MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) review

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch is powered by Apple’s very own M1 chip, and it’s an excellent choice for designers and video editors.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)
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Our Verdict

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is the first of Apple’s professional laptops to come with the new M1 chip, rather than Intel hardware, and it’s very impressive indeed.

For

  • Great performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Screen remains very good
  • Almost silent

Against

  • Lack of ports
  • Not the highest resolution
  • No new design

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The new MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is one of the most exciting laptops Apple has ever made for designers. This is because, unlike with previous models, which used Intel hardware for the processor and integrated graphics (or AMD graphics cards in the larger 15– and 16-inch models), this new MacBook Pro is powered by Apple’s very own M1 chip. While Apple has been making its own chips for its iPhones and iPads for a long time now, this is the first time the company has made its own chips for a MacBook. 

By having complete control over both the hardware and the software of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (it runs the new macOS Big Sur, which has been built to take full advantage of the M1 chip), Apple is promising big things with this new laptop, including increased performance, faster boot times, and longer battery life.

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Apple Macbook Pro 13" (M1 2020)

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) is the first of Apple’s professional laptops to come with the new M1 chip, rather than Intel hardware, and it’s very impressive indeed.

Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for over 15 years, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a managing editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.