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With the internal component renewal of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020), many users are wondering which computer to choose at this time. The direct comparison of the MacBook Pro is the MacBook Air also renewed just a few weeks ago is the most common in these cases. Therefore, we will analyze both entry models, as well as the change that would mean some improvements in the components at the time of purchase.

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MacBook Pro 13.3 (2020)

Apple Notebook Specification Comparison
Apple Notebook Specification Comparison

MacBook Air (2020)

Screen

13.3 inch IPS at 2560 x 1600; True Tone; 500 nits; P3 color range

13.3 inches IPS at 2560 x 1600; True Tone; 400 nits

Dimensions

15.6 x 304 x 212

4.1-16.1 x 304 x 212 mm

Weight

1.4 kg

1.29 kg

Processor

Intel Core i5 8th generation 1.4GHz

Intel Core i3 10th generation 1.1GHz

Processor upgrade

8th generation Intel Core i7 at 1.7GHz for an additional 375 euros; models with 10th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 at 22.3GHz

Intel Core i5 or i7 10th generation 1,11,2GHz; additional 50 or 130 euros

Storage

256GB SSD

256GB SSD

RAM

8GB LPDDR3 integrated 2,133 MHz

8GB LPDDR4X integrated 3.733 MHz

RAM expansion

16GB LPDDR3 integrated at 2,133 MHz, additional 125 euros; models with 3,733 MHz LPDDR4X memory

16GB LPDDR4X integrated at 3,733 MHz, additional 250 euros

Graphics

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645

Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7

Autonomy

Up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing

Up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing

Ports

x2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports

x2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports

Connectivity

802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 5.0

802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 5.0

Keyboard

Scissor keyboard with 66 keys, Touch Bar and Touch ID

79-key scissor keyboard with Touch ID

Colors

Space gray and silver

Gold, space grey and silver

Price

From 1,499 euros; extensions of 375 and 125 additional euros

From 1,079 euros; extensions of 50, 130 and 250 euros

A difficult decision between both laptops

The choice of which computer to choose, between the new MacBook Pro (2020) or MacBook Air (2020) is difficult. Usually, the spec table helps us see which computer puts more on the table, balanced with its price. With this newly refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, it’s not so easy.

The MacBook Pro puts a better display on the table with a P3 color gamut and 100-nit brightness. A very important aspect to consider when working in bright environments and where color accuracy is required. Another addition is the Touch Bar, which favors the use of quick functions and shortcuts normally hidden in apps.

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In terms of processor and integrated graphics card, both are more powerful than those found in MacBook Air. However, we must bear in mind that both computers have chips from different Intel families and different generations. Thus, the MacBook Pro is the most powerful U series, but of the eighth generation, while the MacBook Air is the less powerful Y series (former core M) but of the tenth generation.

In addition to the power, we must take into account the type of RAM memory supported. While the eighth generation MacBook Pro input processors have 2,133 MHz LPDDR3 memory, the tenth generation MacBook Air processors have 3,733 MHz LPDDR4X memory . This is something that can be solved by going to the top ten generation processors in the MacBook Pro. This model starts at 2,129 euros, incorporating 16GB of LPDDR4X memory and 512GB of storage.

This MacBook Pro updates the keyboard to the scissor mechanism by adding an ESC key and T-shaped arrows. In addition, the base storage doubles to 256GB

Finally, the MacBook Pro is a slightly heavier “package” with a battery life that is one hour shorter. In the end, it offers more power, better display and the extra Touch Bar at a higher price. In that price range, a user looking for a competent computer will probably be satisfied with a MacBook Air with an Intel Core i5 or i7.

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However, the most interesting thing about the MacBook Pro is the tenth generation processors, its RAM (expandable to 32GB), the number of ports and more storage. Although we are entering a much higher expenditure and that starts dangerously double the input MacBook Air. Obviously, this is a price range designed for another type of user . Many users may have been expecting the 14-inch model to follow in the wake of last year’s 16-inch MacBook Pro. But everything indicates that we will have to wait a while longer.

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