Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

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Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

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  • 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 2TB SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560 Graphics (4GB GGDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS High Sierra
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Apple MacBook Pro overview

  • 1Description

Experience the innovative interface of the Touch Bar in the mid 2017 space gray Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

The Touch Bar places controls right at your fingertips and adapts to different apps to provide useful functions without having to navigate complex menus or memorize keyboard shortcuts. Replacing the function keys in the top row of the keyboard, the Touch Bar features a Retina-quality display and supports multi-touch input.

The power button has been upgraded with a Touch ID sensor, so you can quickly log into your MacBook Pro using your fingerprint. You can also use Touch ID to make purchases over the web, thanks to Apple Pay. Touch ID enables a quick, accurate reading of your fingerprint and uses sophisticated algorithms to recognize and match it with the Secure Enclave in the Apple T1 chip.

The system features a 7th Gen Kaby Lake 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 16GB of 2133 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory, a 2TB PCIe-based SSD, four Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports, a Force Touch trackpad, a keyboard with a 2nd-gen butterfly mechanism, stereo speakers with double the dynamic range of its predecessor as well as improved bass, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack. macOS High Sierra is the installed operating system.

Please note that this Mac may come with an earlier version of macOS. You can upgrade to the latest version through the Mac App Store app.

Touch Bar
The Touch Bar replaces the function keys that have long occupied the top of your keyboard with something much more versatile and capable. The multi-touch, Retina-quality display changes automatically based on what you're doing, from showing traditional system controls, such as volume and brightness, to more directly interacting with or browsing through content. Intelligent typing features like emoji and predictive text improve the typing experience, and you'll be able to customize the Touch Bar to fit your needs. The Touch Bar can also adapt to apps, such as Mail, Safari, Messages, and even third-party apps like Adobe Photoshop, so you'll have access to useful functions previously hidden in menus.
Touch ID
A Touch ID sensor has been integrated into the power button, so you can quickly log into your account, even when another user is logged in. You can also use it with Apple Pay to securely purchase things over the web, thanks to macOS Sierra.
Retina Display
The 15.4" Retina Display has a 2880 x 1800 resolution and features brighter LED backlighting than its predecessor as well as an increased contrast ratio, delivering deeper blacks and brighter whites. Its larger pixel aperture and variable refresh rate make it more power efficient than previous generations. It also supports the P3 color gamut, which allows for more vibrant colors. This ensures true-to-life pictures with realistically vivid details, which are essential for graphic design, color grading, and editing.
Force Touch Trackpad
The Force Touch trackpad on the 15.4" MacBook Pro takes all the capabilities of multi-touch and adds force sensors that detect subtle differences in the amount of downward pressure you apply. This lets you have a deeper connection to your content, bringing more functionality right to your fingertip. It also introduces haptic feedback to MacBook Pro — allowing you not just to see what's happening on the screen, but to feel it. With multi-touch, you can use realistic gestures like swiping or pinching to switch between apps, navigate your content, and get the most out of your desktop space.
Thinner & Lighter
The 15.4" MacBook Pro features a redesigned enclosure design and all-metal unibody construction that creates a rigid and dense notebook that is also thin and light. At just 15.5 mm thin, the 15.4" MacBook Pro weighs just four pounds.
Audio
The speakers have been totally redesigned to provide as much as twice the dynamic range and up to 58 percent more volume, with two-and-a-half-times louder bass for maximum boom. Plus, they're connected directly to system power, enabling up to three times more peak power.
macOS Sierra
The 15.4" MacBook Pro runs macOS Sierra, which features Siri integration, Universal Clipboard, Apple Pay on the web, and memories in Photos.
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also transmits data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously or one multi-panel 5K display. The Macbook Pro has four ports, with each pair using a dedicated bus.
In the Box
Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray)
  • 87W USB Type-C Power Adapter
  • 6.56' (2 m) USB Type-C Charge Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty with 90 Days of Free Telephone Support
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    • 1Description

    Apple MacBook Pro specs

    Performance
    Processor Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
    Base Clock Speed 3.1 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 4.1 GHz
    Total Installed Memory 16 GB
    Memory Type LPDDR3 SDRAM
    Memory Speed 2133 MHz
    Onboard Memory 16 GB
    Available Memory Slots None
    Graphics Type Hybrid
    GPU AMD Radeon Pro 560 with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
    Intel HD Graphics 630
    Display
    Panel Type IPS
    Size 15.4"
    Aspect Ratio 16:10
    Native Resolution 2880 x 1800
    Touchscreen None
    Finish Glossy
    Maximum Brightness 500 cd/m2
    Drives
    Available Slots None
    Total Capacity 2 TB
    Solid State Storage 1 x 2 TB Integrated PCIe
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 4 x Thunderbolt 3 via USB Type-C
    Display 4 x DisplayPort via Type-C
    Audio 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone Output
    2 x Integrated Speaker
    3 x Integrated Microphone
    Expansion Slots None
    Media Card Slots None
    Communications
    Network None
    Modem None
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac; Dual-Band
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
    Mobile Broadband None
    GPS Not Specified by Manufacturer
    NFC Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Webcam User-Facing: 720p Video
    Battery
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Polymer
    Watt Hours / Type 76 Wh Non-Removable
    Maximum Runtime 10 Hours
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    Power Supply 1 x 87 W
    General
    Operating System macOS High Sierra
    Security Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Keyboard Keys: 64
    Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
    Features: Backlight
    Pointing Device Force Touch Trackpad
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 13.8 x 0.6 x 9.5" / 35.1 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
    Weight 4.02 lb / 1.82 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.2 x 11.5 x 3.7"

    Apple MacBook Pro reviews

    15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from (Probably) amazing, but... After spending ten days & nights trying to restore with Apple Support on Twitter and two hours with graphics issues at the local Genius Bar my MBP was sent away for repair. Apple decided on a replacement of the logic board; I got it back in three days. Curiously the repair order 'issues' had *nothing* to do with reality (pages of screenshots & descriptions of bizarre behavior.) I assume they had to write SOMETHING but I'm disappointed this failed after 5 weeks and. As it turns out, was faulty right from the box (the first full red screen at initial startup should've been a clue--that should never have happened but I didn't know.) I've been restoring onto an eventually-black screen (I expected a process update indicator... NOT giving me good vibes.) I'm leery of low-star ratings on what probably will be a successful repair of some amazing equipment but this has been my experience so far.
    Date published: 2017-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touch Me The current generation Macbook pro is all about the tactile experience. Where the PC world has unwisely hurtled headfirst, or rather finger-first, into touch displays which collect fingerprints and oils, the MBP offers my favorite touch experience on a Mac laptop yet: the keys have been redesigned to be soft-push, quiet and responsive, and the new OLED touch bar at the top of the keyboard reconfigures based on the active application, offering different software button options. Finally, a touch ID sensor at the far right allows the user to use their fingerprint to unlock the device, much as they may be doing with their iOS devices. It's a subtle but welcome redesign for this high end product in the Apple lineup.
    Date published: 2017-08-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Thin Apple is trying to swim at the deep end with this design vs. functional spectrum. I can't help thinking the company has lost its way. This 2017 MacBook Pro is thin and light and beautiful. (Too bad the apple logo on the lid doesn't light up anymore.) The screen is bright. The extended color gamut is nice. My problem is the function. The only ports are 4 TB3 ports and one audio analog out (the digital out is now gone here). So ? Too many dongles! Apple doesn't even make an ethernet dongle. No disc drive. Still no Apple direct Blu-Ray support. The overall speed is good but not noticeably better than the 2016 model. The Touch Bar is way beyond useless!!! My fingers seem to keep accidentally touching this whenever I try to type on the hopelessly poor shallow keyboard (No room for useful key travel?like typing on a desk). The touch ID doesn't work and never has. ( Here I'm told to dump all keychain preferences then manually rebuild the keychain?not worth the trouble! ) I see some of the PC manufacturers are coming out with full featured (but heavy) lap tops. That's what Apple should do. Call this present model a light version or Air or something. For real computer users I would like to see a thicker, heavier version with a full compliment of ports including ethernet, USB, HDMI, TB3, TB2 and digital audio out at the audio out port. In addition, a Blu Ray writer/player?with Apple software to support it. (Blu-Ray is now a viable back-up media ? but, Apple wants to sell cloud space to you.) Someone at Apple has lost their way in the product development area. Since this is a hardware review I won't even start on the massive wrong-headed moves Apple has made in the software realm. ( One example is dumping Aperture. ) Finally, Why did I buy this? Because Windows is so much worse to use!!! I have both at home. The PC world software is a mess. Apple OSX is clearly superior especially with the support of the App Store. There is something to this semi-closed system idea.
    Date published: 2017-07-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, useful, but no longer really Pro I had been a holdout using the last generation MacBook Pro 17 from 2011 (in fact I had two with one as backup). It was not a financial decision, rather this was the last true Pro laptop Apple produced. It had a gorgeous high res, bright and colorful screen, USB, FireWire, ethernet, DVD-R and PCI-express with removeable memory and hard drive. I had maxed out the memory and moved all the way up to a newest gen 2 TB SSD drive. But both units finally failed. The previous design 15, although retina display, had bad color and low brightness in addition to having removed a few useful ports (I don't count the DVD-R removal as a loss, but losing ethernet in certain applications is not Pro, even with use of dongles). Fortunately I held out one revision of this design, because at least the screen is gorgeous. Not only is it as high a quality and brightness of the 17, but it is Retina. The touch bar is cute, but the only thing that I found surprisingly useful is one touch unlock, I honestly would have never thought I'd like it as much as I do. But besides that and the speed of the SSD drive everything else is a loss. The USB C ports require me to carry a heavy small bag of adapters, so the weight savings are pointless. I now have to sometimes chain two dongles together to simply connect things to my Pro Mac, I had to buy a custom order last minute version to get a drive big enough (BTW thank you B&H you have saved me multiple times by stocking BTO Apple products to cover the gap that Apple has left) because the biggest standard was only 512 GB drive. And now I buy Belkin magsafe USB cables to reproduce what I took for granted for years. So if you are not a Pro and have tons of money for style, thin and cool this is a great machine. If you are a real Pro you will need to be prepared to carry bags of adapters and third party items to get back to where you were. I would call it more a MacBook Plus.
    Date published: 2017-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I thought I have had a 2015 MBP as my workhorse but needed more SSD space. After reading some reviews about the 2017, I had some hesitation about my purchase (some people actually preferred the 2015 to the 2016/2017 models). It's true you don't have the full range of ports the 2015 did, but that can be easily rectified with inexpensive attachments, which I don't mind because I tailor the adapters to my specific needs. I didn't think I would care about the touch bar, but it's actually pretty nice. Also, its noticeably thinner, smaller, lighter weight without reducing screen size. The change in keyboard didn't bother me either, or the large trackpad (things other people found as negative). Maybe I am the exception, but I love this new model.
    Date published: 2017-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for heavy work-loads on location or stage Recently bought this to replace a 2yo Lenovo Y50-70 as my mobile workstation. Primary uses are Vectorworks Spotlight, filemaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Excel, video conferencing, and network maintenance chores in the field. �Works as advertised. Good battery life for the workloads. Screen easy on my eyes. Love the touch bar integration in most of my software. Its super quite and very fast. Its a bit of a hassle to lug around a bag of widgets to connect to the rest of my world, but so far, �superior to my previous 25 years of experience dealing with Windows laptops.
    Date published: 2017-12-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you need the best laptop, there is no other serious optio This is only a review of the hardware...not the software (OS). I've owned this for 6 months now, and use it daily. This is my 4th top-of-the-line (options maxed out) MacBook Pro, I've been using these for decades, and they are always my most crucial productivity tools. I buy a new one just as soon as the Apple Care plan expires, which is every 3 years. This latest version has some new characteristics compared to older versions, such as USB-3-only ports, no safemag charger, fingerprint button, touch bar, SSD capacity up to 2 TB, a larger track pad, sharper and more contrasty screen, lighter weight, slimmer profile, slightly more powerful processor, and redesigned keyboard. On balance I think this is an upgrade over previous versions. The things I find most important to me are its lighter weight and greater portability, and the fingerprint pad is extremely useful since I don't want to type in my password all the time. I still don't use the touch bar, in fact it took a while for me to avoid hitting it by mistake (e.g., the back button when using browsers, or the escape key). I need to make an effort to somehow integrate it into my usage. I am not a big fan of the new keyboard, the action of the keys is very poor, there is no rebound or elasticity to the feeling, which has always helped my fingers to know when they've struck the key. It took a while to re-train my hands to use this while typing at a faster rate (on a good keyboard I can get up to about 100 words/minute). The change to all USB-C ports has forced me to carry around an extra bag containing numerous converters and cords and other junk. On the other hand, I like the connectors themselves, and the way you can plug in the cord upside down or which ever way you like, and it just works. Note that if you buy an additional charger for the MacBook Pro they do not include a USB-C cable with it...you need to buy that separately. The processing power/speed seems to be slightly better in this version, although the memory is still maxed out at 16 GB and I really wish it could be expanded to 32 GB or even 64 GB (it would require new formats for memory). The new 2 TB SSD is a very welcome addition, I work with a lot of photos and graphics files, causing the drive to fill up quickly. I would gladly upgrade to 4 TB if it were available...maybe available in the next version I buy 3 years from now. One thing that slightly disappointed me was the battery life, which I was hoping would significantly improve over my previous model (a late 2014 Retina model). In fact, I think it is slightly worse, but that may be the consequence of reducing weight and size (not a bad trade off in general). Right now I get about 2-3 hours normal usage with display brightness at about 60% running Chrome, Mail, and other programs open but idle (e.g., Photoshop, iTunes). Some people complained that the cost of the new model was higher, but I think this is only true if you max out all the options, but you also have to figure that more options are available in this latest version (e.g., the 2 TB SSD as opposed to 1 TB version in previous models). So I think the prices are not unreasonable for what you get. I give 4 stars instead of 5 because of the keyboard (feels cheap and lacks finger finesse) and all the extra cords/adapters I have to carry.
    Date published: 2018-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Clsss, great experience Fast as lightning and nearly intuitive in how the keyboard feels in my hands, I love this thoroughbred. Great experience with B&H, as usual.
    Date published: 2017-07-27
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