Lisa Gade reviews the 2017 15” MacBook Pro, Apple’s mid-2017 refresh with Intel 7th generation quad core i7 Kaby Lake CPUs and AMD Radeon Pro 5xx series graphics. The casing and core features are the same as the 2016 15” MacBook Pro we reviewed, and Apple has simply refreshed the CPU/GPU and tweaked the Butterfly keyboard. This is Apple’s largest and highest end laptop, with a price tag starting at ,399 US.
The Mac has a 2880 x 1800 IPS wide gamut Retina display that’s still among the best on the market, and it has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, a super-sized trackpad and a classy aluminum unibody design. It ships with Mac OS Sierra and Apple’s iWork and iLife suite of programs. As ever, it weighs 4 lb. / 1.83 kg, making it one of the lightest 15” notebook computers on the market and it’s remarkably thin at 15.5mm. We benchmark the Mac in macOS Sierra and Windows 10 to see how much performance has improved from the 2016 Skylake model.