Unfortunately, I haven’t been lucky enough to get a new MacBook Pro myself to fully test out the innovative peace of tech. Thankfully one of my clients was due and upgrade and decided it was the best plan of action. I won’t lie I did push him towards the MacBook Pro but not for selfish reasons. It suited him best for the amount of money he has spare and compared to the laptop he was upgrading to.
First things first…I love the keyboard. Trying to explain this to others shows how dorky I can be but it is what stood out majorly to me. I believe it is the fact that the keys don’t have a very long sense of range therefor it feels like you can effortlessly pace your way around the keyboard without being slowed down. I enjoyed the keyboard so much I played a type racer game for a about an hour just because I couldn’t stop. My only issue with the keyboard is when I would occasionally miss a key and hit the side I couldn’t tell a distinct difference between the key and the aluminium panel. This may just be a short coming of mine though because I can’t tell the difference between a metal panel and keyboard key.
Moving on to the game changing touch bar I was impressed…For the first 15 mins. After that it became a bit of an annoyance due to it ever changing and catching my eye and drawing my attention away from the screen. Whilst it is hugely beneficial for everything that is provided to you by apple it doesn’t have much to accompany many of the none apple products that I would commonly install and run daily. I know the touch bar is fairly new and it won’t be on the top of the developers lists for added integration but I thought it would have come a bit further than it has. Despite the lack of support that I found for the touch bar though I can’t fault its technology. The touch is smooth and the scrolling is flawless. I didn’t manage to test the fingerprint as it wasn’t my machine but I’m assuming it is a seem less as the iPhone is.
I did a migration from on MacBook Pro to another using the built-in migration assistant from apple and this is one of the reasons I love apple products. Once I had connected the two machines…Via several adapters and an ethernet cable the transfer went along smoothly without the need to be monitored. In fact, I left it to run overnight whilst I went home and when I got back to the office in the morning it was good to go. This is just one of the many ways that Apple racks up the brownie points for their technologies.
My biggest gripe…USB-C. I understand that USB-C is a great step forward in technology but it hasn’t taken the market yet and shouldn’t be the sole point of connectivity for a machine on the market today. As I mentioned, I did the migration over an ethernet cable. Neither of the MacBook Pro’s in question had an ethernet port. On the old one I had to use an ethernet to USB 3 connector and to the new MB pro I had to use an ethernet to USB 3 adapter and then a USB 3 to USB-c adapter. It wasn’t pretty but it got the job done. Personally, I don’t think that USB-C has reached the prime stage in its life where it can be the sole connection to the laptop. I see the appeal but all it does it mean you must find new adapters so that you can fit your laptop into your current set up or find a new setup entirely. This can be a costly venture.
Taking a step away from the technological side though, Aesthetically, it is beautiful. I think the incorporation of the space grey for the MB line is a great choice. That darkness of the aluminium adds a space age look that I think really steps the MB pro forward. As with most of the upgrades to the MB pro line it has become thinner and lighter but yet more powerful which is just outstanding. To look at this machine whether it is open or closed is a great feat.