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Hands-On With The New MacBook Pros, Their Keyboard, And The Touch Bar

Postby sunnyd » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:46 pm

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The biggest questions around Apple's new MacBook Pro design were about how the company was going to balance its own design priorities - making things thinner and lighter and removing ports wherever possible - with the features its "pro" users regularly request and use - more performance, good input devices, and more connectivity.

I was able to spend about 15 minutes looking at and touching the new Pros. We'll be examining performance thoroughly in our full review, so in my hands-on session I focused primarily on trying out the new keyboard, the new trackpad, and the Touch Bar that Apple spent so much time on today.

First, a note on look and feel: the systems are half a pound lighter and noticeably smaller, but when you lift them up the feel is still a lot like the previous-generation Retina models. They're a uniform thickness throughout, and the aluminum unibody chassis is rock-solid, but if the 15-inch model used to be too large and heavy for you, it'll probably continue to be too large and too heavy. It's a definite improvement, but they still feel like like 13- and 15-inch laptops (as opposed to the MacBook, which uses a 12-inch screen but is actually considerably smaller and lighter than the old 11-inch Air).

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