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Why buy the 16 inch Macbook Pro? Our opinion !

enero 20, 2020

icon macbook 2016Since its announcement and its release, the 16-inch Macbook Pro seems to be unanimous. Indeed, Apple has cost its customers and has improved many essential points that we have finally been able to verify over the last two weeks. After two weeks of testing, we can give you our impressions and our opinion on the new high-end apple. So, did buzz go too far or merit?

Our 16-inch Macbook Pro review

Rather than performing an ultra-technical test like some specialized colleagues, we wanted to give our impressions of (almost) ordinary user. A 16-inch Macbook Pro is not designed to be placed in everyone's hands, because of its capabilities and its high price. Once you know this, set the record straight.

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Design and notch

The new 16-inch Macbook Pro looks great, looks like its newest, and that's great. However, there is a change with an increasing thickness, just like the weight. But the overall dimensions vary very little, with the key a 16 inch screen instead of 15.4 inches (yes, the MBP 15 model is actually 15.4 "). The slab takes advantage of the thin edges to give us incredible comfort, practically at the level of the 17 inch fire that I personally loved. But in almost 10 years apart, we have a laptop that displays a much higher resolution, a magnificent screen and a weight largely Whether surfing, video, writing or iOS development, the screen allows you to display a large amount of information, with an unrivaled quality on the market. This is not a revolution compared to the latest Macbook Pro 15 inch 2018 that we also wrote, but it's a nice evolution.

If you want some figures, know that the density goes from 220 ppi to 226 ppi, and that the useful resolution reaches 2048 x 1280 px (against 1920 x 1200 px on the 15 "). But by default, the MacBook Pro 16 displays 1792 x 1120 px (against 1680 x 1050 px), while the physical definition is 3072 x 1920 pixels.

The keyboard

The biggest advantage of the 16-inch Macbook Pro ultimately lies in the keyboard. Because even if you have a recent MBP, none have such a quiet and, above all, solid keyboard. The return to the Magic Keyboard will avoid – confirm – certainly the annoyances related to dust and debris that get trapped under the keys. Our 15 inch model was returned to the Apple Store only 6 months after purchase, even though we have never eaten on it or even less than 10 meters. In addition, the new Touch Bar is really improved thanks to the separation of the ESC key and the Touch ID. No need to look to use it.

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As expected, we appreciated the performance of the MBP 16 which never runs out of steam, either under Apple Arcade or on Xcode (thanks to the 32 GB RAM option and which also exists in 64 GB, a first). If his ain was already flying, here it is still a little better with the equivalent i7 configuration. The gap is thin – we pass you the benchmarks which give incomprehensible scores – but the gain is always appreciable. We especially thank the new RAM because the Intel CPUs are identical to those we could already find on the 15 inch. The big difference may lie in the sound comfort since you can't hear the machine. The latter is better ventilated (thanks to the thickness) and therefore hardly heats up.

As for the graphics card, the new features are more obvious and the first one, the AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with its 4 GB of memory is already more than enough, even for playing the latest Tomb Raider, Fortnite or other successful latest games. If you have 120 more, still take the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8 GB of memory, just to ensure your cause of gamer.

Finally on performance, in conventional use, you will not see anything. Everything is smooth and fast, a bit like on an iPhone 11 Pro. Of course, the start in 12 seconds flat is impressive (we timed more than 32 seconds on the 2018 MBP 15), but who turns on his Mac every day?

The other advantages

Not to bother you with the details, here are the rest of the improvements and advantages to pass on a Macbook Pro 16 inch which takes the base of the 15 inch 2018 that we also had tested.

And that's precisely the 6-element speakers impressed us. Not that they would replace an external audio system, but they are far more dynamic and balanced, ideal for audio or video editing, and even games or cinemas. The spatialization of Dolby Atmos is certainly not a stranger there.

On the go, the Macbook Pro 16 is more than enough with a large screen, good sound and first-rate performance.

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The price

Finally, and not least, the last advantage of this new 16-inch Macbook Pro: its price. Yes, equivalent configuration, the 16-inch Macbook Pro is much cheaper than the one he replaced in the Apple Store. On the other hand, a 15-inch 2018 Macbook Pro with 1 TB of SSD and 32 GB of RAM cost 4199, when the 16-inch is displayed 3419. A big difference that is found on most configurations, and that is all honor of Apple but which angered the customers who recently cracked. Our friend Guillaume included.

Conclusion of the test

In short, you will understand, Apple has produced a Macbook Pro almost perfect this year, just watch that it is not affected by illnesses or major breakdowns.

If you are convinced, all that remains is to place an order. Be aware that on Amazon, you have a small reduction not negligible on the latest Macbook Pro 16 inch 2019 2,564 (instead of 2,699).

Our opinion on "Macbook Pro 16 inch 2019"

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