Apple - MacBook Pro® - 15" Display - Intel Core i7 - 16 GB Memory - 256GB Flash Storage - Silver

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The new MacBook Pro is razor-thin, featherlight,and now even faster and more powerful than before. It has the brightest, most colorful Mac notebook display. It has new quad-core processors and high-performance Radeon Pro graphics on every configuration. And it has the revolutionary Touch Bar—a Multi-touch–enabled strip of glass built into the keyboard for instant access to what you want to do, when you want to do it. The new MacBook Pro is built on groundbreaking ideas. And it’s ready for yours.

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What's Included


  • 87W USB-C Power adapter
  • AC wall plug
  • Apple MacBook Pro - 15.4" Display - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - 256GB Flash Storage
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2m)

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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (998 out of 1029)

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Features


  • Intel 7th Generation Core i7

Touch Bar

Touch ID

Brilliant Retina display

Seventh-generation dual-core Intel Core i7

Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of memory

Ultrafast SSD

Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports

Up to 10 hours of battery life*

802.11ac Wi-Fi

Force Touch trackpad

Available in space gray and silver

*Battery life varies by use and configuration.


Overall customer rating

4.8
97%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.1

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice device, great keyboard and screen

    Posted
    BigGeek2
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my 3rd Macbook Pro. I have a 15 late 2011, and a 13" from early 2015. Each one is better than the last. My 13" is actually quite nice, but as and older person (48), my eyes aren't as good as I would like, and the larger screen helps. No doubt, this is a very expensive laptop. I wish it was under 2k (or even if they were able to hit 2k I think it would be acceptable). So, in my opinion, this laptop is a bit overpriced (and yet, I still purchased it). Bottom line is, nobody makes laptops quite like Apple. So, my first thought is, if only Windows 10 wasn't so bad, I'd try my luck with a surface pro laptop. They are really nice devices, and I like that they are touch-screen, but, every time I try Windows, I just cant bring myself to go back. Microsoft makes some really nice hardware, but this Macbook Pro is several notches beyond the Microsoft offering as far as build quality is concerned. The Good =========== First, let me say, this keyboard is surprisingly awesome. I use a Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard with my iMac because it has an awesome feel to it - and while its expensive, I do a lot of typing (I am a coder), so having a keyboard that feels great is a must. I am used to the older Macbook Pro keyboards, which do not feel like this one. This one has a very nice click to it, and its very satisfying typing on it -- and like I said, its surprising. Upon looking at the keyboard, it looks disappointing -- not a lot of travel, but once you begin using it, its like wow - this is nice. However, I would recommend you go to the store and try it out first -- it is very different than any other laptop keyboard I have ever used, so you may decide its not for you. Next, the screen is just gorgeous. Its very crisp, vibrant, and it seems to have an anti-glare to it that my older devices did not have. As you use the laptop, it just feels premium like nothing else you have used. I quite like the oversized touchpad along the bottom - although I cant help but wonder if apple couldn't make more use out of this. How about letting it be used with apple pencil? Its just such a nice large surface, I wonder if apple has something up their sleeve. The touchbar along the top - well, i'd say its 'cool', and I see it has some utility in certain apps. For example, right now, I can change the brightness or volume using a slider on the bar. Its a nice touch, and a nice addition considering this device is so expensive, but i'd much rather have a touch screen. The touchbar also includes a fingerprint sensor like the phones and ipads - again, nice. Id like to see apple incorporate this into their desktop keyboards so that more software developers take advantage of it and make it more relevant. Right now, it feels like a 'nice to have' but not must-have. The speakers actually sound very good. This is rarely a deal breaker for me, but again, expensive device - so having the extra good sounding speakers is a plus. As far as RAM, Processor, and GPU - for my needs, the base 15" is quite capable. i7 quad core, 16GB ram (more than enough for me), and a dedicated GPU. 256 Solid State drive which is VERY fast in my usage. The Bad =========== Based on the price, I feel like apple could have improved in the following ways 1. Touchscreen. I mean come on - cheap Windows laptops have touch screens now. This is a major omission in my opinion. Even if MacOS isn't touch optimized, what about people running Windows Boot Camp and/or VMs? I think Apple is missing the boat here 2. Slots. I am cool with the USB-c slots, but I think a MicroSD slot would have still fit the thin profile, and enabled me to upgrade the on-board storage without having stuff hanging out. 3. Less in the box. My old Macbooks had 2 plugs (one that slid on the power brick, and another that extended it about 6 or 8 ft). That extender cable is no longer in the box. Also, it would have been nice if they included a USB-C to USB (and some other ports) in the box to start with. 4. MagSafe is gone! I cant tell you how devastating this is to me - it was one of my favorite things. I see there is a 3rd party MagSafe adaptor you can buy, but I am disappointed Apple didn't have one in the box. Overall ============ If you are looking at this laptop, you already know its expensive,. However, its a really nice laptop, and unless you are someone that needs more than 16GB Ram (not most of us), this is a solid device likely to last and be viable for 4 to 5 years easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid update to the MacBook lineup!

    Posted
    AandJ091108
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    If you're reading this review chances are you have already researched the MacBook Pro on Apple's website and/or other places, so I won't go through every single spec and feature of the computer, but I do want to highlight a few things *I* really do and don't like about it. First, the famed Touchbar. Is it essential? Probably not. But it's cool, and not just the flashy "look what this computer can do" kind of cool, but actually a USEFUL cool -- if only in certain apps. It actually creeped me out a bit at first because it seemed to be reading my mind. In case you're not aware, the Touchbar is a strip of glass just above the keys on the keyboard which lights up with various "buttons" depending on what app you're using. It's also where the "function" keys live (hold down the Fn button and they magically appear). Unfortunately it doesn't work with all apps -- for example, if you like to use Chrome as your browser you're out of luck. When using Safari, though, it's nice to see small previews of the pages you have open. So while I use the Touchbar more than I thought I would, I can't say I would miss it terribly if it disappeared. Second, the display. It's really a beautiful screen. I don't watch movies on my computer, but even just for web browsing and watching videos online I can notice a significant improvement in brightness and clarity compared with my previous Macbook (from 3 years ago). Third, the trackpad is enormous and wonderfully responsive. Unlike my previous Mac, I don't feel like I'm constantly running out of room when dragging my fingers across it. Seems like a little thing, but it makes a big difference! Fourth, the battery life is fantastic, at least for my amount of use. Admittedly I don't use this non-stop all day long, nor do I watch movies on it, but I only have to charge it once per day, and that's more than I can say for my previous Macbook. While the Touchbar is new and the graphics and speed are improved over previous generations, when it comes to overall design, features, and function I can't say this Macbook marks a radical departure from its predecessors. It's still iOS, the apps appear about the same, and the overall "Apple feel" is unchanged. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as I don't like it when companies change things just for the sake of change. But if you're purchasing this to replace a slightly older Macbook, just know that the overall experience will be familiar. So far the only thing I do NOT like about this computer is how warm it gets. Apple makes a big deal about the internal cooling mechanism, and while I'm sure the cooling technology is sophisticated, the reality is that the computer still gets pretty toasty, particularly on the underside. I point this out because the advertising hype led me to believe that this computer was somehow immune to becoming warm (a testament to the power of Apple's marketing!), but in reality that's not quite the case. This shouldn't be a deal breaker. but I wouldn't plan to have this on your lap for long periods of time. Bottom line: Even though this MacBook Pro isn't loaded with lots of new features and functions, I can't find much to complain about. Speed, power, battery life, and capabilities are all rock solid. And that's what's most important, right?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty great, still room for improvement.

    Posted
    fangiotophia
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    Going from a 2012 MacBook Pro to this 2017 model was quite a jump. Both are quad core with decent specs and SSDs, but the performance improvement is amazing. The new model has 16GB which I was originally sad about (I was coming from 8, so hoping that the max would be 32 this time around), however, I have yet to hit the 16GB limit. In fact, I find that the new machine seems to use even LESS ram than the old one. I also LOVE the battery life. My old machine had gotten to the point where the battery only lasted 2-3 hours under normal circumstances, and it would randomly shut down at 50% remaining sometimes. I can easily get 6 hours out of this new machine with brightness almost all the way up while doing my development. The Touch Bar is also nifty. I use the volume and brightness keys mostly, but I have also added a custom button for Safari which restarts some of my services when they hang (the bitter life of a web developer). I do miss a firm escape key since I use Vim for all of my development, but the Touch Bar spot for it works reasonably well; much better than I expected. That said, there are still a few hiccups. I typically have 20-30 tabs open across 2 browser windows. On my old machine, it was more like 50-60 across 3-4 windows. I originally tried Chrome (my trusted browser) but began experiencing some lag when switching browsers tabs or application windows. It got so bad, I decided to give Opera a try (reading that it was faster). That failed because I need some addons that I could never get working, so I switched to Safari thinking it would be more optimized for the Mac. As it turns out, it too was super slow. This definitely seems like a software issue because I still have 11GB of free RAM, 180GB of SSD space (so it's not paging), and the CPU doesn't seem to be taxed (at least not according to my iStatMenus). Now, I'm using the integrated graphics, but I assumed the new machine would be able to handle basic web-browsing with a few things running in the background. I could potentially switch to the dedicated graphics, but then I lose pretty significant battery life. Last annoying thing, and I'm pretty sure this is software too, it seems more difficult to hit the Cmd-C, Cmd-V keys to copy/paste. I think it's trying to be more smart about it, but very often I will copy/paste and absolutely nothing gets pasted. It's pretty irritating. Overall, though, I still find it to be a quite good laptop that meets my needs. I've only done a tiny bit of gaming on it, but it did seem to do quite a bit better than my old machine. I would definitely recommend the upgraded graphics card if you are looking to game, though, as you will get much better performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a major change from the old Macbook Pro

    Posted
    Customer
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    I have now had the chance to use this new Macbook Pro (16 g ram) side by side with my 2012 Macbook Pro (8 g ram) for a couple of weeks. Physically, the 2017 model is lighter than the 2012 model. The screen on the 2017 seems slightly smaller that the 2012 model. Both have retina displays, but I can't tell a big difference between them. The battery does seem to work as advertised. While working throughout the day, (typing, wireless internet operating, NO bluetooth, using the internet, using Word, Excel, and listening to the radio via the MBP) it will last up to 10 hours. My older MBP can no longer do that. Battery degradation will only allow it to go about 5-6 hours. There is a different feel to the new Mac as compare to the old. The new keyboard has keys that are not as high physically on the deck, and seem to take a little more effort on your keystroke. This seems unimportant unless you type a lot, which I do. Currently, I prefer the old keyboard to the new, but I have no doubt that my typing skills will adapt to the new keyboard. The touch pad is much larger on the new MBP than the old, which is nice if you do not rely on a mouse. The new MacBook has the new touch bar. Can be handy, but you will need to get used to reaching up to use it. Nice addition to the MBP. It is interesting how the task bar changes depending on the application in use. The new MBP has 4 thunderbolt connections. This is very unhandy if you need USB ports (ex. to attach your Super Drive), or card reader. The thunderbolt ports may be the future and I bought this newest MBP with that in mind, but it would have been nice if Apple had supplied at least one dongle for older USB devices. What I have been concerned about is the fact that this 2017 MBP doesn't seem to work any faster than the old 2012 MBP. Identical programs on the machines do not load any faster or respond any quicker on the 2017 model. Safari seems slow on both machines. Annoying quirks are that Excel and Adobe PDF programs have suddenly started appearing on startup for no apparent reason. Not a big deal to close them, but why are they starting in the first place? I have not made any changes to the start up routine. This is something that has started in the last week. Never had this happen on the older MBP. In regard to email, (this may be due to the High Sierra OS/Apple mail), the new MBP deletes all emails that are more than one week old from the inbox. Very annoying. My old MBP (running Mavericks) does not do this. Emails in my inbox on the Mavericks system do not self delete. I have tried to fix this via AppleCare, but with no luck so far. I have owned Apple products for several years and my current minor dislikes of the new MBP will fade as they did when I changed from my old computer to the 2012 MBP. For me, Apple products have been reliable, and assuming you get a knowledgeable person on the other end, Apple's Applecare is very easy to work with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, just not revolutionary

    Posted
    Dabizkit
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    Bought this MBP 15 with touch bar 16GB RAM and 256GB storage to replace my dead 2011 MBP. I was initially hesitant on buying the new MBP as I liked the flexibility to upgrade the old one's RAM and SSD freely and I was used to and favored the old keyboard travel better than this one. After a few visits to the store and analyzing my own purposes for this device, I concluded that even if everything was soldiered on the logic board and would be a pain to upgrade (if even possible) later, I couldn't go back and risk buying an older new or older refurbished version for the risk of it dying on me again. I pulled the trigger and I must say I was impressed and delighted with the performance and speed of the new generation. The cpu, ram and SSD combination are definitely fast enough for everyday surfing activities and mild photo and video work. The retina screen quality was a big upgrade for me from my MBP 2011 and touch bar is a refreshing idea but not as revolutionary as apple would lead people to believe, More often than not it is easier to click that to use the touch bar for regular tasks. It's useful though for rummaging through hundreds of photos and scratching through video timelines. Otherwise, I would have preferred if apple just made a touchscreen MBP in the future. Overall, if you are in need of a replacement like I was, you just cannot go wrong with the new MBP. If you don't do photos or video or are more old school, I'd save a few hundred and skip the touch bar version. If you have a 2015-2016 MBP, I'd forego this new version because you won't notice a tangible speed difference to justify another $2000+ investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Mac

    Posted
    KevTr0N
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    Being a long time Windows user, I was hesitant on switching operating systems. Windows has come a long way over the past several years, yet, I have always been curious at trying MacOS. So far this device has exceeded my expectations with its build quality and performance. Learning MacOS has been surprisingly easy and I have not found myself missing the Windows platform. The enormous trackpad is great with gestures and has made navigating the system a breeze. Having a large display was something I missed from some of my older laptops as the shift has been geared towards lightweight and portable. This laptop weighs around 4 pounds which keeps it very portable and gives a lot of real estate when multitasking. Sound quality from the built in speakers was a welcomed surprise and won't disappoint. For those wondering about the TouchBar; it works well and although not a necessity, is nice to have. I feel that it will take a little getting used to in order to unlock its full potential. Since this is a rather large investment, I do recommend purchasing AppleCare, which now includes accidental damage in addition to a case or skin if you want to keep it in pristine condition. In short, I don't feel that you will be disappointed with this machine as I can now see what previous Mac/Apple users have been talking about for years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2017 MacBook Pro - What else needs to be said?

    Posted
    Jeff
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    I've had this for about 2 months now, and some of the features took a little adjustment period having come off a 2007 (!!) MacBook Pro. Notably the touch strip and the trackpad with it's larger area and gestures and the integral button area. The touch strip across the top has some truly interesting capabilities, and I still don't always look there for the features provided. The screen is fantastic, battery life is good, The SSD seems much faster than a standard drive and is certainly far quieter. I particularly like the Touch ID. transferring data was reasonable smooth, but there were a few things in the keychain that didn't work on transferring and may have had to do with web site security more than anything. There are always some negatives, and with this it comes down to the connectors. There are 4 USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 connectors. Including (any) one for power.I bought a couple of USB-A to USB-c adapters to work around this, but after just a month of using them, they began to be less optimum. I had disk connection problems and other connectivity issues. There are scads of direct cables out there, and they can be relatively inexpensive. So that problem has been solved. The rational behind removing the mag-safe power connection eludes me, however. There are available break-away magnetic connectors, so that problem may be solved as well. The power adapter only came with a wall plug connector (I think my old MacBooks/Powerbooks came with a 6 foot power cable as well), but again, these are widely available at low cost. So that problem solved. Finally there is no CD/DVD reader/writer, but Apple makes an external drive, but for the same price I picked up a Pioneer CD/DVD/BluRay reader/writer. Perhaps the best feature of all was the price. Best Buy had it on sale for $150 off, and I had my Best Buy birthday discount certificate, so it came in at about the same price as my 2007 model, way more power and features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of $2,800

    Posted
    Samuel
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    I purchased the MacBook Pro along with the Magic Mouse 2, for starters the reaction or even the sensitivity of the mouse to the Mac is slow and delayed and even inaccurate. Waste of $70 on a mouse. Aside from the mouse the laptop actually wasn’t bad for the first week, I came across a notification that stated I needed to update my MacBook, I processed this update and the system restarted once finished. After trying to startup my MacBook the first time since he update, the apple logo no longer appeared instead a circle with a slash through it appeared. I researched online how to fix this problem and none of the videos work I contacted geek squad regarding my problem and they didn’t even want to hear me out they directed me to call apple because they don’t handle these problems. I was more so looking for information on what had occured or what I should do to maybe troubleshoot or something. The quality of this product is about a 2 star, and the service of the employee would get a 0 if I had to rate. Short, careless and disruptive. In one month My wife and I spent about $10,000 for some well needed appliances because a friend recommended them, Will not be spending anymore money here, I will be taking my service back to MicroCenter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about sound, touchpad, image quality and performance. Editors are less positive about connectivity and price and have mixed opinions about keyboard. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
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