MacBook Professional 15in (2019) Overview: 8-Core Uproar

Apple’s up to date the MacBook Professional for 2019 with what proved to be the final 15in MacBook Professional – at the least for now.

Since then the 15in has been changed by a bigger 16in MacBook Professional mannequin, however whereas Apple itself not sells the MacBook Professional 15, you should purchase it from different retailers or refurbished. So is it nonetheless price contemplating?

The large change to the 2019 15in was the transfer from Intel’s Eighth technology Espresso Lake to Ninth technology Espresso Lake Refresh chips. To the uninitiated that may sound like much less of a formidable leap than the standard transfer from processors of 1 ‘lake’ to a different, however these newer Espresso Lake chips symbolize a transfer from 6 to eight cores.

These chips are primarily designed for inventive professionals and avid gamers. Nevertheless, they do have some advantages for these performing basic workplace duties and different extra consumer-focused purposes, in as a lot as they might save battery life as a result of they will run in low-power mode. We’ll take a better have a look at the processors and different up to date parts beneath.

Earlier than we do, a fast phrase about what hasn’t modified.

Design & construct

Up till the more moderen 16in mannequin, the MacBook Professional design hadn’t actually modified since 2016 when Apple launched the Contact Bar and a Contact ID sensor, a bigger trackpad, and changed all ports with USB-C (which double up as Thunderbolt 3). That 2016 mannequin was the primary MacBook Professional to be accessible in House Gray along with the usual Silver end.

The size additionally modified very barely again in 2016 and nothing has modified in that respect since. The opposite change in 2016 was the return of the identify ‘MacBook Professional’ to the bezel beneath the display.

Talking of the display, the MacBook Professional has featured a Retina show since 2012. The Retina show was improved in 2016 when it gained an improved color gamut, extra brightness and higher distinction. Additional modifications got here in 2018 when Apple added the True Tone show expertise that first appeared on the iPad Professional and basically makes positive that the colors displayed are correct whatever the lighting.

If you’re contemplating updating from an older, pre-2016 MacBook Professional you could end up lacking Magsafe, the magnetic energy cable that may disconnect somewhat than pull your laptop computer to the ground if you happen to tripped over it. We don’t suppose that many individuals will discover themselves on this considerably unlikely situation, but it surely’s probably {that a} honest few might be pissed off in the event that they must unplug one thing from a USB-C port so as to cost their laptop computer.


The opposite massive change that got here in 2016 and has plagued MacBooks ever since pertains to the keyboard. A ‘butterfly’ mechanism beneath the keys meant that the laptop computer might be a fraction slimmer. By way of how this modifications the typing really feel I discover that the shortage of journey could be a little disconcerting, like the important thing is not actually transferring beneath my fingers, and I additionally really feel that the keys are a bit shut collectively, but it surely does have its advantages: the butterfly mechanism implies that it issues much less the place on the important thing you press.

Nevertheless, there have been instances of those new keyboards affected by a problem the place mud trapped beneath a key can render that key unusable. The issue is that the difficulty can’t be fastened simply, it’s not doable to simply take away a key and clear it such as you might need up to now. Due to the brand new design the entire keyboard must be eliminated.

The excellent news is that Apple does have a restore program for this very difficulty. So if you happen to do encounter it inside 4 years of buying your MacBook Professional, Apple will restore it for you at no cost. So if it’s one thing you’re involved about that ought to give you some peace of thoughts.

The truth that the restore program was prolonged to incorporate the 2019 MacBook Professional doesn’t do a lot to point that the difficulty has been rectified, however we do know that Apple has made modifications to the keyboard materials in 2019 that might go some method to cease the difficulty occurring. Thoughts you, the corporate did add a membrane beneath the keys of the 2018 mannequin and that didn’t rectify the issue.

It is telling that the 2020 MacBook Professional fashions have swapped keyboard mechanism completely, so if you happen to’re anxious you could need to spending a bit further on a more moderen MacBook.

Specs and efficiency

Whereas little has modified on the skin of the MacBook Professional up to now few years, there’s a change to the within.

As I discussed above, the 2019 MacBook Professional marks a transfer from Eighth-generation Espresso Lake to Ninth-generation Espresso Lake Refresh chips. This may not sound very thrilling, but it surely implies that the top-or-the-range mannequin now has 8-cores, somewhat than maxing out at 6-cores. It additionally implies that the processor contained in the entry-level 15in MacBook Professional is healthier than the processor within the 2018 top-of-the-range mannequin.

Nevertheless, other than the processor nothing else has modified since 2018. The graphics choices stay the identical, starting from a Radeon Professional 555X as much as the Radeon Professional Vega 20 – the latter of which is within the mannequin I have been testing.

Listed below are the principle spec choices:

MacBook Professional 2.6GHz 6-core Ninth gen i7, TB 4.5GHz, 256GB, Radeon Professional 555X, 16GB RAM: £2,349/$2,399. Accessible on Apple’s web site
MacBook Professional 2.3GHz 8-core Ninth gen i9, TB 4.8GHz, 512GB, Radeon Professional 560X, 16GB RAM: £2,699/$2,799. Accessible on Apple’s web site

There are additionally the next build-to-order choices:

2.4GHz 8-core Ninth gen i9 (+£180/$200)
RAM: 32GB (+£360/$400)
Graphics: Radeon Professional Vega 16 (+£225/$250) or Radeon Professional Vega 20 (+£315/$350)
SSD: 1TB (+£360/$400), 2TB (+£900/$1,000), 4TB (+£2,520/$2,800)

This is how our 2.4GHz 8-core Ninth-gen i9 MacBook Professional with 32GB RAM, Radeon Professional Vega 20 graphics, and 4TB SSD obtained on in our testing labs. We will examine it 2018’s 2.9GHz six-core i9 MacBook Professional and the 2019 3.6GHz 8-core i9 iMac and some different machines with comparable spec. We’ll begin with these processors.


We ran Geekbench v4.3.3. Word that there might be some discrepancies in scores primarily based on the model of Geekbench and the model of the working system we’re operating on the Mac, however the outcomes ought to nonetheless give a very good indication of simply how highly effective the brand new chips are.

Within the multi-core take a look at the 2019 mannequin scored 31,066. A pleasant leap from the 2018 MacBook Professional mannequin’s 23,028. For a comparability with similar technology chip, the iMac scored 33,484. It’s no shock that the iMac obtained the next rating because the chip has a sooner clock pace (3.6GHz), but it surely’s a very promising end result from the MacBook Professional.


You’d count on the graphics card on this specific 2019 MacBook Professional to carry out higher than 2018’s mannequin, since you’re evaluating a Radeon Professional Vega 20 with the Radeon Professional 560X that was within the 2018 mannequin we examined (and continues to be the usual providing in 2019’s MacBook Professional). It’s an identical story with the iMac, which options the 560X or 570X graphics as normal – however the mannequin we’ve examined had a Radeon Professional Vega 48 GPU.

That is an attention-grabbing comparability as a result of it exhibits simply how a lot of a distinction a brilliant quick graphics card could make. And crucially, now you can plug in an exterior GPU, so even when you’ve got a typical card there’s nothing to cease you plugging a sooner one in afterward.

As you’d count on, the graphics processor within the iMac gave it a rating of 4,265 in Cinebench R20, above the MacBook Professional’s 3,222. I can’t examine the GPU within the 2018 MacBook Professional as a result of we examined within the older model of Cinebench. Nevertheless, we now have take a look at outcomes for a similar playing cards since they seem within the 2019 iMacs: the 560X scored 2,364 and the 570X scored 2,382.

We additionally run the Unigine Valley benchmark assessments (which is helpful as a result of these haven’t just lately been up to date). They take a look at efficiency and stability beneath excessive graphical workloads. I ran this on the prime setting, Excessive HD.

The high-speed 2019 machine scored 3,369 in comparison with the 2018 the machine we examined (with the 570X graphics) which scored 875. Common frames per second was an astonishing 81 in 2019, in comparison with 20.9fps in 2018. That iMac with what ought to be a superior graphics solely scored 2,287 and a mean of 54.7 FPS, suggesting that one thing else was slowing it down.

Learn & Write pace

The subsequent take a look at we run is the AJA System Take a look at Lite, which evaluates drive efficiency. I examined utilizing fairly excessive settings: 5K RED, 4GB.

The 2019 MacBook Professional ‘learn’ 3,013MB/s and ‘wrote’ 3,070MB/s. Compared, the 2018 MacBook Professional recorded a mean of two,914MB/s write and three,069MB/s learn. The distinction is small, however vital.

That is one place the place the MacBook Professional might be superior to an iMac with a Fusion drive, which is the usual choice for many iMacs. A number of the iMacs we now have examined have a mixed SSD and onerous drive they usually noticed a lot decrease scores, 1,458MB/s learn and 685MB/s write.


The battery contained in the 15in MacBook Professional has a capability of 83.6Wh, which is unchanged from 2018.

Apple hasn’t modified its claimed battery life for this mannequin. As final 12 months it ought to nonetheless handle as much as 10 hours of wi-fi net looking and 10 hours of iTunes film playback. In fact if you’re utilizing the laptop computer to render a humongous file then the battery life might be decrease.

To present a real-world instance, I used the 2019 MacBook Professional to put in writing this overview on, and do a number of different issues, and 24 hours after I began there was nonetheless 38% battery left.


It’s unlucky that the 2019 15in MacBook Professional continues to be tormented by the keyboard-related points, now solved in 2020’s fashions. It’s unlikely that you’ll be affected by this difficulty although, and must you be, Apple will repair the issue at no cost however you is probably not prepared to take that danger.

Nevertheless, we do assume that the danger is price taking as a result of it is a very good machine, and if you’re on the lookout for a Mac laptop computer designed for an influence consumer then that is the one 15in choice accessible, and ought to be accessible for a lot lower than the 2020 fashions.

The actual fact is that this laptop computer hasn’t modified a terrific deal since 2018 although, so you could possibly discover a deal on one of many 2018 fashions and save much more cash on a equally speced machine – simply make it possible for it’s pretty much as good deal.

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