Bringing serious power, performance and longevity into a svelte, premium chassis, we’re big fans of the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Apple’s M1 chip. But now, at this lower price, it’s even better.
For a limited time over at Amazon, you can get nearly $75 off the list price — grab one now for $1,224.92.
13-inch M1 Macbook Pro: was $1,299, now $1,224.92 @ Amazon
Apple jumped into the world of ARM architecture with both feet and the results are mindblowing — pairing pure power with serious stamina. CPU and GPU performance are improved by 2.8x and 5x respectively over the previous generation, which is kept alive all day with a 20-hour battery life.
There are so many reasons we gave the latest 13-inch Macbook Pro five stars and our highly coveted Editor’s Choice’ award But I will narrow them down to just one — that M1 SoC, as it turns out, is capable of some truly incredible things.
First is the system absolutely toasting its competition in the power department. At first, we were a little skeptical, given how vague the charts were in describing just what the M1 chip was capable of. But in real-world use, we’re believers. On many of our key tests, the MacBook Pro 13 annihilated the Asus ZenBook 13 and Dell XPS 13, all while never breaking a sweat and staying whisper quiet.
And all of this performance is paired with a bonkers battery life. Seriously, I use one myself and the “up to 20 hours of battery life” that Apple tout is a promise they have truly fulfilled. Eight hours standard usage for my work here (multiple Chrome tabs, Apple Music in the background) only managed to shave 30-35% off the battery.
So long as you are not allergic to anything featuring a touchbar, your workflow doesn’t require a dedicated GPU and you’ve found your home in Apple’s walled garden, this is a perfect choice for any prosumers out there looking for real creative power on-the-go.
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Jason brings a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.