See my in-depth review of the Apple 2018 MacBook Pro, the model discussed here and see also:
- Articles about MacBook Pro
- B&H Photo Has the Top-End 16-inch 2019 MacBook Pro in Stock — this is the one you want as the single travel/desktop machine
- 2019 Apple MacBook Pro with 16" Display: the Single Computer Solution At Last
- Thoughts on Choosing Between the Apple 2019 Mac Pro vs 2019 MacBook Pro 16-Inch and Expected 2020 iMac Pro
Joe J writes:
Upgrading my 2012 MacBook Pro. Checking out a 2018 model
Do you recommend anything else? Will use your link for purchase.
DIGLLOYD: the $1699 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz / 32GB / 2TB Radeon Pro 560X is a screaming deal at $1800 off and only $2699 (down from $4499, a huge value for the money. The value for the price relative to new models is outstanding.
- Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Space Gray), MFR#Z0V11LL/
- 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9 Six-Core
- 32GB of 2400 MHz RAM
- 2TB SSD
- AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU (4GB GDDR5)
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The 2019 MacBook Pro
Ignoring the cost for those who need every last bit of performance, the better choice is the 2019 Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch, which in summary:
- 2019 16-inch model is better cooled (fans, airflow) so it can sustain a higher performance level for longer (because of better cooling, thermal throttling is much less of an issue). Performance is overall going to be up to 25% faster (more cores, less thermal throttling), but typically more like 10%, hardly noticeable. Thermal throttling (reduction of performance as clock speed is reduced) generally occurs after 30+ seconds of high CPU usage as on the graph.
- 2019 16-inch model can be purchased with 64GB memory which may matter for some uses (really big files focus stacking, etc.
- 2019 16-inch model has an improved keyboard (of no importance when used as desktop replacmennt).
- 2019 16-inch model can be ordered with 8TB SSD
- 2019 16-inch model with 8 core CPU is faster than 2018 model with 6-core CPU, but the difference is smaller than it seems due to clock speed.
In short, that 2019 MBP is a screaming deal so long as you don't need 10-15% better performance for sustained computation or 64GB memory or 8TB SSD.
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