I am coming from a maxed out 2017 MacBook Pro. There was nothing wrong with it, I planned to keep it for a few years until a quad core 13" MacBook released, and was pleasantly surprised when I read the announcement the other day. I had always considered a 15" for the performance, but the size would never work for me. I feel like I finally got that performance of the 15" I had been looking for, and it came in the size that is so ideal for me. It's only my first day, and obviously there is still novelty here, but I am SO impressed with the performance of this Quad Core I7. The nicest thing about this machine so far is every high performing task I have thrown at it cuts the time in half. The first thing was when I started it up for the first time, started a test account to make sure everything was working as it should. I erased the drive, rebooted a fresh OS to migrate my info over clean. The OS took 10 minutes to install. Any other time I have done this it takes at least 20-30 minutes. I migrated everything over....this was a 4 hour move with around 500 Gigs. When I have done this before, it has typically been at least 6-8 hours. I have been situating my accounts, making sure everything has been moved over correctly. I realize in the background, there is plenty of indexing going on right now. I went into Final Cut to see how the videos I am editing moved over, and as I am doing some light editing just to see how it performs at a basic level, I have never seen everything complete and render so quick. Everything I am throwing at it is instant. Not that I had to wait a ridiculous time before for these tasks, but I am getting precisely what I was hoping for. If I was just doing basic computing with Word Processing, browsing, and email, I would had kept the 2017 and been happy. But I am looking forward to really putting it through its paces over this next week. As many have said, I never had any problems with the 2017 Keyboard. I am one of the ones who also never had a dislike for it either. The shorter key travel to me has actually helped me type faster. The keyboard definitely has some subtle improvement. I do like that its quieter, like it muffled the clicking of the previous version. It also feels slightly more tactile. I have not used it enough to determine anything regarding battery life, and I keep True Tone turned off, the only place I like True Tone is my iPad Pro. I am not a deep tech guy, I have no plans or intentions to to geek bench scores, or any of the tests, I am just giving a real world perspective, if you need the speed, get this MacBook!