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Compare Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches with Touch Bar (2017) to Apple MacBook Pro 15 inches with Touch Bar (2017)

Whoever says Apple MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar is the Apple MacBook Pro 15 Touch Bar's little brother, is wrong. MacBook Pro 15" has 2 extra processor cores and a dedicated graphic card. Making it more suitable for demanding programs. The question is, if you need all this extra horsepower. In this article, I'll list all the differences between the MacBook 13" and 15" for you. This way, you'll easily find the MacBook that suits you.

MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar (2017)

  • Powerful enough for photo editing
  • Intel Core i5 2.3GHz - 16GB - 256GB SSD
  • Intel Iris Plus 640
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  • MacBook Pro 13-inch Touch Bar has a strong 7th gen Core i5processor, that allows you to edit photos and videos fast.
  • At 1,49 cm thickness (closed) and 1,35 kg, you easily take your MacBook Pro 13-inch Touch Bar with you.
  • Unlike similar models, the MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar does not have a dedicated video card with its own RAM.

MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar (2017)

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  • Powerful enough for editing videos
  • Intel i7 3.1GHz - 16GB - 2TB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 630 + Radeon Pro 560
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  • MacBook Pro 15 inches Touch Bar has both an Intel HD Graphics 630 (shared) video card and a dedicated Radeon Pro 555 video card, so you can render 4K videos quickly and fluently.
  • As opposed to comparable models, this MacBook Pro 15 inches Touch Bar has 4 Intel Core i7 processor cores, which allow you to work faster and your programs to run more smoothly.
  • If you want to connect your device to a connector other than Thunderbolt 3 (for example, USB), you'll need a different adapter (available separately).

Graphics card

MacBook Pro 13 inches graphics card

The graphics card of the MacBook Pro 13 inches

The MacBook Pro 13 inches with Touch Bar is equipped with an integrated ('shared') video chip. This chip has no memory of its own but can use up to 1.5GB of MacBook's memory (RAM). That's less useful when you run demanding programs, like editing large video files, because I need the full 16GB worth of memory. Editing photos with the latest version of Photoshop (CC) is possible though, as it can be done from 512MB memory.

MacBook Pro 15 inches graphics card

The graphics card of the MacBook Pro 13 inches

In addition to an integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 video chip, the MacBook Pro Touch Bar 15 inches also features a discrete (also 'dedicated') AMD Radeon Pro graphics card. It has 2GB (Radeon Pro 555) or 4GB (Radeon Pro 560) RAM, which greatly benefits the performance of the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. I haven't tested editing large video files or building and rendering 3D models, but I'm sure it won't be a problem.

Screen

Screen MacBook Pro 13 inches

The screen of MacBook Pro 13 inches

From Netflix to editing photos: everything is clearly visible on the crystal-clear Retina display. The 13-inch size is great for travel; it fits in your bag easily. I don't like opening too many screens at the same time, especially since I'm used to a 15-inch screen. If you've worked on larger screens before, this might take some time to get used to.

Screen MacBook Pro 15 inches

The screen of MacBook Pro 15 inches

In terms of brightness and sharpness, the MacBook Pro's 15-inch screen does not differ from the 13-inch model. At 15 inches, it's considerably larger (320 pixels in width and 200 pixels in length). This means that you have to bring a larger bag, but also that you have more room to work on multiple screens side by side. Editing of photos and videos is a little more pleasant as well; it all looks less cramped.

Dimensions

MacBook Pro 13 inches dimensions

The dimensions of MacBook Pro 13 inches

The MacBook Pro 13 inches is very lightweight and compact, with a thickness of less than one and a half centimeters and a weight of 1.37kg. Not much heavier than the bottle of water I carry to work every day, only flat.

MacBook Pro 15 inches dimensions

The dimensions of MacBook Pro 15 inches

The MacBook Pro 15 inches is a little larger and heavier than the 13-inch version at 1,55 cm (closed) and 1.83kg. You'll get more laptop for that, though. Moreover, I think it's very compact compared to other laptops.

Processor

Processor MacBook Pro 13 inches

The processor of MacBook Pro 13 inches

Both the i5 and i7 Apple MacBook Pro 13" version have 2 processor cores. That's the standard nowadays. If you're going to edit photos or short videos, I highly recommend choosing the i7 processor. This 7th generation Kaby Lake units have a little bit more computing power than the i5 version. This way, I can edit photo's and video's faster and more smoothly. Are you in school, and will you be mainly using your MacBook Pro to make presentations or short videos? The i5 processor is more than powerful enough.

Processor MacBook Pro 15 inches

The processor of MacBook Pro 15 inches

Don't be fooled by the (at first glance) lower clock speeds: the MacBook Pro 15 inches is considerably more powerful than the MacBook Pro 13 inches. This is because - in contrast to the 13-inch variant - it has 4 processor cores (instead of 2). Namely, Quad-Core instead of Dual-Core processors. The more processor cores a laptop has, the more 'problems' it can tackle at the same time. Not only by designating a processor per task, but also by dividing tasks across the processors. Rendering of 3D models is much faster, for example.

Ports

Connectors MacBook Pro 13 inches

The connectors of MacBook Pro 13 inches

USB-C will be the new standard when it comes to connectors in a few years, perhaps even earlier. The MacBook Pro has 4 USB-C ports, in addition to a headphone jack. That's it. Use USB-C to charge and to transfer data. If you want to connect peripherals without USB-C (your old USB drive, for example), you'll need an adapter.

Connectors MacBook Pro 15 inches

The connectors of MacBook Pro 15 inches

There's no difference between the connectors of the MacBook Pro 13 inches Touch Bar and MacBook Pro 15 inches Touch Bar. If you choose the 13-inch version without Touch Bar, you'll only have 2 (instead of 4). Did you chose the MacBook Pro Retina (from 2015, also without Touch Bar)? You'll have a completely different set of connectors. Read more about the MacBook Pro 15 inches Retina in the article below (you can find it in the footer).

Conclusion

Whether you need a 13-inch or a 15-inch MacBook Pro, depends entirely on how you intend to use it. As a rule of thumb: if you want to edit presentations, photos, and video's (for instance vlogs), a MacBook 13-inch Touch Bar will suffice (if you want to vlog, choose the i7 processor). If you already know what you're going to do with all this extra processor power - for instance edit photos or videos professionally - you're in the right place with the 15-inch model.


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