Video: 2018 MacBook Pro Review »

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been on some sort of laptop vision quest.

In college, I used a 15-inch PowerBook G4, followed by an early 15-inch MacBook Pro.  Then, I bounced between the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Air, depending on what machine I was assigned at work. When I left my job, I bought a 15-inch MacBook Pro. It was my only Mac, and I wanted as much power as I could put in my backpack.

Eventually, I bought an iMac for my desk, and went back to a 13-inch laptop. I upgraded to the 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but sold it after the keyboard exploded, returning to the 2015 version.

I’ve always preferred carrying a 13-inch notebook, but have always felt like I was leaving too much power on the table in doing so. With the 2018 quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pro, that’s all changed: