Well this is surprising. I went thru all the performance charts on ARSTECHNICA review, who are typically known for excellent reviews. 1st entry on the charts, the Touchbar Model 3rd entry on the charts, the non Touchbar Model http://arstechnica.com/video/2016/11/the-2016-13-and-15-inch-touch-bar-macbook-pros-reviewed/ There are two sets of charts. One is graphical performance. It uses GFXBench, Cinebench, and Geekbench metrics. We are comparing the Intel 540 in the non-touchbar model, and the 550 in the touchbar model. Then we look at the CPU. This really stands out when you look at the raw numbers. The non-touchbar has 15W 2.0 GHz Intel i5 (i5-6360U). Macbook pro TB 28W 2.9GHz Intel i5 (i5-6267U). Oh wow, right ? 28W vs 15W. ~ 3.0 GHz vs 2.0 GHz. But look at the actual performance numbers. The 2.0 GHz / 540 is consistently within 5% of the 2.9 GHz / 550 touch bar model. On virtually all of the CPU & GPU tests. The worst one I could find was a 10% difference. The non touchbar is getting tremendous battery life according to all reports. I get maybe 6 hours out of my touchbar model. I've now had my MacBook Touchbar since the middle of last month. It is ridiculously choppy, so now I think I need to pay more to get 16GB RAM. And trust me I've tried, I find the Touch Bar worse than physical buttons. I don't write off innovations Apple quickly, usually they are mocked and then everyone else starts copying them. So likely one day the touchbar will be grand, it sure doesn't feel like it now. Looking down at keys doesn't seem like a win to me thus far. So, what are we paying the $400 difference for ? 2 ports ?