When Apple first announced the 2016 MacBook
Pro I did a video over the top 5 letdowns about the laptop based on what Apple showed
us during the announcement. Well now I have owned the 2016 MacBook Pro
for about 3 months, and I’m here to share my experience with you and give you an update
about those letdowns that I was expecting. Is it as bad as I thought it would be? Stick around to find out and at the end of
the video I’ll let you know whether or not you should buy it. First, let’s address the cost. So many people including me were up in arms
about the 2016 MacBook Pro being way overpriced for what you get. I bought the 13″ Touch Bar Space Gray model
with a 2.9 GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, which came out to be right
around $2,000 US. Let’s put that into perspective. At the time of this recording for $250 less
on Amazon you can get a 2016 Dell XPS 13 with a newer generation 3.5 GHz i7 processor, double
the amount of RAM, same size solid state drive, but a higher resolution display that’s also
a touch screen. If you’ve seen my Dell XPS 13 vs MacBook Pro
video in which both laptops have 6th generation Skylake processors, you know that not all
user experiences are created equally just by basing it off of specs alone, but when
you’re talking about an exact dollar-to-specification ratio, the 2016 MacBook Pro is certainly overpriced
when it’s compared to similar laptops in its class. The big question is: how well does it perform
given its seemingly lower specs? For me, the toughest task I perform on my
laptop is editing 4K videos. Since I use Final Cut Pro X, which is optimized
for MacOS, it can export a 5-minute 4K video in about 4 minutes on the 2016 MacBook Pro. Now that’s actually pretty impressive. The lack of a dedicated GPU is its biggest
hurdle when rendering videos but overall, Final Cut Pro X works well enough for me to
use the MacBook Pro as a video editing machine, albeit not the greatest one. Other than video editing, just like any other
computer with a solid state drive, day to day tasks normal tasks are handled with ease
on the MacBook Pro. Everything from web browsing to office applications
are all fast. There’s no lag or stuttering when opening
apps or having multiple tabs open in Chrome. The cold bootup time is about 24 seconds which
is longer than I expected, but with one of the MacBook Pro’s best new features, Touch
ID, getting back into the laptop from sleep mode is dang near instantaneous which is nice. On the GeekBench tests which measures overall
performance, my MacBook Pro scored a 7606. LaptopMag.com tested two different models
of the Kaby Lake Dell XPS 13, with the Core i5 model scoring 7159 and the Core i7 model
scoring 7915. That means the 2016 MacBook Pro 13″ i5 model
falls right in between the i5 and i7 on the Dell XPS 13, which is pretty good since the
MacBook Pro has the previous generation CPU. Overall, I think the 13″ MacBook Pro is a
perfect balance between mobility and performance. As for the new features, the 2nd generation
butterfly keyboard is extremely nice to type on in my opinion. I enjoy it very much, and the super large
trackpad is a dream. It’s way better than any other trackpad I’ve
used. Battery life, for me, has been kind of average,
nothing spectacular. On a normal day for me which includes watching
YouTube videos, streaming Spotify, browsing the web, typing documents, it lasts about
7 hours on a full charge. I do love how fast it charges from 0-100%
in about 90 minutes when the lid is closed though. What about the coolest new new new feature
of the MacBook Pro, the touch bar? I called it a gimmick when I first heard about
it, and honestly, it pretty much is. It really is just a coolness factor for the
most part. Sometimes it is useful in native apps like
Final Cut Pro which is nice for me because I use that to edit, but for web browsing I
use Chrome, and I’m not going to switch to Safari just because it’s optimized for the
Touch Bar. Given that the Touch Bar changes depending
on what app is open, it’s not easy to wire your brain to use it. If you want a quick way to message emojis
it’s great. But other than that, the Touch Bar is overhyped
and underused. The other big change on the 2016 MacBook Pro
is the port selection. It only has USB Type C Thunderbolt 3 ports. No USB-A ports, no SD card slot, no HDMI port,
which is kind of a travesty given that it’s a model called Pro. But hey, at least they remembered to put the
headphones jack in. Too soon? So right out of the box you cannot connect
any of your current USB-A devices or even your latest iPhone which is crazy. If you get the 2016 MacBook Pro, get used
to adapters. These Aukey USB-C to USB-A adapters are probably
a necessity. I’ll leave a link in the description below. On the bright side, USB-C with its universal
design and incredibly fast transfer speeds is certainly the way of the future and having
four USB-C ports will be really convenient when all devices go that route. But right now, it feels unfriendly. So is the 2016 MacBook Pro worth it? Well we know it has an awesome design, it
has a solid build made of high quality materials, it has a fantastic display, nice sounding
speakers, great trackpad, great keyboard, good reliable performance. But it is on the expensive side, it does lack
the port variety, and it seems to have lower specs than most of the other competitors in
its class. I think you should only consider buying it
if you are: 1. Okay with taking adapters along with the laptop
wherever you go or if for some reason you don’t need a variety of ports. 2. You absolutely want the Touch Bar and you
think you would get use out of it. 3. If you have a high budget and don’t care about
the latest and greatest specs. 4. If you plan to keep this laptop for 5+ years. If you don’t meet all of those conditions
but you still want a MacBook Pro, I would suggest looking at a 2015 MacBook Pro. I’ll leave a link in the description below,
sometimes you can find a really good deal on a refurbished one. The 2015 model will have older specs, but
the performance will be similar to the 2016 model and you’ll have a wider variety of ports,
along with the MVP MagSafe connector, and most of all you’ll save some money. So that is my conclusion on the 2016 MacBook
Pro. What do you think of this laptop? Let me know in the comments below, and subscribe
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