After working with the New MacBook Pro 2016 I must admit: It is better than expected! I was worried after all the bad comments and some of the early tests.

At least for me the upgrade from the three-year-old MacBook Air to the new MacBook Pro is a great improvement.

The Performance is impressive and the 16GB RAM seems to be enough for most of the workload that I have. Sometimes it’s not sufficient, but even when the system starts swapping it’s still very quick. This seems to be the very fast SSD.

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As we all know, Apple removed the time remaining feature from MacOS. Apple explained that with the feature does not work properly with the modern CPU’s. To be honest: I didn’t believed that explanation…
Now, after working a bit longer with the brand-new system it seems to be true! The time remaining (From the Activity Monitor and some 3rd party Tools) jumps up and down a lot.
Right after detach it from the Charger, It showed > 16 hours remaining, after a short time period, it was just 5 hours… And it goes up and down a lot.

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I used some Microsoft Office 2016 Apps (Outlook, Skype and Word), Keynote and had a Windows 10 VM running the complete time and the battery lasted over eight hours. And I had around 20% battery time left. My Display Brightness was set to 50% (As most of the time when disconnected from the charger) and “Automatically adjust brightness” Feature is turned of. I had a WiFi connection, and I had to use Safari a couple of times, but I had just a few Tabs open, and I closed Safari to safe memory and battery life.

So, overall: A good system with a great performance!