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  • Force Touch trackpad, Thunderbolt 2, Intel Broadwell processors and a faster SSD. The

  • 2015 MacBook Pro has seen a pretty decent update but is it worth it? Take one look around

  • and youll see the design hasn’t changed much. That’s not really a complaint though,

  • the Retina MacBook Pro has been one of the best built laptops for a few years now and

  • the 2015 model is no exception. It’s a solid aluminum chassis with some of the tightest

  • tolerances out there and subtle touches like a nicely weighted hinge so you can open up

  • the lid without picking up the entire laptop. It’s got a pair of decent speakers hidden

  • on the edges by the ports that double as intakes for the fan. The MacBook vents above the keyboard

  • which can still breathe even with the lid closed. The keyboard is still about as good

  • as it gets for a laptop. They could add just a touch more key travel in my opinion but

  • it’s nicely spaced and keeps the adjustable backlighting which automatically kicks on

  • in darker environments. Something shared from the new MacBook is the Force Touch trackpad.

  • It looks the same however instead of being a normal clickpad there’s a Taptic Engine

  • which vibrates the trackpad when you click. It sounds bizarre but it actually works, you

  • can notice the lack of travel compared with a normal MacBook but it does feel like youre

  • clicking. Turn off the laptop and it’s really trippy, it moves a tiny amount but nowhere

  • near as much as it feels like when it’s actually on.

  • It’s also pressure sensitive which lets you use the new Force Touch gesture in OS

  • X. For example the harder you press the more you fast forward in QuickTime with a slight

  • bit of feedback as you go through each of the speeds. The coolest way to use this is

  • in Safari where you can Force Click on a link to preview before actually opening it. It

  • took me a few days to get used to it but the new trackpad is a nice addition. For ports

  • youve got an SDXC card reader, HDMI and USB 3.0 on the right side along with MagSafe

  • 2 for charging, a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports along with one more USB and a combo headphone

  • microphone jack. The Thunderbolt ports are the most interesting, having that much bandwidth

  • is mostly useful for high end RAID arrays and docks that give you things like extra

  • USB ports, Ethernet and HDMI off a single cable. They also double as Mini DisplayPorts

  • with the ability to drive 4K monitors at 60 hertz. It won’t be buttery smooth but it

  • is totally possible. Speaking of that screen, the MacBook Pro is sporting a 13.3 inch IPS

  • display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600. While this has been passed by Windows laptops

  • pushing resolutions up to 4K in practice the MacBook is more than sharp enough. It’s

  • got solid viewing angles, a far cry from the MacBook Air which washes out almost immediately.

  • OS X scaling is quite a bit better than on Windows too, it scales the resolution by double

  • giving you the same screen real estate as a 1280 by 800 display by default. You can

  • adjust this up to 1680 by 1050 but for me the sweet spot was 1440 by 900, giving you

  • a decent amount of resolution without making things too tiny. There are also apps like

  • SetResX that will drop the Retina scaling altogether if you really need every single

  • pixel which I use for some apps like SpeedGrade. Things like the design and screen are important

  • but a laptop is basically a paperweight without some decent specs.

  • The base configuration comes with a Broadwell Core i5 with Iris 6100 graphics, eight gigabytes

  • of RAM and a 128 gigabyte SSD. Compare this with the New MacBook and for the same price

  • you get a 256 gigabyte drive but a much less powerful Core M processor. Well see how

  • they actually compare soon so be sure to subscribe to catch my video on the New MacBook but the

  • Pro is looking pretty solid right now. The 13 inch Pro I’ve got here is upgraded with

  • the Core i7, sixteen gigabytes of memory and a 512 gigabyte SSD. One of the big behind

  • the scenes upgrades on the new MacBook is a faster PCIe based SSD. It’s fast. Like

  • the fastest SSD I’ve ever tested with read and write speeds over 1300 megabytes per second.

  • Things get a little less exciting when you look at the CPU though. Were still looking

  • at a dual core chip across the board on the 13 inch MacBook, if you want quad core youll

  • have to take the step up to the 15 inch. The new 14 nanometer Broadwell chips do keep the

  • clocks relatively high, even the base 13 inch starts at 2.7 gigahertz and goes up to 3.4

  • gigahertz with the Core i7. Still though weve only got two cores and the Geekbench numbers

  • top out at just about half of what the 15 inch MacBook can muster. On the graphics side

  • things are a bit better, the Iris graphics are able to keep OS X running nice and smooth

  • and it posts a solid improvement over the MacBook Air and last gen Pro in Cinebench.

  • No one should buy a Mac for gaming but that graphics performance does make some light

  • gaming possible. Minecraft runs no problem here with everything turned up and even a

  • heavier title like Tomb Raider is playable as long as you don’t mind turning down the

  • settings a bit. One of the biggest questions I’ve had was how the 13 inch Pro handles

  • video. I’ve edited my last three videos with Adobe Premiere CC on the MacBook and

  • I’ve been pleasantly surprised. It’s able to keep up with editing 1080p AVCHD clips

  • just fine, only slowing down when I'm working with complicated effects. Where I really miss

  • a quad core CPU is when exporting but for the actual edit the 13 inch MacBook Pro is

  • absolutely usable. Battery life isn’t too bad either. With lighter use like listening

  • to music and web browsing you should expect around nine hours of longevity where things

  • like gaming and video editing will bring that closer to three hours. The MacBook Pro is

  • an expensive laptop. You do get a solid build, excellent screen, impressive new trackpad

  • and a blisteringly fast SSD. The lack of dedicated graphics is a slight disappointment but not

  • having a quad core CPU option is a big problem for a laptop at this price. 95 percent of

  • the time you won’t notice but I would happily trade a couple hours of battery life to have

  • the extra power when I need it. If youre looking at a MacBook the 13 inch Pro is the

  • best trade off between power and portability but youre going to have to pay for it.

  • So what do you guys think about the new MacBook Pro? Let me know in the comments below and

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  • to the channel! Anyway guys thank you so much for watching and I will catch you in the next

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    稲葉白兎 posted on 2015/04/26
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