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Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5 (MacBook Pro 13 2017 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-7267U 2 x 3.1 - 3.5 GHz, Kaby Lake
Memory
8 GB 
, DDR3L-2133, Dual-Channel
Display
13.30 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 227 PPI, APPA034, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Apple SSD AP0256, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Cirrus Logic CS8409
Connections
4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 4 Thunderbolt, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom BCM15700A2 802.11ac (ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 304 x 212 ( = 0.59 x 11.97 x 8.35 in)
Battery
49.2 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Camera
Webcam: 720p FaceTime HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet (Butterfly v2), Keyboard Light: yes, 61-watt USB-C PSU, USB-C charging cable, 12 Months Warranty
Released
06/05/2017
Weight
1.37 kg ( = 48.33 oz / 3.02 pounds), Power Supply: 269 g ( = 9.49 oz / 0.59 pounds)
Price
1999 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 81.03% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 75%, features: 51%, display: 93% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 93%, ergonomy: 95%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5

89.5% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review | Notebookcheck
Early update. Apple already updates the MacBook Pro 13 after around 8 months. Modern Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs are supposed to provide more performance. But did the manufacturer fix some issues of the predecessor?
Update: The review is now complete.
MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2017 review
Source: Tech Switch English Archive.org version
Regardless, having the ability to securely log into the laptop computer, and pay for issues via Safari by way of Apple Pay, are each options we’d be clamoring for in the event that they weren’t there.First reviewed August 2017The mid-2017 MacBook Professional is simply top-of-the-line Macs you possibly can buyGabe Carey has additionally contributed to this overview.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2018
80% MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, Mid-2017) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
The new MacBook Pro is a marked improvement, but clinging onto previously divisive design decisions only continue to hurt it in straight comparisons. While this update certainly doesn’t disappoint, apply due diligence before clicking the ‘buy’ button.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
86% MacBook Pro 13-inch (Touch Bar) Laptop Review
Source: Reviewed.com English Archive.org version
For budget-conscious users who want to stick with a Mac, the non-Touch Bar models are more affordable. The $1,499 version, though less powerful, gets you a 7th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM for $200 less. If you're looking to save an additional $200, the entry-level model retails for $1,299, though 128GB SSD isn't a lot of storage. Price aside, the 13-inch Pro (with Touch Bar) is still a good choice for those looking to hunker down and get stuff done.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 86%
80% MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, Mid-2017) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
The new MacBook Pro is a marked improvement, but clinging onto previously divisive design decisions only continue to hurt it in straight comparisons. While this update certainly doesn’t disappoint, apply due diligence before clicking the ‘buy’ button.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Pro (13-Inch, 2017 Touch Bar Version) Review
Source: Computer Shopper English Archive.org version
But we can't help balking at its cost, not only compared to Windows laptops like the XPS 13 that we price-checked earlier but also an unexpected rival: the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, which can be had for a full $500 less. True, that $1,299 base model has a slightly skimpy 128GB SSD in addition to a slightly slower Core i5 chip and two fewer Thunderbolt 3 ports, but an extra $200—or a subscription to a cloud storage service—will fix the storage deficit and the speed difference will be barely noticeable with productivity apps.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, Mid-2017) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
The new MacBook Pro is a marked improvement, but clinging onto previously divisive design decisions only continue to hurt it in straight comparisons. While this update certainly doesn’t disappoint, apply due diligence before clicking the ‘buy’ button.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, Mid-2017) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
The new MacBook Pro is a marked improvement, but clinging onto previously divisive design decisions only continue to hurt it in straight comparisons. While this update certainly doesn’t disappoint, apply due diligence before clicking the ‘buy’ button.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2017, Touch Bar)
Source: PC Mag English Archive.org version
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets even better with a processor upgrade, vastly improved battery life, and a slight graphics bump. But the entry-level, non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro is a much better value.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2017) review: Faster but still expensive
Source: Zdnet.com English Archive.org version
The Kaby Lake update provides a welcome speed-bump for the various MacBook Pro models, and this 13-inch model is impressively slim and light for a laptop that packs a heavy-duty processor and a high-quality Retina Display. However, it remains extremely expensive, and we can't help thinking that many users would happily swap the Touch Bar's eye-candy for a discrete GPU that would turn the 13-inch MacBook Pro into a truly portable graphics workstation.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro 13-inch (Touch Bar) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
The 2017 Macbook Pro offers the blisteringly fast speed that professionals need, as well as a superbright and colorful display. The speakers are also impressive. However, this laptop would be even better if Apple had offered a wider variety of ports and a more affordable starting price for the Touch Bar model. If you're willing to live without the Touch Bar, consider the $1,299 MacBook Pro, which has two Thunderbolt 3 ports instead of four, less storage and a slower CPU.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands on: MacBook Pro review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
To say the new MacBook Pro is a massive improvement over the previous model would be an understatement. It's more portable and more powerful, not to mention more enjoyable to use. But it's tough to justify the premium for that Touch Bar, no matter how cool it is.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/05/2017

Foreign Reviews

Recensione MacBook Pro 13 TouchBar 2017 con Kaby Lake
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: High performance; good ergonomy; excellent display. Negative: Overheats while using; short battery life; high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/06/2017
60% Apple MacBook Pro 2017 13,3" 128GB ssd Spacegrijs (Qwerty) Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 2017 13,3" i7 16GB/512GB ssd Spacegrijs (Qwerty) - Reviews
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 2017 13,3" met Touch Bar, 512GB ssd Spacegrijs (Qwerty) - Reviews
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Touch Bar 2017 – Vooral snellere hardware
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test MacBook Pro 13 med TouchBar (2017)
Source: Tek.no NO→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model: The Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 looks identical to last year's version, with its thin, low-profile aluminum design. The laptop comes in space gray or silver. Weighing 1.36 kg (3 pounds) and 1.52 cm (0.6 inch) thick, the MacBook Pro is heavier than the Dell XPS 13 (1.22 kg/2.7 pounds, 1.52 cm/0,6 inch) and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1.13 kg/2.5 pounds, 1.52 cm/0.6 inch), and slightly thicker than the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 (1.32 kg/2.9 pounds, 1,27 cm/0.5 inch). For display, the MacBook Pro's 2560 x 1600-pixel display is a beauty, offering eye-popping color and sharp clarity. It results in a pixel density of 227 PPI. Emitting up to 458 nits (a measure of brightness), the MacBook Pro's screen also outshines the competition. That mark tops the 288-nit ultraportable average. As for the keyboard, the MacBook Pro's backlit keyboard, trackpad, and Touch Bar offer solid input experiences, but they may take some getting used to. While the keys have only 0.7 millimeters of travel, they make up for it by requiring 74 grams of force (above 60-gram standard) to actuate. The 5.3 x 3.3-inch (13.46 x 8.38 cm) Force Touch trackpad provided accurate tracking. Because it's a nonmoving input surface that sends haptic feedback, the pad doesn't offer much of a clicking feel by default. Dragging and dropping objects, though, works differently than on any other notebook, requiring the user to use a half press before dragging objects.

The MacBook Pro 13 with the Touch Bar is once again the more powerful model out of the two 13-inch systems since Apple uses dual-core processors with a TDP of 28 W. This is an advantage for the GPU in particular because the higher consumption limit gives more headroom for the Turbos of the two components. Under the hood, this MacBook Pro's 7th-Gen Intel Core i5-7267U CPU, coupled with 8 GB of RAM, enables serious multitasking. The 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD in the MacBook Pro duplicated 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 7 seconds, for a speed of 727 MBps. That's much faster than the 200.83-MBps average for ultraportables. The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 in the MacBook Pro supports modest gaming, too. The gaming performance of the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 is between the two dedicated chips Nvidia GeForce 930MX and 940MX, depending on the game. The MacBook Pro features speakers filled our large conference room with sound, drowning out our loud air conditioning. While audio pros likely have high-end headphones and speakers to connect to, this notebook offers some of the best sounds ever heard come from an ultraportable. With four Thunderbolt 3 ports (split between its left and right sides) and a headphone jack, the MacBook Pro shows that Apple's future-facing view still requires a user to buy dongles to plug in our pre-existing devices.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650: Integrated graphics card (GT3e), which is used for some Kaby Lake CPUs (28 Watts).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i5-7267U: Kaby-Lake based SoC (System on a Chip) for medium-sized notebooks. Integrates two CPU cores clocked at 3.1-3.5 GHz as well as an Iris Plus Graphics 650 GPU clocked at 300 - 1050 MHz and 64 MB eDRAM. Manufactured in a 14nm process. The TDP of 28 Watts is pretty high for a dual-core processor.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.30":

There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


Apple: Apple is a US company founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company is known for its innovative products such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, and manufactures computers and consumer electronics as well as operating systems and application software. Apple is also a leading provider of software and services such as the App Store, iTunes and iCloud.

Apple has earned a reputation as a company that focuses on design and ease of use. As for their notebooks, they are mostly in the high-priced segment, have their own operating system, but also run Windows on the newer Macbooks.

Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world and has a loyal following of customers and fans. The company also has a strong presence in the entertainment industry, with services like Apple Music and Apple TV+. In 2023, Apple had an approximate 8% market share of global PC sales, ranking it 4th after Lenovo, HP, and Dell.


81.03%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.


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