Is the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 Worth It?

– Hey guys, this is Austin 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 eighth gen Intel core processors The only downside is that this laptop is $1800, 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, it 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 $1800, even someone who's interested in a Mac is going to think that's a lotta money Unless you're, I don't know, Tim Cook or something, and you have these lining your bathroom I guess, I don't know, I don't think Tim Cook does that But now 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 Jony Ive 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 it's 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 pay this much for a laptop, I wanna very color accurate display for things like photo and video editing But I mean, it's a nice feature and is something new So I guess if you're in Japan, or you could pick this up for like 25 bucks

The speakers are also terrific So as far as that 13 inch laptop goes, these are about as good as it gets Not only 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 T2 chip also enables the webcam to be upgraded 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 it's also all the way to the left side for some bizarre reason All of 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 it is going to be slightly tweaked here to be a little bit quieter, and supposedly more reliable, but there's still not a lotta 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

But it doesn't really do a lot The most noticeable downside of the last gen though, are going to be the ports There are still just four USB-C ports, you know, like the last two MacBooks However, it's going to be a little bit 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 eighth gen processors, so the 2017 model is just rolling over, but you're also only going to be getting two Thunderbolt 3 ports

I mean, sure that's fine if you wanna plug in, you know, a power adaptor and a single dongle, but that's not a lot for a laptop that's still going to cost you about $1300 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, and in this case with the base model, we're getting the Core i5-8259U on the 13 inch Unlike the U-series processors in basically all the competition which are 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 doubled 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 this guy, in this case the 655, is also going to mean that you're getting a pretty sizeable 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 not going to be a bad thing The SSD in 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, and as you can see, while the XPS is fast, by pretty much any standards, the 2018 MacBook is just going to be straight up faster

But again, and when we come back to price, that's where the MacBook starts to look a little bit more shaky At $1800 for the base model, this is one of the most expensive 13 inch MacBooks you can get And again, and with the base model, you're only going to be getting eight gigs of RAM and 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 $3000 and that's not even the max spec

Throw a two terabyte SSD on this guy, and uh, yeah To put that in context, you could 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 Now sure, there are definitely going to be some advantages of going with the MacBook, but that's a lotta money Now the extra performance of the MacBook is nice, stuff like having a better display and another USB-C port is helpful But at 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 guys bigger brother, the 15 inch MacBook Pro For only a few hundred more dollars, you're going to be getting an upgrade to the H series processors, which means that you're getting a standard six core Core i7, as well as standard 16 gigs of RAM A $200 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 any SKU 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 wanna spend this much money on a 13 inch laptop If that's you, by all means go for it It is a solid option

But for most people, I think they will be much better served with something like a MacBook Air that wasn't super old (clearing throat) If Apple could please update some of their other MacBooks, that would be great (mellow music)

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