“As the first significant update to Apple’s range of high-end laptops in four years, it packs in a host of upgrades, including a thinner design, higher-quality screen, new trackpad and keyboard, as well as a power boost,” James Titcomb writes for The Telegraph. “It also has two things never seen on a laptop – a touchscreen strip above the keyboard known as the ‘Touch Bar’ and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that iPhone and iPad users will recognise.”

“But true to form, it has also been controversial. It is not as powerful as many users would like, it can’t be upgraded, and there is no traditional USB port or SD card slot (the only ports included on the new MacBooks are the USB-C standard),” Titcomb writes. “[Pricing] starts at £1,449, goes to £1,749 for the Touch Bar version and rises to £2,699 for the most expensive model: a stretch even by Apple’s standards.”

“This is an expensive machine in a world of very capable cheaper laptops that do have standard USB ports and SD card slots (the pound’s fall post-Brexit hasn’t helped here),” Titcomb writes. “But if you’re willing to stretch to it and can handle living in a world of [adapters], the MacBook Pro is still the one laptop I would choose: just not for the reasons you might think.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The strong reviews just keep on rolling in!

The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘More beautiful, svelter’ – November 14, 2016
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