Review: Apple’s late-2016 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple’s new Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest MacBook Pro ever, but unlike the company’s earlier ultralight MacBook Air, it packs a fast, quad-core Intel CPU and a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU along with 16GB of high speed RAM and other “pro” level niceties. After spending some time with the new flagship, AppleInsider came away impressed at what Apple was able to achieve.

How to Find the Lowest Prices When Buying

Before purchasing your new MacBook, make sure to check out AppleInsider’s Price Guides to find the lowest prices available for your desired configuration and see which Apple authorized resellers currently have your desired model in stock.

As of press time, new orders for these new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar are backlogged by 4 to 5 weeks through Apple’s direct and indirect sales channels. Therefore, deals and discounting on the Touch Bar models have yet to kick off in Apple’s reseller channel. Still, most shoppers can still save hundreds on their new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar by pre-ordering from an Apple authorized reseller who does not collect sales tax on orders shipped to most states.

For instance, Apple authorized power reseller B&H Photo is currently taking pre-orders for both 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and 15″ MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and will only collect sales tax on orders shipped to a NY address. It also offers an additional $50 discount on AppleCare extended protection plans when purchasing alongside a new MacBook Pro. B&H carries every possible configuration of these new MacBook Pros, all of which are cleanly organized in our Mac Price Guide. The same set of pre-order links are also repeated below for your convenience:

15″ MacBook Pros with Touch Bar Pre-Orders @ B&H (No tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 450) in Gray for $2,399.00 ($192 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 450) in Silver for $2,399.00 ($192 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 460) in Gray for $2,599.00 ($208 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 460) in Silver for $2,599.00 ($208 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 450) in Gray for $2,599.00 ($208 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 450) in Silver for $2,599.00 ($208 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 460) in Gray for $2,799.00 ($224 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 460) in Silver for $2,799.00 ($224 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 450) in Gray for $2,999.00 ($240 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 450) in Silver for $2,999.00 ($240 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 460) in Gray for $3,199.00 ($256 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 460) in Silver for $3,199.00 ($256 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 450) in Gray for $3,799.00 ($304 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 450) in Silver for $3,799.00 ($304 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 460) in Gray for $3,999.00 ($320 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.6GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 460) in Silver for $3,999.00 ($320 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) in Gray for $2,799.00 ($224 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) in Silver for $2,799.00 ($224 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 460) in Gray for $2,899.00 ($232 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 460) in Silver for $2,899.00 ($232 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 455) in Gray for $3,199.00 ($256 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 455) in Silver for $3,199.00 ($256 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 460) in Gray for $3,299.00 ($264 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 460) in Silver for $3,299.00 ($264 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 455) in Gray for $3,999.00 ($320 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 455) in Silver for $3,999.00 ($320 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 460) in Gray for $4,099.00 ($328 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.7GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 460) in Silver for $4,099.00 ($328 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 450) in Gray for $2,699.00 ($216 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 450) in Silver for $2,699.00 ($216 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 460) in Gray for $2,899.00 ($232 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 460) in Silver for $2,899.00 ($232 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 450) in Gray for $2,899.00 ($232 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 450) in Silver for $2,899.00 ($232 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) in Gray for $2,999.00 ($240 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) in Silver for $2,999.00 ($240 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 460) in Gray for $3,099.00 ($248 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 460) in Silver for $3,099.00 ($248 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 450) in Gray for $3,299.00 ($264 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 450) in Silver for $3,299.00 ($264 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 455) in Gray for $3,399.00 ($272 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 455) in Silver for $3,399.00 ($272 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 460) in Gray for $3,499.00 ($280 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 1TB Radeon 460) in Silver for $3,499.00 ($280 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 450) in Gray for $4,099.00 ($328 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 450) in Silver for $4,099.00 ($328 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 455) in Gray for $4,199.00 ($336 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 455) in Silver for $4,199.00 ($336 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 460) in Gray for $4,299.00 ($344 off in tax outside NY)
15″ (2.9GHz 16GB 2TB Radeon 460) in Silver for $4,299.00 ($344 off in tax outside NY)

AppleCare for 15″ MacBook Pros
You can easily tack on an AppleCare extended protection plan to these MacBooks for the discounted rate of $299 ($50 off) by selecting the AppleCare option immediately after you press the “Add to Cart” button on B&H’s website. Or just use this link.

SOURCE:http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/11/14/review-apples-late-2016-15-macbook-pro-with-touch-bar