2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13

Hello! In August I I took a brand new MacBook Pro Retina 13 for a test to review a bunch of laptop + monitor using a single Type C cable. That text has already been released, but I used the novelty for some time to decide for myself whether to upgrade or not.

MacBook Pro 13 (2017) and external monitor with Type C

Actually, I am satisfied with my current MBPr13, but almost immediately after the purchase I unsuccessfully spilled tea on it, the repair cost 10 thousand rubles, and a year later there were problems with the power circuit, battery and a number of other elements. The second repair cost me 18 thousand, and I decided that it was better to upgrade than to continue to spend money on subsequent repairs. But before that, I wanted to test the brand new MacBook on my own in order to know about all its controversial places in advance and, of course, tell you too.

Content

Power supply

Users loved the charger of old "Macbooks" for three advantages. Firstly, the power supply was built right into it and there was no need to carry this healthy black bandura with you, like other laptops. Secondly, magnetic charging was easily connected by either side and had a light indicator, so it was immediately clear when the laptop was charged. In addition, if you accidentally touched it, then it simply flew out of the port, and did not pull the laptop along with it. The third plus is two fasteners that form a coil on which it was possible to wind the wire. As a result, charging old "Macbooks" became famous as the most convenient and thoughtful.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison

And in the new version, the only advantage left is connecting the wire to either side. It would seem that this solution has some disadvantages, but in the section on ports I will explain why this is not so.

Design

Almost all the reviewers of the new MacBook Pro praised the Space Gray version, they say, it looks original and great. Personally, I do not share this enthusiasm, I prefer the silver classic, but this is a matter of taste, and the presence of different colors, one way or another, is a plus of the novelty.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison

The glowing apple has been replaced with a glossy version. On the one hand, you feel sorry for him, but on the other hand, you still haven’t seen him.

Dimensions

td> < td>18,0
Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2017 212.4 304.1 14.91370
MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2014 219.0 314.0 1570

The power supply and the glossy bullseye have been criticized, now it's time to move on to the benefits of the fresh MBPr13. When you take it in your hands for the first time after past generations, you are amazed at how thin and light it feels. I tested a lightweight 12-inch MacBook, and so, the impressions of the new "trinashka" are the same as from it. I understand that 200 grams of weight and 3.1 mm of thickness seems like a very small improvement, but in reality the difference is huge.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs. 2014

Screen

Characteristics MBPr13 2014 MBPr13 2017
Screen diagonal 13.3 inches 13.3 inches
Display resolution 2560x1600 dots 2560x1600 dots< /td>
PPI value 227 227
Matrix type IPS IPS

There was a very funny story about comparing displays. I set up a new MacBook, transferred all my data and started using it. I went with him for about a month and noted that the screen had not changed much. “And why did they praise him so much at the presentation?” And then, when I took photos of the displays head-on, I saw the difference right away. The display of the new MBPr13 is about 30% brighter! Separately, I note the smaller thickness of the frame around the screen, thanks to this, the new laptop looks more “airy”.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 Comparison 2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13

Keyboard, Touchpad and Touchbar

I had several attempts to switch to the new butterfly mechanism, but the first two times my fingers refused to get used to the short hard travel of the buttons, I pressed them with the same force as on the old laptop, as a result, typing turned into into a trill of loud tapping on the keyboard.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 vs. 2014

On the third attempt, I noticed one significant advantage of the "butterfly". Such a keyboard requires less force when pressed, in fact, you just need to touch the button with a little force. As soon as you realize this, the typing speed starts to increase. The disadvantage of this approach will be the omissions of letters on old keyboards. When I returned to the iMac after testing the MacBook, I missed letters at first, as the Magic Keyboard required more force to press.

Pay attention to the size of the touchpad. Despite the fact that Apple has rather large touchpads in principle, the company decided to make it a little wider. By the way, I used to have a version without Force Touch, it turned out that you quickly get used to this technology and using a stronger pressure is more convenient than a three-finger gesture.

But I couldn't get used to the touchbar. The fact is that it opens different icons in each application, and I was constantly confused about where the usual volume, brightness or player buttons are.

But I know that there are those who like the touchbar, among them is my friend Pavel with experience. I asked Pavel to share his impressions of using the touchbar:

Many people don't like the touchbar. I like. If you don't have an Apple Watch, better than TouchID, the MacBook unlock mechanism has not yet been invented. In general, such a thing as some kind of auxiliary second screen should appeal to those who are close to iOS - the mechanism for hints and suggestions of words and emoji is very similar. On iPhone and iPad, word suggestions speed up typing and get rid of mistakes.

The way macOS uses the TouchBar as a toolbar is a very different Mac experience. Visually and, most importantly, interactively. It is clear that Apple engineers are trying to bring desktop and mobile operating systems closer in perception for users. Perhaps unobtrusively accustom to future unification.

There are a couple of things, and I don't understand why they didn't add this functionality in the first place. This is a display of the currently playing song (works on Spotify and iTunes). Prescribed by a script in the BetterTouchTool program. And haptic feedback when pressed, very similar to the feel of 3D-Touch on the iPhone, is added by installing the Haptic's feedback program.

By the way, I also appreciated Touch ID at MBPr13 2017, I would really like the banks to tense up and add this authorization method to the web version of their online banks.

Ports

Perhaps, it was the rejection of traditional USB ports, a card reader and HDMI that became one of the main reasons for the indignation of users. Someone used flash drives, someone periodically needs to connect memory cards, and some people rejoiced at the presence of HDMI in older models.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 comparison

As far as I understand, Apple abandoned them for two reasons. The first is thinning the laptop, and the second is forcing users to switch to the new Type C. Notice how popular this interface became after the first 12-inch MacBook came out, and then brand new firmware. Perhaps the time is not far off when Type C really becomes the new universal standard in the industry, I personally will only be happy about it.

Although I somehow had one unpleasant story with these ports: I forgot the adapter to the memory card at home and simply could not merge photos from the camera to my laptop. Fortunately, a colleague also had a MacBook and shared his card reader from Moshi.

And there was one more positive case. This year I flew to Warsaw on vacation, and it turned out that my luggage was lost at the airport. I foolishly kept the charger there. And even though it was a vacation, I still needed a laptop, as some work moments require my presence. In general, on the first day, the charge of the laptop itself was enough for me, and at night I set it to charge from a 2A charger and Type C wires from a smartphone. I tried to turn on the charging laptop, but even after half an hour it didn’t work, apparently, the charge, if it was going on, then at a snail’s pace. With grief, I went to bed, and forgot to disconnect the laptop from charging. And what do you think? In the morning I had an almost fully charged MacBook, ready to go, and a day later I found my luggage. This story perfectly shows all the coolness of the universal connector.

And thanks to Type C, you can connect a laptop with a single cable to a monitor, but I already talked about this in a separate article.

By the way, if you have an appropriate external battery, you can charge your laptop directly from it. So far, there are few such models, but I think that almost any power bank will be suitable over time.

Opening hours

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the operating time of the new MBPr13, because, on the one hand, it uses new energy-saving technologies, and on the other hand, the thickness of the laptop could not but affect the battery capacity.

The result was predictable: the new "Macbook" works about the same as the old one. That is 4-5 hours of the included display. I think this is a good indicator, because the maximum brightness has increased, while the thickness of the body, on the contrary, has decreased.

Performance and heating

Another reason I planned to upgrade was that my old laptop was heating up. Even with simple tasks like surfing the web or typing, my Macbook heated up very quickly. I assumed that the matter here was a double repair and these were just its side effects. I really hoped that this problem would be solved in the new model, but, unfortunately, the heating under the keys is also felt there (though to a lesser extent). However, this is not surprising, given the thickness of the novelty.

In terms of performance, it is difficult for me to judge the changes; in my use cases, the speed of work was equally high in both the old and the new model. However, I think that in synthetic tests, the novelty would definitely have an advantage.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs. 2014

Conclusion

Let's sum up my little comparison.

Advantages of the old MBPr13:

  • Soft travel keyboard
  • Convenient charger
  • Presence of traditional ports and connectors

Benefits of the new MBPr13:

  • High display brightness
  • Short keyboard travel and larger touchpad
  • Type C Universal Port
  • Smaller size and weight with the same diagonal

Would I upgrade my old one to something new if I didn't upload it twice? Most likely no. Despite the obvious advantages of the new model, the old one is still an excellent working machine. This, by the way, distinguishes all Apple laptops, they serve the user perfectly for five to seven years, and after that you can still profitably resell them.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 Comparison

On the other hand, if I had a non-Retina version or some kind of MacBook Air, I would most likely upgrade to the new firmware with pleasure.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13

Hello! In August I I took a brand new MacBook Pro Retina 13 for a test to review a bunch of laptop + monitor using a single Type C cable. That text has already been released, but I used the novelty for some time to decide for myself whether to upgrade or not.

MacBook Pro 13 (2017) and external monitor with Type C

Actually, I am satisfied with my current MBPr13, but almost immediately after the purchase I unsuccessfully spilled tea on it, the repair cost 10 thousand rubles, and a year later there were problems with the power circuit, battery and a number of other elements. The second repair cost me 18 thousand, and I decided that it was better to upgrade than to continue to spend money on subsequent repairs. But before that, I wanted to test the brand new MacBook on my own in order to know about all its controversial places in advance and, of course, tell you too.

Content

Power supply

Users loved the charger of old "Macbooks" for three advantages. Firstly, the power supply was built right into it and there was no need to carry this healthy black bandura with you, like other laptops. Secondly, magnetic charging was easily connected by either side and had a light indicator, so it was immediately clear when the laptop was charged. In addition, if you accidentally touched it, then it simply flew out of the port, and did not pull the laptop along with it. The third plus is two fasteners that form a coil on which it was possible to wind the wire. As a result, charging old "Macbooks" became famous as the most convenient and thoughtful.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison

And in the new version, the only advantage left is connecting the wire to either side. It would seem that this solution has some disadvantages, but in the section on ports I will explain why this is not so.

Design

Almost all the reviewers of the new MacBook Pro praised the Space Gray version, they say, it looks original and great. Personally, I do not share this enthusiasm, I prefer the silver classic, but this is a matter of taste, and the presence of different colors, one way or another, is a plus of the novelty.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison

The glowing apple has been replaced with a glossy version. On the one hand, you feel sorry for him, but on the other hand, you still haven’t seen him.

Dimensions

td> < td>18,0
Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2017 212.4 304.1 14.91370
MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2014 219.0 314.0 1570

The power supply and the glossy bullseye have been criticized, now it's time to move on to the benefits of the fresh MBPr13. When you take it in your hands for the first time after past generations, you are amazed at how thin and light it feels. I tested a lightweight 12-inch MacBook, and so, the impressions of the new "trinashka" are the same as from it. I understand that 200 grams of weight and 3.1 mm of thickness seems like a very small improvement, but in reality the difference is huge.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs. 2014

Screen

Characteristics MBPr13 2014 MBPr13 2017
Screen Diagonal 13.3 inches 13.3 inches
Display resolution 2560x1600 dots 2560x1600 dots< /td>
PPI value 227 227
Matrix type IPS IPS

There was a very funny story about comparing displays. I set up a new MacBook, transferred all my data and started using it. I went with him for about a month and noted that the screen had not changed much. “And why did they praise him so much at the presentation?” And then, when I took photos of the displays head-on, I saw the difference right away. The display of the new MBPr13 is about 30% brighter! Separately, I note the smaller thickness of the frame around the screen, thanks to which the new laptop looks more “airy”.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 vs. 2014 2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13

Keyboard, Touchpad and Touchbar

I had several attempts to switch to the new butterfly mechanism, but the first two times my fingers refused to get used to the short hard travel of the buttons, I pressed them with the same force as on the old laptop, as a result, typing turned into into a trill of loud tapping on the keyboard.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 vs. 2014

On the third attempt, I noticed one significant advantage of the "butterfly". Such a keyboard requires less force when pressed, in fact, you just need to touch the button with a little force. As soon as you realize this, the typing speed starts to increase. The disadvantage of this approach will be the omissions of letters on old keyboards. When I returned to the iMac after testing the MacBook, I missed letters at first, as the Magic Keyboard required more force to press.

Pay attention to the size of the touchpad. Despite the fact that Apple has rather large touchpads in principle, the company decided to make it a little wider. By the way, I used to have a version without Force Touch, it turned out that you quickly get used to this technology and using a stronger pressure is more convenient than a three-finger gesture.

There are a couple of things, and I don't understand why they didn't add this functionality in the first place. This is a display of the currently playing song (works on Spotify and iTunes). Prescribed by a script in the BetterTouchTool program. And haptic feedback when pressed, very similar to the feel of 3D-Touch on the iPhone, is added by installing the Haptic's feedback program.

By the way, I also appreciated Touch ID at MBPr13 2017, I would really like the banks to tense up and add this authorization method to the web version of their online banks.

Ports

Perhaps, it was the rejection of traditional USB ports, a card reader and HDMI that became one of the main reasons for the indignation of users. Someone used flash drives, someone periodically needs to connect memory cards, and some people rejoiced at the presence of HDMI in older models.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 comparison

As far as I understand, Apple abandoned them for two reasons. The first is thinning the laptop, and the second is forcing users to switch to the new Type C. Notice how popular this interface became after the first 12-inch MacBook came out, and then brand new firmware. Perhaps the time is not far off when Type C really becomes the new universal standard in the industry, I personally will only be happy about it.

Although I somehow had one unpleasant story with these ports: I forgot the adapter to the memory card at home and simply could not merge photos from the camera to my laptop. Fortunately, a colleague also had a MacBook and shared his card reader from Moshi.

And there was one more positive case. This year I flew to Warsaw on vacation, and it turned out that my luggage was lost at the airport. I foolishly kept the charger there. And even though it was a vacation, I still needed a laptop, as some work moments require my presence. In general, on the first day, the charge of the laptop itself was enough for me, and at night I set it to charge from a 2A charger and Type C wires from a smartphone. I tried to turn on the charging laptop, but even after half an hour it didn’t work, apparently, the charge, if it was going on, then at a snail’s pace. With grief, I went to bed, and forgot to disconnect the laptop from charging. And what do you think? In the morning I had an almost fully charged MacBook, ready to go, and a day later I found my luggage. This story perfectly shows all the coolness of the universal connector.

And thanks to Type C, you can connect a laptop with a single cable to a monitor, but I already talked about this in a separate article.

By the way, if you have an appropriate external battery, you can charge your laptop directly from it. So far, there are few such models, but I think that almost any power bank will be suitable over time.

Opening hours

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the operating time of the new MBPr13, because, on the one hand, it uses new energy-saving technologies, and on the other hand, the thickness of the laptop could not but affect the battery capacity.

The result was predictable: the new "Macbook" works about the same as the old one. That is 4-5 hours of the included display. I think this is a good indicator, because the maximum brightness has increased, while the thickness of the body, on the contrary, has decreased.

Performance and heating

Another reason I planned to upgrade was that my old laptop was heating up. Even with simple tasks like surfing the web or typing, my Macbook heated up very quickly. I assumed that the matter here was a double repair and these were just its side effects. I really hoped that this problem would be solved in the new model, but, unfortunately, the heating under the keys is also felt there (though to a lesser extent). However, this is not surprising, given the thickness of the novelty.

In terms of performance, it is difficult for me to judge the changes; in my use cases, the speed of work was equally high in both the old and the new model. However, I think that in synthetic tests, the novelty would definitely have an advantage.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs. 2014

Conclusion

Let's sum up my little comparison.

Advantages of the old MBPr13:

  • Soft travel keyboard
  • Convenient charger
  • Presence of traditional ports and connectors

Advantages of the new MBPr13:

  • High display brightness
  • Short keyboard travel and larger touchpad
  • Type C Universal Port
  • Smaller size and weight with the same diagonal

Would I upgrade my old one to something new if I didn't upload it twice? Most likely no. Despite the obvious advantages of the new model, the old one is still an excellent working machine. This, by the way, distinguishes all Apple laptops, they serve the user perfectly for five to seven years, and after that you can still profitably resell them.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 vs. 2014

On the other hand, if I had a non-Retina version or some kind of MacBook Air, then I would most likely be happy to upgrade to the new firmware.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13

Hello! In August I I took a brand new MacBook Pro Retina 13 for a test to review a bunch of laptop + monitor using a single Type C cable. That text has already been released, but I used the novelty for some time to decide for myself whether to upgrade or not.

MacBook Pro 13 (2017) and external monitor with Type C

Actually, I am satisfied with my current MBPr13, but almost immediately after the purchase I unsuccessfully spilled tea on it, the repair cost 10 thousand rubles, and a year later there were problems with the power circuit, battery and a number of other elements. The second repair cost me 18 thousand, and I decided that it was better to upgrade than to continue to spend money on subsequent repairs. But before that, I wanted to test the brand new MacBook on my own in order to know about all its controversial places in advance and, of course, tell you too.

Content

Power supply

Users loved the charger of old "Macbooks" for three advantages. Firstly, the power supply was built right into it and there was no need to carry this healthy black bandura with you, like other laptops. Secondly, magnetic charging was easily connected by either side and had a light indicator, so it was immediately clear when the laptop was charged. In addition, if you accidentally touched it, then it simply flew out of the port, and did not pull the laptop along with it. The third plus is two fasteners that form a coil on which it was possible to wind the wire. As a result, charging old "Macbooks" became famous as the most convenient and thoughtful.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison

And in the new version, the only advantage left is connecting the wire to either side. It would seem that this solution has some disadvantages, but in the section on ports I will explain why this is not so.

Design

Almost all the reviewers of the new MacBook Pro praised the Space Gray version, they say, it looks original and great. Personally, I do not share this enthusiasm, I prefer the silver classic, but this is a matter of taste, and the presence of different colors, one way or another, is a plus of the novelty.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison

The glowing apple has been replaced with a glossy version. On the one hand, you feel sorry for him, but on the other hand, you still haven’t seen him.

Dimensions

td> < td>18,0
Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2017 212.4 304.1 14.91370
MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2014 219.0 314.0 1570

The power supply and the glossy bullseye have been criticized, now it's time to move on to the benefits of the fresh MBPr13. When you take it in your hands for the first time after past generations, you are amazed at how thin and light it feels. I tested a lightweight 12-inch MacBook, and so, the impressions of the new "trinashka" are the same as from it. I understand that 200 grams of weight and 3.1 mm of thickness seems like a very small improvement, but in reality the difference is huge.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs. 2014

I had several attempts to switch to the new butterfly mechanism, but the first two times my fingers refused to get used to the short hard travel of the buttons, I pressed them with the same force as on the old laptop, as a result, typing turned into into a trill of loud tapping on the keyboard.

2017 vs. 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 13 vs. 2014

On the third attempt, I noticed one significant advantage of the "butterfly". Such a keyboard requires less force when pressed, in fact, you just need to touch the button with a little force. As soon as you realize this, the typing speed starts to increase. The disadvantage of this approach will be the omissions of letters on old keyboards. When I returned to the iMac after testing the MacBook, I missed letters at first, as the Magic Keyboard required more force to press.

Pay attention to the size of the touchpad. Despite the fact that Apple has rather large touchpads in principle, the company decided to make it a little wider. By the way, I used to have a version without Force Touch, it turned out that you quickly get used to this technology and using a stronger pressure is more convenient than a three-finger gesture.

But I couldn't get used to the touchbar. The fact is that it opens different icons in each application, and I was constantly confused about where the usual volume, brightness or player buttons are.

But I know that there are those who like the touchbar, among them is my friend Pavel with experience. I asked Pavel to share his impressions of using the touchbar:

Many people don't like the touchbar. I like. If you don't have an Apple Watch - better than TouchID, the MacBook unlock mechanism has not yet been invented. In general, such a thing as some kind of auxiliary second screen should appeal to those who are close to iOS - the mechanism for hints and suggestions of words and emoji is very similar. On iPhone and iPad, word suggestions speed up typing and get rid of mistakes.

The way macOS uses the TouchBar as a toolbar is a very different Mac experience. Clear and, most importantly, interactive. It is clear that Apple engineers are trying to bring desktop and mobile operating systems closer in perception for users. Perhaps unobtrusively accustomed to future unification.

Although I somehow had one unpleasant story with these ports: I forgot the adapter to the memory card at home and simply could not merge photos from the camera to my laptop. Fortunately, a colleague also had a MacBook and shared his card reader from Moshi.

And there was one more positive case. This year I flew to Warsaw on vacation, and it turned out that my luggage was lost at the airport. I foolishly kept the charger there. And even though it was a vacation, I still needed a laptop, as some work moments require my presence. In general, on the first day, the charge of the laptop itself was enough for me, and at night I set it to charge from a 2A charger and Type C wires from a smartphone. I tried to turn on the charging laptop, but even after half an hour it didn’t work, apparently, the charge, if it was going on, then at a snail’s pace. With grief, I went to bed, and forgot to disconnect the laptop from charging. And what do you think? In the morning I had an almost fully charged MacBook, ready to go, and a day later I found my luggage. This story perfectly shows all the coolness of the universal connector.

And thanks to Type C, you can connect a laptop with a single cable to a monitor, but I already talked about this in a separate article.

By the way, if you have an appropriate external battery, you can charge your laptop directly from it. So far, there are few such models, but I think that almost any power bank will be suitable over time.

Opening hours

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the operating time of the new MBPr13, because, on the one hand, it uses new energy-saving technologies, and on the other hand, the thickness of the laptop could not but affect the battery capacity.

The result was predictable: the new "Macbook" works about the same as the old one. That is 4-5 hours of the included display. I think this is a good indicator, because the maximum brightness has increased, while the thickness of the body, on the contrary, has decreased.

Performance and heating

Another reason I planned to upgrade was that my old laptop was heating up. Even with simple tasks like surfing the web or typing, my Macbook heated up very quickly. I assumed that the matter here was a double repair and these were just its side effects. I really hoped that this problem would be solved in the new model, but, unfortunately, the heating under the keys is also felt there (though to a lesser extent). However, this is not surprising, given the thickness of the novelty.

In terms of performance, it is difficult for me to judge the changes; in my use cases, the speed of work was equally high in both the old and the new model. However, I think that in synthetic tests, the novelty would definitely have an advantage.

MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs 2014 comparison MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 vs. 2014

Conclusion

Let's sum up my little comparison.

Advantages of the old MBPr13:

  • Soft travel keyboard
  • Convenient charger
  • Presence of traditional ports and connectors

Advantages of the new MBPr13:

  • High display brightness
  • Short keyboard travel and larger touchpad
  • Type C Universal Port
  • Smaller size and weight with the same diagonal

Would I upgrade my old one to something new if I didn't upload it twice? Most likely no. Despite the obvious advantages of the new model, the old one is still an excellent working machine. This, by the way, distinguishes all Apple laptops, they serve the user perfectly for five to seven years, and after that you can still profitably resell them.

Content

Power supply

Users loved the charger of old "Macbooks" for three advantages. Firstly, the power supply was built right into it and there was no need to carry this healthy black bandura with you, like other laptops. Secondly, magnetic charging was easily connected by either side and had a light indicator, so it was immediately clear when the laptop was charged. In addition, if you accidentally touched it, then it simply flew out of the port, and did not pull the laptop along with it. The third plus is two fasteners that form a coil on which it was possible to wind the wire. As a result, charging old "Macbooks" became famous as the most convenient and thoughtful.

And in the new version, the only advantage left is connecting the wire to either side. It would seem that this solution has some disadvantages, but in the section on ports I will explain why this is not so.

Design

Almost all the reviewers of the new MacBook Pro praised the Space Gray version, they say, it looks original and great. Personally, I do not share this enthusiasm, I prefer the silver classic, but this is a matter of taste, and the presence of different colors, one way or another, is a plus of the novelty.

The glowing apple has been replaced with a glossy version. On the one hand, you feel sorry for him, but on the other hand, you still haven’t seen him.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Depth (mm) Weight (grams) MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2017 212.4 304.1 14.9 1370 MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2014 219.0 314.0 18.0 1570< /p>

The power supply and the glossy bullseye have been criticized, now it's time to move on to the benefits of the fresh MBPr13. When you take it in your hands for the first time after past generations, you are amazed at how thin and light it feels. I tested a lightweight 12-inch MacBook, and so, the impressions of the new "trinashka" are the same as from it. I understand that 200 grams of weight and 3.1 mm of thickness seems like a very small improvement, but in reality the difference is huge.

Screen

Specifications MBPr13 2014 MBPr13 2017 Screen diagonal 13.3 inches 13.3 inches Display resolution 2560x1600 dots 2560x1600 dots PPI value 227 227 Matrix type IPS IPS

There was a very funny story about comparing displays. I set up a new MacBook, transferred all my data and started using it. I went with him for about a month and noted that the screen had not changed much. “And why did they praise him so much at the presentation?” And then, when I took photos of the displays head-on, I saw the difference right away. The display of the new MBPr13 is about 30% brighter! Separately, I note the smaller thickness of the frame around the screen, thanks to which the new laptop looks more “airy”.

Keyboard, Touchpad and Touchbar

I had several attempts to switch to the new butterfly mechanism, but the first two times my fingers refused to get used to the short hard travel of the buttons, I pressed them with the same force as on the old laptop, as a result, typing turned into into a trill of loud tapping on the keyboard.

On the third attempt, I noticed one significant advantage of the "butterfly". Such a keyboard requires less force when pressed, in fact, you just need to touch the button with a little force. As soon as you realize this, the typing speed starts to increase. The disadvantage of this approach will be the omissions of letters on old keyboards. When I returned to the iMac after testing the MacBook, I missed letters at first, as the Magic Keyboard required more force to press.

Pay attention to the size of the touchpad. Despite the fact that Apple has rather large touchpads in principle, the company decided to make it a little wider. By the way, I used to have a version without Force Touch, it turned out that you quickly get used to this technology and using a stronger pressure is more convenient than a three-finger gesture.

But I couldn't get used to the touchbar. The fact is that it opens different icons in each application, and I was constantly confused about where the usual volume, brightness or player buttons are.

But I know that there are those who like the touchbar, among them is my friend Pavel with experience. I asked Pavel to share his impressions of using the touchbar:

Many people don't like the touchbar. I like. If you don't have an Apple Watch - better than TouchID, the MacBook unlock mechanism has not yet been invented. In general, such a thing as some kind of auxiliary second screen should appeal to those who are close to iOS - the mechanism for hints and suggestions of words and emoji is very similar. On iPhone and iPad, word suggestions speed up typing and get rid of mistakes.

The way macOS uses the TouchBar as a toolbar is a very different Mac experience. Clear and, most importantly, interactive. It is clear that Apple engineers are trying to bring desktop and mobile operating systems closer in perception for users. Perhaps unobtrusively accustomed to future unification.

There are a couple of things, and I don't understand why they didn't add this functionality in the first place. This is a display of the currently playing song (works on Spotify and iTunes). Prescribed by a script in the BetterTouchTool program. And haptic feedback when pressed, very similar to the feel of 3D-Touch on the iPhone, is added by installing the Haptic's feedback program.

By the way, I also appreciated Touch ID at MBPr13 2017, I would really like the banks to tense up and add this authorization method to the web version of their online banks.

Ports

Perhaps, it was the rejection of traditional USB ports, a card reader and HDMI that became one of the main reasons for the indignation of users. Someone used flash drives, someone periodically needs to connect memory cards, and some people rejoiced at the presence of HDMI in older models.

As far as I understand, Apple abandoned them for two reasons. The first is thinning the laptop, and the second is the forced transfer of users to the new Type C. Notice how popular this interface became after the release of the first 12-inch MacBook, and then brand new firmware. Perhaps the time is not far off when Type C really becomes the new universal standard in the industry, I personally will only be happy about it.

Although I somehow had one unpleasant story with these ports: I forgot the adapter to the memory card at home and simply could not merge photos from the camera to my laptop. Fortunately, a colleague also had a MacBook and shared his card reader from Moshi.

And there was one more positive case. This year I flew to Warsaw on vacation, and it turned out that my luggage was lost at the airport. I foolishly kept the charger there. And even though it was a vacation, I still needed a laptop, as some work moments require my presence. In general, on the first day, the charge of the laptop itself was enough for me, and at night I set it to charge from a 2A charger and Type C wires from a smartphone. I tried to turn on the charging laptop, but even after half an hour it didn’t work, apparently, the charge, if it was going on, then at a snail’s pace. With grief, I went to bed, and forgot to disconnect the laptop from charging. And what do you think? In the morning I had an almost fully charged MacBook, ready to go, and a day later I found my luggage. This story perfectly shows all the coolness of the universal connector.

And thanks to Type C, you can connect a laptop with a single cable to a monitor, but I already talked about this in a separate article.

By the way, if you have an appropriate external battery, you can charge your laptop directly from it. So far, there are few such models, but I think that almost any power bank will be suitable over time.

Opening hours

To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from the operating time of the new MBPr13, because, on the one hand, it uses new energy-saving technologies, and on the other hand, the thickness of the laptop could not but affect the battery capacity.

The result was predictable: the new "Macbook" works about the same as the old one. That is 4-5 hours of the included display. I think this is a good indicator, because the maximum brightness has increased, while the thickness of the body, on the contrary, has decreased.

Performance and heating

Another reason I planned to upgrade was that my old laptop was heating up. Even with simple tasks like surfing the web or typing, my MacBook got hot very quickly. I assumed that it was a double repair and this was just its side effects. I really hoped that this problem would be solved in the new model, but, unfortunately, the heating under the keys is also felt there (though to a lesser extent). However, this is not surprising, given the thickness of the novelty.

In terms of performance, it is difficult for me to judge the changes; in my use cases, the speed of work was equally high in both the old and the new model. However, I think that in synthetic tests, the novelty would definitely have an advantage.

Conclusion

Let's sum up my little comparison.

Advantages of the old MBPr13:

  • Soft travel keyboard
  • Convenient charger
  • Presence of traditional ports and connectors

Advantages of the new MBPr13:

  • High display brightness
  • Short keyboard travel and larger touchpad
  • Type C Universal Port
  • Smaller size and weight with the same diagonal

Would I upgrade my old one to something new if I didn't upload it twice? Most likely no. Despite the obvious advantages of the new model, the old one is still an excellent working machine. This, by the way, distinguishes all Apple laptops, they serve the user perfectly for five to seven years, and after that you can still profitably resell them.

On the other hand, if I had a non-Retina version or some kind of MacBook Air, then I would most likely be happy to upgrade to the new firmware.