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This is my experiences with the all new 2016 Macbook pro base model. I’ve had it for almost 2 weeks now and this 2016 Macbook pro has become one of my favorite computers despite its shortcomings. If you came to this review expecting the Macbook to be a computer that does it all from 4k editing to extreme gaming, you’re looking at the wrong computer. If you’re looking for a great long battery performer that can do moderately demanding tasks, and has great build quality. That’s more this devices speed.
This is pretty much what I discuss in the video in word form:
Hey guys Jimmy here and this is my unboxing and experience with the all new 2016 macbook pro. This thing is really different from the old Retina macbook pros. I mean, look at it. It’s space gray.
If you haven’t noticed the new macbook pro is thinner than the old retina macbook pro.
So first, imagine this, you go home, open up your new macbook pro, and decide to sync some photos or music to your iphone. So you reach for your charging cable but you realized something, you can’t plug it into your brand new and shiny computer. But if you do want to. You can dish out 20-25 dollars to do it. This is the experience you’ll get with a lot of things, since it only has 2 USB Type-C ports with thunderbolt 3 support.
ANYWAY, the backlit keyboard got changed to a style similar to the 12in macbook, but the pro uses improved butterfly switches. Since I used the 12in macbook as my daily driver, I can tell you one thing. These keys on the macbook pro feel much better. Not as good as the old macbook pro keys but it gets the job done.
The speakers are great, I thought the ones on the 12in macbook were good but the ones on this macbook pro are fantastic. It gets really loud if you push it. Here’s what it sounds like with Unity by The Fat Rat.
Now the base model Macbook pro comes with 256gb of SSD storage and still standard 8gb of ram.
The screen resolution is 2560 x 1600. You know what that means… super. HD. 1440p youtube videos. But seriously the screen can get really bright. 500 nits I think. That’s plenty enough to melt your eyes off.
The webcam is. Still the same.
The trackpad got way bigger. It’s huge. I can fit my clenched fist within the borders of the trackpad. It’s got the force touch trackpad similar to the 12in macbook, but what I noticed is that it’s a little less clicky than its younger brother.
So this new macbook pro uses a 15w Skylake Processor. Not the new KAY-B, Cabbie, Krabby Patty? lake processors. However, these are faster than some kaby lake processors in other notebooks such as a few Dell XPS 13 models. In terms of processing power, they tie with the 2015 macbook pro, while providing better graphics. Overwatch is pretty playable at lower settings without really dipping below 30 FPS with the Macbook pro’s Iris 540 graphics. Video editing is pretty do-able, I mean this whole video was made on it.
As for fan noise, it’s never sounded like a jet engine, and when it does ramp up the fans, its just a nice hum.
This thing has great battery life, doing light tasks like watching youtube vide- I mean doing homework, watching lectures, and writing essays, this thing definitely lasts its stated 10 hours, and then some. What Apple won’t tell you though, is the model without the touchbar has a bigger battery, and a less power hungry processor which probably means longer battery life than the touch bar version. Innovation.
At $1,499 dollars this thing costs a lot. But how overpriced is it? I compared it to the new XPS 13, and spec’d it out with a similar configuration to the macbook pro. And guess what? The XPS 13 was only $100 cheaper. So would I say this piece of fruit metal is overpriced? Sorta. But not anywhere near what everyone else originally thought. Even if you compare it to the 2015 Macbook Pro you’d see that giving it an upgrade from 128gb to 256gb, you’d get the exact same price as the new one. Then why not buy the new one that has improved updates? Do your research before actually picking a computer guys.
Now my overall impressions? With a Skylake i5 processor and Intel Iris 540 graphics this thing won’t play super intense games. The speakers are by far the best speakers I’ve heard come from a laptop, and the force touch trackpad works really well. The screen is so nice, that you can tell how average the 720p web cam is. The ports are definitely gonna leave you asking for more. It’s a solid computer. The price tag, while competitive, is still high considering this is a grand and a half and supposed to replace the Macbook Air which was ony 2/3rds the price. I’d recommend this if you really don’t mind adapters. Because I think overall, this is a great machine, especially if they could lower the price slightly.
Song Used for speakers: TheFatRat – Unity