Any positive experiences/reviews for tbMBP 15"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wnxgenral, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. wnxgenral macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2008
    I am days away from a decision to move from my rMBP 13" 2012 to the new tbMBP 15", I am primarily going from the 13" to the 15" for the extra screen real estate and productivity gains that come from it. I will still carry my iPad Pro 12.9" for media consumption, light email, etc...

    Can anyone in this forum say something positive about their 15"? I have gone page by page and everything here is negative, battery life, performance? I need some reassurance that I am going to be happy with my purchase.

    Thank you!
  2. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2016
    Then you clearly have not read properly. Plenty of threads here offer positive opinions from actual owners of the 2016s.
  3. Dogbone65 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2016
    I was really having buyers remorse before it was delivered. My 2012 MacBook Pro Retina was still working fine. So this wasn't something I had to have. I do use my laptop several hours a day for email, office documents and normal work things. Now that I've had a week you couldn't pry it out of my hands. No issues with battery or performance. I tested the 13 for a few days thinking it would have been big enough but I missed the 15"size. Especially with this one its so much smaller than my old one. So no I have no regrets what so ever.
  4. DblHelix macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Very positive so far for me.


    Great screen that is brighter with wider color gamut
    Fast quad core processor with sufficient dedicated card. Works well for post production/photo editing but not gaming
    Thin and light
    Fastest ports available
    Fast SSD


    Lack of magsafe
    only USB-c so for now stuck upgrading peripherals or using donggles
    Smaller battery. For me it has not been an issue since I am usually connected to the wall
  5. TofSanity macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    I love mine. I don't have any of the issues. I have the base 2.7 model. I haven't experienced any rapid battery drain or it only lasting 4-5 hours. Yesterday was the first time I had to charge in three days. I should say that I don't do anything heavy on it at the moment, so the consumption the last few days has been hours of internet, iTunes and writing apps. Get the 15" and enjoy.
  6. Teach4 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2013
    I really like my new MBP with touch bar. I haven't had any of the problems others have reported. I am really enjoying everything about it. You won't regret it. Everyone I have shown it to has been impressed. My brother-in-law who uses computers in his job as an artist really was impressed. He put it through some tests, and kept saying how great it was at handling what he was doing. He now wants one.
  7. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    You just need to try out, don't worry about the negative or positive reviews, it needs to suit you. I really liked mine, but returned it, cause it was just too expansive this time round.
  8. joleel7 macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Just received my 2016 15" MBP 2.9/1TB 460 and along with my AirPod I am loving both of them so far... I am testing the battery life so far so good YouTube kills battery life faster than any app I am running! The only con I have so far is the $$$ of the MBP.
  9. Iceteamm macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    I am absolutely in love with my 15' touch bar. Coming from a 2013 11' MBA. So quick and snappy. Great battery performance for me, about 8-9 hrs setting it up and downloading my stuff. Design and screen are beautiful. I love the touch bar and cant wait for more apps to be compatible with it. Already used to the new keyboard and it feels good to me. I dont care about the lack of ports. Only thing I miss is the magsafe, but i can get over that.
  10. coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    I have the 15" tMBP w/discrete graphics (the $2,799 one). It's fantastic.

    The toxicity you feel is primarily coming from teenagers on here who were never in the market for this machine. Yes, there are some valid complaints - there are complaints about every product, ever...but it's not the dumpster fire MR trolls make it out to be.

    Buy, enjoy or return in 14 days. No risk. I have no regrets personally.
  11. rasputin1969 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2010
    Mine has gone back due to a problem with the keyboard (space key only registering every other time).

    I've been pretty ambivalent regarding this release, mostly because I hated the keyboard on the 12 inch macbook however I personally found this new version 2 butterfly keyboard to be a vast improvement upon the macbook keyboard. In actual fact I surprised myself by actually preferring this new keyboard over the chicklit keyboards of old. Saying that I found the touch bar to be very much a gimmick.

    In the end I'd say it is a fine laptop, however I'm going to wait for the next release - I simply cannot live with a 4 hr light use battery.
  12. rwstgermain, Dec 30, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016

    rwstgermain macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2016
    Love mine. Came form a 2012 Retina and would not go back. People/Media have complained about dongles, battery, keyboard, lack of 32GB RAM option (LOL) and lack of magsafe, . All have been positive experiences for me. I use one dongle, the multi-port AV. I plug my HDMI monitor, USB 3 external drive and power into it. Works great for on a desk you just plug one single thing into your laptop.

    Keyboard is great except the enter key feels different than the other keys but not worth complaining about or returning.

    Battery has been amazing, average about 8-9 hours on the fully loaded model while doing email, web browsing and some music. Performance wise nothing to complain about. I run several Virtual machines at the same time while browsing the web and haven't experienced a hiccup.

    Magsafe was a huge worry for me until I remembered how much of a pain it was when on the couch and it would always pop-out. Yes there is more of a potential for damage to the laptop BUT it just means you need to be more careful.
  13. Stinking Genius macrumors newbie

    Stinking Genius

    Aug 8, 2015
    Western Montana

    I work as an IT professional for a large company and I was recently due for a new laptop and decided to go with the 15" Touch bar model and so far have been happy with it. Being an IT professional I have to support both Windows and Macs and go back and forth between both on a regular basis - I used to be primarily a PC person and thought Macs were over priced and over hyped but over the past 5 - 10 years have changed my viewpoint and now think they are good machines but still a little over priced (they of course hold their value way better than PCs)

    Here is my take on some of the issues people seem to be commenting on the most:

    Keyboard - I've read several people complain about the new keyboard and lack of key travel but after a couple of days I was totally used it and now find it very comfortable to type on.

    Battery - I have it plugged in 99% of the time so can't really say it has good or bad battery life but I haven't noticed any severe battery drain.

    Screen - as other have said screen is awesome.

    Touch bar - I don't use it much but love that it has the finger print sensor to log in or when making changes that require admin access.

    Magsafe - Definitely am disappointed they removed it but I'll get over it. On the flip side I could see it being an advantage in the future if the cord get damaged you just buy a new USB C cable for a couple of $$.

    No USB, HDMI or Card reader - Card reader I never use much anyway so that is not a big deal to me and I all ready have a couple of usb card readers if I need one. Lack of USB or HDMI can easily be fixed with a dongle or new cable and only costs a few $$.

    I have the version with the Radeon 455 and so far haven't seen any video issues that some other have reported.

    Overall I am totally happy with it, luckily I didn't have to pay for it and would possibly think twice about paying $2800 for it, I was on the fence about getting the new model or the mid 2015 model - I am glad I opted for the new one.
  14. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    I have the 15" 2016 base model and have been using it since launch with no issues. Battery has been good and I love the new trackpad, touch bar and keyboard. I love this computer. As others have said, try it and if not completely satisfied return it within the 14 day window.

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