The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2018, MR9Q2LL/A) is a 13.3-inch laptop with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. It has 8GB of memory and a 256GB solid-state drive. It has an Intel Core i5 2.3GHz processor and an integrated Intel Iris Plus 655 video adapter. It lacks an optical drive for burning CDs or DVDs. It was tested with macOS High Sierra 10.13 installed.
It has 4 type-C USB ports built-in on the laptop. However, you'll lose a USB port to plug in the power cable when charging the laptop. Video outputs include: supporting Thunderbolt and DisplayPort over USB-C. It supports WiFi 802.11ac, so it's compatible with the latest high-speed routers. It has a 0.9MP webcam for video conferencing.
The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2018, MR9Q2LL/A) measures 12 inches wide by 8.4 inches deep by 0.6 inches high, and it weighs 3 lbs. It's backed by a 12-month warranty, with 3 months of free tech support over telephone.
WiFi typeThe type of built-in 802.11 wireless networking supported. Computers with 802.11n also support 802.11g routers. Some models with 802.11n also support the 5GHz "high band," a standard suitable for apartments and other crowded areas.
USB sleep and charge
USB sleep and chargeUnlike standard USB ports that power off when the computer is turned off or put to sleep, sleep and charge USB ports remain powered on when in sleep mode. They can be used to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Thunderbolt portHas a Thunderbolt port for connecting peripherals such as an external hard drive. This includes ports that may be on the keyboard dock of detachable laptops. Thunderbolt is a high-speed port that can connect to DVI, HDMI and VGA through the use of adapters. Thunderbolt 3 is the newest version that supports faster speeds.
Digital video out
Digital video outHas an HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt video output for sending a digital video signal to a computer monitor or HDTV.
Number of USB ports
Number of USB portsNumber of USB ports for printers, flash drives, or other peripherals. This includes ports that may be on the keyboard dock of detachable laptops.
Gigabit EthernetSupport for 1,000 Mb/s networking.
HDMI outputAn HDMI out port for sending a digital video/audio signal to a computer monitor or HDTV.
DVI video out
DVI video outA connection for an external digital flat-panel display.
VGA video out
VGA video outA connection for an external display with a VGA input. This includes ports that may be on the keyboard dock of detachable laptops.
Blu-ray or DVD
Blu-ray or DVDHas either a Blu-Ray drive (B), which lets you watch Blu-Ray movies and read/write to CDs and DVDs, or a DVD drive (D), which lets you read/write to CDs and DVDs. Some computers have no optical drive installed (—).
Memory-card readerAt least one flash memory-card slot (CF, SD, XD, MS, etc.)
Facial recognitionWebcam can be set to scan your face for secure log-in.
Fingerprint readerA biometric fingerprint reader for logging into your PC.
Hand gesture control
Hand gesture controlHand gesture control allows you to use specific hand motions to control your computer. Depending on the software you can do things like raise and lower volume, scroll up and down, zoom in and out and open and close applications.
Display sizeThe diagonal measure of the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen.
Operating system (as tested)
Operating system (as tested)The operating system that was installed on the computer at the time it was tested. The operating system is the software that controls the basic operation of the computer. Common examples are Windows and Mac OS. The operating system determines the "look and feel" of the PC.
macOS High Sierra 10.13
ProcessorAlso known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit), the processor is responsible for running commands and handling data. Processors come in different speeds and may have two or more cores (ex. dual-core), which let you more quickly process multiple complex tasks.
Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
MemoryAlso known as RAM, memory is a temporary storage area for data. Its size is an important factor for performance. We recommend at least 4GB of memory, or 8GB if you plan to run several large applications at the same time.
StorageThe amount of storage, a permanent area for the operating system, programs and data such as documents, music, and media files. Storage can be a hard drive, an SSD (solid state drive), or hybrid drive.
Video memoryThe amount of dedicated memory built into a graphics adapter. Most models have integrated graphics, which have no dedicated memory but are still suitable for most applications, including photo editing and watching movies. Others have discrete graphic adapters, which typically have 1 GB or more of dedicated video memory, to deliver smoother and more realistic graphics for 3D games.
LCD resolutionThe number of picture elements ("pixels") across the horizontal and vertical dimension of the screen. The higher the resolution within a given size screen, the finer the detail that can be displayed.
2560 x 1600
Native resolutionThe number of picture elements ("pixels") across the horizontal and vertical dimension of the screen. The higher the resolution within a given size screen, the finer the detail that can be displayed. No scaling is needed to view a picture or movie of this size, or to match the display resolution with the native resolution, sometimes called Default or Recommended.
Video adapterAlso known as the video card, the video adapter processes all the data that you see on your screen. They come in different speeds and may be integrated (most common, but is slower and uses up memory) or discrete (which is faster and has its own dedicated memory). If you will not be playing complex 3D games, any integrated graphics adapter will do. Otherwise, buy a discrete graphics adapter with a graphics processor from ATI or Nvidia with at least 256 MB of memory.
Intel Iris Plus 655
Optical driveThe optical drive reads and/or writes to CDs and DVDs. Most PCs come equipped with a DVD-RW, also known as a DVD burner, which lets you read and write to DVDs. Some models come with Blu-Ray drives, which let you play high-definition movies.
HeightThe height from the table, or thickness, of the computer while closed. This includes the keyboard dock on detachable laptops.
DepthThe depth, from the front edge to the back hinge, of the computer while closed. This includes the keyboard dock for detachable laptops.
WidthThe width of the computer while closed. This includes the keyboard dock of detachable laptops.
Thin and light
Thin and lightBased on weight and thickness. This includes laptops that may be labeled "Ultrabook," "Sleekbook," "Thin and light," and "Ultrathin," among other terms.
Warranty lengthThe length in months of the manufacturer's standard warranty.
Tech support length
Tech support lengthThe length in months of the manufacturer's free technical support by telephone.
Battery capacityThe total energy contained in the battery, expressed in Watt-hours. A larger capacity battery will deliver longer battery life, but will add weight and sometimes will extend beyond the edge of the laptop.
Energy starQualified by the U.S. government's Energy Star program for low power consumption.
EPEAT levelEPEAT (Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool) certification, based on environmental attributes such as the types of materials used and power consumption. There are three levels (in increasing order of environmental performance): bronze, silver, and gold. Products without an EPEAT level either do not meet EPEAT's minimum requirements or have not yet been tested by EPEAT.