Apple has launched the latest and greatest MacBook Pro 2019 which comes in the 15-inch and 13-inch model. This year’s MacBook Pro features the same design choices we are used to seeing. Outside, we don’t see a major change but as we dig deeper inside, we see greater spec changes.
Apple introduced the MacBook Pro line-up for professional users and creators, but it wasn’t well received by those folks since it didn’t offer many specs for the price they paid. Well, things change with the new 2019 model. It comes with the latest 9th generation Intel core i9 Processor @2.4 GHz with 8 cores with turbo up to 5.0 GHz for the 15-inch model and Intel Core i7 with 2.6 GHz with turbo up to 4.2 GHz for the 13 inch model. This is one of the powerful laptops from Apple that helps creators and other professional workers in getting their job done on the go. It is the first time after years that the MacBook Pro line-up from Apple holds up to its name.
Note: This review has been divided into different parts for the ease of the reader. Feel free to skimp through certain parts of this review.
So here is the detailed review of the MacBook Pro 2019:
The unboxing experience is still the same that we are used to. On the box, you get the usual Type C charging cable(2m), a 65W official Apple Power Adapter, some paper works (like warranty and stuff) and user manual.
DISPLAY & DESIGN
Like I said earlier in the review the new MacBook Pro 2019 treads the same path of its predecessor in terms of design. The 2019 version looks almost like that of the 2018 models but inside there are things to get excited about which we’ll soon get to.
The trackpad we get is still the decent, large and highly accurate one we are used to seeing. The palm rejection of Apple’s trackpad is still the best compared to the competition.
The chassis is almost like that of the previous model and has also the butterfly keyboards introduced in the 2016 model which Apple had high expectations about. Apple has still decided to continue with it all the way through 2019 even though it was not well received by the users.
The keys get pressed evenly wherever you press it. This gives the feeling as if we are not typing on a keyboard but rather tapping on a smartphone. Also, another really astonishing fact is that the keys are cramped, and the travel is shorter than I like.
Even though the keyboards are somewhat similar to the previous year’s model, there is a small update. Apple is using newer mechanisms and better materials in the keyboard which includes a new transparent membrane under the keycap, made of nylon polymers.
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Moving to the display, the MacBook Pro 2019 comes with the iconic true tone retina display. The top bezel houses a single 720p camera which is perfectly fine for hosting facetime calls and stuff. The 2019 MacBook Pro still doesn’t have an equivalent of Windows Hello Login setup which I sincerely wish it had.
The only slight disadvantage with the display is that the bezels are little wider than the usual laptop bezels we see at this price range. The laptop weighs around 4.2 pounds which is close to around 1.83kg.
CONNECTIVITY & PORTS
The laptop comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack (thankfully no dongle is required for that) and has four Type C USB ports. As usual, there is no display port or HDMI port included in the laptop. You might need a proprietary dongle from Apple if you like to connect external monitors etc. All the Type C ports support the Thunderbolt 3 Interface which offers 40 Gbps data rates.
Coming to connectivity, the device has 802.11ac wireless standard and Bluetooth 5.0 chipset. Interestingly, the MacBook Pro lacks the support of the newer 802.11ax wireless standard, popularly known as the WIFI 6.
PRICE, PERFORMANCE & BATTERY
The high-end Apple MacBook Pro 2019 costs around $6549 of which the CPU and GPU don’t owe much. The one that’s contributing to this hefty amount for the high-end model is the monstrous 4TB SSD. Apple claims that the SSD will be able to offer 3.2 GB/s read speeds 😉. It also comes with Radeon Pro 560X 4GB GFX card along with Intel UHD 630
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The base model comes with a starting price tag of $2399 which is far formed cheap but still considerably cheaper than the maxed-out model. The base model has the Intel Core [email protected] , a Radeon Pro 555X GFX card(optional), 16GB of memory RAM and a 256GB SSD (till 1TB available).
The top of the line model comes with the maximum of 32GB RAM. It also has the latest and greatest 9TH generation Intel Core i9 with turbo speeds maxing out at 5 GHz.
On Cinebench R15, our top of the line model of the MacBook Pro 15-inch 2019 earned a score of 1353 which is much better score compared to similar laptops in this price range like the Dell Precision 5530(score 1098) and the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 (score 1177). This is much higher than the last years MacBook Pro 2018 and the score improved by about 20% thanks to the latest gen i9 processor.
The MacBook Pro 2019 comes with a built-in 83.6Wh Lithium-ion battery which Apple claims to offer 10 hrs of battery life and 30 days of standby time.
For a much real-world test, we tried the Adobe Photoshop CC Benchmark which considers the storage speed, CPU and GPU power. The laptop performed impressively on our benchmarks altogether.
The MacBook Pro 2019 is one of the best released by Apple so far in the MacBook lineup. It is aimed mostly at creators and professionals alike. Though the laptops look similar to the previous models, inside; the device is a perfect workbench for intense video rendering and CPU intensive tasks.
Also, it is indeed remarkable to see how Apple have managed to tame this beast into a small notebook. The MacBook Pro 2019 is surely an eye-popper both in a good way(performance and build) and in a bad way(price).
The only disadvantage which we all know is the hefty price tag it comes with and the lack of additional ports like display ports, HDMI, card reader slot, etc.
So, concluding, the MacBook Pro is the perfect buy for all those content creators out there, who want a perfect work machine that can handle heavy loads.
You can buy the latest Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch here.