MacBook Pro



Unboxing the 2019 MacBook Pro models is the same experience as pretty much every MacBook for the past decade, though now you wont need a knife to get through the packaging; as there is now a simple pull tab. As soon as the top layer of the box is pulled away the MacBook Pro is presented to us straight away, taking the MacBook out the box reveals the what else comes included; but before we can have a look at them we are greeted by some documentation, these being the user manual with quick start guide, details on the 12 month Apple limited warranty in both English and French along with two white Apple stickers of course.

So along with minimal packaging and a minimalist design the included accessories are also kept to a minimum, with only a 61 Watt USB C Power Adapter and a two meter USB C cable included, the bare minimum. No adapters, no or an extension cable which they used to supply many years back with the MagSafe MacBooks.

Below are some images of what came included in the box along with a video unboxing the entry level 13 inch TouchBar model.

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Though I have said this multiple times before, benchmarks don’t give the best indication of how a machine will perform a task, as different tasks will take different strains on any given system. But they perhaps give us the best indication as to how things have changed between different models and/or generations. For example, you may want to see what differences there are between the device you use and own compared to the newest device just released by any given company. So below you will see the results that I got when testing the 2019 MacBook Pro models.

From testing the CPU & GPU performance or exporting 4K video and event down to how the machines performed when under severe load testing if they would thermal throttle, would these 2019 models be affected by any thermal issues?

Below are a few graphs which showcase and highlight some of the differences between models and the different generations of MacBook Pro, followed by videos for each model that was tested.

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The following section features these MacBook Pro models running games to see what kind of experience you can expect if you ever did want to. Now yes, for the most part gaming on MacOS is a horrible experience. But with that being said people don’t by a Mac to play games on, they’ll either buy a gaming machine or console.

Now notice how on MacOS you’ll have a less then acceptable experience, but you can bootcamp the Mac to run Windows, and with Windows running on the MacBook Pro you can expect to have a decent casual experience. Most times the experience is better then what you get with games consoles, but at the same time the average price of games consoles is also 10-20% of that of a MacBook Pro.

So no is the answer if you want to buy a MacBook for gaming. But if you’re buying it for other reasons such as to take advantage of MacOS and the optimisation that provides, or you may be a professional content creator e.i Photographer, Developer and Videographer, or just someone that wants a machine to do their college work but when you want you want to play the odd game here and there then know that you can. The following graphs will showcase the frame rates that I got while playing at different resolutions, there is also a video if you would rather watch the video on this.


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