My Brief Review of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Earlier this year, Apple updated its MacBook Pro. Here are my thoughts on the new computer

Taking a good picture of this laptop is hard

For the first time since 2010, I went out and bought a brand new computer. I chose the 15-inch Space Gray, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM. Setting up the new machine was easy because I’ve automated the heck out of it. Here are my brief thoughts on the laptop:

  • The addition of Touch ID is way nicer than I initially thought it would be. Unfortunately, Touch ID doesn’t work for everything. This could be because developers haven’t had time to completely add support for it.
  • I miss the Apple logo that lights up. I finally have an awesome sticker to put there, but now I can’t use it.
  • Space gray is awesome. If Apple ever makes a matte black MacBook Pro, I will sign away my first-born.
  • The trackpad feels big. Katie Floyd talked about having to contort her arm so that she doesn’t accidentally click it, and I can relate a bit. I don’t hate it, but the palm rejection needs to be better.
  • I didn’t know the Touch ID sensor is also the power button.
  • The keyboard is better than the first-gen butterfly switches. Yes, there isn’t much travel, but I don’t mind it. I prefer a mechanical keyboard, but I don’t hate using it when I’m just using the laptop on the couch (which is quite often).
  • Calling the Touch Bar a gimmick is ignorant. At the moment, there aren’t many things I wouldn’t be able to do with a keyboard shortcut. As usual, I think we’ll see third-party developers imagine new ways of using it that’ll become more valuable to power users. For now, the actions in the Touch Bar are insanely useful to new Mac users.
  • The display is significantly brighter. I had my previous MacBook at full brightness, the current one is only at about seventy-five percent. It’s beautiful.
  • I think USB-C is great. I was able to easily hook up to my Thunderbolt Display via adapter, and have access to all the other peripherals I needed. Very soon, we’ll all be using USB-C stuff anyway.
  • I did have to buy an extra power adapter so that I could have one at my desk, and another for on the go. Having a display that also charges the laptop is a luxury I’d gotten used to. That cost me $125 USD. Ridiculous.

There is plenty more to say about this machine, but overall, I love it. After working with this machine for about three weeks, I’m excited about the possibilities and the future of the MacBook Pro.