MacBook Pro 16″ 6 Months Later!

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

The MacBook Pros 16 a monster computer that was released in dang what feels just about like a decade ago November 2019 at the time I thought it was a pretty big but also pretty powerful device and I have recently purchased this higher-end refurbished model which is very powerful and much cheaper so should you buy one let's find out hmm I just hit myself in the head what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figure it out look I get it six months it makes a piece of tech older but I do think the MacBook Pro 16 is still a pretty darn useful computer and an overall wise

Investment I mean I did I just told you like five seconds ago that I bought one now I'm not much for specs and benchmarks because 100 points either way for me is pretty man so let's talk about the things that I really like and the things that I don't like so much on this big yet surprisingly dim mirror laptop first off let's start with the negatives because negativity grounds us all in reality so the main thing that I don't like about the MacBook Pro 16 is just it's all of the mac books it's just how old Apple's design feels sure we'll talk more about the display and it's thinner

Bezels and the positives later but after using a Dell XPS 15 for a few weeks and being wowed by its overall shockingly small size and the teeny tiny bezels on that screen the MacBook just seems kind of dated I mean the 15-inch from which these 16 inch derives from it hadn't really seen a physical update in a few years and the physical update from like the 2015 model actually kind of made things worse it took away i/o SD card slot USB a all sorts of things that wall yes it's smaller than ever I don't know that the price we paid was worth it that was a pun you know prices in actual cash

For the laptop but also prices in losing all the ports bad dad joke also it's a meme at this point and yes I'm being an old man that yells the clouds right now please put the SD card slot back on here please put the SD card slot back in here this hill that I'm planning to die on it's cold but I refuse to move stubborn SD card slot something else that I don't like and this won't come as a shock as I complained about this on the MacBook Pro 13 we still have a 720p FaceTime camera and for a computer that has a base-model price of $2,300 what like the $800 iPad pro has a better

Camera and yes I understand that it also has more space to fit the camera which proves my point from earlier about the design like does it have to be like this thin like who we have maybe a millimeter or two wider to get a better camera I mean design the computer to give us the functionality we need not the functionality that's aesthetically pleasing Coffee SD card slot again COFF COFF the image quality of that camera though is actually balanced out by the useful microphone array but is working from home continues to be the norm and even here in my family most of our

Gatherings and events like all of our family like get-togethers now are through the web you got to put better cameras on here you just have to that you have to the last real problem I have isn't really with the computer itself but more for all of the accessories around it this behemoth needs 96 watts of power to fully charge and operate the MacBook Pro at the same time in almost every dock out there even my very expensive Cal digit ts3 plus only outputs 87 watts so that dock will charge it when it's not in use but it doesn't have enough oomph to actually

Power the machine so really the only cost-effective way to power the MacBook is to use the included power brick which that's not the worst but as good as the dock integration on the Mac books can be more on this later and it really works well for the 13-inch I wish more devices out there had to UM to power this laptop and honestly that's that's really it when it comes to negatives it's probably not shocking that there aren't really that many and even those that exist are more like nitpicks than anything else that shouldn't be surprising you because again I did buy one so let's get on to

The real part of the video that things I like because well there's a lot of them I want to start out saying that this is one of the first times that I think Apple really put a reign like they're really held back on the ever popular Apple text that's not to say there aren't some configurations out there that are probably more pricey than they should be 800 bucks for 64 gigabytes of RAM is basically double what you can find it for online okay for the earlier section that's another small negative but besides that even if you skip refurbished which saved me a

Big chunk of money on my own personal device for twenty three hundred dollars at the base model that's pretty competitive with other laptops offering the same functionality dedicated for gigabyte video card fast SSD high resolution screen i7 processor I mean those are not cheap even in Windows Land the big thing though again is you can buy refurbished straight from Apple and get it treated like a new device same 14-day return policy same one-year warranty and as we've seen here when you buy refurbished it shows up looking brand new you can get a crazy

Specked out machine for less than the cost of one of their base models brand new like that's a huge plus in the Apple Department or you could just totally save money and get a refurbished base model because those go on real sale I honestly I don't know why you would buy something else at this point I'm a huge fan of buying used or refurbished gear heck both of these cameras were used when I bought them and now my computer is refurbished save some money people like save some money you can cutting-edge top-of-the-line right now you can get for much cheaper the next

Thing I like based on those specs is the power this laptop is powerful I'm personally rocking the eight gigabyte video card and a 2.4 gigahertz eye 9 processor and it destroys all of my tasks I now render video in a way faster than real time which is much faster than my iMac pro was able to do it which is why it's sitting in a box patiently waiting out my lease period and I still got to pay for it though but the speed is where the speed is worth that price that I have to pay for twice I guess but not only video editing every task can be handily accomplished by this

Combination of aid core processor and lightning-fast video card I don't really gain that much and I don't recommend that you do either from a Mac OS computer but if you're stubborn and you can find a game to run it will do ok here something that combines with the power and I don't really talk about that much but I really need to start talking about it the thermal performance the laws of physics say that you can only shove so much power into a small laptop body before you'll have problems with the amount of heat that all of that power generates

And the best part of it is I haven't run into any thermal problems here on the MacBook you can see here that even while we're rendering a 4k video for YouTube the processor stays at a nice sustained level for the duration there is no throttling and yes the fans kick on and you need that to vent the heat out of here the performance never suffers and that's awesome because this was a much bigger issue on the older 15-inch models with the same processor configuration another thing I said I'd mentioned earlier is I really like how well the included 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports

Work to turn this into an actual desktop rig you only need a dongle or you could splurge on a dock like I did and you've got basically all of the power and functionality of an iMac right in the palm of your hand and you can get really comfortable to work from home or take this on the go and work wherever normally I mean if we're being honest with each other my cable management is an absolute nightmare but right now I only need one well 2 for power right I only need those 2 cables to actually go into my macbook everything else plugs into the dock and I get all of the

Things I need SD card display USB a USB see all of the functionality you can need without having have a nightmare mess on my desk in there there are and in all fairness there are other devices out there that have Thunderbolt 3 but I really do prefer the way the MacBook takes advantage of it it's really almost like a quasi desktop experience nobody should be surprised with what I'm about to say the keyboard oh man I love this keyboard dang I almost had you fooled right I'm you almost thought I was gonna say something else look as somebody that spends most of their life typing a good

Solid keyboard that matters more to me than almost anything else and this is the first of the new the old the new ish magic keyboards which replace the old butterfly option and I mean honestly it's wonderful can you hear this it's quick its snappy it has plenty of travel it's almost perfectly spaced out this is a keyboard that I could and and we'll work on four hours at a time I've never really come up with a good way to say this like I've never come up with a good explanation for this but using other keyboards even the magic keyboard on my iPad

It just gets tiring after a while like my hands get tired after a long session typing out a script a work email or other thousand word epics and thing about this and the 13-inch is the same way I never really feel tired while typing on this magic keyboard the best I like the best way to describe it I can come up with is refreshing it's refreshing to type on this and I never get that hand fatigue while doing so you've already heard me mention how much I like the actual palm risk of the keyboard body design I mean you'll get plenty of area to rest your wrists and

Palms to get a nice neutral non carpal inducing workflow it's all fun and games but seriously make sure you are using good posture when working at the office or at home these kind of injuries are common and you absolutely need to take care of yourself but it the one negative though it still has a touch bar and we all know how I feel about the touch bar not good not good is how I feel about that touch bar one more thing also what we're talking about like the design and the keyboard I still think Apple has the best trackpad in the game right now look at this thing it's super big it's very

Consistent clicking no matter where you click you will get the same functionality it's super precise and you get a lot of customization options when you go into its settings you can get that right click back you can learn the vast and powerful gestures and almost you almost don't need a mouse if you want to use this on the go I I say almost because I love the Magic Mouse I know it's not a popular Mouse I know most people don't like it but I love that Mouse and it's super indispensable to everything I do being able to scroll in almost any

Direction because your mouse is like half Mouse and half trackpad is amazing I typed seven A's in the script because that's how amazing it is even though I did criticized the shape of the MacBook in the beginning for taking away functionality to make it a certain size the build quality on display here is fantastic there is no flex in the body there is no movement in the body when you type or you touch the key face look you have to give Apple credit for one thing if you're only going to give them credit for one thing give them credit when

Turn a solid piece of aluminum into a computer they do it well while they may have had issues with their keyboards in years past I've personally never had an issue with the build quality on display on an Apple device from my 2015 13 inch MacBook Pro all the way through I've never had a problem so let's talk about the display on that MacBook Pro 16 for a macbook it's amazing yes it still got apples design philosophy all over it it's not nearly as jaw-dropping as the Dell XPS line but they gotta take one step at a time they gotta take one step at a time the display is still retina

It's still crazy sharp it's very color accurate for those professionals needing it and it has a very healthy 500 nits brightness if you do some of your work outside when you know it's not raining for two weeks straight I'm feeling trapped in my house because it's been raining for two weeks straight and I do like that they are slowly slimming out the bezels giving us a bigger screen without making the device itself too much bigger it's a little bigger for the next thing that we're gonna talk about but honestly unless you have a 15-inch MacBook and a 16 inch MacBook sitting

Next to each other you probably and by probably I mean definitely wouldn't be able to tell the difference I mean I wish it was a touchscreen but we'll probably never get that now that the iPad is so darn good the last thing that I want to touch on today is something that I really like is the battery life Apple crammed into 99.7 watt hour battery into this computer and that is below and I mean just below what is allowed on an airline like they basically put as big a battery as you could get in this thing you easily get all-day battery life here with normal

Usage habits and even a pretty good showing if you are doing actual content creation on the go which as Apple doesn't throttle performance when not plugged into the wall it makes it such an easy travel companion recommendation just that's one of the things that I really like about Apple computers is it's easy to recommend them for travel computers because it's a consistent experience no matter where you're at but at the end of the day so what right should you get a MacBook Pro 16 even though there could be a new MacBook refresh on the horizon in the next few

Months yeah yes I think so even if Apple does refresh the pro 16 line they just totally revamped it so I doubt you'd get anything drastic other than maybe moved to 10th generation Intel chips and maybe some faster RAM maybe a faster solid-state drive so yeah maybe there will be something new and shiny in a couple of months but the performance won't be that vastly different and you can get these right now on sale new or like we mentioned refurbished for Fantastic prices if you were looking for an all-in-one travel but also powerful

Enough to replace a desktop computer I can wholeheartedly recommend the MacBook Pro 16 easily I have no problems recommending this this is a legitimately fantastic device that I don't really have any major caveats here to include except gaming if you primarily want a game don't then buy this device and if you are interested in buying a refurbished Mac and you're curious how the whole process goes and what it's like to actually get one click here click on this right here to watch the video where I did just that and I bought my macbook pro refurbished straight from

Apple thanks for watching

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