Apple MacBook Pro has always been a perfect choice for professionals, given its small size, high-end specifications and easy portability. Every year, Apple releases updates to its MacBook lineup, adding new refinements and making them more powerful. Soon after its release, this year’s 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro has also received some important enhancements. Here in this Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) review, we’ll dig more details about the new MacBook. Let’s get started:
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) review
The design of Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) is basically similar to the 2015 model, only the size has been reduced. The new MacBook measures 15.5×349.3x240mm and weighs 1.83kg. This makes it much thinner and lighter as compared to its predecessor and most rivals like the HP Spectre, Asus Zenbook Pro, and the Dell XPS 15 Touch. MacBook Pro 15-inch 2016 is available in Silver and Space gray colors.
The keyboard has been redesigned in the new Mac. There are keys with very shallow travel. Still, they look much better than the ones on the Apple MacBook. Apart from this, the physical functional keys have been replaced with new Touch bar feature which you can use to perform the tasks you used to perform with physical function keys. This will make the process of working on Mac much easier.
On the other hand, touch pad has been increased to twice as compared to the one featured in previous 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display. You’ll definitely love it.
The 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2016 features a 2,880×1,800 15.6-inch Retina display which remains basically similar to the 2015 model. However, there are a couple of improvements. The new display has a 500-nit rating, which makes it easier to view the screen in sunlight. Also, there are improved DCI-P3 color gamut featured in the iPhone 7 and iPad Pro that are intended to display more color shades than older screens.
No doubt there are many other laptops in the market that offer better resolution display with more screen space, still Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) will not disappoint you.
Hardware and specs
Let’s have a look at what the new Mac has to offer:
- 2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with turbo boost up to 3.4GHz and 6MB shared L3 cache
- 16GB DDR3L onboard memory
- 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
- Intel Iris Pro Graphics
- Stereo speakers
- Dual microphones
- 5mm headphone jack
You can also upgrade the SSD up to 2TB during purchase. You’ve to pay $1,200 extra for it. There is not any option to upgrade RAM.
Some changes have been made in internal peripherals too. There are four USB-C/Thunder-3 ports (two on each side), along with the standard headphone jack on right. Still, we recommend you to purchase at least one USB 3.0 (Type-A) for older accessories.
Overall, the new MacBook Pro offers decent specifications that you will admire.
Performance and Battery Life
When it comes to performance, Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2016) efficiently lives up to your expectations. You can smoothly perform daily tasks on it. Also, when it comes to the graphics quality and gaming, the device manages to do a decent job. Even if the system isn’t compatible for hardcore gaming, still it will not disappoint you if you intend to play some games after a tiresome day at work.
Battery life is great. The MacBook 2016 battery can last for more than 11 hours 19 minutes which is slightly less than previous year’s MacBook Pro and its rival Asus ZenBook Pro. Still, it’s a great choice if want to stay productive.
The new MacBook Pro 2016 offers everything you can expect in an ideal laptop ranging from a high-end processor, fast SSD, large RAM and a powerful graphic card. You’ll also love the reduced size and the reformed design of the Mac. Apart from this, the new Touch Bar feature is worth trying at least once.
Overall if you’re looking forward to replacing your desktop, Apple Mac Pro 15-inch (2016) is the perfect option.
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