That time has come. My old laptop, a 2011 Macbook Pro, has been upgraded and repaired enough times were GPU graphics card power was starting to become an issue with new not-so-advanced games. After holding back so long, with the recent redesign of the Macbook Pro I figured I’d go for it and I’m glad I did in a way.
After a lot of exploring, I ended up picking up the new 15-inch Macbook Pro with 500mb SSD drive and 16gb ram. The Intel HD graphics 630 GPU chipset holds up pretty well so far with the games I’ve pushed through it, though admittedly I’m not a heavy gamer and have only really pushed it with “Cities: Skylines”.
The 4x USB-C ports originally were a pain in the butt since I needed to get converters to connect, but I noticed it’s all about mindset when dealing with them. There’s really no need to convert everything over to USB-C since there are plenty of USB hubs/concentrators for sale that plug into a USB-C port to power 3-4 USB ports. The beauty I found was being able to put my power and HDMI cable into a concentrator, all into one USB-C port. Since the plugs can never be inserted wrong, that makes it much nicer as well.
I wouldn’t say it’s been worlds different than my old laptop. CPU is about the same (2.8 ghz i7 on the old laptop, 2.9 ghz i7 on the new one), both have 16gb ram and SSD drives. The only real difference is the design being lighter/thinner with a much better monitor and graphics chipset. Newer hardware is always nice, as well 🙂
The touchbar is kind of neat, but it’s not a big selling point for me. I do like being able to hold down the fn key to see the F-keys appear on the touchbar, though.
So far, the battery does hold up decently, though it does chew through the charge when using the graphics with games. Tonight with just web surfing and instant messaging, the battery life is about 8 hours.
There are downsides, however. The memory is soldered onto the board, and the SSD drive is not upgradable. That is going to be a major issue in the future, and I’m not looking forward to it.