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Apple MacBook Pro 16 Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch Laptop (2019)
Neoscore* 82%
  • Beautiful 16-inch display
  • Long battery life
  • More powerful than its predecessor
  • Improved keyboard
  • Keyboard is not as accurate as the 15-inch model

Summary

The MacBook Pro 16 marks the first time that Apple has released a MacBook without a butterfly keyboard since it introduced the mechanism about four years ago. It has a more robust cooling system than its predecessors, which explains why it can achieve and maintain higher benchmark scores than the most recent MacBook Pro 15 can. Apple continues to only offer a single display variant with its MacBook Pro series, which is neither capable of high refresh rates nor HDR.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro is not for the faint-hearted. It's big, powerful, and incredibly expensive. It caters to creative professionals, whether they're toiling away at the office or on the go. This notebook is made to be someone's workhorse — not a Netflix and YouTube machine.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent keyboard and trackpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Touch Bar is a bit hit and miss

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro isn't revolutionary. It's a step up over the 2015 model, with its larger keycaps and snappier mechanism. The MacBook Pro 16 is fast, but it's not a gaming laptop. If you're not using your laptop for content creation or other stringent tasks, you probably don't need a laptop this large or this powerful.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 16-inch display
  • Great battery life
  • Slim, sleek design
  • Great speakers
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 16 marks the first time that Apple has released a MacBook without a butterfly keyboard since it introduced the mechanism about four years ago. Apple continues to only offer a single display variant with its MacBook Pro series, which is neither capable of high refresh rates nor HDR. The Core i9-9880H powers our review unit, an octa-core processor that we have already benchmarked in the most recent MacBook Pro 15.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright, high-contrast 16-inch display
  • Long battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6
  • Decent speakers
Cons[**]
  • Only one display variant with a 500 cd/m² display

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The new MacBook Pro keyboard design has a scissor mechanism that locks into the keycap while the keys aren't pressed. The new keyboard simply returns the MacBook Pro to a state of typing normalcy, rather than leapfrogging it forward to best-in-class. With an Intel Core i9 processor, an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics chip with 8GB of video memory, and 32GB of system RAM, our MacBook Pro review unit is a performance powerhouse.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Longer battery life than previous 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • Slim bezels and larger display
  • Improved audio quality
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as previous 16-in-ch laptops

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019 is a step up from the MacBook Pro 15-inch. It also learns from the successes of the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020. The resolution has been bumped up to 3,072 x 1,920 and a pixel density of 226 pixels per inch. For the first time ever, the laptop can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 8TB of SSD storage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bigger, more gorgeous display
  • Great battery life
  • Improved speakers
  • Great speakers
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for a 16-inch laptop

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399 for the standard model with a Core i7 CPU. Our review model is quite steep at $3,899, as it offers 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD and the Radeon 5500M GPU. On June 15, 2020, Apple added a new GPU option for the 16- inch MacBook Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 16-inch Retina display
  • Slim bezels
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019)

tomshardware[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The 16-inch, 3072 x 1920 display features True Tone technology. The MacBook Pro is between the more popular 15 and 17-inch screen sizes. It weighs 4.3 pounds and measures 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches. There are four Thunderbolt 3 ports (two on each side of the machine)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Long battery life
  • Powerful audio
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Thunderbolt 3 ports

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 16-inch is the latest iteration of Apple's laptops aimed at professionals. With industry-leading specs, the new MacBook Pro easily has enough power to blast through intensive tasks such as video editing, animating and 3D modelling. As the name suggests, Apple has upped the size of the display to 16 inches without significantly altering the laptop's overall footprint. More high-powered processors and graphics card options also give the MacBook Pro a performance boost.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 16-inch display
  • Super-fast performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard is a bit heavy

references

1. ^ Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch) long-term review: A true desktop replacement. androidauthority. 2020-06-27 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
2. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch review: The best Mac in years. digitaltrends. 2020-01-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Review. pcmag. 2019-11-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) laptop review. techradar. 2021-02-26 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
6. ^ Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review . tomsguide. 2021-02-01 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
7. ^ Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch) Review: More Than Just a New Keyboard. tomshardware. 2019-11-24 Retrieved 2021-10-13.
8. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch Review. trustedreviews. 2021-02-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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