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January 1, 2017

MacBook Pro 2016

Tags: Everyday Life — 5:47 am Comments (0)

When they released the updated MacBook in 2015, I posted that I was going to wait to upgrade from a 2009 MacBook Pro to something a little more powerful. Quite a long wait but I think it was worth it.

I’m pretty happy with the non-touchbar version of the MacBook Pro. Looking down at a keyboard to find buttons doesn’t make sense to me thus the non-touchbar model. While I could complain about the price and battery life, the specs and design are pretty solid. There seems to be quite a few lukewarm reviews out there but that always happens and people need pageviews. This laptop is still the best on the market by a wide margin from a quality, design, and spec perspective. Dell XPS laptops and Razer Blade laptops (stealth version) are also ones I’d consider.

Specs:

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • 2k display, although I’m hooking up to a Dell P2415Q 4k external display
  • weighs 3 lbs. and effectively has a 4 hour battery life (this does need to be way better)
  • USB C and the headphone port are great as the only ports

The only sad thing about the MacBook Pro is that it’s pretty close to complete as a product. The only thing to improve on is the internal guts — can’t really get any thinner, lighter, louder, or brighter and no ports to remove. Of course a laptop can always get faster but this thing is already pretty fast.

So yet again, this particular MacBook Pro defines laptop because there’s really very little left to do to make this an even better product. That said, I’m curious to see how Chromebooks continue to evolve (especially versus tablet improvements) since a browser based OS or just a web based experience is what most folks use and need, and a significantly cheaper price point gets the Web out there to more people.

 



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