Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro Complete Review

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Apple finally revealed its long-rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro, and according to some users who got to play with it early, it was well worth the wait.

 

The latest 16-inch MacBook Pro will offer you plenty of surprises beyond its bigger display. The magic keyboard, the new audio system, upgraded thermal management and of course, its beastly processing power- all these features are enough to force one to buy it.

Here’s the complete review of the new machine according to some reviewers.

16-inch MacBook Pro Price and Release Date

You can now order the 16-inch MacBook Pro both online and in stores, and it was released on November 15.

The standard model starts at $2,399 with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon 5300M GPU and 512GB SSD.

The $2,799 model steps you up to the faster Core i9 CPU, faster Radeon Pro 5500M graphics and 1TB SSD.

Magic Keyboard

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One of the main promises Apple is making with its new 16-inch MacBook Pro is that the keyboard is finally switching back to the more reliable scissor-style switches it’s used in the past.

The switches on the 16-inch MacBook Pro are so similar to the standalone keyboard, in fact, keys are interchangeable between the two products.

Apple says that it has done extra work to stabilize the keycaps, made them slightly smaller so there’s more space between the keys, and that if a key breaks you can just replace that one key without taking apart the whole laptop.

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The company is calling it the Magic Keyboard. The new keyboard also gets an inverted “T” arrangement for the arrow keys and a physical Escape key. You also get Touch ID and a Touch Bar on the keyboard.

All in all, The Magic Keyboard uses a refined scissor mechanism that is expected to be more reliable than the butterfly keyboard that was prone to failure. The keyboard offers up 1mm of key travel and features a “more responsive key press.”

16-inch MacBook Pro Display

The 16-inch MacBook Pro model uses a display with 500 nits of brightness, P3 Wide Color support, and True Tone functionality- so it will auto adjust the tone of the screen to make it easier on your eyes and Retina will give you a sharp picture. The display has a resolution of 3072 x 1920 pixels and has a pixel density of 226 ppi.

It supports the P3 Wide Color Gamut. It’s a vibrant display that offers deep blacks and excellent colour reproduction. Also, the 16-inch MacBook Pro features a variable refresh rate that can be set to the frame rate of a video that’s being edited or viewed. Options include 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, and 60Hz.

Design

The 16-inch MacBook Pro looks very much like other MacBook Pros, complete with a comically large touchpad and a solid aluminum design in Silver and Space gray.

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The only difference between this and the 15-inch MacBook is that the latest model has narrower bezels on the sides, though the top bezel is relatively thick.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro does have a slightly larger footprint than the old 15-inch models. It’s slightly heavier too (4.3 vs. 4.02 pounds), and thicker (1.62 vs. 1.55 cm). But in hand and use, it effectively feels the same size as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Audio

The new model has radically improved built-in speakers than the visuals. There’s a 6-speaker sound system, with Force Feedback-enabled woofers.

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In a small room, you can credibly use the MacBook Pro 16 to play music as though it’s an entertainment speaker system. The speaker setup they have here has crisper highs and deeper bass than you’ve likely ever heard from a portable machine. Movies are really lovely to watch with the Macbook Pro. The quality of sound here is really very, very good.

That’s not the only audio bit that’s better now, though; Apple has also put in a 3-mic array for a sound recording that it claims has a high enough signal-to-noise ratio that it can rival standalone microphones.

MacBook Pro Specs and Performance

The 16” MacBook Pro comes configured with either a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 or a 2.3GHz 8-core i9 from Intel. The standard graphics configuration in the i7 is an AMD  Radeon Pro 5300M with 4GB of memory and an integrated Intel UHD graphics 630 chip. The system continues to use the dynamic hand-off system that trades power for battery life on the fly.

The i9 model rolls with an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of memory. You get 16GB of RAM to start, but it can accommodate up to 64GB of memory. And there’s 512GB of SSD storage that’s configurable up to 8TB.

Apple says that if you’re upgrading from a quad-core, 15-inch MacBook Pro, you should get about double the performance on the new machine.

It supports two displays with 6016×3384 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colours and up to four displays with 4096×2304 resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colours.

In addition to this, Macbook Pro 16 comes with 720p FaceTime HD camera.

Battery Life

Apple claims the 100-watt-hour battery will last 11 hours on a single charge (of wirelessly web browsing), and you can use one of the four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports to charge it up with the included 96W power adapter.

It can run up to 11 hours Apple TV App movie playback and 30 days of standby time.

Final Words

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is the best Apple laptop in years. The Magic keyboard feels a lot more comfortable than any Butterfly MacBook keyboard.

Apple is selling the new MacBook Pro in silver or space grey, with a starting price of $2,399. Grab it soon!