2x bit dual-channel in the Broadwell generation, but Intel now allows — at least for the watt models — slightly higher clocks up to LPDDR This is pretty much on the performance level of the Core iM or Core iH , both of which have a much higher specified TDP of 37 and 47 Watts, respectively. It is interesting that the benchmark results under Windows 8.
The performance on mains and battery power is identical with both systems. The "small" watt model is surprisingly close to the U, although it is only surprising at first: Thanks to the advanced 14 nm manufacturing process, the real power consumption in CPU benchmarks like Cinebench is clearly below 20 Watts, so a higher TDP classification hardly makes a difference.
It is unfortunate that Intel does not offer quad-core models in the U LV segment yet except for the Atom chips — four lower-clocked cores would certainly be more efficient than an extremely fast dual-core CPU in multi-threaded applications. This M. This small weakness is only overcome with heavily parallelized accesses and the MacBook can secure the top spot within the competition.
Still, we want to mention that those results cannot really be transferred to real-world usage: Performance differences between different SSDs are hardly noticeable in practice, an XPS 13 or UXLN at least do not feel slower. The marginally higher performance of the watt processor also results in a slight disappointment — on a high level.
Very demanding users that use CPU-heavy software or excessive multi-tasking are probably better off with an MBP 15 and its quad-core i7. This is obviously the case for comparable Windows devices as well. Still, the MacBook Pro 13 is generally one of the fastest subnotebooks on the market and handles typical office, multimedia and web applications without noticeable problems. We already talked about the specifications of the Iris Graphics , now we want to have a look at the performance results.
It is possible that the current Windows drivers cannot utilize the full potential; but it seems that the Iris Graphics cannot compete with a GeForce M. As expected, the GPU can handle all our multimedia tests without problems. Even a 4K video in the H. It is recommended to use the very efficient Quick Sync unit of the processor with Handbrake, for example if you want to encode and transcode movies.
If you can live with reduced quality settings, then you can actually play many current titles smoothly with the MBP 13 with low settings. Our benchmarks, which were all performed under Windows 8. We could not notice this behavior under OS X, so we think it is caused by a faulty graphics driver. There was, unfortunately, no newer version at the time of writing. The MacBook is completely silent blue line while idling and with light workloads like web browsing — but the competition manages that as well.
It is, however, truly impressive that this does not change even under maximum CPU load. The fan is so quiet below rpm that our measuring device cannot determine an increased system noise. For a better understanding: 10 iterations of Cinebench R The MBP is, unfortunately, not always this quiet: The noise level climbs above the 40 dB A mark within a couple of seconds when you use 3D applications, but the device is once again a bit louder under Windows The fan noise does not have a very high frequency, and it can be described as conveniently steady.
Considering the power consumption, which we will evaluate later, Apple implemented a very efficient cooling solution. Note : The noise levels in the adjacent frequency response cannot be compared with the values of the volume measurement due to different measuring setups.
The pretty conservative fan behavior, unfortunately, also has a drawback: The warming of the case surfaces in practice is noticeably higher compared to many Ultrabooks, which is subjectively even enhanced because of the good thermal conductivity of the aluminum chassis. If you believe the sensor results, it seems that Apple does not limit the Core iU at 28 Watts but at 32 Watts instead. However, the processor still suffers from throttling due to TDP limitations under maximum load and drops to 1.
Prime95 alone is executed with the full processor clock of 3. The two presumably unchanged stereo speakers are pretty loud and rich for a subnotebook up to 82 dB A from a distance of 30 cm , but they obviously lack some bass. The amplitude frequency response is more or less linear up to Hz, and the level drops continuously under this value. Even inexpensive 2. Although OS X is known to be a very energy-efficient operating system, the idle consumption of the MacBook Pro with 2.
This should mainly be caused by the very bright and high-resolution IPS display, which consumes a big part of the power during idle. Even though there is no doubt that the processor and graphics performance is slightly higher: The additional consumption is just not reasonable.
Maybe Apple should have used a watt CPU in combination with a dedicated GeForce M as well — this would have required a bigger motherboard, but it would have improved the efficiency significantly. Is this enough for the MacBook Air to continue as the gold standard of ultraportable laptops, or is the lack of the much-demanded improved screen update a black mark too far?
Nothing illustrates this better than the large, glass-surface touchpad, which has spawned many often poor imitators. It remains one of the best things about all Mac laptops, where its size, friction-free surface and neat gesture support make using the MacBook Air very enjoyable.
The backlit keyboard, by comparison, is just quietly excellent. Connectivity is, as ever, basic, with two USB 3. Inside, meanwhile, you get Bluetooth 4. The resolution debate is something of a distraction, actually.
A retina screen is, arguably, a stretch too far right now on cost and performance grounds it would make the MacBook Air more expensive and would likely reduce battery life considerably and the aspect 1, x screen means a switch to a p screen to match rivals would necessitate a re-design. Apple has, more than likely, worked itself into something or a corner here.
The measured contrast ratio of is half that of the Sony VAIO Pro 13 1, and considerably worse than the 2, of the Toshiba Kira we reviewed recently. This shows up in videos, where the MacBook looks a little washed out and lacking depth in nuanced, dark scenes in comparison to better screens. This is further supported by an underwhelming 0. The saving grace is the brightness, which at nits is very bright. Indeed, for a glossy-screened laptop, the MacBook Air is quite usable in bright light, a fact helped by the lack of an extra touch layer as on many Windows rivals.
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If they do, it's almost certain that a subtle upgrade won't be on the cards. Intel recently launched its Core M processor, which the chipmaker reckons will allow notebook makers to create "razor-thin, fanless designs with the optimal blend of beauty, performance and battery life". And then there's Intel's upcoming " Broadwell " processor, which the refreshed line-up apparently missed out on due to a delay in the company's roadmap.
The inclusion of Broadwell would've given Apple's Retina MacBooks better performance and improved battery life, but the delay means that we're not likely to see devices using the chip until early next year. At the same time, a spec boost to last year's solid MacBook Pro with Retina for no extra cost is not to be sniffed at, and with Yosemite set to be available as free upgrade to Mavericks users, it will feel like the arrival of a new Apple machine regardless of whether new models see the light of day.
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Trotzdem überzeugt es im Test mit modernster Hardware, starker Performance, einem exzellenten Display und sehr hoher Office-Laufzeit, die selbst viele Ultrabook. 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. Positive: Good build quality; Retina display; decent performance; good autonomy. Negative: Expensive. Positive: Slim and lightweight; longer battery runtimes.