What’s up guys Mike here the DetroitBORG with the maxed out configuration of Apple’s most powerful laptop the 2017 MacBook Pro 15 inch So the big news for this year is the new Kaby Lake CPUs along with new graphics in addition to faster SSDs. Otherwise the design and, overall configuration is carried over from the previous generation. So the base configuration starts off at $2399 that get you a core i7 clocked at 2.8ghz 16GB of RAM a 256GB SSD along with the Radeon Pro 555 GPU with 2GB of memory.While in my case I maxed out the CPU to 3.1GHz and that gets me a Radeon PRO 560 GPU with 4GB of memory and a 512GB SSD. Now you can max out the SSD to 2TB, but I really didn’t want to spend $1200 for that. So once again the 15 inch Macbook Pro is the only Macbook that offers quad core CPUs and discrete graphics. Everything else only offers integrated graphics and dual core CPUs. Unfortunately for many this still have 16GB of RAM standard and it’s still DDR3 instead of DDR4. Inside the box we get a 2 meter USB-C charging cable. In terms of paperwork, pretty basic we have a quick start guide, regulatory and warranty info and a set of white Apple stickers. Below that is the 87 watt USB-C wall charger, this is the largest one you can get on a MacBook.So returning once again is that stunning 15.4 inch LED backlit IPS display with a resolution of 2880 by 1800 that’s good for 220 pixels per inch. So once again that’s a very bright, sharp and color accurate display. It also has a very effective anti-reflective coating which seemed to have been improved with the newer generation. Also built-in into the top of the display is the pretty familiar 720p FaceTime HD camera. The keyboard and enormous trackpad again, are carried over here. So the trackpad does feature that ForceTouch technology, so it doesn’t have a physical or mechanical mechanism in here. It very precisely replicate a physical click via a Taptic Engine. I really like this trackpad even though it’s extremely large. It seems to have good palm rejection. So even though you’re probably gonna lean against it while typing, it’s able to distinguish between a fingertip and a palm. The keyboard is once again the second generation butterfly mechanism which I personally really like. Some people complain that it’s a little noisy, and of course not everybody is a fan of the shallow keyboard but personally, I like how fast this style of keyboard is and with the second generation
butterfly mechanism it’s much more precise and tactile.Each key is also individually backlit with an LED light and there’s a slight tweak here to the icons on the Control and Option keys. Also returning once again is the Touch Bar. So again this is a feature that is somewhat controversial but otherwise it’s a really neat OLED display covered in glass that provides contextually aware controls for whatever is on your screen. And I think they’ve done a good job making sense of the TouchBar, but again this is something that I don’t really need or look at. But of course you can’t go wrong with the TouchID sensor built into the power button for unlocking the computer or just making payments, or logging into your passwords. On either sides of the keyboard are these very prominent speaker grills so we have excellent front facing stereo speakers so let’s go and take a listen to them.In terms of the ventilation, you’ll find an exhaust vent built into the hinge which draws in air from the underside edge so you’ll find those little gaps along the sides, that’s a similar design we see with the 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the previous generation of MacBook Pros. Also returning is one of the more controversial aspects of this design which is Thunderbolt 3 ports only, besides the headphone jack, so we have 4 of those 2 on either side, once again they are extremely high speed at 40Gb/s and they are symmetrical.So you get the same speed on both the left and right side, the 13 inch has reduced speed along the right side. So that does mean you will need adapters for this computer to use other accessories such as SD cards or USB Type A connectors like the charging cable that comes with the iPhone. But you do get some pretty incredible flexibility and performance with these ports you can drive up to 2, 5K displays at the same time in addition to the on-board display or 4, 4K displays, pretty impressive. Battery life is estimated at around 10 hours of general usage and that’s with a fairly large, 76 watt-hour lithium polymer battery. The only thing to be aware of with a computer this powerful is that you can really quickly zap through the battery life in just a couple of hours depending on the application you are using. And the computer does like to spin up the fans to keep processors cool so it doesn’t lose any performance. Like the previous generation, we do have the integrated graphics in addition to
discrete graphics so the integrated graphics is the Intel HD Graphics 630, that’s the same on all 15 inch MacBook Pros but in the case of the upgraded model, again I have the Radeon Pro 560 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory which is actually the same set up in the 21.5 inch 4K iMac I recently reviewed.Now comparing graphics to the similarly maxed out specs from last year we are seeing a pretty healthy gain here So again with we from the AMD Radeon Pro 460 to the 560. So the OpenGL scores goes from about 73 frames per second to about 87 frames per second. that’s a pretty healthy gain. When it comes to Geekbench in addition to Kaby Lake CPUs we also go from 2.9ghz to 3.1ghz and we’re seeing pretty significant single core gains in addition to much more signification multi-core gains so this is a much more powerful computer than it was before. SSDs are also much faster but write speeds are around 2000, the read speeds is around 2500 versus 1800 for both the previous design. Now personally I really like this computer but for the most part I recommend this to people who need ‘pro’ applications such as video editing, photo editing, music creation or something like that, otherwise it’s a little too big for most people, it weighs about 4 pounds and has a fairly big footprint especially on your lap.So unless you intend to use this primarily on a desk or use this for ‘pro’ applications it’s probably overkill for most people. So as far as spec bumps go, this is a fairly significant one but there is no reason to trade your late 2016 model for this version but I think like many If you were just holding off for the Kaby Lake update I think now is a good time to pick one of these up. The only other update that I would like to see is 32GB of DDR4 RAM But otherwise I think it’s in good shape. Alright guys I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the most powerful MacBook available If you guys enjoy this video, please give it a ‘thumbs-up’ to let me know, and I’ll see you again in my next video. .