Since we still have a little time before we can officially get hold of the 2016 model of Apple’s flagship MacBook Pro, the 13 inch model, we’re taking another look at this excellent piece of kit to help you establish whether it could be right for you. Whether you’re seasoned Mac user, a part-time Apple fan or just someone who’s sick of having to deal with Windows 10, maybe the MacBook Pro 2015 is the perfect choice for you.
The outer design hasn’t changed significantly for some time, and you will still find the familiar metallic silver finishing with sleek black detailing on the screen and keyboard. The MacBook Pro currently includes two USB 3.0 ports, as well as HDMI 1.4 output, an SDXC card slot, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and more. The laptop feels light and compact as always with Apple, so you’re likely to feel quite comfortable working away on this model or carrying it around with you.
The screen is one of the major selling points here. It’s really not that big and it can seem especially small at first since the 2560 x 1600 display is squashed into only a 13-inch space. This is due to the Retina-level resolution which provides amazing clarity and makes the screen feel effectively much bigger once you start using it. You can choose your own resolution to suit the work you’re doing, depending on how small you can go and still be able your text.
Speaking of actually using the laptop, this is when you really feel a difference compared to the majority of laptops running Windows. If you can get used to the operating system and move around as quickly as you normally would, standard tasks are accomplished in record time thanks to the high performance processor. Not only that, but the battery life is extremely impressive regardless of hard you push the MacBook Pro. There’s really no contest when it comes to performance so at this level the only thing we can fault is that the hard drive isn’t as big as it could be.
On the more fun side, being an Apple product you do get some interesting new features which are still in development right now and will probably get more sophisticated in the next edition of the laptop. In this case the main thing to play around with is Force Touch, Apple’s version of 3-dimensional touch control that tries to provide more different ways to interact with your touchpad. It feels unfinished so there isn’t a whole lot you can do, but the quality seems to be there and we look forward to seeing what comes next.
Overall, despite the fact that we are extremely close to the arrival of new MacBook Pro models to replace the 2015 version, it’s a great investment that can accomplish most computing tasks with ease and last you for at least a few years before it starts to feel dated. We would highly recommend this tried-and-tested edition and we hope it can gain Apple some new fans.