The 16-inch model is several months old now, but it still represents a quality machine and, for the most part, a return to form for Apple. The better-feeling and more reliable Magic Keyboard is the highlight for many, of course, but it also touts improved performance (with considerably less throttling). And whether or not you’re upgrading from an earlier Mac, it could prove alluring between the vibrant 16-inch display, healthy battery life, surprisingly powerful speakers and high-quality microphones.
However, some of the previous caveats still apply. The four USB-C ports offer flexibility, but won’t make you happy if you’re looking for legacy connections or an SD card reader. Get ready to use dongles if you don’t have many USB-C devices. And while there is a physical Escape key, the Touch Bar is still polarizing. This is a refinement of the previous-generation MacBook Pro, not a complete overhaul, and you’ll want to set your expectations accordingly.