Our Honest Review of the New MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Apple just rolled out a new version of the MacBook Pro which is available with both 13” and 15” screens. It promises more computing power and a number of brand new features, but the jury is still out as to whether the new MacBook pro is actually a significant upgrade over its predecessor. In this review, we’re going to give you a few reasons why you should consider buying the new MacBook Pro and a few reasons why it might not be for you.

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Reasons You Should Consider Buying the New MacBook Pro

The 2018 MacBook Pro contains six-core microchips and somewhat better graphical processing units. It has a hefty 32 gigabyte RAM option. There are SSDs with up to 4 terabytes of memory. You’re getting better processors, bigger SSDs and more RAM. In short, it is more powerful on every front. This is especially true with the 15” models. If you need a powerful, portable Mac running the latest OS, this is the only option you have.

Another great thing about this MacBook is that touch ID is built in and makes logins simple and smooth. That is done through the Touch Bar. A point in favor of the MacBook Pro is how easy it is to use the new Touch Bar to authorize Apple Pay transactions. And it has a gorgeous display, though it is not true 4K.

True Tone is a color-adjustment feature first seen in the iPad Pro. The “True Tone” feature means it uses ambient sensors to determine the type environment you’re working in and tries to adjust the colors on the display to what it thinks is best for you. If you want something easy on your eyes, this is a plus. If you’re a professional graphic artist, it is still a great addition, but one you’ll have to adjust to.

Siri support is also built into the computer. This has been established in the iPhone X and iPad Pro but is new to the laptop. You can even summon Siri by voice to answer questions while you work.

When it comes to battery life, you can get several hours of running time if you aren’t working the system hard. For normal work, it could last an entire work day. All in all, we can say that the battery is pretty good for a machine with these kinds of specs. We were also very impressed by how responsive the trackpad was and how great the speakers were as well. Apple is doing a great job at constantly improving their sound quality and this one is no exception.

Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy the New MacBook Pro

The biggest strike against it is the cost. However, that’s not a new issue for Apple computers. If you want to render 3D frames as quickly as possible, max out the memory, and order every other hardware upgrade, you could increase the price of the new MacBook Pro by 50% over the baseline model that is itself not cheap. The extra cores are worth it if you’re doing a lot of rendering and compiling, but it isn’t worth it to the average creative type.

Another strike against the unit is the fact you can’t upgrade it. And you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to get it fixed by Apple’s techs. Because everything is soldered down, don’t expect to be able to make emergency component swaps yourself. Fortunately, all you'll need is to invest in a good MacBook Pro case to minimize the risk of damaging your new computer.

The keyboard in the 2018 MacBook Pro leaves a bit to be desired. The keys don’t have as much “travel”, and they have less tactile feedback than other laptop keyboards.

What isn’t clear is why they put silicone baffles under each keycap. This may have been done to reduce the sound generated when you tap on keys, or it may have been done to reduce dust jamming under the butterfly switch. Their “softer” feel, at a minimum, is something to get used to. However, some have mentioned that they actually prefer the softer feel, so it ultimately depends on what you’re looking for in a keyboard.

Observations About the MacBook Pro

While the MacBook Pro has fingerprint recognition, it does not yet have the iPhone X’s Face ID. Since it took a long time for the Mac to have any built-in biometric security at all, expect it to take a few more years to get facial recognition in the Apple laptops.

When Apple went all in on the USB-C in the 2016 MacBook Pro, this was a surprise to pros who have tons of accessories and a workflow they need to maintain. However, there is evidence that this is an industry trend, since more Windows laptops are adopting the USB-C/Thunderbolt setup for all peripherals.

Yet Apple is the only one that uses only the Thunderbolt 3. Whether or not this is a strike against the model depends on how many accessories you use and how compatible they are with the USB-C port. Conversely, the USB-C port can transfer both power and data. The MacBook Pro still requires you to use the Lightning port and cable to charge your iPhone, and a second cable in addition to whatever you’re plugging into the USB-C port.

Should You Get the New MacBook Pro?

If specs are really that important to you, then yes, getting the new version might be a good option. However, another option would be to go for an earlier version. Since this version has been rolled out, prices on previous versions are becoming much more affordable and they still can hold their own. So, this is a major plus for those looking for the same high quality build and performance that the Macbook pro is known for without the price tag.

All in all, the new MacBook pro is a significant upgrade over the previous versions. It comes with tons of new features and technology that the general user will appreciate, and it has the serious power many pros crave.

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