New MacBook Pro has been shrunken down to the degree of serving as the MacBook Air’s spiritual successor, which is what many of us had been hoping for all along.
It’s the thinnest and lightest Pro ever, and it provides the display and performance upgrades my three-year-old laptop has been in desperate need of. Costing $1,499, it sits right in the middle between Apple’s $1,299 MacBook and the new $1,799 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar and four Thunderbolt ports. It’s like the Air, in that it bridges the gap between Apple’s most portable and most powerful mobile computers, but it does so in an interesting new way.
It’s a bigger and significantly more powerful version of that super-thin machine. More of a pro MacBook than a MacBook Pro.
The new MacBook Pro is as beautiful and desirable as ever, but using it is alienating to anyone living in the present.
- Brilliant display
- Enormous, luxurious trackpad
- Sumptuous industrial design
- Balances performance, battery life, and size superbly well
- No SD card slot or regular USB ports
- High price is compounded by the catalog of extra dongles you have to buy
- Carrying the dongles is annoying, forgetting them is doubly so
Overall Score Board: 8.6 SCORE