The 13-inch MacBook Pro line has been a tale of two computers since the 2017 revision and the 2020 refresh is no exception. But, the new model contains some interesting "updates," that puzzle us, and make us wonder why they were made.

For this review, we're specifically looking at the entry-level 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with an 8th Gen 1.4GHz Core i5 processor that can Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz (the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro can also be configured with an 8th Gen 1.7GHz quad-core Core i7 with a Turbo Boost speed of 4.5GHz). There is a giant difference between the MacBook Pro that has the eighth-generation Intel processor.

While we're going to discuss the higher-end models briefly today , we're going to review the 10th generation higher-end model a bit later, as there are enough differences.

Not the refresh you were expecting
Many users had hoped that Apple would move to a 14-inch design for the smaller MacBook Pro, taking on an aesthetic similar to that Apple had for the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro that became the 16-inch. That hasn't — yet — happened and we've got another version on the latest MacBook Pro template instead.

Apple's Magic Keyboard
Apple has updated the keyboard design. After several false starts, Apple's kicked its butterfly switch mechanisms to the curb in favor of Apple's latest version of a scissor-switch design.

Internals upgraded
We'll just come out and say it — we're not impressed with the 13-inch lower end of the MacBook Pro. Although Intel's 10th-generation processors enhanced the high-end 13-inch models, the entry-level units were stuck with the same eighth-generation chips as the 2019 models.

Should you buy the entry-level 13-inch 2020 MacBook Pro?
This new 13-inch MacBook Pro for 2020 is... fine. It is, in a vacuum, a solid machine. Yet it's an extra rung in the ladder which is Apple's portable Mac lineup.

The new MacBook Pro is doing better hair than the MacBook Air but not by much. If users want power, they can spring for the $1,799 model that adopts Intel's 10th-generation chips, or even the 16-inch MacBook Pro that isn't much more than the $1799, street-priced one. Nevertheless, But, that is a conversation for another day.