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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 Base 5300M

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 Base 5300M (MacBook Pro 16 2019 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-9750H 6 x 2.6 - 4.5 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon Pro 5300M - 4 GB VRAM, GDDR6, Apple own
Memory
16 GB 
, DDR4-2666
Display
16.00 inch 16:10, 3072 x 1920 pixel 226 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes
Connections
4 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 4 Thunderbolt, Audio Connections: Headset, 1 Fingerprint Reader, 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): 16.2 x 358 x 246 ( = 0.64 x 14.09 x 9.69 in)
Battery
99.8 Wh, 8790 mAh, 11.36V
Operating System
Apple macOS 10.15 Catalina
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Released
11/13/2019
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 9 scores (from 20 reviews)

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 Base 5300M

90% Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review
Source: Tom's Guide English Archive.org version
If you're on the fence between Windows and macOS, the Dell XPS 15 is a compelling MacBook Pro alternative, as it offers comparable performance, a keyboard with even more travel and an OLED display for hundreds less. But if you are set on a Mac and demand a large canvas for work and play, the 16-inch MacBook Pro should satisfy for years to come.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2020
Rating: Total score: 90%
Finally, Apple Brought The "Pro" Back: MacBook Pro 16” Review
Source: MrMobile English Archive.org version
With the exception of the time I “upgraded” from Windows 98 to Windows Millennium Edition (and then immediately back again) I’ve never experienced tech whiplash like I have with Apple’s MacBooks. Five years ago I made the MacBook Pro 2015 the foundation of my production pipeline; I logged thousands of hours on it, building hundreds of YouTube videos. It had all the ports I needed and it was rock-solid reliable. I didn’t covet it like I do flashier laptops … but I valued it a lot more, because I knew I could rely on it every single day. Then, Apple did something interesting: it took everything I loved about that 2015 MacBook Pro – and ruined it. 2016 was a dark year for the Apple MacBook Pro. The ports? Gone. The reliability? Lost- along with half my keystrokes on that notoriously fragile keyboard. From shot speakers to thermal throttling to backup failures, the 2016, 2017 and 2018 MacBooks Pro were varying flavors of compromise that I came to detest. It was only my love for Final Cut Pro, the software I use to make these videos, that prevented me from jumping entirely to Windows. For the MacBook Pro 16” / MacBook Pro 2019, Apple didn’t bring back my ports or take off the touchbar … but the changes it did make were enough. I’m MrMobile and for the first time in four years … I feel like I’m home. This is the Apple MacBook 16” Review.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/05/2020
80% Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch review: bigger and better than ever
Source: T3 English Archive.org version
Though the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch is edged out by other machines on pure specs, Apple’s appeal has always been about the whole package, which is excellent here – and it fixes the keyboard issues that overshadowed its predecessors.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 16in (2019) review
Source: Stuff TV English Archive.org version
For many Stuff readers, that positions this particular MacBook Pro as a curiosity or a slice of unnecessary bling. If you’re wrestling daily with high-end creative or development work, it’s excellent. If not, it’s sheer overkill. But even if you’re better suited to a cheaper Mac, be glad this one exists, because soon the technology within will filter down to the rest of Apple’s line – and that really will feel like a revolution.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 100%
Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review: A brilliant big-screen powerhouse
Source: Pocket Lint English Archive.org version
Apple has produced a monster of a machine that is capable of doing pretty much any task you could throw at it. And if you've struggled with recent MacBook models then, rest assured, the 16-inch is like an apology for all their wrongs. The 16-inch screen is bright, crisp, and huge (although not 4K), while the new keyboard is a joy to type on – finally, welcome back to the older scissor mechanism. Our only concern is that all this power and performance comes with a battery that you'll probably struggle to get you through a long day of work on the go, especially if you start to use power apps like Photoshop or Logic Pro. If you need your office on the go and don't mind being too far from a power outlet, however, then this machine is hard to beat.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/03/2019
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is amazing, but it’s still a Mac [Review]
Source: Cult of Mac English Archive.org version
But in summary, I really like this MacBook Pro. It looks great, it’s fast, and it fits extremely well into your existing ecosystem of Apple products. And, while the Mac is certainly still the workhorse of Apple’s lineup, there are ever more places where the iPad has pulled ahead. One is the superior A-series chipset. Another is the way apps work so well together on iOS. And another is the initial setup process.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2019
90% MacBook Pro review (16-inch, 2019)
Source: Tom's Guide English Archive.org version
The 16-inch MacBook Pro has the keyboard every Apple laptop should have. And I really do hope that Apple brings this keyboard to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, as superior ergonomic comfort should not be a premium feature. But that's just the way it is for now. There are plenty of other reasons to splurge on this laptop, including its vivid 16-inch display with narrower bezels, amazing audio system and epic battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is the best Apple laptop in years. The Magic keyboard feels a lot more comfortable than any Butterfly MacBook keyboard I’ve tried. I also appreciate the slimmer bezels, sharper display and especially the booming sound. Another key selling point for pros is the nearly 11 hours of battery life, which blows away all of Apple's closest competitors.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

Apple MacBook Pro mit 16 Zoll ausprobiert
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/26/2020
Eine neue Tastatur und stabile Leistung
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2020
90% Apple MacBook Pro 16"
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 90%
Macbook Pro 16 Zoll
Source: Golem German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/28/2019
Macbook Pro 16 Zoll vorgestellt
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2019
Recensione MacBook Pro 16 e Confronto 15
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2019
80% Apple MacBook Pro 2019 16" (i7 6-core 2,6GHz, 16GB ram, 512GB opslag, Qwerty) Spacegrijs Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/29/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Pro 2019 16" (i7 6-core 2,6GHz, 32GB ram, 512GB opslag, Qwerty) Spacegrijs Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/24/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Test du MacBook Pro 16 pouces : nouveau format pour une nouvelle vie ?
Source: CNet France French FR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/17/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
3 điều này khiến Macbook Pro 16 inch trở nên khác biệt với những thế hệ trước
Source: FPT shop VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Powerful hardware; big screen; large battery capacity; great speakers; high performance; good cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/23/2019
Trên tay nhanh Macbook Pro 16 inch: Cuối cùng bàn phím đã 'thay đổi'
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Heavy and bulky; no Face ID; unsupported 4K display; no USB-A; no memory card slot.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2019
MacBook Pro 16 inch chính thức: Bàn phím Magic Keyboard, 6 loa, giá từ 2399 USD
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Impressive keyboard; great speakers; excellent display; modern design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/14/2019

Comment

Model:

Apple MacBook Pro 16 is by far the most capable notebook the company ever made. It features a gigantic 16-inch Retina display, speedy processors, next-generation graphics, the biggest battery capacity, a new Magic Keyboard and big storage. The new MacBook Pro features a shocking 16-inch Retina display which is the largest Retina display ever in a Mac notebook. It produces 500 nits of brightness for extra highlights and bright whites while delivering true blacks. It is possible because of the accurate photoalignment of liquid crystal molecules. Besides that, the P3 wide colour gamut enables a beautiful and true-to-life display. The 16-inch MacBook Pro brings an entirely new class of performance to the notebook with the Intel Core i9 processor. It has up to eight cores and 16 threads of processing power. It is capable of sustaining a higher performance for a longer time because of a more advanced thermal design. It also claims to deliver up to 2.1 times the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro. Besides that, MacBook Pro uses fast 2666MHz DDR4 memory up to 64GB for smooth performance. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has up to 8TB of SSD storage. With super-fast speeds, massive files load instantly and pro apps launch really quickly. As for graphics, the MacBook Pro has the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series. With the optional 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, it performs up to 80 per cent faster performance when executing tasks like colour grading in DaVinci Resolve compared with the Radeon Pro Vega 20. 

 

The new Magic Keyboard is also improved. It features an improved scissor mechanism with 1 millimetre of travel. The result is a responsive, comfortable and quiet typing experience. The Touch Bar places powerful shortcuts front and centre, whereas Touch ID provides fast authentication. For audio, it has a six-speaker sound system produces room-filling wide stereo sound. Dual force-cancelling woofers greatly reduce system vibration for a clearer and more natural sound. As for the microphone, it has a studio-quality three-mic array which is comparable to professional third‑party microphones. Quality speaker and microphone together creates truly clean podcasts or music recordings on the go. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has the highest-capacity battery on a MacBook Pro so far, which is a 100-watt-hour lithium‑polymer battery. It provides longer battery life, which is up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing and video playback. In conclusion, Apple MacBook Pro 16 is a powerful laptop. It is a great mobile workstation catered for working professionals. Although it does not come cheap, for people who want a big-screen and big-power Mac laptop, the MacBook Pro 16 is the only option around.

Series: The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 is the most powerful notebook Apple has ever made. The highlights of the Macbook Pro include a 16-inch Retina display, super-fast processors, next-generation graphics, the largest battery capacity ever in a MacBook Pro, and massive storage. The 16-inch Retina display is the largest Retina display ever in a Mac notebook. It produces 500 nits of brightness for bright whites, while delivering deep blacks thanks to the precise photo alignment of liquid crystal molecules. The P3 wide color gamut allows the screen to display true-to-life images and videos. The thermal architecture in the MacBook Pro has been completely redesigned. It features larger impellers with improved fan blades for optimal airflow and more heat-dispersing fins for more effective cooling. Thanks to the more advanced thermal design, the Intel Core i9 processor with up to 8 cores and 16 threads sustains higher performance for longer periods of time. It also delivers up to 2.1 times the performance of its predecessors, which is a quad-core MacBook Pro.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses up to 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM for smooth performance. It also has up to 8 TB of SSD storage, which is the most available in any notebook. The AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series delivers the graphics horsepower in a MacBook Pro. The graphics helps the Macbook to be over two times faster than the previous-generation for seamless playback and faster rendering of ultra-high-definition videos. Besides that, the new Magic Keyboard features a refined scissor mechanism with 1 mm of travel for a responsive, comfortable and quiet typing experience. The Touch Bar places powerful shortcuts front and centre, and Touch ID can provide fast authentication. As for audio, the six-speaker sound system produces room-filling wide stereo sound like users have never heard from a notebook before. For a clearer, more natural sound and a half-octave lower range to the bass, it features Dual force-cancelling woofers which also dramatically reduce system vibration. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has the highest-capacity battery Apple has ever put in a notebook. The 100-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery not only powers the larger display and delivers higher maximum sustained power, it also provides longer battery life of up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing and video playback. As a conclusion, the Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 is a great performance laptop to work on the go. It is catered towards professionals who require high performance hardware and lightweight sleek build. It also does not come cheap, so it is catered towards professionals who have the budget.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

AMD Radeon Pro 5300M: Mobile mid range graphics card based on the Navi 14 chip (RDNA architecture) that should be slightly faster than a GTX 1650.

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.


i7-9750H: A high-performance hexa-core processor of the Coffee Lake product family designed for the larger laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.6 - 4.5 GHz (4 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


16.00":

15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

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


Apple: Apple is a US company founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company is known for its innovative products such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, and manufactures computers and consumer electronics as well as operating systems and application software. Apple is also a leading provider of software and services such as the App Store, iTunes and iCloud.

Apple has earned a reputation as a company that focuses on design and ease of use. As for their notebooks, they are mostly in the high-priced segment, have their own operating system, but also run Windows on the newer Macbooks.

Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world and has a loyal following of customers and fans. The company also has a strong presence in the entertainment industry, with services like Apple Music and Apple TV+. In 2023, Apple had an approximate 8% market share of global PC sales, ranking it 4th after Lenovo, HP, and Dell.


90%: There are not very many models that are rated better. Most of the assessments are in percentage ranges below that. The tested product is not considered perfect, but the sources give a clear purchase recommendation.


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

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2019-11-24 (Update: 2019-11-24)