Is Apple’s $1799 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard worth it?

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) edition is a noteworthy release for a variety of reasons, Jeff Benjamin writes for 9to5Mac. The most compelling reason is that Apple’s finally dropped the oft-maligned butterfly keyboard in favor of the much-improved scissor switch Magic Keyboard.

Magic Keyboard on the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a physical Escape key, Touch ID for easy login and secure online purchases, and Touch Bar with dynamic and contextual controls.
Magic Keyboard on the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a physical Escape key, Touch ID for easy login and secure online purchases, and Touch Bar with dynamic and contextual controls.

Jeff Benjamin for 9to5Mac:

First and foremost, I recommend ignoring any “new” MacBook Pro model below the $1799 version. Yes, they all feature the Magic Keyboard now, but cheaper models come with older 8th-generation Intel CPUs, and much-less-capable integrated graphics, among other deficiencies. If you just need a cheap Apple laptop for basic computing, I recommend looking at the MacBook Air (2020) instead, as it also has the Magic Keyboard.

After last month’s update to the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro was the only remaining laptop in Apple’s lineup that hadn’t yet ditched the horrific butterfly keyboard in favor of Apple’s Magic Keyboard with scissor switch mechanism.

Needless to say, the Magic Keyboard on the 2020 MacBook Pro is amazing to type on compared to the butterfly switch keyboard found on older hardware, and this change by itself may be worth the price of admission if you’ve found the prior model unreliable and/or difficult to type on.

MacDailyNews Take: For the scissor-switch Magic Keyboard alone — with a physical Escape key, no less — the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) is a worthy upgrade over the 2019 model.

6 Comments

  1. unless of course the paint on the keys of the keyboard keep wearing off…
    from a 2019 model? seriously? if you have that kind of money to throw around…

    1. I have that kind of money laying around. That’s because I used to shop keep a shop, so I know about money. I also used to take kids to little league, which proves I am a good person. I is what I is, and I know what the definition of is is. Is good. I is legend.

  2. The $1799 model is the only one worth considering. It’s a decent price point for current hardware. The other may be less expensive, but they’re sporting hardware that’s two generations old making them overpriced. Buyer beware.

  3. Its a sad day for Apple when the review’s main point is:

    “Keyboard is amazing… in comparison to the one that sucked!”.

    Thanks, but I’ll wait until the old butterfly MBP dies ..and/or the price on the 10th generation CPU version drops to below $1500.

  4. I will probably replace my early 2015 MBA late this year or early next. I used to own MBP’s so am looking at the four port $1700 version. My Mac laptops average 4-5 years of rough use, so make economic sense.

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