16-inch MacBook Pro hands-on and running test

Apple unveiled its new 16-inch MacBook Pro yesterday afternoon, replacing the 15-inch model in Apple’s laptop lineup and offering some popular updates. Now, many foreign media have begun to report their first impressions of the MacBook, while the country is still waiting for a release date. Overall, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t make much of a impact on the MacBook series, but it does do better in some key areas.

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

Keyboard improvements

The first thing that delighted the ratings media was that Apple had abandoned the butterfly keyboard that had been used in the MacBook Pro since 2016. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard not only features a scissor-foot mechanism, but is also designed to be based on the iMac and iMac Pro’s lightweight keyboards.

The new keyboard is no longer the hard and crisp feel of the past, and when we use the old MacBook keyboard, we feel like we’re hitting a stone with our fingers. But the new keyboard has become longer (1 mm) and feels closer to the 2015 MacBook Pro keyboard, which is a good thing, and it’s much quieter than a butterfly keyboard.

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

In addition, the new keyboard made some minor but meaningful changes to the key layout: the Touch ID button was separated from the touch bar, the solid Escape key was back, and the arrow keys were finally changed to a more customary inverted T-shaped arrangement.

Smaller border, bigger screen

Apple has narrowed the border of its 16-inch MacBook Pro, allowing professionals to use a larger display to gain more available screen space. For some, the change may not be obvious, but if you’ve been using the 15-inch MacBook Pro for a while and then switched to a 16-inch model, the visual look is different.

Because the screen frame becomes narrower, there is not much increase in overall size compared to the existing 15-inch model.

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

Apple still does a great job in terms of actual pixel-by-pixel display quality, still using backlit LEDs and still supporting the P3 color gamut, with a original resolution of 3072×1920, so you get an image on the screen of approximately 5.9 megapixels, a rich level of detail and perfect color vibrancy. If your job need is to use the MacBook Pro for fine-tuning, including color correction and fine-tuning of details, it won’t disappoint you.

Improved sound quality

Apple updated its speaker system on the 16-inch MacBook Pro: a total of six speakers, including what officially known as the “dual vibration offset subwoofer” – the subwoofer has two back-to-back speaker drivers that eliminate each other’s vibrations.

Turn up the volume and you’ll immediately notice that the sound output is very loud, much louder than the sound of a typical laptop. And it doesn’t seem noisy at high volumes, its bass dives deeper, its sound is clean and thorough, and overall, the sound is richer and more satisfying than before.

Apple retains all the connectors for the 15-inch model on the new MacBook Pro, including four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, and also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

Geekbench 5 Preliminary Run Points

The 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 6-core or 8-core 9th-generation Intel processor. The high standard models are the 8-core 2.4GHz Core i9 processor, the 32GB 2667MHz DDR4 memory and the 8GB VRAM Radeon Pro 5500M GPU.

The following are the preliminary running results for the Geekbench 5 for the 8-core model. Of course, as we do more tests, they may change.

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

Single-core

16-inch MacBook Pro preliminary start and run points

Multi-core

Both the new MacBook Pro and its replacement 15-inch models use the 9th-generation Core i9 processor. With the same 2.4GHz 8-core Core i9 processor, the 16-inch MacBook Pro shows a slight speed advantage, with a 4% increase in the single core and a 5% increase in multicore. Considering that the price of the new laptop is the same as the price of the 15-inch model they replace, it is actually worth it after considering other updates, such as a larger screen and a new keyboard.

Stay tuned for more on the 16-inch MacBook Pro features, design and usability, and we’ll be looking forward to it in the future, combined with our own experience and external reviews.

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