Category: Electronic Product Reviews

Lenovo Flex 11 (2018) review: A two-in-one that's inexpensive without feeling cheap – CNET

The 2018 edition of Lenovo’s 11-inch Flex convertible gets the job done both as a laptop and tablet — and at $330 (roughly £250 or AU$450), currently discounted to $263, it’s an excellent value.

A caveat: The Flex isn’t a great laptop, nor is it a great tablet. But it competently combines the two into a device that works reasonably well in both modes. If you’re looking for a dedicated laptop or a dedicated tablet in this price range, there are plenty of better options. If you have a bigger budget and like Lenovo’s 360-hinge design, check out the Yoga 920. And then there’s the significantly more expensive Microsoft Surface Pro, which remains the gold standard in this category. But if you’re looking for a versatile two-in-one that’s more portable and less expensive than competitors such as the Acer Spin 3 or Asus NovaGo, the Flex 11 is worth a look. 

Note: Lenovo variously to this laptop as both the Flex 6 11-inch and the Flex 11.

Lenovo Flex 6 (11-inch) Price as reviewed $330 Display size/resolution 11.6-inch 1,366×768-pixel touchscreen CPU Dual core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4000 Memory 2GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 600 Storage 64GB eMMC Webcam Built-in 720p HD camera and mic Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 Operating system Windows 10

The Flex is made of plastic but doesn’t feel cheap or pliable, as some laptops and tablets in this price range do. The sturdy, 360-degree hinge inspires confidence when switching between laptop and tablet mode, and I appreciated its firm hold at every intermediate angle I chose.   

Cutting a few corners

The biggest drawback here is the HD IPS display. It’s reflective and prone to glare. Even at its brightest setting, it was hard to make out details in the more dimly lit scenes of the few movies I watched. In laptop mode, I had to set the screen at just the right angle to make it viewable. Swiping and scrolling worked well in tablet mode, but I often had to tap repeatedly to click buttons or adjust settings.

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The sturdy Flex hinge makes it easy to go from laptop to tablet and back. 

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The Flex 11 is compact, measuring roughly 12 by 8 inches and just slightly more than one half-inch thick. At 2.75 pounds, it’s lighter than its excellent, higher-end sibling, the much more expensive Yoga 920. It’s certainly portable enough to travel with — but it’s a bit heavy for a tablet and I found myself laying it on my lap or a table when using it in that mode. Also, the keyboard, which automatically deactivates, feels a bit weird under your fingers in tablet mode. 

Like the 14-inch and 15-inch Flex, the 11-inch Flex runs Microsoft Windows 10. Note that Lenovo makes

Acer Swift 7 (2018) review review: The 'world's thinnest laptop' is surprisingly packed with extras – CNET

Pulling out the Acer Swift 7 is like doing a great party trick at a bar. Do you want to see just how thin a laptop can get? Everyone nods and you reveal the 8.98mm thick (at these sizes, you really do have to split hairs) laptop, which looks even more impressive because of the big 14-inch screen. The crowd oohs and ahhs, and everyone walks off, nodding their heads in appreciation.

But, as my colleague Lori Grunin has pointed out on multiple occasions, a super-lightweight laptop beats a super-thin laptop any day of the week. Here, the Swift 7 is merely average, at 2.6 pounds, a bit heavier than the 2.4 pound HP Spectre, which may be its closest direct competitor in design. That very thin 13-inch laptop is 10.4mm thick, and even though it’s only a hair over a 1mm in difference, you can still easily tell when stacking them side by side.

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The 10.4mm HP Spectre on the left, and the 8.98mm Acer Swift 7 on the right. 

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That’s great and all, but being the thinnest laptop in town isn’t enough to keep my interest after the that initial first impression. What’s more impressive is that I actually loved using the Swift 7 as my main all-day, every-day laptop for most of the past two weeks.

It manages to include a bright 14-inch full-HD display, and one that’s also a touchscreen — which isn’t always a given in the thinnest laptops. The backlit keyboard is reasonably typable, still on the shallow side, but not as much so as a MacBook Pro. A large touchpad offers multi-touch gestures, including the all-important two-finger scroll, that are about as good as you can get on a Windows laptop. But beware: Because this laptop is so thin, the touchpad is just that — a pad. It doesn’t click down, so everything is done through tapping.

As one might expect, it’s not for the budget-conscious shopper, at $1,699 or £1,499 in the UK. This model isn’t available in Australia yet, but the price works out to around AU$2,299

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Sarah Tew/CNET Acer Swift 7 (SF714-51T) Price as reviewed $1,699 Display size/resolution 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touch display PC CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75 PC Memory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz Graphics 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 615 Storage 256GB SSD Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.TK Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

That super-thin HP Spectre I mentioned before frankly beats the Swift 7 in several categories. The overall design is nicer, with a unique white-and-gold color scheme and cool little visual touches everywhere from the speaker grille to the power button. It’s also faster, with a mainstream U-series eighth-gen Core i7 CPU, versus the older seventh-gen Y-series version here. One further point

Galaxy Note 9 starts at $1,000 with new Bluetooth S Pen, AI camera, giant battery, 128GB storage – CNET

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I was going to start by saying that the Galaxy Note 9 would be nothing without its pen. I was going to tell you that Samsung’s Note family has always been defined by its S Pen tool, and that this year the slim digital stylus matters more than ever.

Then I learned that the Galaxy Note 9 pricing would start at $1,000 in the US for the 128GB version and $1,250 for the 512GB version (hot damn, that’s a lot of storage), and it suddenly became a struggle to think about anything else.

Because now, the Note 9 is less about the new S Pen tricks that turn it into a remote control for the phone’s camera, your music player, your laptop and so on. It’s less about the large 4,000-mAh battery, dramatically leveled-up storage and a couple of new AI camera features.

Now, the first thing I think of is the Galaxy Note 9’s sky-high price.

Don’t worry, I have lots to say about all the Note 9’s new features, but first I’ve got to point out that the Note 9 is fulfilling its share of the prophecy that phones are getting more expensive, especially at the high end. Rising prices have partly to do with costlier parts and research expenses, but analysts believe there’s also perception at play. Phone manufacturers, they posit, may be padding prices to fall in line with the $1,000 iPhone X ($1,000 at Cricket Wireless).

Read: Sorry, your iPhone or Android phone is getting more expensive

The Galaxy Note 9 certainly has its share of upgraded parts — we especially need to talk about that Bluetooth-connected S Pen, the phone’s standout feature. But when you hold the Note 9 in your hand, it doesn’t look all that different than the shiny, large-screen models that came before. We still need to review the device, of course — it could well be more than the sum of its parts. But that similarity is what makes the price a little unsettling at first, especially considering what the Note 9 represents.

Now Playing: Watch this: Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen stylus is a remote control


The Galaxy Note 9 is a big deal for the world’s largest phone manufacturer. With its trademark stylus and large screen, the Note represents Samsung’s most powerful, innovative phone for the year, and its last flagship model until next March’s anticipated Galaxy S10. That makes the Note 9 Samsung’s best chance at taking on Apple’s 2018 iPhones, expected in September, and Google’s next Pixel phones, expected in October.

Samsung will also wield the Note 9 to stave off Huawei’s relentless approach, after this Chinese rival overthrew Apple to become the world’s second-largest phone maker. Huawei is nipping at Samsung’s heels.

Samsung must also continue to outrun the spectre of 2016’s Galaxy Note 7, which, in an unprecedented move, Samsung was

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review: A premium tablet great for entertainment, but no PC replacement – CNET

Premium tablets are at a crossroads. It’s no longer good enough to have great performance, an amazing display and stellar sound. If you’re going to charge laptop prices for a tablet, you better make one that can be used for productivity tasks, too. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 ($650, £599) attempts to do that, but instead of running a desktop OS, Samsung’s done some clever software acrobatics to give you a desktop-like interface and the capability to use a keyboard, mouse and a secondary display if you want. And Samsung includes a full-size S Pen that extends the Tab S4’s usefulness even further. 

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the Tab S4 is essentially an Android competitor to Windows 10 two-in-ones like the Asus NovaGo,  HP Envy x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630 ($850 at The big selling points for those are long battery lives and optional LTE connectivity so you can more safely work anywhere. However, Android is much snappier with the Snapdragon mobile processor than Windows, giving the Tab S4 an edge. 

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Still, priced at $650 for the Wi-Fi-only version from AmazonBest Buy and Samsung’s website, the Galaxy Tab S4 is pricey and that’s without a keyboard (another $150). It starts at £599 in the UK, which converts to about AU$1,060. An LTE version (a Verizon exclusive to start, but will come to other major carriers including SprintT-Mobile and US Cellular later in Q3 2018) makes it a better idea for mobile workers. In a market filling up with inexpensive Windows two-in-ones and premium Chromebooks that can run both web and Android apps, the draw for a premium tablet like this is a little unclear. 

Key specsSnapdragon 835 processor 
4GB of memory
64 or 256GB built-in storage; support for up to 400GB microSD cards
13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras
802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
LTE version available
Android 8.1 (update to Android 9.0 at a later date)The pen is mightier than the keyboard

The bundled S Pen is an excellent addition to the tablet experience. It’s a full-size pen making it comfortable to hold and use and it doesn’t need charging. 

Press the button on the barrel while hovering over the screen and you’ll get a menu of pen productivity tools. You can even write on the display without opening an app or even unlocking the tablet, which makes it particularly handy for jotting down a quick to-do or shopping list. While writing on glass still doesn’t feel quite the same as a pen on paper, the S Pen tip has the smooth glide of a gel pen with just a modicum of delay. 

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For however useful and fun to use the included S Pen is, it’s the Book Cover Keyboard that’s really the driver for Samsung’s productivity push for the Tab S4. That and the new DeX desktop-like interface that changes the tablet’s Android interface into a desktop-style experience. The feature first popped up in Samsung’s Galaxy phones using the DeX dock and pad and for the most part the experience is the same, which is to say it’s not going to replace an actual

Brother HL-L2395DW review: I finally found an affordable printer I don't hate – CNET

If there’s one truth about every printer I’ve ever owned, it’s that I’ve dreamed of pulling an Initech: Taking each one into an empty field somewhere and beating it into pieces with a baseball bat. If you don’t identify with this sentiment, chances are you’ve never owned a low-end consumer inkjet printer. I’ve had several over the years (I won’t name-and-shame the specific brands), and end up stuck in the same unpleasant cycle every time.

First, I’m lured in by a low starting price, usually under $80 or so, but the setup is a pain, the printer only sees my laptop over Wi-Fi when it’s in the mood, and output ranges from fine to spotty, with colors and tones all over the place. Of course, the ink runs out shockingly soon, and sometimes my expensive replacement inkjet cartridges aren’t recognized or fail to initialize properly. Take too many trips down that troubleshooting rabbit hole and you’ll be ready to go back to legal pads and #2 pencils.

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If any of the above sounds familiar, you’ll understand why I set out to find a half-decent printer that didn’t cost too much, was easy to use, and — most importantly — actually worked at least most of the time. My biggest benchmark was this: I’d consider it a success if I didn’t want to throw the printer out of a window after a week.

The quest for a non-annoying printer

I consulted some of my CNET colleagues who have faced similar frustrations, looked up different models with widely varying lists of features, and searched for reports of problems from purchasers. The price, both upfront and ongoing, was also a major factor.

Eventually, I landed on the Brother HL-L2395DW. It has almost 2,000 customer reviews on Amazon, nearly all positive, and it’s a favorite over at Gizmodo, too. It’s a monochrome laser printer that includes a scanner (printer people call this a “multifunction” printer), and it’s the sequel to the Brother HL2380DW, which has been employed in the CNET Labs for months, faithfully printing shipping labels without skipping a beat.   

But here’s the key part: While the official price is $169, it’s on sale on Amazon at least once per quarter for $99 or AU$199. Wait for it to go on sale and you’ll feel like it’s $99 well spent (it’s semi discounted right now, at $129 on Amazon). Brother doesn’t offer this exact printer in the UK, but comparable models start at £142.

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It’s important to note that I didn’t set up and formally test multiple similar products, like we do for reviews of laptops, televisions, phones and so on. Instead, this was a personal quest where I picked the model that looked like it had the best reputation from consumers at the price I was looking for. There are other laser printers that can get down to around $99 during sales, and many of them are probably just as good, so don’t @ me with your favorite. (Actually,

Brother HL-3170CDW review: A cheap and charming color laser printer – CNET

If you’re anything like me, the idea of printing on a home printer sends you running for the hills. Will the printer wake up? Will it connect to my laptop? Will the paper jam? Will I get an out-of-ink warning? That last one is a trick question — of course you’re going to get that. 

So I finally decided it was worth it to look at investing just a bit more and going the laser route. I found monochrome nirvana with the Brother HL-L2395DW, an all-in-one printer that can often be found on sale for $99. Then I got a little more ambitious and searched for something with the same combination of value and reliability, but with color. I tried the Brother HL-3170CDW, which is usually available online for $199 (the “official” price is $249). User reviews for it are generally good, but not as good as for the monochrome version. In the UK, it’s £240 and in Australia it’s AU$259. 

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The monochrome HL-L2395DW and the color HL-3170CDW. 

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To keep costs down, I traded away the scanner functions and color touchscreen interface found on the monochrome version, so this is a printer only, and a basic one at that. But I wasn’t looking for bells and whistles, I wanted a half-decent printer that didn’t cost too much, was easy to use, and — most importantly — actually worked at least most of the time. My biggest benchmark was this: I’d consider it a success if I didn’t want to throw the printer out of a window after a week.

My colorful quest

It’s important to note that I didn’t set up and formally test multiple similar products, like we do for reviews of laptops, televisions, phones and so on. Instead, this was a personal quest where I picked the model that looked like it had the best reputation from consumers at the price I was looking for.

Technically the HL-3170CDW is a digital-LED printer, rather than a laser printer. The difference is in the type of light beam used to get the toner onto the paper. LEDs are less expensive while lasers can offer better quality, but the differences are subtle.

You give up a couple of key features in exchange for cheap color. The onboard display isn’t a touchscreen, making Wi-Fi setup much more annoying, and this is a printer only, meaning there’s no scanner hardware or photocopy function. Anecdotally, I find the scanner on a home multifunction printer gets used a few times per year at most, so it’s not a dealbreaker for me, but your needs may be different.

Photo finish

One thing to keep in mind is that even though inkjet printers can be incredibly annoying, they’re still better at printing accurate color photos on photo paper. The color Brother printer did fine printing a large photo on decent nonglossy paper (see below), but it’s not a print anyone is

Digital Storm Equinox (2018) review: Lots of gaming power in a slimmed down design – CNET

Digital Storm specializes in custom gaming desktops. Really amazing, beautifully assembled gaming desktops. Its gaming laptops aren’t quite as custom, but the company still has a hand in how they perform and then backs them with lifetime support.  

The thin-and-light 15.6-inch Equinox is based on the P955ER gaming laptop from OEM/ODM PC manufacturer Clevo. Digital Storm takes it, puts in up to 32GB of memory and up to two NVMe solid-state drives — depending on your needs and bank account — tests it for stability and performance issues and then backs it with personalized service and support. They’ll also custom color calibrate the laptop’s full HD 144Hz matte display if you want. 

While you can configure the storage and memory, everything else is fixed including the six-core Intel Core i7 processor and Nividia GeForce GTX 1070 Max Q graphics card. The base version sells for $1,727 with 8GB of memory and a 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD, which converts to about AU$2,332 and £1,327. The $1,983 config I tested out had a 500GB SSD and 16GB of memory, and although that’s a lot, it’s actually competitively priced against models like the Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 that’s similarly configured for $2,199.

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Digital Storm Equinox Price as reviewed $1,983 Display size/resolution 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 144Hz display CPU 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H Memory 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz Graphics 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design Storage 500GB Samsung EVO 960 SSD Networking Gigabit 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0 Operating system Window 10 Home (64-bit)

On the whole, it’s a first-rate gaming laptop and the component combo makes for excellent gaming performance even with settings cranked up. Games like Fortnite and Overwatch ran smoothly as expected, but I was also able to play Battlefield 1 on ultra settings. The game might be a couple years old, but it’s still a challenge for today’s graphics cards and I never had so much as a stutter while racing through muddy trenches avoiding soldiers and shells or darting through a village avoiding sniper fire. 

Actually, there was one thing that caused the system to freeze. My review laptop’s screen was calibrated by Digital Storm (an extra $29 charge) and while the display is very good if not all too bright, the X-Rite i1Display Pro driver used for calibration seemingly caused the laptop to lock up after about an hour of gameplay. Removing the driver remedied the problem, and I was able to play uninterrupted for hours. 

Before our testing discovered that the driver was the culprit, I thought the freezing was the result of the tremendous amount of heat put out while under load. Even with the fans going full blast (there’s an app on the system to control fan speed), the temperature under the WASD keys would hit upwards of 125 degree Fahrenheit (about 50 degrees Celsius). Again, it wasn’t the cause of the freezing and those temps shouldn’t hurt the components, but it was definitely warm on the finger tips

Acer's premium Chromebook 13, Spin 13 arrive in September starting at $650 – CNET

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Meet the world’s most powerful Chromebook.

Or at least that’s what Acer’s Chairman and CEO Jason Chen said about its new Chromebook Spin 13 at Acer’s global press conference in New York on May 23. Acer, which Chen said has delivered more than 10 million Chromebooks to date, outfitted the all-aluminum 13.5-inch two-in-one Chromebook with an eighth-gen Intel Core i3-8130U or Core i5-8250U processor and up to 16GB of memory (something that typically taps out at 4GB) and 128GB of eMMC storage.

The additional memory and speedier Core i3 or i5 CPUs will no doubt be helpful when taking advantage of Android apps on the convertible’s 2,256×1,504-pixel, pen-enabled display and the included Wacom EMR stylus. And the 360-degree hinges let you use it as a laptop or tablet or anything in between. 

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Dual USB-C ports and 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi help round out the package, and if you’d rather have it as just a straight-up laptop, Acer will have you covered with its Chromebook 13 that’s got the same design and component options, minus the 360-degree hinges. 

Pricing for the Chromebook Spin 13 will range from $750 to $950, while the Chromebook 13 will be available for $650 with a Core i3 or $750 with a Core i5. They arrive in September, however they will only be available through the channel to commercial customers in North America. An Acer spokeswoman confirmed they will definitely be available through retail to consumers at some point, but had no details on timing. 

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Acer also announced a 15.6-inch Chromebook Spin 15, the industry’s first two-in-one Chromebook at that size. Oddly, Acer opted to keep the specs a bit more modest despite the larger screen size: 

1,920×1,080-pixel displayIntel Pentium N4200, Celeron N3450 or N3350 processors4GB or 8GB of memory32GB or 64GB of storage

Again, you can opt for a standard laptop version, the Acer Chromebook 15. Available with or without a touchscreen, it has the same component options as the Spin 15, but Acer says it’ll get an hour more battery life at 14 hours.

Acer Swift 5

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Lastly, if you don’t care for Chrome and want a “real” OS, Acer will have a new 15.6-inch version of its Swift 5 running Windows 10. Made from superlight magnesium-aluminum alloy like LG’s Gram 15, the Swift 5 weighs less than 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs). Slim bezels surround the full HD touchscreen adding to the upscale look. Like many of Acer’s laptops, the Swift 5 will come in multiple configurations with:

Up to Intel Core i7-8550U processorUp to Nvidia GeForce GTX MX150 graphicsup to 16GB of memory, upgradable to 32GBUp to 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD or up to 2TB HDD

Acer didn’t have pricing or availability ready for the announcement of the Swift 5. Or for the Chromebooks, either, so we’ll

Microsoft Surface Go review: This shrunken-down Surface is growing on me – CNET

We’ll get the easy part out of the way first, answering your most pressing questions about the new Surface Go 2-in-1 from Microsoft.

Yes, the new Surface Go can still run many everyday PC tasks, even with only an Intel Pentium processor.
No, it’s not likely going to satisfy as your all-day, every day workhorse computer, both because of the limited horsepower and the small size.  
Yes, it’s significantly less expensive than the bigger Surface Pro, and closer in price to an iPad ($318 at Sam’s Club).
No, it’s not going to save you a ton at the end of the day, as the must-have keyboard cover and other accessories are still sold separately (and priced on the high side).

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The Surface Go starts at a very reasonable $399 (£379 or AU$599), but once you add a $99-to-$129 keyboard cover, a $99 stylus (£99 or AU$139) and maybe an extra $150 to double the RAM and storage space to mainstream laptop levels (from 4GB/64GB to 8GB/128GB), you’re looking at a much bigger investment.

But despite not being the bargain Surface you might have been hoping for, it’s hard not to like this little 2-in-1 Windows hybrid. The smaller size works surprisingly well, both for the 10-inch 1,800×1,200 display and the clip-on keyboard, which manages to shrink down individual keys without overly compromising the overall typing experience.

It helps that the touchpad built into the keyboard cover is huge for such a small device. And that familiar touchpad and cursor interface works seamlessly with — or instead of — the touchscreen, giving you exactly the sort of flexibility lacking in the iPad or other non-Windows tablets

Microsoft Surface Go Price as reviewed / starting price $778 / $399 Display size/resolution 10.0-inch 1,800×1,200-pixel touchscreen CPU 1.6GHz Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y Memory 8GB RAM Graphics Intel HD Graphics 615 Storage 128GB SSD Optical drive None Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1 Operating system Windows 10 / Windows 10 S  Powered by Pentium

The biggest question about the Surface Go was how it would perform as a Windows 10 ($100 at machine. That’s because it swaps the usual Core i-series Intel CPUs for lower-end Pentium processors, which are typically only found in laptops at the budget end of the spectrum (it’s a favorite for Black Friday doorbusters, for example).

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It’s a definite step down in processing power, but the potential silver lining is that for most of what people do on their PCs today — websurfing, media playback, and using online tools and services — there’s not too much of an experiential difference. At least if you don’t run too many apps at once or keep 20 browser tabs open.

That may be one of the reasons behind shipping the

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2018) review: The tricked-out MacBook Pro recovers from an early software stumble – CNET

On paper, it looked like an impressive, if predictable, set of internal component upgrades. Apple’s 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro models would get new eighth-gen Intel processors, more storage and RAM options, a color-temperature-sensing True Tone screen and other tweaks — all nice improvements over a ho-hum 2017 update. At the same time, the slim unibody aluminum design would remain unchanged since its last design overhaul in late 2016, keeping features both loved (the giant track pad) and not-so-loved (the slim-travel keyboard, the USB-C-only connections). 

If anything, the expensive add-on option for one of Intel’s new six-core Core i9 processors would appeal to pro-level users, such as video editors and 3D artists, who may be starting to feel that Apple isn’t keeping up with their ever-expanding needs for high-end gear. 

To say things got off to a rocky start is putting it mildly. First, there was confusion over that keyboard: Apple maintained that the new third-gen butterfly keyboard was quieter but otherwise unchanged — but a teardown at repair site iFixit revealed a totally new membrane that may well address the issue of sticky and dust-afflicted keys on earlier models that have prompted class action lawsuits against Apple. 

Secondly, there was the speed throttling issue that emerged just days after the July 12 announcement: Some of the most gung-ho early adopters who ran out and got Core i9 MacBook Pros as soon as they were released found mysteriously throttled performance. YouTube tech personality Dave Lee first brought the issue to public attention with a video in which he demonstrated the heat and throttling issues. These results were soon replicated by others, including our own CNET Labs testing. 

To its credit, Apple quickly investigated the issue and determined that a simple software bug was to blame. A software update to the MacOS operating system seemed to solve the issue, and you can read more about our pre and post-patch experience here

If you’re one of those early adopters, instructions for how to install the MacOS 10.13.6 update are available here. The issue affected all of Apple’s new MacBook Pro models, both 13- and 15-inch. The entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar isn’t affected, as it has not been updated this year.

And now that the hype around this software bug is dying down, we’re left to consider just how much is actually new inside the MacBook Pro, and if it meets the needs of a creative class increasingly moving towards 4K-and-higher video, and other power-hungry tasks. A more in-depth analysis of the new features and performance of the Core i9 15-inch MacBook Pro follows, but first we’ll break down the key takeaways: 

MacBook Go! Post-patch, the Core i9 version is much faster than last year’s high-end Core i7 model
The True Tone screen works well in a variety of lighting conditions
Options for up to 32GB of RAM and 4TB of flash storage can greatly help with video production
The “stealth” keyboard update makes it less prone to stuck keys, a major issue