2020 Macbook Pro 13 vs Macbook Pro 16 Review: Don’t Buy The Wrong One!

by birtanpublished on August 4, 2020

What's up everybody this is danny and this is the new 13-inch macbook pro but this is the super specked out version with the 10th generation quad-core i7 32 gigabytes of ram what i want to do is take that and compare it with my 16-inch

Macbook pro this is a core i9 a core 64 gigabytes of ram and let's be real we all wanted that 14 inch macbook pro but it didn't happen and with all the leaks it looks like it

Might not even happen until next year so let's take a look at the most powerful macbook 13 inch that you can buy versus the most powerful 16 inch that you can buy i want to help you make a buying

Decision between the two if you were thinking about wanting a smaller form factor let's take a look at all the major differences that you need to know about and then we'll have some fun

With some performance testing the obvious difference here is size you think that they wouldn't be this different but is definitely noticeable they are both made of the same beautiful aluminum but there's a huge difference

In size and weight 31 pounds versus 43 pounds thank goodness that the keyboards are improved on both of them the 13-inch now has the improved magic keyboard that the 16 got last year so much better

You get the inverted arrow keys the escape key is back the travel is better tactility is there so the keyboards on both are excellent with touch id and the love it or hate it touch bar the

Bigger size on the 16 inch gives you two major advantages on day to day use both track pads are oversized and basically the best in the business but the 16 inch is noticeably bigger and the size of the speakers on a 16

Inch are also much larger and the 13 inch does have improved speakers and they sound great but take a listen when you compare them you can definitely tell the difference especially on depth

when it comes to ports they both have four thunderbolt 3 ports two on each side so you aren't missing out when it comes to connectivity for the most part i've moved to usbc but

I still use a usbc hub every single day the one i've been using lately is from the channel sponsor anchor the power expand direct does take up two ports but it's totally worth it you get seven total ports including

Thunderbolt 3 that can charge up to 100 watts so you're completely fine for the 16-inch macbook pro that demands more power 2 usb 30 an additional usb-c port a micro sd card and a full-size sd card

Slot which is much needed for us content creators there's also an hdmi port just in case you need it on the road or even at home the build quality is great and it matches so well with the space gray

Finish on the macbook if you need that ethernet port go with the power expand plus you get three usb 30 ports and an hdmi port with a dongle design so between these two you got everything

You need for either of these macbooks so i'll leave a link down below for you so you can pick one of these up i highly recommend it if you're gonna buy one of these macbooks besides the screen sizes being different they're roughly

About the same density so they're going to look pretty much the same the 16 inch does have smaller bezels on the side it exhibits a more modern design language and also just has a much bigger display

They both cover the wide color p3 color gamut and both are 500 nits in brightness so they get plenty bright and both have true tone where the screen adapts to the environment around you which i personally turn off but some

Might appreciate it but only on the 16 inch do you get the customization of refresh rate they both have a 60 hertz refresh rate but on the 16 inch you get some custom choices which can be good for video

Editing to exactly match the frame rate that you're working on unfortunately both of these still have the 720p webcam the new studio mics i think really do

Sound good but the quality is still classified potato so i hope we see better cameras on the next iterations of the macbook pro so let's talk about power the new 13

Inch macbook pro is more powerful this year with a 10th generation core i7 quad core but it's nowhere near as powerful as the core i98 core on the 16 inch macbook pro the core i9 is an hk processor which

Draws more power but the differences in battery sizes make up for that we are looking at a 582 watt hour battery on the 13 inch versus a 100 watt hour battery on the 16 inch this is pretty much the biggest

Battery that you can fit in a laptop to take on an airplane when we used to fly and the power brick itself is 96 watts so not every charger will work here but the 13 inch is less power hungry at

61 watts on the brakes so you can charge this with some power banks if you want so that's a bonus if you didn't know out of these two the 16 inch macbook pro is the only one that you can get with a dedicated gpu

And at this time the most powerful is the amd radeon pro 5500m and it does a decent job for sure but by the time that you see this video there could be a more powerful option and it happened

Now there is a 5600 m option by amd which uses eight gigabytes of hbm2 memory which is going to be a lot faster than the performance test that i'm going to show you now it's a 700 option but hey choices or

Choices and i'm glad that they're there so if you have the money then you can order this option now the 13 inches limited to the integrated intel iris plus graphics but this is a big

Performance jump from the last generation so i think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you want to see how the 13 inch macbook pro games with windows i'm going to leave a link to a video my

Buddy matt monas did he did a fantastic job on that and shows you exactly what this is capable of but it's not all defeat for the 13-inch macbook pro it does have faster ram with 3733 megahertz ddr4x ram

But only on the high-end 13-inch macbook pro configuration the middle and the base model gets screwed with the slower ram the 16 inch macbook pro is equipped with 2 667 megahertz ddr4 ram

But this could be way different when they refresh the 16 inch before we get into some video editing samples i want to talk about the storage that's available on these two laptops the 16 inch macbook pro can go up to 8

Terabytes in ssd storage which will cost you heavy and the 13 inch also goes up to a 4 terabyte option which will be very pricey as well but you do have

Options the speed of these discs are about the same so both really fast storage and you will have no issues with speed but if you look at pricing as a whole even when you deck them out the maxed

Out 13 inch version comes in at about 3 500 and the maxed out 16 inch is over 6 000 so almost half the price here that's a big difference so the big question is is the

Performance of the 16 inch worth the money over the performance of the 13 inch well if you're into benchmarks you're going to see a pretty big difference geekbench 5 shows a much higher

Multi-core score over 6400 on the macbook pro 16-inch as expected compared to the macbook pro 13-inch which does have a very respectable 4770 but the 13 inch has a much better single core score of 1321

Over the 16 inches 1041 so on general usage and day-to-day stuff you're probably not going to notice a big difference but if you're gonna use one of these laptops for professional work

It can make a difference let's do cinebench first the eight cores really help here on the 16 inch macbook pro with the score of 3360 while the quad core i7 on the 13 inch gets 1900

So that again shows a significant bump in cpu capability so that is something to consider having a dedicated gpu also helps in performance the opencl score of the improved

Graphics on the 13-inch is 8635 which is a huge jump over the previous generation but no match for the 16-inch with the amd radeon pro 5500m that's 25964 that's three times the potential performance

Nobody really games on a mac but here's unigine heaven to test the gpu performance and you can see just how much smoother the 16 inch is so when it comes to graphically

Intensive tasks the 16 inch is still the way to go so what about real world performance while i don't do a lot of photography work max tech did an awesome video on

Photoshop testing and also goes into more depth of the test that i'm doing right now so i'll leave a link to that video go watch it it looks like it didn't have much impact on photo editing because

Most photo editors use the cpu more than the gpu so if you're a photographer and you want something powerful but in a smaller form factor then the 13-inch macbook pro

Is probably the way to go but what i do know is video editing so can you edit video on the 13 inch macbook pro and the short answer is yes it just depends on what you're doing with it

If you're editing 4k footage then the 13 inch is going to be a decent choice the scrubbing and playback of 4k footage is really smooth so i think a lot of people will actually be happy with this but adding on some

Effects stabilization and working with plugins like tracking you will notice that it takes longer to render the bruisex benchmark is a decent way to measure performance on final cut pro 10

On the 13 inch it took 40 seconds to complete and the 16 inch only took 10 seconds so that is a dramatic difference let's do a quick export test of a 3 minute and 8 second 4k clip with just color correction

Applied this is pre-rendered with background rendering on and surprisingly they are only a few seconds apart so super impressive for the 13-inch macbook pro but here's that same test with

Background rendering off and you can see the difference better here the 16 inch finishes at 1 minute and 20 seconds and the 13 inch finishes at 1 minute and 51 seconds

But this is still impressive where i see the major differences where it involves more gpu intensive processes like adding stabilization this is a 12 and a half second 4k clip from my iphone 11 pro and it takes

Seven seconds on the 16 inch macbook pro and almost 19 seconds on the 13 inch macbook pro and that doesn't seem like a lot in a short clip but for fun i took that same 3 minute and 8 second 4k clip and added

Stabilization to that and the 16 inch macbook pro finished at 2 minutes and 7 seconds but the 13 inch took 5 minutes and 36 seconds which shows that clear gap i think this is pretty

Self-explanatory but if you're editing anything above 4k then definitely go for the 16-inch macbook pro just for fun here is a short ak red raw clip with 7-1 compression and with high quality playback both

Don't do a great job but at least the 16 inch is playing it back with skipping instead of just locking up on the 13 inch it eventually does play back but it's not usable if you drop it to lower quality though

It is a much better experience on the 13 but it's still stuttering like crazy but the 16 inch is actually playing back like a boss so it's very impressive okay so super outlandish test to differentiate the power between both of

Them i decided to take this ak clip with seven to one compression and stretch it out to 35 seconds and exported it to h264 i know this is brutal and took a long

Time but this also gave me a chance to monitor what the computers were doing during export both of the fans were cranked up and sounded pretty loud take a listen

The 13 inch looks like it's running hotter at almost 100 degrees constantly while on the 16 inch it was staying at 85 so the bigger size allows for better cooling which makes sense

The 13 inch looks like there is more fluctuations in the frequency of the processor where the 16 inch is holding steadier and of course the 16 inch chipset is drawing and using more power

As expected at 10 minutes and 16 seconds the macbook pro 16 inch finishes so that's impressive actually and to save you time the macbook pro 13 finishes over 20 minutes later at 31 minutes and 44

Seconds so in this instance that is a big gap in performance so all of this testing and comparison aside here's some advice if you're just looking for raw horsepower and you want the most powerful macbook pro you can

Get i would definitely go for the 16 inch you have a more powerful processor you can get more ram and you have a dedicated gpu but if portability is important and

You're looking for a still very powerful machine but that limited ram and base storage was holding you back before from buying a 13 inch macbook pro then i would go ahead and go for it but

Listen i would not buy the entry level macbook pro if you're thinking about editing video yes you could still edit video on that base model but i would definitely get that extra horsepower because the 10th

Generation intel processor definitely makes a difference and some more ram would not hurt and you only get the faster ram on the high-end macbook pro 13-inch so beware when you're picking up one of

These if you plan on using the macbook for school or for the office with just occasional professional work then why not save some money with the 13-inch they can both drive the amazing

6k apple pro display xdr monitor if you want to spend another five to six grand i mean what's money right thank you for watching i hope this helped you make a buying decision

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