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Review: Three weeks working from the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been out for a few weeks so you've probably seen the early reviews and know all the initial takes. The USB ports changed, the Touch Bar may be gimmicky, and some pros are feeling left out.My own machine (base 15-inch with upgraded 1TB SSD) arrived three weeks ago as my new work computer, giving me plenty of real-world use with it. My main observation from time spent using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is that early impressions don't necessarily last.My colleague Ben Lovejoy had a similar conclusion in his MacBook Pro diary series. For me, it's a mixed bag of praise and complaints and a lot of discovery along the way.Touch BarTake the new Touch Bar for example. I believe it should be judged as being either more or less useful than the physical function row of keys that it replaces. Personally, I don't rely on the function keys much beyond play/pause toggling and adjusting volume, but my very first thought when using the Touch Bar was that the virtual keys offer the same or possibly less control without benefit.Then I discovered the ‘tap and drag' behavior of volume and brightness controls. You can tap the virtual volume button to activate a slider or you can tap and drag left or right in one quick motion. Any time Touch Bar uses this tap and drag gesture, it feels good. I hope we see more of this as Touch Bar implementation becomes more defined.
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