MacBook​ Pro 16″ – First Impressions

The new 16” MacBook Pro Apple is an attempt to rectify most, if not all, of the major complaints MacBook users have presented over the last few years. It offers a large amount of upgrades over previous models for what appears to be a handful of easily justifiable trade-offs. It’s got better graphics, a bigger display for nearly no extra overall size, a bigger battery with longer life claims and a completely redesigned keyboard.

The new 16″ MacBook Pro will completely replace the 15″ model in Apples lineup and comes configured with the same processors the 15” MacBook Pro came with either a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 or a 2.3GHz 8-core i9 from Intel. But this isn’t the only similarity between the 15″ and 16″ MacBook Pro the new model will also start at the same £2,299 price tag.

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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 will continue to use the dynamic hand-off system that switches between high power mode and extended battery life.

The i9 model will run £2,799 and comes with a 1TB drive, which is a welcomed upgrade. It comes with an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB of memory.

You can configure both models with an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Both models can also now get up to 8TB of SSD storage which Apple says is the most storage on a notebook ever and 64GB of 2666Hz DDR4 RAM, but we can expect that those upgrades will fetch a pretty penny.

The new MacBook Pro has a larger 16” Retina display that has a 3072×1920 resolution at 226 PPI. The monitor features the same 500 nit maximum brightness, P3 colour gamut and True Tone tech as the current 15” MBP. The bezels of the screen are narrower, which makes it feel even larger. This also contributes to the fact that the overall size of the new MacBook Pro is just 2% larger in width and height, with a .7mm increase in thickness. It also weighs 4.3 lbs, heavier than the 4.02 lb current 15” model.

One other area where the 16” MacBook Pro has made a huge improvement is the speaker and microphone arrays which are now better in every way than previous versions. The new array consists of six speakers arranged so that the subwoofers are positioned in pairs, antipodal to one another (back to back) which means that they each cancel out vibrations from the other subwoofer reducing vibrations and rattling.

All these upgrades make the MacBook Pro range actually seem like a Pro product for the first time in a while. Let’s just hope there won’t be any more issues with the keyboard this time.

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