Consumer Reports Do Not Recommend a MacBook Pro Purchase and Here’s Why

Omar Sohail
Posted Dec 23, 2016
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Despite the MacBook Pro offering something more than your Windows 10-powered ones, Consumer Reports is unable to give this a thumbs up for purchase and there are several reasons why this is so. While the source did manage to give some respectable thoughts to the flagship notebook in some matters, it targeted the key selling points of the product and felt that the results were unsatisfactory for these machines to garner a recommendation.

Consumer Reports’ Main Issue With the MacBook Pro Models Was the Inconsistent Battery Life Over Several Tests Conducted

Consumer Reports states that it tested three different models; a 13-inch one that comes without the Touch Bar, the 13-inch one that comes with the Touch Bar and the 15-inch model. The source claims that the products were purchased from a retail outlet so that they are able to draw up the closest results of a product that a regular customer would purchase from the store. However, what followed next was quite disappointing, especially when the battery life tests were carried.

“The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next. For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.”

The report detailed that most of these issues can also be resolved thanks to software updates but even after updating the notebooks to macOS Sierra 10.12.2, there were no differences in these results, which is quite disappointing. Consumer Reports also said that it would continue to conduct tests to see if future software updates will change the battery life and make them more consistent in the future, so let us see if the analysis changes when Apple announces a new software update.

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That’s not to say that the notebook is a terrible product. It does have some key selling points such as great speakers, a bright display and a massive trackpad that’s never seen on any Windows 10-powered notebook. Still, the lack of compatible I/O ports and ‘not too stellar’ battery life, not to mention the lack of RAM upgradability will prevent professionals from entertaining a purchase.

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