The Next Generation MacBook, Reviewed.
On today’s review, we bring to you the next generation MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch bar. The very expensive and very interesting laptop. So there are few new features that you might find interesting and some you might not even care about.
For starters, there’s a shiny new apple logo on the back of the laptop that does not glow like it used to before. The aesthetic is slightly new when compared to the previous one. But all of this generation MacBook pros are somewhat thinner & smaller than compared to the previous generation of MacBook. They have a metal unibody design with sharp edges looks really good as compare to any plastic built laptops.
So what’s new?
The screen, the keyboard, the trackpad, and the speakers, pretty much everything is new. The screen is probably the best part about this laptop, it’s far brighter than before with same resolution but with better color reproduction. The keyboard is second generation of butterfly switch key style keyboard and it might take some time to get used to it. It gets a huge trackpad, almost half the bottom of the laptop which is really useful when taking the mouse pointer from corner to corner without lifting finger. They speakers are really good, they provide a good amount of clarity and richness and gets pretty loud for a laptop.
Touch Bar- A gimmick?
The function keys are now replaced with which looks actually very cool. It’s not a touchscreen laptop, but some people do not like touchscreen laptops. So what is “Touch Bar”? The touch Bar is a 1085*30 resolution OLED touchscreen that sits above the keyboard and displays a customizable group of buttons and controls depending on the app that is currently being used. The viewing angle of this little touch screen area is pretty good, with good brightness and clarity. It is not also a fingerprint magnet thanks to the matte finish. The power button doubles as a touch ID sensor which is really awesome. The right side of the touch bar has persistent sets of keys which can be customizable through the touch bar settings. With some apple apps, some new function buttons appear in the middle of the touch bar.
Win some & lose some
The next generation MacBook Pro comes with only four ports, a headphone jack and two USB type-C ports on each side of the laptop. Although type c is the way to future, but Apple could have given few more ports and also could have kept the mmc slot and also MagSafe. Upgrading RAM, SSD is still not an option like before unfortunately. The battery life and performance is pretty much the same, with little or no improvement at all.
The next generation MacBook Pro is available in two variants. Here are the key specs.
|Processor||2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, with 6MB shared L3 cache|
|2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 8MB shared L3 cache|
|Storage||256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD||512GB PCIe-based onboard SSD|
|Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching|
|Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching|
- 4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880×1800 native resolution at 220 ppi.
- 500 nits brightness
- Wide color (P3)
Charging and Expansion
Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports.
Keyboard and Trackpad
Full-sized backlit keyboard with Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera
- Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
- Three microphones
- 5mm headphone jack
Battery and Power
Built-in 76.0-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
87W USB-C Power Adapter
Size and Weight
Height: 1.55 cm (0.61 inches), Width: 34.93 cm (13.75 inches), Depth: 24.07 cm (9.48 inches)
Weight: 1.83 kg (4.02 pounds