Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Review

Yes, finally, Macbook Pro 2016 is here with improved and attractive features. 2016 Macbook Pro isn’t just thinner, attractive and smart but it completely changes the way of using Macbook. The innovative new feature of Touch Bar allows you to do different tasks like switching music, scrolling without getting off your hands from the keyboard and it also provides fingerprint lock security.

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  • Exquisite look and feel
  • Screen is among the best we’ve tested
  • Loud, enjoyable speakers
  • Spacious, responsive touchpad
  • Top-tier hard drive performance
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  • Adapters needed to connect most devices
  • Keyboard is well below average
  • Touch Bar lacks an obvious purpose
  • Battery life takes a step back

The New Macbook Pro comes in 3 variants: two with a 13-inch display and on with 15-inch display.

All of them are thinner and lighter, impressive audio quality, enhanced speed and spacious trackpads in addition of Touch Bar. This capacitive strip of OLED glass above the keyboard is supposed to change everything.

Apple’s lineup has now a gorgeous piece of machinery, with a sturdy, subtly-curved aluminum chassis and strikingly skinny edges that measure just 0.61 inches thin. This Apple’s Macbook is fairly portable with a weight of 4lb and is lighter than all of the previous ones.

You have to lose something to get something; Macbook Pro does not contain any of function keys. Touch Bar is located above the keyboard where function key was before. But don’t worry apart from providing access to the brightness, volume, media playback, and window swapping control it also provides a virtual version of function keys. The touchpad also provides mouse-based functions which could literally save your time. Touch Bar changes automatically, based on what you’re doing to show you relevant tools.

Coming towards the ports, the slimness costs the ports. It only contains one headphone and 4 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 connections ports. A USB-C port integrates data transfer, charging, and video output in a single connector. There exist neither single 2.0 ports nor SD card slot. However, you can connect Thunderbolt 2 devices and other of your devices by means of an adapter. With two Thunderbolt controllers in the new MacBook Pro, you can send graphics to dual 5K displays for the perfect high-resolution photo and video editing setup. These USB-C ports allow you to transfer up to 40GBps of data, which is twice faster than Thunderbolt 2.

As for the keyboard, the new MacBook Pro uses the same super-flat butterfly keyboard as the 12-inch MacBook. At first, 0.5-millimeter keys are felt shallow but afterward they feel snappy, responsive and comfortable. Macbook Pro has 6.1×3.9 inch touchpad, yes this is large on this model. You have plenty of space to move your finger rather than getting off your finger again and again.

Now you will be curious about “What’s inside?” or “What’s its specification?”So let’s talk about its specification

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  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 256/512 GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
  • 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Intel Iris Graphics 550
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
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  • 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
  • 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
  • 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Intel HD Graphics 530
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
  • Up to 30 days of standby time

Display

After a quick view at the specifications, you will came to know that Apple’s new MacBook Pro has an old display. It is still Retina, which means the new MacBook still have an old resolution, this resolution was amazing back in 2012 but today it seems mediocre next to 4K screens.

Graphics / Gaming

New MacBook Pro comes with AMD Radeon Pro 455 graphics which makes it ideal for video editing, designing work, and gaming (not pro level).

Battery

Apple MacBook Pro is equipped with the long lasting battery with slim size that provides 12 hours backup using continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi which is longer than most popular Laptop of the year Dell XPS 13.

Heat

You won’t have to worry about the new MacBook Pro heating up in your lap. Heating tests conducted by Laptop Mag measured heat less than 95 degrees which are under comfort level.

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Jack Morse
Jack is the Tech Reporter and is based in San Francisco

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