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Review of MacBook Pro (15 inches, 2019)


The 15-inch MacBook Pro is updated by Apple with faster 9th Gen Intel processors. This processer makes them the fastest MacBooks ever. After a lot of controversies about its ‘Butterfly’ keyboard, Apple did a modification in its key switch which is supposed to increase durability, but it doesn’t address the schematic travel problem. But this 15 inch MacBook Pro provides all-day-long battery life and offers a blazing, full of colors and vivid display. The pros of this machine are way more than the cons. When we talk about its performance, this MacBook Pro is no doubt one of the best machines around and one of the best business-oriented machine especially for those people who need to execute high demanding programs. 

Cost and Configurations

The MacBook Pro 15-inch was released in June 2019 starting at $2,399. The basic model includes a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB of SSD storage capacity,16GB of high memory, and a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. 

Design of MacBook Pro 15-inch

This phase (in terms of design) of the MacBook Pro has been out since 2016, but it looks even older than this, as it is similar to the 2012 to 2015 designs in looks, that introduced the Retina-resolution display. Slim and sleek, has an elegant style. The MacBook Pro is not only iconic and distinguished but also carrying its traditional form of style. But one thing to say that in my perception, It’s not as cool as the latest 15-inch HP Spectre x360.

The other aspect of the MacBook Pro design that’s not getting better over time is its display’s bezels or edges, specifically the 0.5-inch black bar above the screen. Side by side with the 2019 Huawei MateBook X Pro, which has 0.15-inch bezels, even the MacBook Pro’s 0.3-inch side bezels look very much bulky.

The good thing is about its weight. At 4 pounds and 0.6 inches thick, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is less in weight than the HP Spectre x360 (4.6 pounds, 0.76 inches) and Dell XPS 15 (4.2 pounds, 0.7~0.5 inches).

Touch bar and Ports

It is true that it’s admiring thing that the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s providing quartet of Thunderbolt 3 ports but we cannot ignore this fact that its lacking time-tested Type-A port, which is still very much essential to many users. Whereas, The XPS 15, MateBook X Pro and Spectre x360 all feature both Type-C and Type-A ports. 

Many of us who are still consuming accessories with that non-reversible port, Apple’s expectation that people should just carry around an adapter or hub — is not a little to ask for when we are already giving a ton of money at the providers.

While Apple stays in opposition to giving the MacBook a full, legit touchscreen, the Touch Bar is found on every 2019 MacBook Pro.

It’s not fortunate that its use is assorted, as most of the time I’ve found it beneficial for finding and using emojis. THE touch ID sensor is the finest part of this bar, though Apple Touch ID sensor to the MacBook Air without affiliating it with a Touch Bar. I want to give a piece of advice that you should eliminate the Siri button from your Touch Bar to minimize the chances of accidental actuation. Replace it with the Mute button, or something else, so that you can leave yourself open to less disturbing mistakes.

Display of MacBook Pro 15-inch

The new elegant 15-inch MacBook Pro‘s screen is holding the rituals of Apple. It is just as highly colorful, blazing and sharp as we’ve hoped to get from Apple. By watching a trailer for different movies showed that the MacBook Pro rendered colors and gradients very well. Its Retina Display also did a very great job of rendering vivid details.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro’s panel discharge up to 403 nits of brightness, which give it a win over the 346-nit workstation average, the 371-nit XPS 15 and the 247-nit Spectre x360.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard of The MacBook Pro‘s gives a very click oriented typing experience that’s rooted in the fourth iteration of Apple’s controversial Butterfly-style key switch. The keys feature a super-shallow 0.6 millimeters of travel but require 71 grams of actuation force, which is above our 60-gram minimum. Apple has been in controversies over its Butterfly keyboard, specifically when it comes to accidental double-clicks and jabbed keys. The company stated that it has acquired “a new material” that’s supposed to assist figure out these types of problems, but we won’t experience until we’ve used the 15-inch MacBook Pro over several weeks. 

At 6.1 x 3.9 inches, the MacBook Pro’s Force Touch trackpad accurately tracks your input and can fool most people with its haptic feedback, which substitutes for an actual clickable mechanism. I found it serviceable during my taps, swipes, and gestures, and while some people in our office don’t mind that it doesn’t click, I prefer the touchpads in most PC laptops, which do.


The MacBook Pro we tested is a jaw opener, sporting a 32GB of memory and 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK processor. When I split my screen with a 1080p video and a dozen browser tabs, I saw zero lag as I walked between tabs and jumped around the video. But that’s not fulfilling, as you should expect as much with this much CPU powerhouse. So, I did that normal test with Mail, Safari (with 10 tabs), Messages, Things, Bear, iTunes and Discord open in the background. Oh, and I was also editing a 1080p MP4 video in QuickTime throughout the test. None of these activities put a dip in the MacBook Pro’s optimization.

On the Geekbench 4 general performance benchmark, the MacBook Pro hit an astonishing mark of 31,012, which is 46% higher than the 21,246 workstation average, and higher than the 19,775 from the XPS 15 (Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM), the 21,889 from the Spectre x360 (Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM), and the 17,134 from the MateBook X Pro (Core i7-8565U, 16GB of RAM).

On our Handbrake test, which tests how much time a laptop takes to transcode a 4K video to 1080p, the MacBook Pro gave us a short time of 8 minutes and 10 seconds

Apple continues to give its users fast SSDs. The Black Magic storage speed test captured a write speed of 2,610.8 Mbps from its 4TB PCIe SSD, a rate that’s 19% faster than twice as fast as the 2,190 MBps write speed from the 1TB NVMe SSD in the MateBook X Pro.

The gigantic 4GB AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card in the MacBook Pro developed optimized gaming performance that falls in the middle of the pack. The device ran the modest racing game Dirt 3 at 120 frames per second at max settings.


Listening to Ed Sheeran’s album, I was astonished by the MacBook Pro‘s spectacular sound quality from the well-built sound of “Shape of you”. Even at some point, I had to turn down the volume because the MacBook Pro gets so roaring that the sweet sounds of the musician sneaked out of the room, even with a door closed.

I’m fine with the limitation of a utility for managing audio output, something other notebooks include for customization. That’s how better the MacBook Pro sounds.

Battery Life

When it comes to the Battery life, the 15-inch MacBook Pro covers a lot of battery life, with more fortitude than most workstations. The Battery Test (Wi-Fi surfing at 150 nits) drained the notebook in 10 hours and 21 minutes, nearly 4 hours longer than the 6:28 category average. If you’re observing 2019’s 13-inch MacBook Pro, keep in mind that this bigger model lasts longer. The smaller MacBook Pro lasted 8:41 on the Battery test, giving it more than 1.5 hours less life than its big brother.


The Core i9 MacBook we tested stayed relatively cool during testing. It handled heating in a very good manner. After we streamed 25 minutes of HD video on the notebook, our heat gun picked up temperatures less than our 95-degree Fahrenheit threshold: 91 degrees on the underside 83 degrees on the touchpad and 93 degrees on the keyboard.


It’s webcam is a declined point in this machine. The 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399, but its 0.7-megapixel webcam is so ordinary that it could be found in a $399 laptop. That’s not a significant knock against the laptop, though, as nobody is expecting that an internal webcam doesn’t wash out lighting sources or doesn’t stint on detail.


So in the end, the 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro is amazingly fast, with flawless 9th Gen Core i9 performance and SSD speeds that give the not easy competition. But if we consider cons, the MacBook Pro has depleted a few too many years with the alike look, and also far more time with the Butterfly-key switch than it should. But yes, the betterment in this year’s mechanism of Butterfly at least sound hopeful. Besides all, you get a fine display, long-lasting battery life, and strapping audio.

You should definitely pick the cheaper Dell XPS 15 if your budget is tight, as it also lasted 1.5 hours longer on a charge, but one thing is clear that it’s not as optimized and its visual quality isn’t as bright. But the 15-inch MacBook Pro is the model to snatch for those looking for the best MacBook and definitely who can bear the ultra-premium price.

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