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Compare the MacBook Pro 16 inches to the MacBook Pro 13 inches (2019)

At first sight, the Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches simply appears to be the bigger brother of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches. But they're different in more ways than one. For example, the 16-inch model has a more powerful processor and a dedicated video card. These ensure that demanding programs run even faster. We'll compare the two in this article, so you can find the best model for you.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches

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International keyboard (QWERTY) | Intel Core i7 2.6GHz (9th-gen) - 16GB - 512GB SSD | AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
Retail price 2.699,- 2.429,-
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  • Thanks to the 16-inch screen with a 3072x1920 resolution, you have more space on your screen for all your windows.
  • This model has a dedicated video card, so you can edit videos fast and smoothly.
  • With the 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, you can effortlessly run the most demanding programs.
  • If you want to connect a device with a different connector than ThunderBolt 3 (like USB), you need a separate adapter (available separately).

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches

International keyboard (QWERTY) | Intel Core i5 2.4GHz (8th gen.) - 8GB - 256GB SSD | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
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  • Because the MacBook Pro 13 inches only weighs 1.37kg, you can easily take it with you on the train.
  • Thanks to the 8th generation 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor in this model, you can edit your photos without problems.
  • Unlike the other models, the MacBook Pro 13 inches doesn't have a dedicated video card with its own RAM.

Compare the Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches to the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches (2019)

Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches Apple Macbook Pro 13 inches (2019)
Processor 9th generation 6-core Intel Core i7 or 8-core Intel Core i9 8th generation 4-core Intel Core i5 or 6-core Intel Core i7
Video card AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or AMD Radeon Pro 5500M (dedicated) Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 or Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (shared)
Screen 16 inches with 3072x1920 pixels 13.3 inches with 2560x1600 pixels
Dimensions 1.62x35.79x24.59cm and 2kg 1.49x30.41x21.24cm and 1.37kg

Processor

Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches processor

16 inches: 9th generation i7 or i9

In the Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches, you'll find a powerful Intel Core i7 or i9 processor. Thanks to the higher clock speeds and additional cores, you can work even faster. And you can effortlessly run different programs at the same time. Since this model has a slightly thicker casing, it has better cooling.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches processor

13 inches: 8th generation i5 or i7

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches has less powerful processors than its bigger brother. And yet, you shouldn't underestimate this little powerhouse. The processors in this model are powerful enough for video and photo editing, though they are just a tad slower. On the other hand, they're also a lot more energy-efficient.

Video card

Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches video card

16 inches: dedicated video cards

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches easily outperforms it's little brother when it comes to graphic computing power. That is mostly thanks to the dedicated video cards in this model. These video cards have their own RAM. This way, they help out your processor with the heavier lifting. You'll especially notice the result when you're rendering videos or 3D models.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches video card

13 inches: shared video cards

If you edit a lot of videos on the Apple MacBook 13 inches, you'll have to wait longer for your work to render. That is because this model doesn't have a dedicated video card. This can be annoying if you quickly want to move on to your next editing job. Don't mind a longer wait? Then you won't be bothered by this absence as much.

Screen

Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches screen

16 inches: larger screen for more details

All of your creations will look even more beautiful on the large screen of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches. Thanks to its high resolution of 3072x1920, you can work on your projects in great detail. This is especially handy when you need to distinguish details when you're editing photos or videos. The thinner bezels also keep the casing from getting too bulky.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches screen

13 inches: small, but sharp

The smaller screen of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches is slightly less suitable when the details are important. Because you're working with a smaller surface, it's more difficult to distinguish individual details. If you're just looking to edit your vacation photos, the 2560x1600 resolution of this screen is more than enough.

Dimensions

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches dimensions

16 inches: less portable

Even though the Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches beats the 13-inch model in most areas, it fall short when it comes to portability. With a weight of 2 kilograms, you can't really call this a heavy laptop. But it's not exceptionally portable either. That isn't really an problem if you take it to work every now and then. Do you work on the train daily and are you often on the go? Then this big boy might be less suitable.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches dimensions

13 inches: powerhouse for on the go

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches is the perfect compromise for anyone who is often on the go, but also wants graphic computing power. This model weighs 1.37 kilograms, so you barely notice you're carrying it around. In addition, it's only 1.49cm thick when it's closed, so you can easily put it in your bag.

Conclusion

Which of the new MacBook Pro models is the right fit for, you depends on 2 things. The level of graphic power you need and how often you're on the go. Are you on the go quite a lot and do you edit a video every now and then? The Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches will be very suitable for you. Do you plan on using your new MacBook for demanding graphic tasks? Then the Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches is the better choice.



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