Review Apple MacBook Pro 16 ”Notebook

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In mid-November 2019, Apple introduced the long-awaited new product – the 16-inch MacBook Pro. There have been rumours about it since the summer and now, finally, this device is on sale. It’s especially natural to pay attention to this. First, for the first time Apple uses such screen diagrams: Until now, the largest model in the line of laptops was the 15-inch, and even earlier, by 2012, 17-inch “firmware” It was possible to buy. But never 16 inches. And second, it’s not only the biggest but also the most powerful MacBook Pro ever: there are Intel Core i9 processors and discrete graphics, which are not available in 13-inch models. Let’s explore new products in detail.

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Let’s start with a detailed list of specifications for all possible configurations for the MacBook Pro 16 ″ 2019. Differing characteristics of the test model are marked in bold.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 ″ (Late 2019)
CPU Intel Core i7-9750H (6 cores, 12 threads, 2.6 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz)
Intel Core i9-9880H (8 cores, 16 threads, 2.3 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz)
Intel Core i9-9980HK (8 cores, 16 threads, 2.4 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 5.0 GHz)
RAM 16 GB LPDDR4 2666 MHz
32 GB LPDDR4 2666 MHz
64 GB LPDDR4 2666 MHz
Integrated graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630
Discrete graphics AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory
Screen 16 inches, IPS, 3072 × 1920, 226 PPI
SSD drive 512 GB
1 TB
2 TB
4 TB
8 TB
Card reader / optical drive not
Network interfaces Wired network Support via a third-party USB-C adapter
Wireless network Wi-Fi 802.11a / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Interfaces & Ports USB 4 × Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C connector)
Thunderbolt via USB-C connectors
Microphone input is (combined)
Headphone output is (combined)
Input Devices Keyboard Magic Keyboard, backlit island, with an improved scissor mechanism
Touchpad with Force Touch support
Additional input devices Touch bar there is
Touch id there is
IP telephony Webcam 720r
Microphone there is
Battery fixed, 100 Wh
Dimensions 358 × 246 × 16 mm
Weight without power supply (our weighing) 1.96 kg
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The laptop comes in a traditional white box for Apple with a clear image of the device itself on the front surface.

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Inside, we didn’t notice anything unusual. Even with the high cost of laptops, there is nothing more than the mandatory minimum. The cable, of course, has USB-C on both ends, like the previous models, the charger is also with the USB-C connector. But what is noticeable is the charging power: 96 watts. Even the 15-inch MacBook Pro had a less powerful adapter.

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Of course, one of the key features of the MacBook Pro 16 of is the sophisticated design. Apple usually does very little, once every few years, to make adjustments to the appearance of its laptop. And now these adjustments, it should be noted, are also very delicate. If you look at the closed MacBook, you can’t even tell it from the previous generation: the same laconic grey case with an apple in the middle.

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By the way, it’s a bit bigger than a 15-inch model in size. In practice, this means that although the novelty will not fit the leather case for the MacBook Pro 15 for (we checked), it is only in the bags and briefcases where you carry your laptop. , It most likely fits without problems.

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By the way, if you compare its dimensions with the 15-inch model, which also had USB A-type ports and HDMI output, you’ll notice that the new product’s width and length are approximately one As it is, the diagonal, and the thickness, are larger, though less, so if your home still has a 15-inch MacBook Pro and you haven’t seen a reason to change it, it’s time to think about it. Has arrived. Because when you open your MacBook Pro 16 open and you see this huge screen, the difference is immediately felt with the 15-inch display.

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First of all, a noticeable drop in the frame around the screen catches your eye – as a result, the dimensions of the case increase without any increase in the diagonal. And second, there is a distinct sense of expanding the field of theory. There is no need to select a ruler to ensure this.

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Another key innovation is the changed keyboard. Now, Apple is introducing a new mechanism called “advanced scissors,” and, in fact, combines the two past types. The keys now have a noticeable stroke (about 1 mm), but still, move evenly.

Apple macbook pro 16 keyboard

All letters, numbers, and symbols are highlighted in the dark along with the keyboard.

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Another feature of the updated keyboard is the placement of the arrow keys: If the first left and right arrows were the same sizes as the standard keys and the up and down arrows were half the size, then all arrow buttons are the same size, That is, Apple has returned to their arrangements in the classic in the form of an inverted letter T.

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Interestingly, the touchpad has not increased compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Externally, the speakers on the right and left of the keyboard remain the same. But the sound has changed a lot! It has become more boss, rich, natural. A big step forward!

Maximum volume of built-in speakers was measured when playing a sound file with pink noise. The maximum volume was 79.1 dBA. In the laptop tested at the time of this writing, it is about 6dB on average.

The connector location and set on the edges of the device remain the same: these are four Thunderbolt 3s with USB-C connectors (two on each side) as well as a 3.5mm mini-jack.

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Generally, we can say that there were no fundamental changes to the design, but many innovations still significantly change the feel of the use. First, the almost unchanged dimensions of the screen’s growing area. Secondly, a new keyboard with high-key travel and classic T-shaped arrow keys. Third, the separation of ore buttons from the fingerprint scanner and the touch bar. And fourth, significantly better built-in speakers. We did not get any less than the previous generation.

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