I ended up getting a maxed out 16" MacBook Pro with 64GB ram, 8GB vram, and 2.4ghz 8-core i9. I upgraded from a 2016 MacBook pro 15" touchbar i7.
I was super psyched when I first got it, but after spending hundreds of hours on it, I'm underwhelmed. It's not all that.
Performance-wise, it's stellar. I haven't had thermal issues where my CPU is throttled below the base clock. So, it's a bit faster than the last generation in real-world productivity situations. The 64GB of memory is night and day better for the work I do. The video card is so so, but 8GB vram is nice to have.
However, it's overpriced considering the CPU is a generation behind Intel's latest line. And it's simply pathetic compared to AMD's Ryzen 3 series processors (Intel not Apple to blame for this).
The touch bar crashes way more often than my previous laptop, the 2016 original touch bar. It probably crashes twice a day. I've been on top of updates hoping software can fix this. So far, no luck.
My keys are starting to stick, so I'm wondering how it'll hold up after a year or two of use.
It looks and feels very similar to my 2016 Macbook touch bar. No one I work with noticed I upgraded laptops, but EVERYONE is astonished by how good the speakers sound. If anything, it's a damn good $5k jukebox.
People say Apple "nailed it" because they might have fixed the keyboard issues and it's a bit faster. I think it's an overdue incremental improvement for the MacBook Pro, but it's a far cry from what pro users should expect from a Mac in 2020. If you need a mac laptop for productivity, it's a good option. But it's not a game changer, like if you've gone PC, this isn't the reason to come back to Apple.