REVIEW: 15-inch MacBook Pro Touch Bar

MONDAY DECEMBER 26, 2016

Making a switch from windows is no difficult thing since the Alienware desktop had given me nothing but agony. It had issues from the very beginning where several Dell specialists have been sent my way but issues persisted till the warranty wore off. One example is the need to align its RAM on a monthly basis turned into a weekly chore and in days of late, daily. So when Apple dropped the new MacBook Pro, I had the struggle to make my decision whether to fully deplete what’s left of my Alienware or spend wristwatch money on a laptop. For the fact that my MacBook Pro has been around longer than the Alien yet is still serving me to this date, I went on my knees and clicked buy.

PRO

Amazing display

Speakers

Keyboard

Quality

CON

SD card slot will be missed

Heft

Price

SPECIFICATION

 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7

16GB 2133MHz memory

512GB PCIe-based SSD

Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB memory

RM 11,119

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I am not sure if Apple does things effectively or that no one in the right mind has placed an order for a Touch Bar because mine arrived a lot sooner than given estimated. The unboxing experience was ok-good but not as marvellous as some plastic-parting perverts described the sensation to be. The new keyboard mechanism is fantastic which enable users to type more quickly together with less mistakes. Moreover they make conventional keyboards feel ancient with extremely long travel. As for palm rejection, it did not occur to me as I have my thumb rested on the opening cavity of the clam shell machine while swiping the trackpad.

The speakers are okay, pleasing for a laptop but is nowhere as exceptional as those Klipsch on Alienware laptops. Then again, UFO laptops are seriously heavy. Like its predecessor, the screen is vibrant and this time really bright while the elephant in the room being the Touch Bar can be dismissed as useless. Let’s be honest, F1 to F12 too was very hopeless. With an OLED strip, you can at least have Pac Man or Nyan Cat to get through dreary meetings.

Sure at least one adapter is needed at this point of time. Yes I do miss the glowing Apple logo, yes the one that replaces should too be aesthetically larger. The biggest annoyance I have with the latest iteration of the Pro is the Taptic feedback trackpad that provides a counter intuitive experience because you never really know when it is depressed. At this price point, users should at least be given the choice of one of these three softwares; Final Cut, Logic Pro or Photoshop thrown in to allows users to put this machine to its paces.

Battery life is only good for five to six hours having some software installed, light listening to music accompanied by web browsing. The fact is, there is no counter argument to how beautiful the construction of the Pro's Swiss watchmaking grade. Despite being thinner as well as lighter than before, this laptop is no featherweight. Admittedly, I was very excited for the arrival of the MBP but if you’re expecting a life changing experience, go get married. Say you’re looking for something to impress your mates, get some cocaine.

This then is either for the early adopters or in my case, a daily beater replacement. Chances are people who are thinking are those who have/had a MacBook Pro looking for something future proof. If USB ports or SD card slot are things one can’t live without, the last generation of the Pro is still on sale at a slightly discount price.

 

The bottom line is, the 2016 MacBook Pro be it a work horse or a casual web browsing machine does what a laptop does. There is no denying that it sure is expensive but if your computer isn’t broken, don’t buy one. Get use to logging in via Touch ID, adjusting brightness and volume to the millimetre  there's no turning back.

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