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MacBook Pro 13-inch based model gets the Magic Keyboard upgrade

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The MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020 base models are now available for purchase in the Apple Store. The base models now feature the upgraded Magic Keyboard.

Apple’s redemption arc for its MacBook lineup has been a long and arduous one. It has experienced ruthless criticisms from tech reviewers and regular users alike for the past two years. The main concern and pain point has been the butterfly mechanism on their laptops’ keyboard. Fortunately, they have listened and heeded to the request of many.

Now, they have completely updated the line up of their laptops and have gotten rid of the faulty keyboards.

MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020 model available

Apple released the updated MacBook Pro 13-inch model over the weekend. At first glance, the MacBook Pro 13-inch doesn’t have much difference compared to its 2019 model. But with a closer look, one can see that the keyboards are noticeably different yet quite familiar.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch now has Apple’s latest Magic Keyboard, which promises a better typing experience than the previous models’ keyboard. The new keyboard setup borrows its design from an older scissor mechanism on Apple’s keyboard. The biggest difference is the shorter 1-mm keyboard travel on the new keyboard.

Unfortunately, the base model of the MacBook Pro 13-inch still only supports the Intel 8th Gen Core processor. The 10th Gen processors are reserved for the higher-end version of the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

The 2020 base models for the 13-inch laptop still has two options for port usage. The $1,999 and the $2,299 version come with only two Thunderbolt ports, and a 3.5mm jack. The more expensive model at $2,999 comes with four Thunderbolt ports, and the earphone jack as well.

Which MacBook laptop is best?

The answer will really depend on the purpose of the user. The $1,999 model comes with a standard 256GB memory, while the $2,299 has a standard 512GB memory. All the rest are pretty much identical. For the power user, the better option is still the $2,999 model which offers physical flexibility with four Thunderbolt ports options.

For a regular user that needs power for occasional video or photo editing, the $1,999 model provides enough juice to carry those tasks out. For a user that needs the laptop for a workstation hooked up to an external desktop, the $2,299 model is the better option.

If the user intends to move a lot while lugging the laptop, the best option will be the $1,999 model of the MacBook Air. This thin and light laptop offers everything that the $1,999 model of the MacBook Pro 13-inch except for the higher resolution screen and the TouchBar.

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