MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) and Blackmagic eGPU review

We need the software to catch up, but this pairing might just be that perfect balance of power and portability which creative pros have wanted for ever.

Our Verdict

As it stands, it may be that the apps you depend on can’t access the eGPU’s power, but the potential here is huge, and at a purely hardware level, this is a wonderfully capable, flexible set-up.


  • Delivers portability and power
  • Fast and capable


  • Apps likely need to be tweaked to be able to access the eGPU’s power
  • A significant investment

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Portability or power? For decades, we’ve been wrestling with the same problem: portable computers can’t be powerful, and powerful computers can’t be portable. Well, the MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2018) is one attempt at squaring that circle: a small, light, slim computer for use on the road or in ‘third spaces’ such as coffee shops, which you can pair with an external graphics card (eGPU) to dramatically boost its power when you’re at your desk.

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