The computer corrects errors of the previous generation and brings performance and sound improvements, but the price remains high.
The MacBook Pro 16 ” is the latest top-of-the-line notebook from Apple i. The model, which is on sale at the official apple store for $2,399.00 And $2,799.00, has the new Magic Keyboard, which replaces the problematic one Butterfly pattern The computer also brings improvements in hardware, such as a bigger screen and a promise of greater autonomy, but it can disappoint in aspects such as repairability, for example.
MacBook Pro 16 Pros
- High performance
The 16-inch MacBook pro promises good speed for a variety of tasks. The main change is due to the video card: in the entry version, the computer brings the Radeon Pro 5300M 4 GB GDDR6, from AMD . The GPU replaces the Radeon Pro 555X, present in the previous 15-inch model with the same 4 GB and older VRAM GDDR5 standard.
In the more robust version of the 16 “PC, the Vega 20 gives way to the Radeon Pro 5500M, 4 or 8 GB, which promises up to 80% more graphics performance. As the MacBook pro is not geared towards games, the changes should make the difference mainly in video design and editing.
The processor options are up to the Core i7 , with six cores and speeds of 2.6 GHz, or Core i9 , with eight cores and 2.3 GHz, both of Intel’s ninth generation . These chips were also present in the 15-inch Macbook Pro, but the heat dissipation system present in the current version of the computer promises to maintain constant performance even in demanding tasks. The MacBook Pro 16 “also won in RAM, with a minimum of 16 GB and a maximum of 64 GB.
- Premium design
The model follows Apple’s tradition, featuring premium design and magnesium alloy construction, which should mean good durability. Apple computers tend to be in good working order for a long time, which, in a way, may justify the high investment. Proof of this is the extended support of macOS , a system whose most current version is compatible with units manufactured after 2012.
The notebook brings again a keyboard of good quality, replacing the old butterfly pattern, besides offering a display with thin borders. As a result, the narrower margins of the Full HD screen (3072 x 1920 pixels) should provide a pleasant feeling of immersion to users. The large trackpad and Touch Bar are also kept in the product.
- High quality speakers
One of the main changes of the new MacBook Pro 16 “is in the audio system. There are six speakers in all, in addition to woofers that provide vibration cancellation to improve the sound, especially the bass. Because of this, many reviews on the Internet come praising the audio playback of the notebook.
The laptop also brings a new set of microphones that tend to offer good audio capture at meetings. Thus, the novelties improve the reputation of a computer for professionals such as DJs, phonographic producers, among others.
- Battery with good autonomy
The 100 Wh battery promises up to 11 hours of use for the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019, even when connected to Wi-Fi and playing videos, for example. With that, the laptop must have enough autonomy for a day of work, for example, even in types of use that demand more of the hardware. Charging is done via any of the four USB-C ports with support for the Thunderbolt 3 standard. These inputs also promise high data transfer speed, at around 40 Gb / s, being compatible with up to four simultaneous monitors with resolution 6K.
MacBook Pro 16 Cons
- Limited connectivity
Despite the good number of Thunderbolt 3 ports, the connectivity options of the MacBook Pro 16 “stop there. The computer does not offer a memory card reader, nor inputs in the traditional USB-A or HDMI format. Features like this are often useful for professionals, who are precisely the target audience of this line of Apple computers. Photographers who use the Mac to edit images, for example, need an adapter to transfer photos from the camera.
The offer of wireless connectivity is also not the best. The laptop is not compatible with Wi-Fi 6, the latest industry standard, and also does not support data chips. Some newer notebooks have appeared with this feature, something interesting to keep the machine always connected.
- Low reparability
IFixit, a website specializing in disassembly and electronics repairs, gave the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 the minimum mark in the repairability test. The Apple computer was considered very difficult to repair mainly because RAM and SSD are soldered on the motherboard. In addition, access to the other components is quite complicated, such as keyboard, fingerprint sensor, Touch Bar and the screen itself.
These features make computer repair more expensive when there is no longer a factory warranty and can force the user to seek Apple service even when the repair is no longer free. It is also impossible to upgrade memory or storage on your own, as is often the case with many notebooks from other brands.
- High price
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is yet another Apple product that comes at a relatively high price. its initial value is $ 4565.68, in the option with Core i7 processor and storage of 512 GB. The most expensive option with predefined specifications appears for $ 5323.50, equivalent to the machine with Core i9 and 1 TB of SSD. The user can configure his notebook with even better parts, and prices reach $ 11575, on a PC equipped with 64 GB of RAM, 8 TB of SSD storage and 8 GB Radeon Pro 5500M video card.
Among the competitors, it is worth mentioning the Dell XPS 13, which appears for at least $ 2083. The model features an even more recent tenth generation processor, in addition to the same amounts of RAM and storage. But the Zenbook Pro, the Asus, has similar specifications in relation to the MacBook Pro 16 “as the Core i9 chip, for example, but offers an extra screen on the trackpad. The Chinese giant product costs from $ 1946, also according to Compare.