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Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)

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Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X) (MacBook Pro 15 2018 Series)
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, soldered, up to 32 GB
Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pixel 221 PPI, APPA040, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
512 MB NAND Flash, 0.5 GB 
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Connections
4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 4 Thunderbolt, 4 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.5 x 349.3 x 240.7 ( = 0.61 x 13.75 x 9.48 in)
Battery
83 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Camera
Webcam: 720p FaceTime HD camera
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.83 kg ( = 64.55 oz / 4.03 pounds), Power Supply: 370 g ( = 13.05 oz / 0.82 pounds)
Price
3500 Euro

 

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Average Score: 84% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 21 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 90%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)

80% Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is one of the most powerful laptops we've ever seen and is worth the splurge for the most demanding creative pros.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/08/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2018) review: Power never looked so good
Source: It Pro English
Apple’s latest 15in MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops we’ve ever tested, and our favourite to boot. Combining raw power with stylish portability, it’s everything you could ever want in a 15in notebook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% MacBook Pro (15-inch, mid-2018) review
Source: Techradar English
The MacBook Pro 2018 15-inch is a powerful pro notebook with a fantastic design. However, in its bid to appeal to the mass market, it might turn off some professionals.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) Review
Source: Toptenreviews English
If you can spare the cash, the Core i9 benefits processor-intensive tasks, but graphics show slim improvements.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is one of the most powerful laptops we've ever seen and is worth the splurge for the most demanding creative pros.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2018)
Source: PC Mag English
With the addition of an Intel Core i9 processor, the sleek 15-inch MacBook Pro is now one of the most powerful desktop-replacement laptops you can buy, making it an excellent choice for well-heeled, on-the-go creative pros.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2018
Hochleistung auf Spitzenlevel
Source: CNet English
Hochleistung auf Spitzenlevel. Apple hat aktuell dem MacBook Pro mit 13 Zoll und 15 Zoll ein riesiges Update spendiert. Das Mac Book Pro 15 Zoll 2018 ist ein ideales Werkzeug für Kreative und Power-User. Der Rest sollte eher auf ein Update der gesamten Produktlinie warten.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2018
90% Apple MacBook Pro 2018 15-inch review: Loaded for performance
Source: The Indian Express English
The MacBook Pro aims to be the pinnacle of creativity, productivity and performance on a laptop. While it packs a punch with the most powerful processors, loads of really fast memory and a display that adds value to your workflow, there are small frustrations like the lack of commonly used ports. Still, for those in the Apple ecosystem this is the most powerful laptop upgrade available at the moment and hence highly recommended as your next Mac, but only if you are power user.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2018) review: A tour de force
Source: Gadget Show English
The latest generation of MacBook devices combine power and good looks quite well. However, it's the price that might just tick a few people off. Apple has always targeted premium users and perhaps it will once gain attract them with the 2018 MacBook devices. The MacBook's pricing could be a major deterrent for first-time buyers. As for us, we used the best Apple has to offer and it's a beautiful looking laptop that is adept at handling all kinds of tasks. This year’s MacBook range starts at Rs 1,49,900 for the 13-inch devices and Rs 1,99,900 for the 15-inch devices. While the 13-inch devices don’t boast of as powerful specs as the 15-incher, but still promises to deliver good performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) Review: Is It Really Worth It?
Source: Lowyat.net English
Personally, the 15-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t quite suit my needs – the rumoured MacBook refresh is more my speed with its better portability and lower price tag. But if you’re a professional user who needs a capable mobile workstation, this MacBook Pro will serve you very well.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/29/2018
85% Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) review: Fast and powerful, but not for everyone
Source: Hardware Zone English
I haven’t tested the new 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro but I’m sure that it will be plenty quick thanks to new quad-core processors. Sure, bragging rights are fun but I'm not entirely convinced that the tradeoffs in cost and portability are worth it. For professionals who know what they are doing and want the very best hardware, however, this new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes highly recommended. Just make sure you have a fat wallet.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 75% performance: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2018) review: Power never looked so good
Source: It Pro English
Apple’s latest 15in MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops we’ve ever tested, and our favourite to boot. Combining raw power with stylish portability, it’s everything you could ever want in a 15in notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018 review
Source: Digital Arts English
The new MacBook Pro is all about performance. From the outside, it’s near-identical to the previous model – not that that’s a bad thing aesthetically, but functionally the same merits and flaws abide. But as with the best of us, what matters with is what’s inside.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Pro 15in (2018) review
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
These are the things that have stayed the same or almost the same. What has changed is that you can now get six cores and 32GB of RAM. As laptops go this is phenomenally fast, and creative professionals will find that it does not let them down. But then again, given how much it costs, it would be a scandal if it did.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) review: Fast and powerful, but not for everyone
Source: Hardware Zone English
I haven’t tested the new 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro but I’m sure that it will be plenty quick thanks to new quad-core processors. Sure, bragging rights are fun but I'm not entirely convinced that the tradeoffs in cost and portability are worth it. For professionals who know what they are doing and want the very best hardware, however, this new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes highly recommended. Just make sure you have a fat wallet.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 75% performance: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85%
80% Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is one of the most powerful laptops we've ever seen and is worth the splurge for the most demanding creative pros.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple Macbook Pro Review: The Heat Is On
Source: The Verge English
So you have to separate what you wish Apple would do from what it has done. And after the software update, what Apple has done is deliver a very good laptop, one I think you can trust. But increasingly, it’s getting harder to love.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Apple 15-inch 2.9GHz MacBook Pro review: A laptop that pro app users will love
Source: Good Gear Guide English
I often say in laptop reviews that if you bought last year’s model, you probably won’t find the speed results compelling enough to upgrade. But this year is different for anyone who uses multi-core apps. Six processing cores is, well, better than four, and the performance boost is deeply satisfying for pro app users. You’ll find that the investment quickly pays for itself.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2018

Foreign Reviews

Die 2018er MacBook Pro mit Coffee-Lake-Prozessoren
Source: c't - 19/18 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 09/01/2018
80% Apple MacBook Pro 2018 15,4" i7 2,6 GHz, 512GB (Qwertz) Spacegrijs
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
TEST: Apple Macbook Pro 2018
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Positive: Great built quality; big and good touchpad; nice display; high performance; long battery life. Negative: Thick frames; slow charging; high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2018

Comment

Series:

The Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 is a powerful professional notebook with the brilliant design of its predecessor, aimed for business and professional power users. On the outside, the largest MacBook remains utterly unchanged. However, it is still 17 percent lighter and 14 percent thinner than its 2015 predecessor and feels as premium as ever. The laptop is also thinner than most “pro” Windows laptops with powerful processors. Thinness has become a point of contention, because it makes the laptop more complicated to cool. The unibody aluminum design mates beautifully with the glass display, touchpad, and Touch Bar with Touch-ID sensor. All 15-inch models of the MacBook Pro 2018 also feature the Touch Bar. This is a thin glass touchscreen that runs along the top of the keyboard and displays context-sensitive buttons on its 2,170 x 60 resolution screen. These buttons change depending on the application or task that users are performing, and they are designed to give quick shortcuts to help speed up the workflow. Finishing off with the screen, while it keeps the 2,880 x 1,800 resolution and 220 ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density of previous 15-inch MacBook Pros, it now also features Apple’s True Tone display technology, which debuted on the iPad Pro and also features on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. This technology senses the ambient light of the environment users are working in and adjusts the display so that you get a bright and vibrant image, no matter where you are working.

 

Just as on the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the speakers have been updated. This is an impressive feat, since the MacBook Pro already has the best sounding speakers. As for connectivity, Thunderbolt 3 is a game-changer. Every port has sufficient bandwidth to drive a dock that supports every possible port users could want as well as a high-resolution monitor in addition to power. USB-C is here to stay on the MacBook Pro. More and more laptops are adopting the Thunderbolt/USB-C setup, because it can be used for all kinds of peripherals, from external GPUs to keyboards and mice. Apple chose to include a six-core processor in every model of the 15-inch MacBook, starting with the i7 in the base model, which already has great potential for performance, up to the latest and most powerful i9 model. Moving onto other components, the RAM has been updated from 16 GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 to 64 GB of 2400MHz DDR4 soldered onto the motherboard. On the graphics side, both the base-model Radeon Pro 555X and top-spec Radeon Pro 560X include 4 GB of video memory. The solid state drive can be configured to a massive 4 TB, thus bringing up the price to around USD10K. The 2018 MacBook Pro reached close to 10 hours before it shut down, which is not a bad figure compared to its rivals. Nevertheless, when working on something more intensive, such as video rendering, one should expect less battery life.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

 

AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop): Renamed Radeon RX 560 with slightly altered clock speeds. Offers 1024 shader cores and a usual clock speed of 1175 - 1275 MHz.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

8950HK: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). Offers an unlocked multiplier that allows overclocking of the CPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.4":

15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.83 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. Apple has at least sporadically been considered the most valuable company in the world since 2011 and has consistently ranked among the Top 10 companies in the world.

In the laptop sector, Apple's market share was 9.3% in 2014 and 10.3% in 2016. The latter corresponds to the 5th place. In the smartphone segment, Apple achieved 15.3% in the first quarter of 2016, which means a market share loss when compared to the 18.3% in same quarter of the previous year.
Nevertheless, Apple ranked second place behind Samsung in both years.

There are tons of reviews on Apple laptops, smartphones and tablets. The ratings are significantly above-average (as of 2016).


84%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-42-R6V0
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), Ryzen 7 2700U

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R5GT
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), Ryzen 5 2500U, 2.4 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, Core i9 9880H, 16", 2 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 Base 5300M
Radeon Pro 5300M, Core i7 9750H, 16", 2 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019, i9 560X
Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), Core i9 9880H, 15.4", 1.83 kg
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Radeon Pro 560X, Core i7 8850H, 15.4", 1.83 kg

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Stefan Hinum, 2018-08-30 (Update: 2018-08-30)