MacBook Pro 2016: Good Buy Or Overpriced?

MacBook Pro 2016: Good Buy Or Overpriced?
The MacBook Pro 2016 is finally here. This brings in the question of whether or not it is a worthy buy. Photo : Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images

The MacBook Pro 2016 has been rumored for a long time before Apple finally unveiled it. Last October 27, the company finally ended the mystery and revealed three MacBook Pros. While the devices indeed came in with the rumored specs and features, the laptops' overall value is still a great debate to many people. Is the MacBook Pro really a worthy purchase? Or is it yet another glitz-based fad?

Apple took a long time before unveiling a new laptop making the MacBook Pro 2016 a justifiable upgrade for users of older Macs. However, with a price as high as what the MacBook Pro 2016 has, there should be people thinking twice before buying one. While Apple's new products can indeed satisfy your Apple craving, people might need some thorough decision-making before splurging.

Apple MacBook Pro 2016, News

Apple has unveiled three new MacBook Pros, Tech Radar reported. There are two 13-in models and one 15-in model. As predicted, the Touch Bar feature made it to the MacBook Pro 2016. However, only two units have it. The 13-in MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar is priced at $1499 and it comes with a 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. The 13-inch model that comes with a Touch Bar and a Touch ID has a starting price of $1799. It comes with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. As per Apple's site, both 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 models can be boosted up and be configured to a more powerful processor. However, the more expensive unit can be boosted to a much higher configuration.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 also comes with a Touch Bar and Touch ID. However, it's a bit more expensive with a price tag that starts at $2399. It is then powered by a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. All three MacBook Pro 2016 units came with the promised Thunderbolt 3 USB C ports and audio jacks.

Apple MacBook Pro 2016, Early Verdict

Well, the question here is whether or not you really need all of the MacBook Pro 2016's features. It's worth noting that there are a number of good alternatives on the market right now. Although these alternatives run Windows and not MacOS, they are pretty much as powerful (if not more powerful) than Apple's new release. In fact, these competitions are way more affordable than the new MacBook Pros. You can actually get a super-premium Windows laptop for $1000 or less.

However, preference is still a big factor in any purchase. If you have been a MacBook user from day one, getting the MacBook Pro 2016 should be a worthy upgrade. If you held back buying a new laptop just to wait for Apple's launch, then you probably deserve to splurge a bit on this one. People who have been used to MacOS and are not willing to shift to Windows can also find the new MacBook Pro a worthy purchase. Apple's OS indeed brings in some essential features that most MacOS and iOS users deem necessary. So while the MacBook Pro 2016's price remains arguably expensive, Apple lovers really have no choice. It's basically an option to go for a MacBook Pro 2016 or an older MacBook model.

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