Boom! MacBook Pro Refreshed! We love the new design. However, for pro-use the price is through the roof!
Kaby Lake i7 processors are a nice addition to this otherwise identical-to-last-year’s MacBook Pro re-design. On the graphics side, not much has happened with this year’s model getting more or less identical scores in Geek Bench. Though more powerful and efficient CPUs give you more battery life for the same every-day tasks.
Speaking of battery life, a normal workday gives you roughly 7 hours of with the new MacBook Pro. The shrinking of the chassis from last year meant a shrinking of battery size as well. However, the Kaby Lake processors are still squeezing out a couple of hours more than last year’s model.
Yet for graphic intensive tasks and video rendering, the bottle neck is the Radeon Pro 560 which is concurrently maxing out all tasks thrown at it. Compared to the 5K iMac from two years ago, the new MacBook Pros take almost double the amount of time to render. But since Apple’s announcement of official macOS support for e-GPU cabinets via Thunderbolt 3, this shouldn’t be much of a problem as you can hook up your machine to more powerful chipsets when at home or work.
A 16GB RAM limitation is also one thing to consider. For most users this is enough, but also a heavy limitation of the pros of pros out there. There’s not option to upgrade either as memory is soldered to the motherboard to save space.
The MacBook Pro’s design is as beautiful as last year and although thin, the aluminum enclosure feels sturdy enough to be the hub of your digital life, wherever you go! With the 15″ model weighing only 4 pounds (1.8 kg), this is a serious competitor to Apple’s own MacBook Air line. The Touch Bar still feels more like a gimmick though. The Touch ID sensor is more useful, but not enough to justify changing the top physical buttons to digital ones.
The price is hefty though. As of writing, the 13″ model starts at USD $1,299.00, the 15″ model USD $2,399 but a serious user sure would want to max out everything right? For USD $4,199, you’ll get a 3.1GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, 2TB SSD storage, Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB memory and a much thinner wallet.
If Apple gave us more RAM capabilities and a fleshy graphics card or a discounted e-GPU cabinet, we could somewhat forgive the astronomical prices. Pro-branded is all about performance, right? A capable machine, no doubt. However, we would like to see it a bit more power on the graphics yet still as portable.
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