Hi there today we reviewing the apple’s 15 inch MACBOOK PRO 2019 with touch bar.
But, is it worth it worth buying in 2020?
So, let us first look at all of the specifications this 15 inch macbook pro 2019 provides.
And therefore we start from the entry level 15 inch macbook pro so that we can get to know the exact potential of it.
15 inch Macbook pro specification
- Quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
- Brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology
- Touch Bar and Touch ID
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
- Ultrafast SSD
- Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Latest Apple-designed keyboard
- Force Touch trackpad
So here it is let us now start the detailed 15 inch macbook pro review with the display of this 15 inch macbook pro.
15 inch Macbook pro Review
Whether you’re a creative pro or you just appreciate a stellar picture, the 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina Display on the 15 inch MacBook Pro is one of the best I’ve seen on any laptop.
When watching the 4K trailer for The Lion King on this laptop, I could make out individual wisps of fur on Simba’s paw as he placed it on the muddy footprints of his father.
The sweeping African vista looked gorgeous with its pale blue sky and sun-dappled baobab tree in vibrant green.
The 15 inch MacBook Pro’s panel also impressed in our labs, as it registered a very good 163% of the color gamut and a brightness of 441 nits.
The 1080p version of the Dell XPS 13 (126% / 357 nits) also falls behind the 15 inch MacBook Pro, as does the 4K display model (119% / 375 nits) .
The screen on the HP Spectre x360 (150%/287 nits) is about as colorful as the MacBook Pro but notably dimmer.
Touch bar and touch id
The touch bar and touch id on 15 inch macbook pro.
So as you see the touch id you will be noticing that there is no more need to type your password whenever you need to open your macbook. So to unlock its just so easy.
You just have to keep your registered finger on the touch id and boom it logs you in. I have to say it works very fast.
This was one of the features that was missing in the last years macbook.
The touch id in this 15 inch macbook pro makes it so easy to just log in your macbook with just a tap.
You can also use this amazing touch id in other authentication like in the password of safari.
You can just secure all your safari passwords by your fingertips with this touch id.
This is one of the convenience features in the 15 inch macbook pro.
So the touch bar is the thing that i am less enthusiastic about. Here apple did solved a problem that not even existed.
But, that’s not the thing in apple’s thought because obviously they think that it is useful and as far as bringing it down to the market and making it available to more users.
I am sure that the touch bar do provide convenience when using final cut pro.
To see your timeline, switch tools and browse through tabs and that’s pretty cool.
Whoever i still think that is the touch bar a good feature or not?
Well! it is my personal opinion. I personally don’t like the idea to look at the key to perform an action.
While in traditional key shortcut you can directly toggle action without really looking at the keyboard.
While the touch bar may fill as the huge upgrade but there’s a lot more to see.
15 inch Macbook pro Design
This is going to sound like a broken record, but Apple really needs to shake things up on the design front.
The 15 inch MacBook Pro has sported the same aesthetic which has been continued for years.
It’s a handsome and elegant look, for sure, with a solid unibody aluminum chassis.
While you do get two color options with Space Gray and Silver, I would have liked for Apple to add the same gold color hue that the MacBook Air offers.
Weighing 3.02 pounds and measuring 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.59 inches, the MacBook Pro 15 inch is portable enough to slip in a backpack without weighing you down.
8th generation CPU
While the touch bar may appear as one of the huge upgrades in the hardware section of the 15 inch macbook pro.
The CPU is one of the big stories here it has an 8th gen intel core i5 CPU with 1.4ghz speed.
Now this may sound as the pedestrian for frist.
But, this not the dual core processor as it was in the last years entry level macbook pro.
This is quad core CPU with support for hyper-threading.
So you will be having 8 threads running at the same time. Which is really good for those multi threaded applications.
1.4 ghz clock speed
This macbook pro do have a 1.4ghz base speed. But, it is low as it has 4 cores.
You don’t want to make all those cores running at a high speed. When you are doing real work like editing in the final cut pro.
We see that the clock speed remains a little higher than the base speed in this 15 inch macbook.
3.95 Ghz turbo boost
The CPU in this 15 inch macbook pro can be turbo boost to upto 3.95 Ghz.
This will be very handy when you will be doing quick stuff that just needs more processing power.
This laptop just shoots it processing power to the 3.95 Ghz when an application needs more processing power just to make it open fast.
And thus macbook pro bursts a lot of speed when needed.
Apple t2 security chip
The next big upgrade to the apple macbook pro 2019 is the new apple t2 security chip.
This is the chip which makes the touch id support in this macbook pro.
This t2 security chip not just operates the touch id but also some functions like secure boot, ssd controller, audio controller and many more.
Now let us talk about the SSD performance in the 15 inch macbook pro.
This macbook features two smaller chip or 64 gb which when compiled becomes a 128 gb of SSD storage.
So not a lot of storage to begin with. But, the reality is lower tier of this SSD is slower than that of the higher tier SSD which you find on the apple store.
And the read speeds on this 15 inch macbook pro is a lot slower than that of the previous year macbook pro.
When it is compared to the macbook air the read speed was much higher in the macbook air.
I don’t know why! But is apple doing it to save money!?
3rd generation butterfly keyboard
The 15 inch macbook pro Keyboard. So by far the most controversial topic on this 15 inch macbook pro is its keyboard.
The apple continues to use the butterfly key switches.
My biggest screw is the low amount of key travel when you press this key. But obviously people had lots of problems with keys.
Finally the apple has really! Really! Ignored that there is a problem with the keyboard.
And they are ditching this keyboard in the favour of scissor key switches in coming macbook models now.
In the meantime, you do have to use this keyboard if you want to have the 15 inch macbook pro.
The Two Thunderbolt 3 ports!
The one thing that hasn’t changed in the macbook is there is only two Thunderbolt 3 ports present on the left hand side of the macbook pro.
That means there are two Thunderbolt ports which use the same thunderbolt bus.
That means it is not a big deal for those who don’t use a Thunderbolt 3 accessories.
But having in mind that one of this port is reserved when charging it feels a bit restricted.
That been said usb Thunderbolt 3 are awesome.
This machine the apple 15 inch macbook pro 2019 comes with an intel iris plus 645 GPU.
It performs decent enough and is not going to blow your mind as editing and rendering is concerned.
If you are performing simple tasks like exporting media files to final cut pro and editing or rendering.
This macbook will just save your time and will work seamlessly without any problem.
This is where the hardware acceleration does a pretty good job.
An external GPU will be very handy if you are going with a entry level 15 inch macbook pro 2019.
So here’s our take on the entry level 15 inch macbook pro. 15 inch macbook pro is a solid machine!
Much better value then the last generation macbook pro which lacked the touch bar and the touch id.
As it has the 8th generation i5 cpu it performs really well and good then the last years macbook pro and is a very good performer.
Even its price is somewhat high but being an entry level model also this laptop is a great performer.
And if you pair it with the external GPU you will get more out of the entry level 15 inch macbook.
If you want to spend less money, don’t want to wait for the upcoming years macbook pro 2020 then this macbook is a pretty good buy.
Comment below and let us know your views on this entry level model of the 15 inch macbook pro 2019.