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Apple MacBook Pro review: A heavy-duty performer

The new-gen laptop has a larger display and tackles all kinds of tasks with ease.

, TOI Contributor|
Jan 11, 2020, 03.31 PM IST
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The laptop's 500-nit retina display is a delight to look at and work on.
Highlight: Magic Keyboard
Get it for: Rs 199,900 onwards

For a while now, there was a stagnation in Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops. Not anymore. With an all-new Pro, the tech giant has upped the ante. The new laptop has a bigger display, a new keyboard and longer battery life.

To begin with, the 500-nit retina display is a delight to look at and work on - be it bingeing on multimedia content or editing images.

A bigger screen (the previous Pro was 15.4 inches) means this laptop is slightly taller and wider. Apple has also added some weight since the new Pro weighs around 4.3 pounds or 1.95 kg.

The other big improvement comes in the form of a new Magic Keyboard. Ask any Pro user and chances are they will say they were not elated with the old Butterfly Keyboard. Apple has used a scissor mechanism, which means there is a millimetre of key travel. The keys are not wobbly like they were in the 15.4-inch version.

Apple still gives four USB-C ports with the Pro but there are no card slots – which may put off many fans.

Powering the new Pro are six and eight-core i7 and i9 processors. Our review unit was the i9 processor, which can attain boost speeds of up to 5 GHz.

There is also a more powerful AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU that offers 4 GB of VRAM. Though the starting model has 512 GB of storage, there is also 1 TB version, which can be raised to up to 8 TB. All these specs translate into an extremely powerful machine, which can handle with consummate ease anything and everything you throw at it.

The new six-speaker set in the Pro is hands down the best you will find in any laptop. Apple claims the new Pro offers up to 11 hours of battery and we can safely report that the claim is spot on.

Starting at Rs 199,900, the new Pro is targeted at those seeking heavy-duty performance. Apple has been selling a lot of MacBooks — last quarter was its best in India — and the new 16-inch Pro may appeal to a lot of creative professionals.

*The writer is with gadgetsnow.com.

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