“With Apple’s new Pro models, I can do the same in a more beautiful, svelte package and with a snazzy touch screen above the keyboard. But I also have to live with tradeoffs,” Joanna Stern writes for The Wall Street Journal. “One of them: buying $150 worth of adapters because Apple killed all the traditional ports for USB-C.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, really now? A writer for The Wall Street Journal needs $150 worth of dongles? For what, exactly? No, we’re not buying your crocodile tears, Joanna.

Stern writes, “The biggest inconvenience for someone like me, who works with a lot of video and photos? No SD card slot.”

MacDailyNews Take: Under $30 for a USB-C SD card reader or a Wi-Fi SD card. You’ve only got $120 more worth of dongles to account for, Joanna.

“Compared with my rotting MacBook Air and the old MacBook Pro, the new Pros look like they’ve been on a serious juice cleanse. Thinner edges and cleaner lines can almost—almost—make you see why Apple thinks specialized ports are the devil’s work,” Stern writes. “Anyone stepping up from a MacBook Air will, surprisingly, not notice a weight difference. The 13- and 15-inch Pros are about a half-pound lighter than their predecessors.”

“On the two higher-end MacBook Pro models, Apple replaced the traditional row of function keys with a new glowing touch strip,” Stern writes. “I find it most useful for inserting emojis, scrubbing through videos and music and changing font color.”

MacDailyNews Take: The lack of imagination and foresight is depressing.

Stern writes, “Another bummer? There’s no more little green light to tell you the laptop is charging.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Look at the battery status icon at the right of the menu bar to see the battery level or charging status. The icon displays a lightning bolt when your MacBook Pro is connected to power. Click the icon to show how much charge you have left if you keep using your MacBook Pro as you’re currently using it.

SEE ALSO:
Mashable reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘Simply superb’ – November 14, 2016
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: A peek at the future of the Macintosh – November 14, 2016
TIME Magazine reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘Like test-driving a BMW for the first time’ – November 14, 2016
Forbes’ Moorhead reviews Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro: ‘An incredible laptop’ – November 14, 2016
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) is the new MacBook Air and should be judged as such – November 13, 2016
Pro video editor uses Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: ‘I love it’ – November 11, 2016
Early adopters appreciate the Touch Bar on Apple’s MacBook Pro – November 11, 2016
Why Apple’s new MacBook Pros don’t need 32GB of RAM – November 10, 2016
Apple’s MacBook Pro can easily run a ridiculous number of ‘pro’ apps simultaneously with 16GB RAM – November 5, 2016
Hands on with Apple new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: Huge trackpad offers great palm rejection – November 2, 2016
Apple does touch right and, as usual, Microsoft does it wrong – October 28, 2016
IBT: Apple’s MacBook Pro Touch Bar is the coolest thing ever; will change the way we use laptops – October 28, 2016
Wired hands on with Apple’s New MacBook Pro: It’s a whole new kind of laptop – October 27, 2016
CNET on the new MacBook Pro: Apple’s amazing strip show reinvents the notebook – October 27, 2016
Hands on with Apple’s new MacBook Pro: Looks and feels so good it’s unreal – October 27, 2016
The debate is over: IBM confirms that Apple Macs are $535 less expensive than Windows PCs – October 20, 2016