It is always a nail-biter when you get a new Apple MacBook, both literally and figuratively. Apple is renown for its premium build quality, sleek design, outstanding performance and intuitive user experience. The MacBook lineage continues to improve each year while preserving Apple’s identity. In our review, we are reviewing the all new 15-inch 2017 MacBook Pro in Space Gray.
The 2017 MacBook Pro Full Specifications (Specs may vary from Models)
- Processor: 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core (Kaby Lake) i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 6MB, shared L3 cache
- Memory: 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
- Storage: 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
- Graphics: Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
- Operating System: macOS Sierra
- Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
The 2017 MacBook Pro Design Hardware
After unboxing the box and revealing the beast inside, we were welcomed with a chassis so premium that you know it was made by Apple. It feels so gorgeous to unbox any Apple device, whether is a MacBook or an iPhone. At a glance, the MacBook looks so thin and light, even though it weighs almost close to 2 kg. The all-aluminum Space Gray body feels so smooth and delicate with its premium finish. The slightly curved edges made this MacBook very comfortable to travel with and the space grey really is distinctive from the traditional white MacBook. The speaker placements on both sides of the keyboard are excellent as it allows dual audio facing towards you. These are some of the best laptop speakers in the business today.
The other most noticeable change with the 2017 MacBook is the huge trackpad which I am a big fan of. The first thing I noticed after opening the lid was the humongous 159x99mm trackpad. It is even bigger than my Galaxy S6 phone screen. There is ample space to play around on the trackpad and is very convenient to the doubled area to tap.
The next interesting and brand new feature which looks very cool is the new Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor. The Touch Bar replaces the function keys that have long occupied the top of your keyboard with something much more versatile and capable.2 It changes automatically based on what you’re doing to show you relevant tools you already know how to use — system controls like volume and brightness, interactive ways to adjust or browse through content, intelligent typing features like emoji and predictive text, and more. And now Touch ID is available on a Mac, enabling instant access to logins and fast, secure online purchases with Apple Pay. Some may say that this addition is a pure gimmick, however, for me, this new Touch Bar feature does have its times when it does come in handy and other times it is just an annoyance. It really depends on the application you are using and determining if the Touch Bar actually provides some useful features in relation with that opened application. Hence I will be spending the rest of this article to talk about the Touch Bar. It should be noted that Apple has replaced the function keys with the all new Touch Bar. It is an OLED multi-touch Retina display which provides controls according to the application currently in use.
The 2017 MacBook Pro Performance
Like other MacBooks, the performance on this laptop is a beast. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features a powerful Radeon Pro discrete GPU in every configuration. Manufactured with a 14 nm process, Radeon Pro graphics combine outstanding power with outstanding power efficiency. And now 4GB of GDDR5 memory comes standard on the top configuration, giving you fluid, real-time performance for pro tasks like rendering 3D titles in Final Cut Pro X. Every 13-inch model features powerful integrated graphics with 64MB of embedded DRAM, which accelerates graphics tasks. That means more time for what matters most — creating amazing work. In terms of the CPU, with the seventh-generation Intel Core processors, the 2017 MacBook Pro delivers amazing performance, with Turbo Boost frequencies up to 4.1GHz. So you can move fast — even when powering through pro-level processing jobs like rendering 3D models and encoding video. At the same time, it can conserve energy when taking on lighter tasks, like browsing the web and checking email. And 10-bit HEVC hardware acceleration comes standard on MacBook Pro, which will let you take even more advantage of the boosts in 4K video compression and streaming performance coming in macOS High Sierra.
In addition to a powerful GPU and CPU, the MacBook is even more speedy with its Solid State Drive. The MacBook Pro includes a solid-state drive that’s blazing fast, with sequential read speeds up to 3.2GB/s. The 15-inch model is available with up to a 2TB SSD — enough space to take even your biggest projects with you, without having to take an external drive. And its memory is both high-speed and power-efficient. It all works together to help you boot up, launch multiple apps or import huge files in a flash.
The 2017 MacBook Pro Battery
The 2017 MacBook Pro packs more performance into a thin design, yet still provides all-day battery life — up to 10 hours for both the 13-inch and 15-inch models. So you’re free to keep watching, gaming and editing from wherever you are.
The 2017 MacBook Pro Display
As usual with Apple products, the display of the 2017 MacBook Pro is simply gorgeous. The display in the 2017 MacBook Pro is the best ever in a Mac notebook ever. It features bright LED backlighting with 500 nits of brightness and a high contrast ratio, delivering deep blacks and bright whites. Its large pixel aperture and variable refresh rate make it power-efficient. And it supports wide colour for even more vibrant greens and reds than with sRGB. This makes for more true-to-life pictures with realistically vivid details — essential for graphic design, colour grading and editing.
SO SHOULD YOU BUY THE 2017 MACBOOK PRO?
The 2017 Macbook is definitely for those who need the power for their work such as intensive video editing or even gaming. But if you are looking for a school laptop then is definitely not for you. Coming in at around $3000 USD the 15-inch 2017 MacBook Pro is really overpriced for what you can possibly build your self or find in a Windows Laptop for much less. All in all, if you are a MacBook enthusiast and need the power for your work then this is great or you can look for a cheaper version.
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