Review of Mac book 15 inch

It’s fair to say there’s been a few negative reactions around Apple’s new MacBook Pro line-up.  There’s a (somewhat worthwhile) school of thought that says this laptop should have been a new MacBook Air, with Apple announcing a workstation-level notebook called the Pro.

Naturally this would have also come in for some criticism. But it’s clear that Apple does not see itself as a mainstream supplier of notebooks. It’s somewhat odd to think of the MacBook Air as old hat, but that’s what it is, the closest thing Apple has to a mid-ranger.

Here we’re looking at the Touch Bar version (which comes in 13 or 15-inch sizes, available in Silver or Space Grey) but there’s also a base-level MacBook Pro without TouchBar and with only two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that shaves £300 off the 13-inch TouchBar price.

What’s incredible about all the new Pros is that they’re the same thickness as the rear of the MacBook Air but with retina display and far more power. Except for a small subset of users, these truly are do-anything devices.

They borrow the best new features from the 12-inch MacBook, drops all ports (save the headphone jack, still needed in PCs and Macs) in favour of four all-purpose USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, boasts a massive trackpad and maxxes out at 16GB of memory (this is the maximum of low power memory allowed by Intel’s Skylake platform).

The stunning retina display continues to astound, especially with the 15-inch version – and in these Macs the retina display has a wider colour gamut, too. The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s an improved version from that in the 12-inch MacBook.

The 15-inch features quad-core Intel Core i7 chips, the 13-inch a still-speedy 2.9GHz Core i5.  The limitation of 16GB of low power memory isn’t ideal for some people who would have considered this notebook. But it’s a small amount of people – for many, 16GB will do fantastically.

And all models are 8GB by default, anyway. Apple believes that the speedy 256GB or 512GB SSD drives used here (3GB/s write) means that these Macs can page the drive as extra memory without a performance hit for all but the highest-demand user.