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Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 Series

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

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

Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H, Intel Core i7 8850H, Intel Core i9 8950HK
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon Pro 555X, AMD Radeon Pro 560X, AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
Display: 15.4 inch, 15.6 inch
Weight: 1.83kg
Price: 2799, 3299, 3500 euro
Average Score: 82.64% - good
Average of 25 scores (from 33 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 85%, features: 63%, display: 92%
mobility: 81%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 95%, emissions: 85%

 

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)Notebook: Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Processor: Intel Core i7 8850H
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon Pro 560X
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pixels
Weight: 1.83kg
Price: 3299 euro
Links: Apple homepage

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Average Score: 79% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 12 reviews)

 

90% Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Apple finally ships the MacBook Pro 15 with the new Intel processors. They feature 6 cores and should increase the multi-core performance significantly. At least in theory, because a comparison with the predecessor shows that the advantage is not always that big.
MacBook Pro (2018) review: a true pro-level device, with a few flaws
Source: Sydney Morning Herald English
The question “what Mac laptop should I buy?” was once easily answered with “if you need the power, get the Pro, if you don't, the Air”. Today it is easy to recommend the latest MacBook Pro if you need the most powerful, portable Apple laptop available and you have a lot of money to spend, but I’d struggle to recommend an entry-level Mac portable right now.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/30/2018
80% Apple MacBook Pro 2018 15,4" i7 2,2 GHz, 256GB (Qwerty) Spacegrijs Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/08/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Apple MacBook Pro 2018 15,4" i7 2,6 GHz, 512GB (Qwerty) Spacegrijs Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
75% Apple MacBook Pro 15,4" Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 75%
80% MacBook Pro 15 pouces avec Touch Bar (2018) : de la puissance à revendre pour les pros
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
88% Test : Apple MacBook Pro 15 pouces 2018, six cœurs pour une avalanche de puissance
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 70% mobility: 90%
Обзор ноутбука Apple MacBook Pro 15” (Mid 2018)
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; nice display. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2018
Đánh giá Macbook Pro 2018: Có phải là bản nâng cấp đáng giá?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Slim size; light weight; powerful hardware; stylish design. Negative: Relatively high price.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2018
80% x 27-08-2018
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Test: MacBook Pro 15″ 2018
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%
82% Test: Macbook Pro 15 tum – en laptop för 75 000 kronor
Source: Nordic Hardware SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
83% Test: MacBook Pro 15’’ 2018
Source: Ljud och Bild SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 83%

 

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

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)Notebook: Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Processor: Intel Core i9 8950HK
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pixels
Weight: 1.83kg
Price: 3500 euro
Links: Apple homepage

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Average Score: 84.29% - good
Average of 14 scores (from 20 reviews)

 

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%
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% 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%
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
Die 2018er MacBook Pro mit Coffee-Lake-Prozessoren
Source: c't - 19/18 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 09/01/2018
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

 

Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.2 GHz, 555X)

Specifications

Notebook: Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.2 GHz, 555X)
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon Pro 555X
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pixels
Weight: 1.83kg
Price: 2799 euro
Links: Apple homepage

Pricecompare

Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

85% Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018): Impressive performance at a premium price
Source: Zdnet.com English
The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro provides impressive performance -- especially if you add the Core i9 upgrade tested here. The fact that the MacBook Pro can accommodate a powerful CPU and GPU without increasing its size or weight -- or affecting battery life -- is no mean feat either. There are few laptops that combine heavyweight performance and lightweight design so effectively, and owners of older MacBook models will certainly view the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro as a tempting upgrade. If they can afford it, that is.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%

 

Comment

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).


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

AMD Radeon Pro 560X: Mobile graphics card based on the Polaris 21 chip and basically a higher clocked Radeon Pro 560 from the previous model year.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.AMD Radeon Pro 555X: Graphics card for the Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 based on Polaris 21. The specifications are identical to the previous Radeon Pro 455 / 555 with slightly higher clock speeds and 4 instead of 2 GB GDDR5 graphics memory.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

8850H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.6 - 4.3 GHz (4.1 GHz with 4 cores, 4 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++).8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). Intel Core i9:

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.
» 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.

1.83 kg:


82.64%: 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.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.9 GHz, 560X)
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Stefan Hinum, 2018-08-30 (Update: 2018-08-30)