MG, I agree.
The new MBP with Touch Bar is my 10th MacBook going back to the awesome 14" MacBook (still my favorite of all the ones I’ve owned). My two year old MBP has better battery life than the new one, the Touch Bar is really only useful in LightRoom, for Touch ID and ApplePay. I, like you, wish the Touch Bar were at the bottom below the keyboard and above the trackpad.
I’ve used the Lenovo YogaBook, more out of an interest in the form factor and the all glass keyboard. It demonstrates what is possible, a thin highly portable device which clamshells and has decent battery life. If only Apple had made an iPad Pro like this with built in LTE. That would be close to perfection.