We know: the 2017 MacBook Pro has got its share of flak on account of its so-called Touch Bar, the multi-touch strip that replaced the Function keys on the top section of the keyboard. Some found it gimmicky while some are not convinced about its utility, pointing how it can adversely affect user experience. Since the first iteration was launched for this line in 2016, however, Apple has provided some upgrades and tweaks so we feel that the experience is now significantly better. You can take this notebook home and primarily enjoy the benefits inherent in the Apple ecosystem: seamless integration with Apple software and hardware, and the recent upgrades has resulted to faster and better performance.
For the uninitiated or those upgrading from an older MacBook, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is important because a number of design elements constituted a radical departure from previous MacBook iterations. Of course, the aluminum unibody remains the same and this is not necessarily a bad thing because the laptop looks beautiful and you can expect that the 15-inch unibody feels solid and expensive like its predecessors. Apple says the chassis has been carved out one piece of metal. If you travel a lot, you can be assured that it can keep up with the abuse without any flex or worn hinges.
Then, there is the Touch Bar. This is the the controversial OLED interactive panel. The screen does take a lot of getting use to especially since it features different functionalities when using applications. For instance, if you are in Safari, the Touch Bar will let you navigate between tabs or allow Adobe Photoshop users to access additional features and controls. This is also the part where Apple installed the fingerprint scanner. When you get the hang of it, you might even learn to love this new innovation.
The 2017 MacBook Pro lineup has upgraded to the latest Intel chips. The 15-inch Pro is rocking the 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor, a 16 GB RAM and a choice between the 1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 630 / 4GB Radeon Pro 560. It will ship with the proprietary 2,880×1,800-pixel Retina display, which is differentiated from its predecessor by the P3 display technology. It is also outfitted with 512 GB SSD storage and runs the macOS 10.12.5 Sierra out of the box.
The MacBook Pro is already available in the market and retails for $2,799. That’s an eye watering price tag but considering the value propositions, that should be reasonable especially when considering the competition in the high-end laptop category. The most important value for us is the way the MacBook Pro can handle just about anything you throw at it without any hiccups.