MacBook Pro 2016 review: Apple’s almost-perfect laptop – Telegraph.co.uk
All that said, the world is moving towards the universal USB-C format, and AppleÃ¢Â€Â™s move to ditch every other port will only speed this up. Many people buy a laptop for the next five years, not for now, and just as weÃ¢Â€Â™ve coped to live without DVD drives or Ethernet cables, IÃ¢Â€Â™ll bet that weÃ¢Â€Â™ll forget about this too.
The trusty headphone jack remains, despite Apple removing it from the iPhone 7 this year.
Performance and battery life
For the money that youÃ¢Â€Â™ll spend on one of these laptops, youÃ¢Â€Â™d expect top of the range performance, and while there have been a few quibbles about using the previous generation of Intel processor, the new MacBook Pros are certainly an upgrade on previous models.
I donÃ¢Â€Â™t do a lot of video or photo editing that requires a lot of graphical muscle, so all I can say is that everything I have thrown at the MacBook Pro it has handled with aplomb. Apple is also claiming a big leap in gaming performance, although as ever, if youÃ¢Â€Â™re looking for a pure gaming laptop you should look elsewhere.
Specs do increase along the pricing curve Ã¢Â€Â“ the model with the Touch Bar has a faster processor while the 15-inch version packs in dedicated graphics and more RAM Ã¢Â€Â“ which is worth bearing in mind even if youÃ¢Â€Â™re not convinced by the Touch Bar itself.
On battery life, Apple promises 10 hours for day-to-day use such as browsing the web or watching video, and in my tests it certainly lived up to that.
The MacBook Pro is a step forward in many ways: a great keyboard, trackpad, screen and a boost to performance all make this a laptop that is a delight for everyday use.
Touch ID is also a great addition and instantly improved how I used the laptop on a day-to-day basis. But I was less impressed with the Touch Bar: while itÃ¢Â€Â™s a fun piece of tech, I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t find myself wanting to use it that often, and at times I missed the old function keys.
This could well change as time goes on and more apps begin to support the Touch Bar, so IÃ¢Â€Â™m interested to see how it evolves. For those who donÃ¢Â€Â™t think itÃ¢Â€Â™s necessary, the cheapest MacBook Pro doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t have the Touch Bar, and at a Ã‚Â£300 discount, itÃ¢Â€Â™s tempting to say that represents better value – although you also lose Touch ID andÃ‚Â two USB-C ports at this price point.
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s also difficult to ignore the price: this is an expensive machine in a world of very capable cheaper laptops that do have standard USB ports and SD card slots (the poundÃ¢Â€Â™s fall post-Brexit hasnÃ¢Â€Â™t helped here). But if youÃ¢Â€Â™re willing to stretch to it and can handle living in a world of peripherals, the MacBook Pro is still the one laptop I would choose: just not for the reasons you might think.
Pros: Great keyboard, beautiful screen, Touch ID
Cons: Touch Bar not that useful yet, price, having to use USB-C adapters
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