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The Bottom Line

Thanks in part lớn its Intel core i9 CPU option, the sleek 2019 reboot of the 15-inch táo bị cắn dở MacBook Pro we tested is one of the most powerful laptops you can buy for multimedia editing, data analysis, and other similar tasks. We'd just like to see some bolder design moves in the next model.

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In thử nghiệm configuration, excellent performance on CPU-limited workflows. Beautiful Retina display. Oversize, accurate trackpad. Four Thunderbolt 3 ports.


Expensive as configured, with wildly pricey top-capacity SSD. Key travel remains very short. Bezels could use some slimming. No dedicated đoạn phim output or USB Type-A ports.
The 2019 iteration of Apple"s 15-inch macbook phiên bản pro is a powerful, stylish máy tính xách tay with serious credibility as an alternative lớn Intel-powered Windows workstations for the creative-work crowd. Given its starting price of $2,399, the entry ramp to this new model is steep, & you"ll see almost no exterior changes from 2018"s model, apart from an update lớn the keyboard that we"ll discuss in a moment. The big story is a significant leap forward in raw computing power nguồn in the $6,549 top-end configuration reviewed here. This is one of the most powerful laptops you can buy khổng lồ perform CPU-intensive tasks like clip rendering, but we still wish táo had remedied its lack of full-screen touch support and wholly overhauled the keyboard. Bolder moves are in order.

More Power, Same Exterior

For the past decade or so, apple has followed a tried-and-true "tick-tock" approach lớn updating its laptops và desktops. Most years see minor updates, while every three years or so there"s a complete overhaul.

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The 2019 macbook phiên bản pro falls into the former category. Viewed from the outside, it"s the same machine that táo has been selling since 2016, with a sleek aluminum chassis, a vivid Retina display, the now-familiar cảm biến Bar, và a gigantic touchpad.

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Inside, apple has been deploying progressively more powerful computing components into its flagship portable computer, an impressive feat when you consider that the chassis is the same size—0.61 by 13.75 by 9.5 inches (HWD)—and 4-pound weight as its predecessor. Four pounds và 0.61 inch thick is remarkably svelte for a powerhouse 15-inch laptop. It"s not unheard of, though, with the Dell Precision 5530 measuring 0.66 by 14.1 by 9.3 inches và weighing 3.9 pounds.


Last year"s macbook phiên bản pro refresh brought Intel"s vi xử lý core i9 CPU to lớn a macOS máy tính for the first time, while the latest update offers an even more powerful chip core i9—an eight-core chip with a maximum boost speed of 5GHz. Both chips use the same "Coffee Lake" microarchitecture, but the 2019 laptop apple macbook Pro"s chip core i9 is from Intel"s latest 9th generation. The 8th generation cpu in last year"s model has six cores and a maximum boost speed of 4.8GHz. The new laptop also has an upticked AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics processor that features a seldom-seen type of fast đoạn phim memory.

Adding both of these components (and pumping up the RAM khổng lồ the max) boosts the cost considerably above the $2,399 starting price, and they"re certainly overkill for people who just want a large-screen macOS máy tính xách tay for website browsing and watching videos. (Doing that would bring the machine to lớn $3,749 with those bits; the rest of our $6,500 tester"s price revolved around its titanic-capacity boot drive, which I"ll get into later.) Our benchmark results below confirm that they live up lớn their promise of serious computing power, though. This is the most powerful macOS máy tính xách tay we"ve tested lớn date, at least when running apps that can scale lớn take advantage of all available CPU power.

A Design-Forward Machine

Computing power nguồn is arguably not the laptop apple macbook Pro"s raison d"être, though. This is first and foremost a design-forward máy tính xách tay for macOS fans or Windows converts who can work their way around a few quirks.

The first quirk is the keyboard, a slightly revamped version of Apple"s beleaguered butterfly-switch kiến thiết that has been a feature of MacBooks since 2016. Using butterfly switches results in an extremely stable key (if you hit it off center, the depress is even), but also an extremely short distance to travel when you press the key. The resulting sensation is different from every other máy tính keyboard I"ve used, even those on thin táo macbook pro clones like the Huawei MateBook X Pro. You don"t type; you simply tap, as you would on a smartphone.

Some people have adjusted lớn this new typing experience, while others have not. Compounding the controversy is that the first- và second-generation butterfly switches were beset with isolated key failures, resulting in a lawsuit & a complimentary repair program for affected laptops. Táo khuyết says it has made changes khổng lồ the keyboard mechanism on this model to address reliability concerns. One of the major problems was particulate debris getting stuck under the keys và preventing them from working.


An táo apple representative declined to bình luận on the specific improvements that were made in the new design. After typing more than 5,000 words on the new keyboard, including most of this story, all I can say is that it feels more solid than last year"s keyboard.

It"s not a sea change in design, by any measure. The key travel is still unapologetically short. But the "thunk" that the keys make when they"re pressed is slightly more satisfying than I"ve come lớn expect from previous generations. It is the very textbook definition of love-it-or-hate-it, và fellow kftvietnam.com analyst Sascha Segan and I debated the keyboard issue at length below. (He"s a more passionate critic of it than I, and we also recap the recent history of the macbook phiên bản pro keyboard.)

Touch Bar"s Back, But Still No cảm ứng Screen

One thing that hasn"t changed about the keyboard is its size, which represents another macbook phiên bản pro quirk. On this 15-inch-screen mã sản phẩm it"s still a compact "tenkeyless" board (that is, lacking a dedicated number pad), & it"s the same form size as the board on the 13-inch apple macbook phiên bản pro ($999.95 at Amazon) . It"s positioned in the middle of the chassis, with an expansive area below it on which lớn rest your palms, và the now-familiar cảm ứng Bar above it.

The Apple-unique touch Bar is a narrow, touch-sensitive display with contextual controls that change based on what tiện ích you"re using. Macs lack touch capability on their main screens, so this is your only opportunity lớn interact with macOS using touch. The cảm ứng Bar is standard on every 15-inch laptop macbook Pro, so I"m not going khổng lồ debate its merits here; if you want a macbook phiên bản pro at this screen size, you"re getting the touch Bar. For more about it, see our reviews of the 13-inch macbook phiên bản pro linked above.


On either side of the keyboard, large speaker grilles extend from the top of the cảm ứng Bar to lớn the bottom of the keyboard; they take up the entire margin between the keyboard và the edges of the chassis. I can"t help but bemoan that potential for a numpad; the lack of dedicated number keys will disappoint spreadsheet jockeys who are accustomed khổng lồ their presence on many other 15-inch laptops. But the robust, voluminous audio output is a fair compromise. The laptop macbook Pro"s speakers are among the best I"ve tested on a máy vi tính of its screen size of late.

Keeping the keyboard small means plenty of room for another of the laptop apple macbook Pro"s best features, though: its giant Force touch trackpad. With accurate cursor movement right out of the box, a massive 7.28-inch surface area, và a glass finish, this is one of the most precise and most comfortable pads on any laptop. It uses haptic feedback to simulate clicks instead of a physical depress-to-click mechanism, which means you get a uniform clicking sensation no matter where your finger meets the surface. You can adjust the click sensitivity (through Light, Medium, & Firm presets), something you won"t find on laptops with physical pad switches.

Another standout feature is the 15.4-inch LED Retina display. This panel, which I"ve seen in previous laptop apple macbook Pros, is based on in-plane switching (IPS) công nghệ to widen viewing angles, và it features a very bright 500-nit backlight. Its 2,880-by-1,800-pixel resolution isn"t quite 4K, but the colors are as vivid, & the text as sharp, as on any 4K display I"ve seen in a late-model laptop.

Part of this is thanks to tư vấn for the P3 màu sắc gamut. Also in play is Apple"s automatic True Tone white-balance adjustment. The latter makes the screen"s colors appear warmer or cooler depending on the light source in the room.


While the borders around many máy tính screens have shrunk over the past few years, the laptop macbook Pro"s have not. They"re still thin enough lớn keep from looking antiquated, but at half an inch thick, the vị trí cao nhất border is especially prominent. It"s curious that táo khuyết hasn"t taken advantage of this space to add sensors for face recognition, the way it has on its smartphone devices. The apple macbook Pro"s camera is a simple 720p affair that"s fine for FaceTime calls, but it captures grainy images in low light. Many Windows laptops can use face recognition khổng lồ sign users into their accounts, và it"s something that I hope táo bị cắn adds lớn its laptops và iMacs soon.

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Any Port You Want...If It"s USB-C

The apple macbook phiên bản pro offers a 3.5mm audio jack and four USB Type-C ports. The USBs are arrayed two on each side of the chassis.

That"s the full extent of the I/O complement, though. And that means you"ll likely need a USB Type-C-to-DisplayPort or Type-C-to-HDMI adapter lớn connect lớn an external display, as well as an Ethernet adapter for wired networking.


The silver lining is that all of the USB Type-C ports, while working as ordinary USB conduits, also tư vấn the Thunderbolt 3 interface & its 40Gbps maximum data rates. If you have a hub or an external drive that supports these speeds, you"ve got plenty of places to plug it in. Many premium laptops have one or two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but no other mainstream consumer machine has four.

The wireless connectivity comprises the usual 802.11ac Wi-Fi và Bluetooth 5.0. Curiously missing is tư vấn for the 802.11ax wireless standard, known as Wi-Fi 6. (See our primer What Is Wi-Fi 6?) Wi-Fi 6 is nascent at this point, with just a few routers & other devices supporting it, but it is the future of Wi-Fi. Its absence on the 2019 laptop apple macbook Pro, while understandable in light of other cutting-edge machines on the market, is a consideration if you"re planning on using your new máy tính for the next four to five years.

Benchmark Tests: Flexing i9 và Vega Muscle

With the 2019 laptop macbook Pro, Apple"s sample sent to PC Labs was an all-out monster. Our top-of-the line nhận xét unit packs in all of the available peak hardware options that apple offers.

That includes the more powerful of the two vi xử lý core i9 CPU options you can get. (The less powerful one has a slightly lower clock speed.) The tester also has the more powerful of the two AMD Vega Pro GPU choices, equipped with trăng tròn compute units ("Radeon Pro Vega 20"); the less powerful choice has 16.

For all of their brawn, though, the CPU và GPU actually aren"t responsible for the lion"s mô tả of this apple macbook Pro"s sky-high $6,549 asking price. The main culprit is the 4TB solid-state drive (SSD), which by itself adds $2,800 to lớn the bill. Our đánh giá unit also features the maximum memory loadout, 32GB.

As I noted up top, the entry point for the 15-inch táo macbook pro is $2,399—far from cheap, but also a far cry from $6,500. The $2,399 base level 15-inch apple macbook pro has a 2.6GHz core i7 CPU, a Radeon Pro 555X graphics chip, 16GB of memory, & a 256GB SSD. That"s more than enough for basic computing tasks, especially considering that the Radeon Pro 500-series GPUs were the vị trí cao nhất of the line on last year"s model, so if you"re interested in the 15-inch táo macbook pro solely for the kích thước of its screen, you may not need to configure any upgrades.

If you need raw power and all the internal storage possible, though, the top-end configuration will not disappoint. On our Cinebench R15 all-cores CPU test, the apple macbook pro eked out a score of 1,353...


That"s higher than last year"s bộ vi xử lý core i9 config by a healthy margin of 22 percent. It"s also significantly higher than the scores of all of the apple macbook Pro"s direct competitors that we"ve tested recently, including a host of workstation-grade laptops from the big three in that space: the Dell Precision 5530, the larger HP ZBook 17 G5, và the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 ($1,249.00 at Amazon) . Here"s a look at the comparison configurations from the machines facing off against the apple macbook pro in our tests...


The Cinebench all-cores test is just a simulation, which times how long it takes a system lớn render a complex 3 chiều image without the help of graphics acceleration from the GPU. But, because it scales up well with more cores, more threads, và higher sustained clocks, this basic kiểm tra remains an excellent predictor of performance in CPU-limited situations. If you"re running an phầm mềm that leverages all the CPU cores & threads it can get its hands on—say, a late-model clip editor or a photo-editing program—and you"re amenable lớn macOS, the macbook pro is the máy tính for the job. Most $1,000 ultraportables, including the 13-inch apple macbook Pro, don"t break 800 on this test.

The workflow of many truyền thông professionals và scientists involves more than just the CPU, however. Another critical part of a laptop"s performance is the storage subsystem. The wildly expensive 4TB SSD in the thử nghiệm unit I have, which uses Apple"s custom SSD controller, delivers up read and write speeds of around 2,600MBps as measured by the Blackmagic Disk speed Test. These speeds are below those of the best SSDs we"ve tested, which top out at around 3,200MBps, but they"re still plenty fast enough khổng lồ suggest that the storage drive will never be a performance bottleneck.

Putting everything together, our Adobe Photoshop CC benchmark takes into account storage speed, CPU & GPU power, và memory, for a comprehensive look at a system"s ability khổng lồ handle complex workflows. The Photoshop demo times how long it takes lớn finish applying a series of 10 filters & other effects lớn a JPEG image. Not only does this involve, lớn an extent, graphics acceleration, but it"s also a very "bursty" workflow—once a filter is applied, we stop và record the duration before moving onto the next one. The laptop has a bit of time to lớn cool down.


The laptop apple macbook Pro"s time of 2 minutes và 29 seconds on the Photoshop demo is good, but it"s not a standout. All of its competitors finished within a few seconds of each other. Taken together with the Cinebench result, it"s clear that the macbook Pro"s main computing advantage is its CPU.

That doesn"t mean its graphics muscle is anything to lớn scoff at, however. The mobile Radeon Pro Vega đôi mươi GPU here uses a form of second-generation high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) that"s rare in consumer devices. HBM2 has roughly twice the transfer rates of HBM, which in turn is faster than the memory used alongside most consumer graphics chips, called GDDR5. So even though the Radeon Pro Vega trăng tròn has only 4GB of đoạn clip memory, it"s able to lớn address that memory much faster than a comparable chip with 4GB of GDDR5.

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The result is a graphics processor that"s capable of playing resource-intensive games at a full HD (1080p) resolution & maximum detail settings. The apple macbook phiên bản pro achieved an average of 38 frames per second (fps) on our Unigine Heaven gaming-graphics simulation at 1080p & Ultra chất lượng settings, compared with just 18fps for its predecessor. But HBM2 or not, the macbook pro is clearly not a gaming laptop. Most high-end gaming laptops can achieve at least 60fps on the Heaven test at Ultra unique settings.


More relevant is the Radeon Pro Vega"s ability lớn handle graphics-accelerated professional workflows. One proxy for this is the Cinebench OpenGL test, a benchmark that uses the OpenGL programming language khổng lồ simulate a typical GPU-accelerated rendering workflow. The laptop macbook Pro"s score of 148fps on the Cinebench OpenGL kiểm tra is impressive, nearly matching the 151fps score of the 27-inch táo iMac ($1,799.00 at Amazon) , which uses a Radeon Pro Vega 48 with twice the đoạn phim memory & more than twice the number of compute units. But it"s still slower than its Windows competitors, especially the HP ZBook 17 G5, which achieved 199fps on the Cinebench OpenGL test.

One further minor quibble with the laptop apple macbook Pro"s performance is its battery life of 10 hours & 24 minutes of clip playback at 50 percent screen brightness with Wi-Fi turned off. Here"s how it placed versus the lot...


This is unquestionably excellent for a máy tính xách tay with a power-hungry core i9 và a large, almost-4K display. But it"s also significantly shorter than its predecessor"s time of more than 16 hours. Many factors could influence the difference, including the addition of the more powerful, higher-core-count bộ vi xử lý core i9. The fact remains that nearly all modern Mac laptops have excellent battery life; this one"s is just slightly less so.

Still a nội dung Creator"s Engine

If táo bị cắn had managed to lớn increase the 15-inch apple macbook Pro"s battery life và graphics horsepower in step with its significant improvement in high-end CPU options, và rolled out an all-new keyboard design, the 2019 version would likely achieve the same Editors" Choice award as its predecessor. Not so this time.

As it stands, this is one of the most powerful laptops you can buy that is also sleek & exquisitely designed. Some Windows laptop workstations give it a run for its money, however, especially on GPU-accelerated workflows, which means Apple"s new flagship máy tính xách tay is an excellent—albeit not exceptional—tool for creative pros.

For the next cycle of upgrades, it"s on hãng apple to bring out a brash new apple macbook Pro. This one"s solid but only iterative, in a time when many other machines are making bigger strides.