Macbook Pro 2019 16 – inch – Apple’s expensive apology


Apple is known for its premium quality laptops. These laptops are the most widely used mainly because of the optimization. They are also built to last as even a 5-year-old MacBook still supports updates from Apple. An average MacBook user generally buys the Air which fulfills basic needs such as office productivity and web browsing. What if you need to do something a little more demanding like video editing? Apple thought of this and launched the Macbook pro-2019 series. This series features a quad-core processor instead of the conventional dual-core option. Lately, users had a lot of complaints regarding this series. There were heating issues with the Core i9 versions and the keyboard was a problem too. Apple was thrashed by the media all over the world.

Apple though has taken things seriously this time and has launched a better version of the pro lineup after properly analyzing the average customer’s requirement. Let’s see how good the new model is.


Design and Build Of Macbook Pro 2019-

Lookswise the laptop still retains the look of the 15-inch model. It still has a polished metal look with a big shiny apple on it. The footprint of this model is a bit bigger than the 15-inch model but is unnoticeable. The laptop has the following dimensions – 1.62 x 35.79 x 24.59cm. The dimensions look surprisingly less than the expected numbers thanks to the screen to body ratio. Apple managed to shrink the screen bezels further to achieve a big display in a small form factor. This not only reduces the laptop size but also makes it look more modern and sleek. The laptop weighs a mere 2 kg. Apple has certainly solved the biggest problem of customers by providing them with extra working space in a small body.

Display Of Macbook Pro 2019 –

The MacBook Pro has the biggest display a Macbook Pro ever had since 2012. Apple used to have a 17-inch version of the Macbook Pro which later got discontinued. Since Apple increased the screen size on this model, it also increased the pixel numbers. The MacBook Pro has a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920. This is not exactly 4K  but it is close to that. The huge amount of pixels results in a beautifully crisp display that looks sharp and vibrant. The biggest drawback for some people here is the lack of touch support. Well, Apple has an answer to that. The new Catalina OS allows users to use an iPad as a secondary display. Users can not only interact with their laptops using touch but can also use an Apple pencil to interact with their laptops.

Hardware Of Macbook Pro 2019 –

This is the most powerful MacBook ever made. The laptop has a Core i9 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz which can go up to 4.8 GHz thanks to the 8 cores inside. The laptop also has a dedicated graphics card for your video editing needs. The card is an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4 GB of GDDR6 memory. The laptop also has 16 GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2666 MHz. The laptop also has 1 TB of SSD storage. It also has the latest connectivity in terms of WiFi and Bluetooth. The versions being 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. In terms of ports, the laptop has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It also has a 720p Facetime camera for all your video meetings and Skype calls.

In terms of software, the laptop runs on Apple’s in-house MacOS. It has the latest Catalina OS and has a bunch of new features.

Keyboard and Trackpad –

The MacBook has a brand new keyboard. Apple has ditched the butterfly keyboard and has decided to opt-in for Scissors switches. This is the same switch found on the Magic Keyboard, Apple’s keyboard for iMacs. This new keyboard helps maintain the thickness of this laptop. The laptop is just 0.3 inches thicker than the 15-inch model. The travel of this keyboard is about 1 mm which is the reason behind its responsiveness and tactility. The keyboard also has a Touch ID and a touch bar is present on selected models. The laptop offers no Face ID.

The trackpad is massive and offers enough space for easy zooming in and out gestures. It is also very nice to touch and use.

Battery and Speakers –

Macbooks have always had impressive battery lives compared to Windows laptops. This powerful beast has a mammoth-sized battery that lasts about 11 hours and 41 minutes even with all of that top-notch hardware on board. This is about 3 more hours than the 15-inch model. The speakers on this laptop are simply mindblowing. If one is used to the tinny sounds being pumped out of those tiny laptop speakers, then he would be seriously impressed. The speakers are sufficiently loud to fill up a room and the speakers offer a decent amount of base.

My Verdict –

This laptop is simply the best if you want something powerful to edit videos and perform demanding tasks like music producing on the go. The hardware is the best you can get on a laptop and the battery life is amazing. The screen is very impressive and when combined with the speakers, offers an amazing movie viewing experience.

Unfortunately, the lack of ports troubles me the more as this is the productivity version of Apple’s laptop and lacks the much-needed ports. Also, it is too expensive being priced at about $2400.

Wanna know about the new MacBook Air? Check out my review about it –