MacBook Pro 2018

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

MacBook Pros have al­ways looked gor­geous, but of late, the likes of HP Spec­tre and Asus ZenBook Pro 2018 have started catching up. Ap­ple fans need not be wor­ried, though, as the new Mac, avail­able in 13-inch and 15-inch, has been built as an am­bi­tious pow­er­house. It still sports the all-metal uni­body de­sign that Ap­ple adopted a cou­ple of years ago by trad­ing off the USB ports and the mem­ory card slot with Type C Thun­der­bolt ports to achieve the sleek form fac­tor. There are four ports, two on each side, and any of them can be used for charg­ing. It is 15.5 mm thick when the lid is closed, weighs 1.83 kg, quite com­pact com­pared to my 15.6 inch Toshiba lap­top and fea­tures 15.4 inch, 2,880x1,800 Retina dis­play. This de­vice also in­te­grates the new ‘true tone’ dis­play (avail­able on iPhones and iPads), which au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the screen’s bright­ness and colour tone based on the data from the am­bi­ent light sen­sor. How­ever, I turned off this set­ting while us­ing the lap­top.

The Touch Bar is also here, a sleek OLED strip at the top of the key­board and shows all rel­e­vant de­tails of the task/pro­gramme/ app on the screen, which comes in handy. For in­stance, if you are work­ing on a pre­sen­ta­tion, the Touch Bar will dis­play dif­fer­ent types of slide, all of which can be ac­cessed with a touch. While us­ing the Sa­fari browser, I was able to switch be­tween open tabs and ac­cess favourites. Also, pre­dic­tive text ap­peared on the Touch Bar when I was writ­ing a mail. Touch ID for bio­met­ric au­then­ti­ca­tion has been in­te­grated into the power but­ton placed at the end of the Touch Bar, and fin­ger­print scan­ning worked with­out a hitch when I un­locked the Mac. The much­crit­i­cised key­board has im­proved as well, mak­ing it smoother to type. The huge track­pad sup­ports ges­ture con­trol.

Our re­view unit was a top-ofthe-line 15-inch gad­get with an In­tel Core i9 pro­ces­sor, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB SSD for stor­age. It con­tin­ues to run on macOS High Sierra out of the box and is pow­er­ful enough to process and edit large 4K videos and RAW im­ages with ease and of­fers pro­fes­sional-grade per­for­mance. Fo­cus­ing on se­cu­rity, Ap­ple has used the T2 chip that en­ables se­cure boot and en­crypted stor­age. Along with the in­creased power, a larger bat­tery has been added un­der the hood. But the bat­tery backup – close to 10 hours – re­mains the same as in pre­vi­ous mod­els as the larger bat­tery com­pen­sates for high power con­sump­tion. All th­ese make it an ex­pen­sive kit, which may put off many buy­ers.

15.4 inch True Tone dis­play

top-of-the-line gad­get is pow­er­ful enough to han­dle pro­fes­sional video and mu­sic edit­ing with ease

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