CNET Tech Review
Six things that drive me nuts about the MacBook Pro's Touch BarApple bills it as the next step of PC keyboards. CNET's Stephen Shankland details why it's a step backward for him.
Almost a year ago, I spent $3,000 for a 15 inch Apple Macbook Pro Laptop. It's fast processor and beautiful screen are good for editing photos. And its durable chassis is great for travel. But its flashiest feature, the touch bar, is a disaster for me. [MUSIC] This touch sensitive strip can be programmed to do all kinds of things. But I sure miss, Is the ho hum row of function keys it replaces. The first thing I noticed is that it takes longer to adjust speaker volume and screen brightness. You have to look to see where you're putting your fingers, and then there's a delay before the adjustment slider pops up. This slows me down several times a day. Another problem. The touch bar's display sucks up precious battery power all the time. And there's no tactile feedback, there's no way to feed your way around the keyboard to find the volume or brightness key. And then there's the escape key, I used to hover my finger over it, ready to pounce when dismissing a dialog box. But with the touch bar I often dismiss it before I actually want to. But one of my biggest gripes is that I hit the touch bar accidentally. I'll be typing a file name to save a file or entering a date into a web form and I'll hit a touch bar button that saves the file before I'm done or that reloads the web page. It drives me crazy. Last, you can't get the higher end Mac Book Pros without it. If you want a fast processor or a big screen. You have to pay for the touch bar too. I'm a lot happier with types in sensitivity. I find more useful like on an iPad or there I say touchscreen Windows laptop. [MUSIC]