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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2016 (MF839, MF840, MF841)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2016 (MF839, MF840, MF841). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and performance. The design and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical reviews about the battery and price.

screen, portability, design, performance, reliability

price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2016 (MF839, MF840, MF841) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2016) review

 

The trend line points toward ever-smaller computers, with premium systems diving below 10mm thick , and screens dipping down to 12.5 inches from the more common 13-inch or larger versions. But sometimes you want a big, bold, laptop with a large screen...

The larger version of Apple's MacBook Pro has a big, bold display, a thinner, lighter body, an AMD graphics chip by default and a massive trackpad. The inventive Touch Bar second-screen display saves clicks here and there, and now works with apps like...

Even the base 15-inch model is painfully expensive. The Touch Bar is a fun add-on, but not a necessity, and the move to USB-C ports means potentially carrying a bag full of dongles.

With a slim bezel around its 15-inch screen and a thinner, lighter body, the top-end MacBook Pro packs a real visual punch. But if you miss the traditional HDMI and USB ports, consider the older 2015 model that Apple still sells.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Grabham (t3.com)

15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: the future is here although not everybody likes it

 

The new MacBook Pro is finally here. It’s expensive, dependent on USB-C and has a fancy new touchscreen atop the keyboard. So should you buy one?

USB-C is an enabler ; Touch Bar has some very clever uses ; Touch ID is welcome

Not very latest-gen Intel chips ; 16GB a restriction for some ; Touch Bar is an expensive addition

Dec, 2016

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

2016 Apple MacBook Pro 15in with Touch Bar review

 

The ultimate MacBook is a flawed masterpiece

A fantastic balance of power and form ; So nice to type on ; Brilliant, bright, colourful screen

Very expensive ; Disappointing battery life ; Touch Bar isn't yet particularly useful

It's more flawed than you might expect, but the 15in Pro is still a magnificent thing

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) review

 

Glass half full of promise

Luminous display ; Innovative Touch Bar ; Four USB-C ports ; Loud and clear speakers

Touch Bar not fully-realized ; Trackpad feels too big

While Apple's brighter and bolder 15-inch MacBook brings immediate benefits the second you turn it on, it has its quirks and feels like a laptop that will become much more useful down the line.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Klaus A. Hinum, Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.7 GHz, 455) Notebook Review

 

The perfect balance? We also review the mainstream configuration of the new MacBook Pro 15. The test model is faster than the entry-level spec thanks to the Core i7-6820HQ and the AMD Radeon Pro 455, but is it worth the additional price?

excellent chassis ; very good display ; huge Trackpad with great precision ; good and quiet cooling ; high WLAN transfer rates ; good speakers

neither USB-A nor HDMI-out ; defective speakers due to Boot Camp ; 2.4 GHz WLAN issue with attached USB-C device ; fans are (slightly) audible while idling ; very expensive – especially the upgrades

The review of the third Apple MacBook Pro 15 configuration actually revealed some surprising results. However, we do not speak about the two faster core components. The processor in our mainstream configuration for $2799 is 100 MHz faster than the base...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff, Till Schönborn (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016 2.9 GHz, 460) Notebook Review

 

Top specification. We have already reviewed the entry-level of the new Apple MacBook Pro 15. Our test sample today is the high-end SKU, and the graphics card AMD Radeon Pro 460 is particularly interesting.

excellent chassis ; very good display ; huge Trackpad with great precision ; quiet and good cooling ; high WLAN transfer rates ; good speakers

neither USB-A nor HDMI-Port ; power adapter limits under extreme workloads ; 2.4 GHz WLAN issue with attached USB-C device ; fans are (slightly) audible while idling ; very expensive

This review update was primarily focused on the performance of the faster components as well as their effects on the emissions and the battery runtime. The dedicated graphics card AMD Radeon Pro 460 left the best impression, because it is about 40%...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner, Klaus A. Hinum, Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.6 GHz i7) Notebook Review

 

Better by a Touch? Apple slims down the MacBook Pro 15 quite radically and reduces the weight to around 1.8 kg with a thickness of just 16 millimeters. The professional notebook, which even gained customers from the 17-inch Pro in the past, is now even...

excellent chassis ; very good display ; huge trackpad with great precision ; quiet and good cooling ; high WLAN transfer rates ; good speakers

neither USB-A nor HDMI-out ; defective speakers due to BootCamp ; 2.4 GHz WLAN issue with attached USB-C device ; fans are (slightly) audible while idling ; very expensive – especially the upgrades

The new Apple MacBook Pro 15 builds on the advantages of the predecessor and is one of the best devices you can buy right now in some respects. This definitely includes the excellent chassis, where the diet did not affect the quality or the stability....

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2016) review

 

The trend line points toward ever-smaller computers, with premium systems diving below 10mm thick , and screens dipping down to 12.5 inches from the more common 13-inch or larger versions. But sometimes you want a big, bold, laptop with a large screen...

The larger version of Apple's MacBook Pro has a big, bold display, a thinner, lighter body, an AMD graphics chip by default and a massive trackpad. The inventive Touch Bar second-screen display saves clicks here and there, and now works with apps like...

Even the base 15-inch model is painfully expensive. The Touch Bar is a fun add-on, but not a necessity, and the move to USB-C ports means potentially carrying a bag full of dongles.

With a slim bezel around its 15-inch screen and a thinner, lighter body, the top-end MacBook Pro packs a real visual punch. But if you miss the traditional HDMI and USB ports, consider the older 2015 model that Apple still sells.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv_in)

2016 Apple MacBook Pro 15in with Touch Bar review

 

The ultimate MacBook is a flawed masterpiece

A fantastic balance of power and form ; So nice to type on ; Brilliant, bright, colourful screen

Very expensive ; Disappointing battery life ; Touch Bar isn't yet particularly useful

It's more flawed than you might expect, but the 15in Pro is still a magnificent thing

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Apple MacBook Pro (15-Inch, 2016) Review and Ratings

 

Apple's new big-screen Pro impresses with its snazzy Touch Bar and slimmer, super-solid design. It's a good balance of performance and portability. Just know: You'll need dongles, and the keyboard is an acquired taste.

Superb screen ; Thinner and lighter than previous MacBook Pro models ; Excellent touch pad is now enormous

Pricey, given the components ; Unpredictable battery life

With its solid feel, bold screen, clean lines, giant touch pad, and svelte frame, Apple's new MacBook Pro 15-inch is a

Dec, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:3

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):76 / 83.6
Battery life (max):10
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30

Camera

Front Camera:N / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera signal format:720p

Certificates

Energy Star certified:N / Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display brightness:500
Display diagonal:39.1
Display Resolution:2880 x 1800
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon Pro 450 / AMD Radeon Pro 455 / AMD Radeon Pro 460 / AMD Radeon Pro 560X / AMD Radeon RX 460
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
Maximum Resolution:5120 x 2880
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® HD Graphics 530 / Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:N / Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:English / French / German / Norwegian / Russian / Spanish / Swedish / Swiss / UK English / US English
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:64 / 65
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Touch Bar:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4500
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-25 - 45

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB Type-C

Performance

Ambient light sensor:N / Y

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:N / No
DC-in jack:N / Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Y
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
Headphone outputs:1 / 4
Microphone in:N
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:4

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:87

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.6 / 3.8 / 4.3
Processor cache:6 / 8 / 9
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Cores:4 / 6
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 2.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I7-6700HQ / I7-6820HQ / i7-6920HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6800 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:8
Stepping:R0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Processor ARK ID:88967 / 88970 / 88972
Processor code:SR2FQ / SR2FT / SR2FU
Processor package size:42
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Cable lock slot:N
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Palm vein scanner:Y
Password protection:Y

Software

Bundled software:- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- Game Center / iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra / macOS Mojave / macOS Sierra / macOS Sierra 10.12

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Y
Flash drive interface:Flash / PCI Express
Flash memory:1000 / 1024 / 2000 / 2048 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive capacity:512
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 2000 / 2048 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:240.7
Height :15.5
Weight:1.83
Width:349.3