Apple MacBook Pro 13" w. Touch Bar (i5 1.4GHz, 256GB, 2019) model: MUHP2LL

Ranked #8 among Laptops priced $1625 - $2025.

Apple MacBook Pro 13" w. Touch Bar (i5 1.4GHz, 256GB, 2019)

Quick Description

Built for productivity on the go, the 13" MacBook Pro makes an excellent travel, classroom or meeting companion.

After prolonged issues with Apple's laptop keyboards, we'll need some time before we get confirmation that they finally managed to fix the issue.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 6 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2020-08-07, selling for $1650.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (73.54% of the time to be exact).

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Unusual Expenses. Some expected features are missing from the base product which will nearly guarantee that you will need to buy essential accessories. This could be external dongles to get USB ports or headphone jacks or a keyboard cover which, while optional, is shown in every single photo of the product. See description above for details.~$85

Dongle-Dependant. This laptop has no regular USB port. So, in order to plug most USB peripherals, you will need an adapter of some kind. Those are sometimes included but not always and can result in hefty expenses. $10-$120

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $105 on accessories, for a total cost of $1710.

Available at 2 locations, from $1600

Based on 325 days of observation, the Apple MacBook Pro 13" w. Touch Bar (i5 1.4GHz, 256GB, 2019) usually costs ~$1950 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $1509.99. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Apple MacBook Pro 13" w. Touch Bar (i5 1.4GHz, 256GB, 2019) to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Best Buy or Apple at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Apple MacBook Pro 13" w. Touch Bar (i5 1.4GHz, 256GB, 2019) ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price3/5
Durability1/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4.5/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price1/5
Price4/5
Durability1/5
Power4/5
General-purpose power3.5/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage3.5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price3.5/5
Durability1/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory3/5
Storage2/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Mac OS X
Processor: Intel Core i5-8257U
Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 256.00 GB
Screen Size: 13.3"
Screen Resolution: 2560×1600(226.98ppi)
Dimensions: 30.41 × 21.24 × 1.49 cm
Weight: 1.370 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • IPS Display (incl. PLS, AHVA, etc.)
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Paired Memory
  • Backlit
  • TPM & other Encryption Hardware

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (6 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (9 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (3 / 4)

3D and CAD (6 / 9)

Music Production (10 / 11)

Photo Editing (5 / 6)

Video Editing (7 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (19 / 61)

Video Games (8 / 11)

Triple-A Video Games (8 / 71)

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