The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch base model is the surest bet for getting an Apple computer without breaking the bank. However, should you feel indulgent, you can upgrade bits and pieces of the Pro until you have the best MacBook Pro, the 15-inch model with Apple’s new Touch Bar and all the accoutrement, which will run you approximately two grand. However, the base model is still quite impressive and capable of handling most everyday tasks.
The Intel Core i5 processor isn’t the most powerful unit in our comparison, but paired with 8GB of LPDDR3 memory it should easily be able to handle light multitasking or a moderately intensive program without slowing down much. Additionally, the 256GB SSD allows you to store plenty of documents, videos, photos and other files on the Mac laptop and access them quickly.
The 13.3-inch backlit Retina display has 500 nits of brightness. Additionally, its wide 2560 x 1600 native resolution means you’ll have a bright, crystal clear HD picture despite the computer only having an Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics card rather than a dedicated unit.
Though the Pro only has two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, it also has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity so you have a little more flexibility when it comes to connecting your peripherals. Built-in Wi-Fi also keeps your computer connected whether you’re at home or on the go. If you're wanting a computer with more port options, consider the ASUS Zen.
The MacBook Pro ships with a one-year warranty from the manufacturer. There are more than enough informational resources available on the company’s website for you to browse if you need to troubleshoot an issue or simply learn more about your MacBook. You can also contact Apple’s support team via chat, email or phone if you need.
The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch is a decent, albeit pricey, home computer that can handle light to moderate multitasking, so you can binge watch Netflix while writing your latest report for work or school. The i5 processor and ample memory can keep up with your work, and the 256GB of SSD storage can hold plenty of documents and media files. It’s a solid choice, especially if you’ve got the money to upgrade components.