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MacBook Pro: In-Depth Review Of Its Pros And Cons

By Staff writer , Nov 30, 2016 03:58 AM EST
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The MacBook Pro 2016 is truly a powerhouse. It has an excellent battery life, was almost as thin and light as the MacBook Air, but has everything that the Air didn't, like a retina display and HDMI port. But with that much features, it also cost about twice as much. So to put it simply, there are a lot to like and love, as well as to hate, about the MacBook Pro 2016. With that being said, here are two of the good and bad stuff that would truly define the MacBook Pro, whether it is worth the purchase, or worth the skip. (Photo : Matthew Moniz)

If you use your laptop as merely a laptop, there's a lot to love with the new MacBook Pro, including a nifty new Touch Bar and a stunning screen. But if your laptop is going to be the core of a potential desktop workstation, then you might encounter some frustrations. The MacBook Pro 2016 is a powerhouse. It has an excellent battery life, was almost as thin and light as the MacBook Air, but has everything that the Air didn't, like a retina display and HDMI port. But with that much features, it also cost about twice as much.

Pros and Cons with the MBP 2016

There are a lot to like and love, as well as to hate, about the MacBook Pro 2016. With that being said, here are two of the good and bad stuff that would truly define the MacBook Pro, whether it is worth the purchase, or worth the skip.

The Bad - The Ports Situation

Unlike former iterations of the MacBook, the MacBook Pro uses four USB-C ports, which would double as Thunderbolt ports with the right cable. As much as it is called a "USB" port, it's quite different than the standard on. This USB-C is a small reversible port that will definitely not fit that thumb stick you commonly have in your pocket.

Ports for multi-use (bad)

You will be using these Ports for charging, for connecting to other peripherals and other screens - basically for everything other than audio (since there's still a 3.5mm audio jack available). This means you will be connecting your device to 99% of hard drives, monitors, thumb sticks, and even your older iPhone or iPad will be requiring an adapter or a new cord.

Using your laptop as a core workstation (worse)

If you use your laptop as your core of a workstation, it can potentially be a real nightmare. Keep in mind that The MacBook Pro 2016 has its very own adapter that you would truly need to have and bring with you at all times. If so happens that you forgot this adapter, you would be faced with a lot of problems, especially if you are going to have a presentation. Keep in mind that no other adapter will be compatible with the MBP 2016 other than its original adaptor, so really don't want to lose it.

The Good - Design and Guts

With all of these problems related to the Macs limited accessibility, what does Apple get in exchange for removing every port? An incredibly thin laptop of course! Just imagine 1.49cm for the 13-inch, and 1.55cm for the 15-inch, which weighs just 1.37kg on its 13-inch model. That's just 30 grams heavier than the 13 inch MacBook Air, and an incredible 210g lighter than the older MBP. This is a very notable difference, and it makes the Pro the kind of thing you can forget that it's actually in your shoulder bag.

The Touch Bar (great)

Let's not forget about the ever-popular Touch Bar feature. Though some may call it irrelevant or an unnecessary, one truly cannot neglect the amount of convenience that the Touch Bar is able to provide for every Mac User.

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