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Apple - MacBook Pro - 15" Display with Touch Bar - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - AMD Radeon Pro 560X - 512GB SSD - Silver-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer...But...

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    couponkingofjax
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    So I had a Macbook Pro 2012 model before this model and the computer has stood the test of time. It still works fine to this day, but its finally starting to really show its age in speed and workflow. I have been waiting for an 8th gen Intel refresh on either the Macbook Pro or the Imac in order to finally upgrade. When they released the Macbook Pro's a few weeks ago I figured I would give the Macbook a shot. I've had a few days to kind of play around with it and here are my honest thoughts. Its a beautiful machine. This thing chews through anything I throw at it. I am primarily a photographer so Lightroom is the ultimate test for me and it passed with flying colors. I am very happy with the overall performance of the laptop, in short its a performance Beast. BUT..here's where the Macbook starts to become an issue for me. I like to plug my laptop into monitors when I'm working at home. And with apple's choice to go completely USB-C it causes alot of issues with my current setup. I have 2 27 inch monitors, an older Cinema Display and a Thunderbolt Display. The Cinema won't connect because its not thunderbolt 2 and the Thunderbolt does not look good for some reason. The thunderbolt display also cant charge the Macbook itself requiring the cable and the monitor to eat up 2 of the 4 USB-C ports. Forcing me to maybe consider looking into a new monitor, but apple doesn't make them anymore so I have to look to an LG or replacement brand. There's no Audio Jack cable so I can't plug the computer into my desktop speakers. And I literally have had to buy an adapter for everything, I had to buy an Adapter just to be able to use my Anker 10USB Adapter. It's very odd to me that Apple would choose to get rid of such basic things. No SD Card reader either. These are very small and minuscule things that probably could have still remained in the design of the computer. It's even basic things like not even being able to connect a USB mouse to the laptop without an adapter. I know that these problems are probably nothing new or surprising to people that reviewed or have had the touch bar USB-C models for me, but its really crazy to me that Apple made this decision. I see no real benefit to them doing this and it makes the computer alot less functional. I am going to see if I can get a decent monitor setup going otherwise I may have to consider returning this and waiting for the Imac 8th gen refresh to hopefully happen later this year. At least that model will have an SD card reader and an Audio jack lol.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great machine, but still a bunch of compromises.

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    ckelley87
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    Don’t let the title fool you, this is a great machine - I’m a graphic designer working in multiple Creative Cloud apps daily. From Photoshop to Illustrator to Premiere Pro and more, this machine handles these apps like a champ. The SSD in here is the fastest I’ve ever seen (even faster than my NVMe drives in a PC) and makes working with large files (that fit on it) a breeze. The screen is beautiful and keyboard slightly quieter from the 2016 model but only barely. The Touch Bar is... meh, it’s there. I usually run with the lid closed so it’s uselss to me 95% of the time. There’s really not much, from a hardware perspective, to complain about in how this machine is built. That said... since 2016 and Apple’s move to only Thunderbolt 3 ports, getting this machine into my professional workflow has been nothing short of a compromise. New cables were needed to connect my two 4K displays (could have got adapters but the cables are less unsightly, even then... would still need the adapters), one port is used to charge, leaving me only with a single port to plug in USB or Thunderbolt drives, SD Card readers, Ethernet adapters, etc. To make full use of my equipment I needed a external dock to accommodate those things, so that’s even more money on top of things. Still wish they would make it about 1/8” thicker and just give us two RAM slots and access to the SSD but that may be asking too much of the current day Apple design team. If your setup is less complex, or your IO needs aren’t as stringent, you will be fine. That all said, I made it work in the end (with a few hundred dollars in new accessories) and it’s so far been a great machine to get work done on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop

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    SlabbaRanks
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    After a few weeks with the laptop, I can report that I enjoy this machine. Here's what I like: 1. Touch Bar. Quick login with fingerprint reader. It allows me to quickly get to websites in safari. Ability to configure what appears in it. Quickly getting to emoji. How it saves space by collapsing and making room for more buttons. Support it in applications like Final Cut, Email, Calendar, etc. can be helpful for shortcuts. Good idea. 2. Keyboard. I don't think it's as bad as reported. 3. Size. Not too heavy. It's thin. 4. Screen. Bright and clear. A nice size. 5. Performance. Ever since Apple did the processor update, it's performed well and it's definitely an upgrade over my 2012 machine. 6. Ports. It's nice to have ports that allow you to use your power or plug in devices on any side and any location on the laptop. Could reduce amount of damaged cables due to stress and bending especially when your power cord is plugged in to an outlet on the opposite side. 7. Battery Life. Lasts a good long time even when doing Final Cut and Motion projects. 8. Operating System. It's really makes using the machine a good experience. Here's what could use improvement: 1. Touch Bar. For some things, it doesn't make sense to pull your hands from typing position to reach up to the bar. Maybe making a bar just above the trackpad somehow? 2. Ports. Have to buy all new adapters and cables. No SD Card slot although a multi-purpose dock is a great solution...maybe even better than putting multiple ports on the laptop. This way when new types of connectors (ports) are made, you can just buy a new dock with those on it. I am happy with my purchase and had to really think about the things that I think need improvement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another Great MacBook Pro from Apple

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    shocknawesome
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    I upgraded from a 2011 13" i5 MacBook Pro and took it about as far as it would go into 2018. Developing in Xcode and running Final Cut Pro X was just taking way to long. I've been using the new 15" machine for a few weeks now and here is what I think. The machine is configured with a512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, and a 560X graphics card Pros: * The machine is very light and thin. * Great battery life when doing development in Xcode or browsing the web etc. * Screen is beautiful * The touch bar is actually awesome, provided the app you are using supports it. * The laptop is fast, which it better be, since it's a i7 w/ 16GB and an SSD * USB-C. I actually like the USB-C ports because I an left handed and plug the power into the right side. Cons: * Not upgradable, but that's the tradeoff for the size and weight of the laptop. You have to get what you think you will need for the long term. * power brick does not come with a extension cord * Price, it's a lot of money and considering you have to upgrade it all at the time of purchase, but I reasonably expect to keep it 5 to 8 years. * The need to purchase several USB-C adapters to work with existing devices. * Keyboard. It is softer than older MacBook Pros and other Apple keyboard products. It's not bad, just different. There are plenty of aftermarket USB-C cords, connectors, and adapters and you will likely need a few of them to attach an external monitor or other devices. There are even mag-safe to USB-C power adapters available so that you can use existing power adapters you may have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice laptop!

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    Charlie
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    Apple has come through again with a powerful laptop. We upgraded from our 2011 model to this powerful model. The I7 processor, 16 GB Ram and the 512 SSD (Solid State Drive) makes this a powerful system that will make even the advanced user very happy! My only complaint, and my reason for giving only a 4, is that it only comes with 4 USB-c ports built in. To connect all your peripherals (USB drives, HDMI devices, camera cards, etc.) one has to purchase USB-c Hubs that have the ports you need. Some are simply USB-c to USB 3 or other single connections and others are multi-port devices. The cost for these hubs range from about $20 to $200. A few multi-port hubs can be found in the range from $75 to $100. My feeling is that Apple should include an external hub with the ports most commonly needed with the laptop. With the hefty price tag on the MacBooks, the extra hub would not hurt Apple's profit margin. And it would allow purchasers to give this MacBook a 5 rating.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love apple but...

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    bestreviewbuyer
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    It’s recently come to my attention that why my device seems to throttle quicker than what I felt be normal and be extremely hot when finished using was not just my idea or what I played off in my mind as a normal thing for a heavy work follow machine . In reality the constant push for thinner with higher specs and no noise form factor that they have aimed for is causing a quickly reached red zone for the coy during any kind of actual work. Which makes the machine slow and not even close to the specs advertised. However overall apple is a one of few higher end machine companies that stand behind the product with warranties, recommended, but every day to day person that won’t be utilizing every gig of ram and every core or ghz speed bump will be more than satisfied.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Made the switch from PC

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    BuffaloEagle
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    I have been a lifelong PC user yet wanted to process my pictures faster and better so I decided to take the plunge. I am very happy I did with a couple of exceptions. First, this isn’t for the feint of heart. You don’t have to be a computer expert yet it would help. Luckily there is tons of online help for you. Biggest problem for me was connecting to network printers. They are not easily recognized by MacOS. Plug and Play doesn’t exist or at least I haven’t learned the Apple version. The build is solid and the computer is Lightning fast (pun intended). I don’t know that I can totally justify the price, even on sale. However you do get what you pay for. A super fast and powerful laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Productivity Machine

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    Erick
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    I'm a college student and I own a windows machine and now this Macbook. The things I do on my MacBook is programming, word processing, light photo processing, watching videos, light gaming, and surfing the web. The battery actually lasts long, given that if you're doing light tasks. When putting the MacBook under heavy load, the battery will last you maybe 3-4.5 hours, but if you're doing consistent heavy load, then you'd need a charger with you anyway. Keyboard The keyboard is amazing, although you may have to get used to it in the beginning if this will be your first MacBook Pro. It is quiet compared to my Razer Deathstalker keyboard (just for reference).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    PC man turned Mac

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    Beta
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    This 15” MBP is a fast machine. I’ve been a PC user all of my life and I decided to take the plunge since Best Buy was having an early Black Friday sale. Before my purchase, I was deciding between the MBP 13” i7 16gb 512gb and the 15”. What swayed me to the MBP 15” was the price difference between the 13” (which wasn’t on sale @ $2,499) and 15”. For a little extra more, I thought it was worth spending it on the extra CPU cores and USB-C ports. Now I have to learn all of the nuisances of MAC OS. I also own an iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch so I’m fully vested in the Apple ecosystem. I’m confident it will be a great user experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A nice upgrade

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    ParkeyFC14
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    The knock on Macbook Pros will always be the price point, but if you can stomach the price, it is a solid machine. I mix & make music, so it was a seamless transition from my old Macbook to this system. Be prepared to upgrade your life to USB-C if you haven't already. Battery life is good, performance is solid, the machine boots swiftly, and I am one of the rare few that really enjoy the touch bar. Perhaps the most surprising feature is the sound quality from the onboarding speakers. Great sound, solid volume, and no distortion at the highest volume.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid laptop with exceptions

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    Mhill260
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    I've had several MacBooks and Apple desktops. I put off buying this one because I was frustrated by the lack of ports, and stories I heard about the keyboard. I'm happy to say the keyboard in the 2018 model is no issue for me, I actually like it. I've even found the touch bar useful. I would give it 5 stars, but the ports issue and charger are issues that bother me. It's ridiculous to have to buy do many adapters. And not having the extension cord included with the charger seems like an attempt to cut cost and nothing else. Those were disappointing. Otherwise, it's a solid laptop with a great screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I like it.

    Posted
    MrsTerina
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    I had to replace my other Mac Book Pro because my screen cracked. It was a 13 inch, so this is definitely a bump up. I really like the touch bar feature, it's pretty cool. I hate that it's missing so many features that I really needed though, like the CD drive, the SD card drive, USB drive. You have to buy these in addition to your computer as well as a USC adapter. It ends up costing you another $300 on top of the computer price. Apple could have done better than that, but it is what it is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy with the purchase

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    TJL3
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    I got this for my wife. We got fed up with the slow windows computers (even though we love Windows). This MacBook is lightning fast. The four star rating is due to Apple being so greedy. I don't think that it is very customer friendly to make it where your customers have to buy all those little necessities such as an adapter to be able to use USB devices, memory card reader, disk drive...etc. We knew what we were getting into when we purchased it though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than predecessors, but still overpriced

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    Fitzy
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    With the Best Buy sale price combined with the student discount, I think this was only a few hundred overpriced compared to some of the high end Window's counterparts. The specs are leaps and bounds better than previous models and the fit and finish are premium as ever. Get ready to drop some money on a Thunderbolt 3 dock or lots of dongles though. You really have to weigh out if this is right for your wallet versus as capable, or better Windows machines for less money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not a gamer's choice

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    LilBkrBabe
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    I returned this for an MSi, which, I'm ashamed to say, I still haven't plugged in because my Asus gamer that I thought was on its last leg, got a second wind. Long story short, for me, Mac for a designer and work productivity is great, for a gamer, even casual gamers, not so much. The biggest drawback of a Mac is that it's not upgradable. For work that's not so bad, but as more games requiring more room come out, it's nice to be able to add more when/as needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Apple quality.

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    RafaR
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    The build quality is what you'd expect from an Apple device (so is the price tag). Performance is excellent, no complaints there. The biggest problem is the availability of ports, I had to pay an extra $100 for a port adapter (Apple's big problem lately) just so that it would be productive. The other minor issue is the touchbar, I don't like it, but that's just me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good computer for home use

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    kidlightning
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    Small lightweight with a nice screen size and resolution, this computer works well for everything I want to do at home while not at the office. While I am used to the multiple ports and magnetic power cord attachment on previous models, the absence of these features doesn't bother me on the new version. The touch pad takes some getting used to but is cool and becomes more a part of daily use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade to an already great laptop

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    Sravan
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    Apple hit it out of the park this year with the inclusion of the 6 core 8th gen Intel processors. Speedier DDR4 memory and insane SSD speeds help as this is 1 of the fastest Mac's you can get, all in a nice portable size with a great screen. The discrete Radeon 560x graphics with 4GB helps with video editing and other tasks. The battery is better than last years models as well. Cons: Little Expensive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    DrNurse
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    The laptop weighs less than previous MacBook Pros, which is a plus. I have yet to decide if the Touch Bar is a useful feature, so I will not comment on it. My only complaint is close to $3000 was spent on a device with glitches. The keyboard is very “glitchy”...so beware. This said, I would not recommend this device to a friend until the keyboard issue is fixed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but frustrating

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    thementalgym
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    I love Apple products. I recently bought this, upgrading from a mid-2010 MacBook Pro. All is well except the low-profile keypad (and especially the touchpad/"mouse" are hard to click. I get that this modification helps keep the surface cleaner but the sacrifice is apparent: I'm finding I now need to "right-click" a lot to open emails, etc. rather than having the simple control of double-clicking successfully.

    I would recommend this to a friend