MacBook Pro 2016 baseline is now available at the Apple stores. The device has a 13-inch display size and has the same design as the other latest model, except the Touch Bar feature. Apple will start selling the MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar later this month.
Baseline model of MacBook Pro is the most affordable one compared to the other model in the same version. Apple provides this model to change the 13-inch MacBook Air. Having the same weight as MacBook Air 13-inch, yet smaller volume makes the MacBook Pro 2016 13-inch more attractive for users. The bad news it is $498 more expensive.
With $1499 of a price tag, this model strives to compete with the other PC laptops which have the same or lower price. If we look at the specification, we can say this model is too expensive. Specification: processor 2.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache. It’s an Intel Skylake Processor which has been used by many other PC laptops since the beginning of this year.
The question is: Can we just compare MacBook Pro and PC laptops by using the processor specification as the only reference?
MacBook Pro 2016 Base Line VS Other Laptops
Processor specification is not the whole story
When reading a laptop specification, sometimes we only focus on several factors, such as the processor, memory, and the storage. In fact, if we want to compare one laptop to another, we must read all technical data from both devices which can answer user needs of that laptop. So, if we compare 2 or three things only, it won’t be fair.
Let’s try comparing the processor and RAM of MacBook Pro 2016 baseline and the other laptops which have the same or lower price.
- MacBook Pro 13 inch Base Model
Intel Core i5 2.0GHz dual-core (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 8GB of RAM
- ASUS ROG G752VL-DH71
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo boost up to 3.5GHz) with 16GB of RAM
- MSI GE62 Apache Pro-004
Intel Core Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz) with 16GB of RAM
- Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition
Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz Processor with 16GB of RAM
There are many other laptops that we can compare with MacBook Pro 2016 baseline. You might think that the MacBook is underpowered compared to other laptops if we only compare them by looking at the processor and RAM. Of course, MacBook is more than just the processor. There are other things, such as the quality of the display, keyboard, trackpad, storage, and so on.
The User Experience
Comparing MacBook Pro with other laptops looking at the processor only, can’t represent the entire experience. Foremost when we’re using it. The user experience can tell us which machine is better. It also distinguishes MacBook Pro 2016 baseline from the other laptops. I must admit that it’s not an affordable laptop but, it’s a proper price for the specification offered by this MacBook model.
Apple sells the whole user experience. A machine doesn’t only rely on the processor. Look at the device and use it. Then you will know that the general specification isn’t everything.
It has a complete ecosystem
MacBook is different. It’s a device in Apple’s ecosystem. It’s the perfect laptop to accompany your iPhone. The continuity feature allows users to continue their productivity works on any Apple’s device they have. For example, the work started on the iPad to be finished on MacBook or vice versa. This feature also allows us calling a number you find on a website through your MacBook. All that thanks to Apple’s ecosystem on MacBook.
The money you spend isn’t only for buying a technical specification, it is for the entire experience provided by Apple through their ecosystem.
MacBook Pro 2016 baseline falls behind other laptops. Do you agree?
Do you agree that MacBook Pro 2016 baseline falls behind other laptops? Well, it depends on the users’ viewpoint. It also depends on from users’ needs. If you are planning to buy a new laptop, you should consider several things, and you must know your needs and know all the details of this MacBook Pro 2016 baseline model.