2015 MacBook Pro 13 5 Years Later! The LAST Perfect MacBook?!

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

My very first macbook pro the 13-inch model from 2015. this laptop has it all which is almost heartbreaking to see a macbook with so much functionality but without the current internals so would this still be worth picking up and how has it held up after all this time was this the last perfect macbook pro let's find out it's my wife's i can't slam it down too what's up everyone i'm the everday dead and if i can figure it out you can figure it out i'm a sucker i'm a sucker for macbooks and

This this right here was the purchase that really pushed me into the mac eos ecosystem head first like i just dove i dove straight in i dove straight in and in fact like i said earlier this is my wife's laptop we still use this i had to beg her to let me borrow this for like two hours to make this video because it's her main computer and she loves it even though she doesn't like do you see how dirty this thing is she doesn't take care of it well enough

If you just got old enough to buy your first computer or maybe you were a lifetime pc person and you decided to buy your first mac you might not understand why some of us just idolize we idolize this generation of products because it was amazing video over thanks for watching make sure to watch this next video seriously though let's quickly run through the specs and see what you could actually get in one of these older models like just because it's old it's still pro

What do you get inside this one right here is one of the first 13-inch macbook models with the retina display and that display this supports resolutions of 1680×1050 1440×900 and 1024×640 yeah these were simpler times instead of the standard quad core of today this model has the 2.7 gigahertz dual core intel i5 which could turbo boost up to 3.1 gigahertz so so lightning fast it has 8 gigabytes of ddr3 ram well that hasn't exactly changed all

That much a 128 gigabyte solid state drive again something that only very recently updated it's almost like the numbers don't change all that much built-in is intel iris graphics and surprisingly enough this older well ancient by today standards this laptop can push display to two 4k monitors at once looking over those spec lists there is a lot a lot of similarity between today's machines and these older ones it's just it's the

Generation of the internals that has really changed the biggest difference spec wise between a modern macbook pro and the legacy ones internally we'll get to the physical differences soon is really the lack of a t2 security chip inside the 2015 model what does that mean no i mean so i don't get a fingerprint reader we have talked about the t2 chip a lot because it does have a big impact on video editing performance thanks to its transcoding ability so there is kind of a bigger performance hit on the older macbooks than just older

Chips and slower ram but when we come to the physical design of the computer we start getting into the heartbreaking part like writing this script broke my heart okay we can be we can do this we can be strong it's okay physically the macbook from 2015 is absolutely bigger than its 2020 brethren but after using the 2020 model for so long i thought the size and the weight would be a lot more striking i thought there'd be a bigger difference but honestly it's not sure the 2020 is smaller and lighter but

In real use it's not enough that you'd really be able to tell the difference i mean this is still and this is still an incredibly small and compact laptop if you have this in a backpack all day or you are walking around school or you're going from your car to the office the extra bit of weight and size i mean it's there but you're not you're not gonna be able to tell here's another reminder of where we used to be yes we've broken it now and while i said i didn't like the glowing logo on

The razer blade 15 i do kind of miss the nice like soft glowing apple logo yes i'm stalling i'm stalling okay i can keep it together for the next section i can i can i can okay physical connections the i o on the macbook pro 13 from 2015. wait apple made laptops with physical connections yes darn it they did once for example today's base model macbook pro 13 has two thunderbolt 3 ports those are very usable connections and i'm a big fan of thunderbolt 3 and

How bonkers versatile they can be i mean you can set up the macbook pro 13 into full desktop mode with one cable however here's what the 2015 macbook pro has magsafe 2 power 2 thunderbolt 2 ports 2 usba ports an hdmi port and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and and a full sd card slot a full sd card slot like how did we go from being spoiled for riches of having all of the i o that somebody could need on a portable computer and then we just had it taken all away

It's heartbreaking it is heartbreaking this right here this right here is what's currently missing from the apple lineup they've got the power they've got the performance heck i'd even say their new line is even very competitively priced for what you get but io is what working professionals need and we lost it we had it too good we had it too good and we took it for granted and we lost it all right enough complaining gary stiff stiff upper lip and all let's get back to it the biggest

Hurdle a computer has to cross when it comes to me is the typing experience and since this is an older model macbook clearly it'll have the problems older macbooks had with their keyboards wait what this didn't have the butterfly keyboard it was the generation before that so this does share this keyboard shares an awful lot of design and functionality with the current keyboard this older one is perfectly spaced out it's very comfortable to type on can you hear that i'm just going to say this is the

Perfect macbook keyboard design there is no touch bar taking up space up top we've got a very nice full row of physical function buttons we have a physical escape key and a physical power button no there's no fingerprint reader remember we said there's no t2 security chip i love typing on this keyboard the keys are a little bit smaller and a teensy bit more spaced out as opposed to the new version but they are much clickier i mean listen these are clicky these are almost like

Mechanical style clickiness for how good they feel they just feel fantastic to type on i do prefer the backlit system on the 2020 model more than this 2015 model it seems like i don't know if you can see it right here but it kind of has background bleeds not the right word for but it's kind of the same thing where you can see the light in ways that you probably weren't supposed to you can see it from the edges and the sides more whereas on the new model you really only

See the light on the lighted keys themselves right below the keyboard is the trackpad and this is from an age when they were more like trackpad sized like we've said here a lot the new macbooks have trackpads that are basically the size of an ipad like huge gigantic things that okay they do make it pretty easy to leave your mouse at home the 2015 does have a smaller trackpad and if i had to give a negative ding on physical construction it would be here the new macbook

Trackpads are the current like it is the best iteration of a trackpad ever made there is nothing else in the market that comes close to what the 2020 macbooks can do except maybe the 2019 macbook pro 16. the 2015 is fine it's accurate enough but the clickiness isn't as uniform you might not notice this unless you are specifically searching for it but there are points on this smaller trackpad where it just

It does give you some issues clicking like right there it happens more often on the edges like when you get near the center it'll give you some like pushback or it just won't work at all so it's not bad but there are some there are some problems and i'm sorry but i did fib there is a second pretty big physical negative difference between the generations the speakers on the new macbooks are all top firing next to the keyboard and they sound amazing

To non-audio expert me much like the trackpad the speakers on the new macbooks are the best in class for each specific class and even the macbook pro 13 wins out over much bigger much more expensive laptops the older macbook does only have bottom firing speakers which much like the trackpad are they're perfectly usable and they sound fine it's just that it doesn't stand up to the newer offerings from apple so if there are two things that apple wins outright against everything else it's the speakers and the trackpad

Both of which have since been upgraded since this came out so it's like two steps forward and two steps backwards why can't progress just be linear just progress needs to do this it doesn't need to do this right something both computers share which is kind of weird and you think would be we've already updated the audio we've updated the trackpad this is something that you'd think would have received an upgrade over the last five years the web camera they both have a 720p web

Camera well i mean that's not really acceptable on a 2020 laptop it just isn't it's easier to let it slide from a 2015 computer i mean what back in 2015 i did i have a 1080p tv i don't remember if i had a 1080p tv i had an iphone 4s maybe i had a 6. man 2015 seems like a literal eternity ago either way 720p webcam on the older model looks pretty much exactly like what you would get today okay so far in this video we've talked about how great the i o used to be

How awesome the keyboard is and that the weight isn't that much different but how does this thing perform five years on well yes spoiler alert compared to today's models there will be less power on hand it's a dual core i5 it's not even quad core i5 like we mentioned in specs everything internal has been upgraded and there's even a brand new like second processor inside of the new macbooks so instead of like strictly performance let's see how it holds up thermally like are you gonna

Get the power you pay for if you were to use this for a big project like video editing and does it give you everything that it should give you on paper so the way i tested this is i took a 4k master file from one of my previous videos the iphone se 2020 unboxing video specifically i put it on the hard drive i popped it into imovie and i set it to render back at h.264 in 4k basically trying to max out the cpu

And the internal like the integrated graphics of this machine and at first i was concerned it seemed like this was way too much for the laptop to handle it immediately like the second i hit export it immediately thermally throttled the clock speed to less than half the original power however something amazing happened where as the fans caught up like as the fans turned on and caught up the clock speed started to rise again so it did take a few minutes to reach equilibrium i would say the

Laptop is very well vented and has an appropriately sized fan and cooling system to keep up even when it's put through the ringer something i do want to mention though i do want to bring this up that even during the hardest thermal throttling it never dropped the active core count only lowered the clock speed so the thermal throttling it happened but it wasn't as bad as it could have been and that's that's pretty impressive stuff however

That does make it much easier to manage when you build a laptop body big enough to handle the heat like it doesn't have to be that much bigger and it handles the heat so much better weird that for completionist's sake it rendered that nine minute 4k file in 14 minutes and 20 seconds which no it's not great but for a five-year-old computer that's pretty darn good and that does better than some newer computers out there looks like this old laptop still has some life left in it

But at the end of the day so what right was the macbook pro 13 from 2015 the last perfect macbook yes i think so i would love love to have a macbook with the new internals current intel 10th generation processor ddr4 ram a one terabyte solid state drive and maybe with a little bit more space we could even fit in a graphics card i would love to have that obviously i still do enjoy the new macbooks or i wouldn't recommend them but you have to enjoy them while working

Around the limitation of io you need dongles you need docs and that has absolutely caused problems for me trying to do like my work from the computer apple please apple please i would immediately buy one of these with new internals please please and if you find one of these for sale is it worth buying i don't know maybe if all you do is light web browsing spreadsheets things that you would want to use an ipad for but want to be able to also put your presentations up on a display via the hdmi port in that case sure but

If you need a machine to get any sort of power processes done no unfortunately i still have to recommend the new versions they are really really great you just have to have a dongle and if you like this video and are curious about the new version of the macbook pro 13 here's a whole playlist i've made so many videos about it here's a whole playlist that has comparisons use cases all sorts of stuff showing how awesome it is click

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