Apple Macbooks are no doubt too sleek to ignore and they are touted as one of the best and most durable and “resellable” laptops out there. At least that’s what prompted me to get mine BUT alas all of that is just LIES! Mine didn’t last 3 years before the SSD crashed and cost me quite a chunk of cash to replace. See Fix My PC Nigeria Quick Review.
Apple recently unveiled the new Macbook Pro for 2016 and it’s very clear to see that with this new Macbook line-up, Apple is super interested in selling a shit load of peripherals as they’ve gotten rid of all USB ports and the SD card slot, putting in place Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports instead.
With this new Macbook, they introduced a new gimmick called the Touch Bar as shown marked below. According to Apple, “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 for the first time, Touch ID is available on a Mac, enabling instant access to logins and fast, secure online purchases with Apple Pay using eligible cards on participating shopping sites.”
What they wouldn’t tell you is the fact that this Touch Bar is very difficult to repair if it breaks down. See MacBook Pro 13″ Touch Bar Teardown. To make matters worse the SSD is soldered to the motherboard and as such cannot be replaced/upgraded.
Seriously IMO if you’re going to get a Macbook Pro that wouldn’t raise your blood pressure in the future, I think you’re better off looking at the older models which come with 2 thunderbolt ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port and SD card slot.
If you insist on buying the new Touch Bar Macbook Pro then please ensure you extend your warranty for as long as possible unless you don’t mind dumping the machine if it breaks down and getting a new one.
Summary, The new Touch Bar Macbook Pro 2016 sucks because
- The Touch Bar is hard to fix
- The SSD is soldered to the motherboard and thus difficult to repair
- It comes with no HDMI, USB, SD card ports. You will need to spend extra cash on thunderbolt compatible peripherals.
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