The 16-Inch MacBook Pro Review Is Just the Start

In this 16-inch MacBook Pro review, we discuss the improved keyboard and other features that could make this machine the greatest Apple.
In this 16-inch MacBook Pro review, we discuss the improved keyboard and other features that could make this machine the greatest Apple.

Apple officially launched the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a different design from its predecessor. The new MacBook Pro is Apple’s first laptop to sport a 16-inch screen. Apart from having a wide screen size, the difference is in the keyboard design changes that MacBook Pro users have been complaining about.

For starters, the MacBook Pro 16 comes with a 16-inch Retina display at a resolution of 3.072 x 1920 and a pixel density of up to 226 ppi. For comparison, the MacBook Pro 15 years ago was equipped with a 15.4-inch Retina screen at a smaller resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 and a pixel density of only 220 ppi. So just like the latest line from the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Pro 16 screen also has a brightness level of 500 nits with True Tone technology and DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

The keyboard used is the Magic Keyboard that was pre-installed on the iMac Pro. The keyboard uses a traditional single-hinged scissor switch design. Although it is not a new design, the Magic Keyboard is said to be more comfortable to use than the butterfly keyboard. All thanks to the 1mm deep key travel and built-in rubber guard. In terms of appearance, Magic Keyboard has a slight difference compared to the Butterfly type keyboard. Among other things, the physical presence of the Esc key and the formation of “inverted T” on the keyboard with 4 arrows. On the top side of the keyboard there is a mini touchscreen which replaces the function keys. This 16-inch MacBook Pro also retains the Touch Bar and there is a Touch ID sensor on the right side. In terms of body, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is thicker and heavier than the Apple laptop with a 15-inch screen. It weighs about 2 kilograms and is 0.64 inches thick. The screen has a brightness level of up to 500 nits with a DCI-P3 color gamut and a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920.

The “Pro” label gives MacBook Pro everything a regular MacBook doesn’t have, including more RAM and storage options. The MacBook Pro 16 even provides a model with 8GB RAM and 8TB SSD. That’s double the MacBook Pro 15 years ago which was only up to 32GB RAM and 4TB SSD.

In addition, RAM is now also faster at 2,666MHz compared to 2,400MHz in the previous series. For the processor itself, the MacBook Pro 16 provides 6-core Intel Core i7 to 8-core Core i9 options.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro battery is also larger at 100 Wh, which is the largest power supply capacity in an Apple laptop. Apple claims it only takes one charge to use it all day. In addition, there are six speakers on the edge and three microphones to support audio. Apple still provides the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt 3 USB port and a headphone jack hole. For the kitchen runway sector, this laptop is powered by a Core i7 processor and AMD Rodeon Pro 5300M or 5500M graphics processor.

Another big improvement the MacBook Pro 16 has is an updated thermal design especially in models with an Intel Core i9 processor. The impeller that is carried is now much bigger, allowing the fan to work more optimally.

In addition, the heatsink has been upgraded to disperse heat faster. Apple claims that these improvements allow the MacBook Pro 16 to work optimally for a long time, without producing excessive heat.

The MacBook Pro 16 is powered by the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series GPU which can be upgraded up to the Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. When compared to the MacBook Pro 15 years ago which was only equipped with the Radeon Pro 560X, the MacBook Pro 16 offers an increase in motion rendering performance by 90 percent and rendering effects by 75 percent. As for games like Fortnite and Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Apple said there was an increase in gaming performance by 90-95 percent.

The MacBook Pro 15 years ago had a fantastic pair of stereo speakers, but Apple changed everything in the MacBook Pro 16. Apple rewarded the MacBook Pro 16 with 6 speakers supported by a force-canceling woofer and Dolby Atmos.

In addition to the speakers, the MacBook Pro 16 also gets a microphone boost with the ability to minimize noise by 40 percent. Apple claims that the mic on the MacBook Pro 16 can rival the professional grade microphones typically used in the studio.