My First 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

My first Mac is the iMac 27-inch (mid-2011) and my experience has been awesome! It was a refreshing change from Microsoft Windows.The iMac, back then, also allows for a fair bit of customisation (i.e. adding SSD, boosting up to 32GB RAM). It is actually still serving me well now. However, for something that is more portable, I decided to go for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Grey. My first five minutes of using the MacBook Pro? The macOS High Sierra is a lot smoother on this new piece of hardware compared to my aging iMac.

 

MacBook Pro Technical Specifications
Model A1706 (EMC 3163)
Processor 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM
Memory 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard
Storage 512GB PCIe-based onboard
Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
Display 13.3-inch LED-backlit with IPS, 2,560 x 1,600 native resolution, 227 PPI, 500 nits brightness
Keyboard and Trackpad Full-sized backlit keyboard with Touch Bar and integrated Touch ID Sensor
Ambient light sensor
Force Touch trackpad with Multi-Touch
Charging and Expansion Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for Charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 Gen 2
Connectivity Wireless 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Camera 720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio Stereo speakers, three microphones and one 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery Built-in 49.2 watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
61W USB-C Power Adapter
Size and Weight 1.49 x 30.41 x 21.24 cm
1.37 kg
SRP S$3,158.00

 

For the MacBook Pro, even the high-end configuration tops out at 16GB of RAM. So no luck if you want to go beyond that. In terms of storage, it is best to get it maxed out if it is your main workstation. Well, you can always tap on cloud storage like Dropbox or if you are like me, use the Synology NAS as a dependable network storage.

 

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

The MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar and integrated Touch ID.

Two USB-C and one audio output port on this edge of the MacBook Pro.

Two USB-C ports on this end.

The bottom and ventilation slot?

 

Touch and Go

The MacBook Pro came with a OLED Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard. It replaces the row of function keys. In supported application, the buttons on the Touch Bar actually changes to give you quick access to the app’s functionalities. For example, it become a play menu when I launch Spotify and changes to the web navigation bar when I am using Google Chrome.

You will get the same 2,170 by 60 pixels Touch Bar on both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

If you have yet to notice, the trackpad has also been upsized. This is definitely great as I no longer have to bend my wrist at an awkward angle to use the trackpad comfortably. The trackpad is also Touch Force enabled.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch came with the butterfly keyboard. It feels clicky and weird compared to keys with traditional scissor mechanism. At least the MacBook Pro has a giant touchpad.

The OLED Touch Baar that extends across the top of the keyboard, replacing the old function key row.

The Touch Bar changes accordingly to the app you are using. It actually measures 2,170 pixels across and 60 pixels high.

 

On the right edge of the Touch Bar is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. I find it convenient in unlocking the macOS. The Siri button is also conveniently located beside the Touch ID. My friend actually enjoy playing with Siri and kept asking it some irrelevant or stupid stuffs.

The Siri button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor at the right end of the Touch Bar. The Touch ID allows me to unlock the system using my fingerprint!

 

Crisp Displays

The gorgeous 13-inch space grey MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and integrated Touch ID sensor.

I always find that MacBooks have stunning displays. The MacBook Pro came with a 13-3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology. It is capable of 2,560 x 1,600 native resolution. The 227 PPI display made the display really crisp!

For those with external monitor(s), you will be happy to know that it is able to support the following:

  • One display with 5,120 x 2,880 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colours
  • Up to two displays with 4,096 x 2,304 resolution at 60Hz at millions of colours
  • Up to two displays with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colours

The display output adapters are sold separately.