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Opinion: Why the new 13-inch MacBook Pro means you should reconsider the 12-inch MacBook
As most of you all know, I've been a big proponent of the 12″ MacBook. I purchased the m5-equipped 512 GB version back in the spring, and I've been mostly a fan since acquiring it.But with the arrival of the new entry-level 13″ MacBook Pro, the one devoid of Apple's splashy new Touch Bar, the arguments for purchasing a 12″ MacBook just got a lot more hard to come by.Let's start with the price. The cost of an entry-level 13″ MacBook Pro is $1499. For this price you're getting a significantly faster 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor that turbos up to 3.1GHz, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, Intel Iris Graphics 540, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. It's no screamer, but it's a fairly solid machine that features tons of expandability thanks to Thunderbolt 3.Now compare that to the entry-level MacBook. At $1299, $200 less, you're getting a feeble 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core m3. In fact, I can't even recommend the m3 entry-level MacBook, because the m3 just isn't enough for all but the most elementary of tasks.In my original hands-on with the MacBook, I recommended that users start with the m5 processor with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The m5 makes a big difference in day-to-day usability. In that configuration, you're starting at $1599, which is $100 more than the entry-level 13″ MacBook Pro. You can probably see where this is headed…
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