Macbook Pro 2018 With i9 Processor : Is It A Worthy Upgrade?
Apple has launched MacBook Pro 2018 with the i9 processor at $6,699(4.6 lacs INR approx). This is the most powerful laptop made by Apple ever. This laptop has a long list of offerings. But, should you get excited about these? Let me walk you through the pros and cons of buying this laptop. First, have a look at specs.
MacBook Pro 2018 i9 Specifications:
|CPU||6 Core i9 processor (8th gen)up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
|RAM||Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory|
|Storage||4TB of SSD storage|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon Pro 560x with 4GB of video memory|
|Display||True Tone 15 inch display|
|Touch Bar and Touch ID options||Available|
|Keypad||Quieter and Dust Resistant|
|Additional Feature||'Hey Siri' support added|
|Chip Type||T2, Most secure One|
Looking at the specs, you must be overwhelmed. This MacBook is definitely better than last year’s MacBook. However, there are some flaws in this laptop as well, that I will discuss after mentioning the pros of buying this laptop. So here are some pros of grabbing this laptop.
- Latest processor, faster than previous year’s MacBook
- Faster memory
- Large Storage space, 4TB SSD
- Improved Keyboard
- Excellent choice for Hardcore video editing
- The T2 chip enables a new level of security
- Hey Siri feature Added like Mobile devices
- Great Battery life, up to 10 hours
- Truetone Display, Real candid for your eyes
The cons list may be shorter than the pros one, but you should not ignore them. A device is not great by specs but the user-friendliness. The laptop heats in a crazy way and you can’t even test it for benchmarking.
Apple has provided the fastest processor in this laptop but failed to give a heat countering design. Apple has been making ‘Unibody Design Laptops‘ and followed the same design approach for this laptop as well. To achieve that, Apple kept fans smaller which are not capable to expel the heat generated during maximum CPU-usage. This is the major reason of heating issue which may not sound good for most users. Apple knew this and they throttled the CPU in MacBook Pro 2018 to counter the heating issue. What’s the point of giving the fastest processor but bottlenecking it for the design sake?
Siri is not intelligent enough
Let’s say you are near your MacBook and iPhone x. In this case, if you say ‘Hey Siri’ for the iPhone, you get a response from your MacBook and that may irritate you sometimes. So, adding ‘Siri’ feature in MacBook Pro 2018 is simply worthless as very fewer people will use this feature in the first place.
- Poor Thermal Design, heating problem
- Useless Siri feature
- The processor speed is throttled
- Keyboard has no depth, uncomfortable for some users
For Apple’s hardcore fans, this laptop may be exciting but for most users, it’s not. The heat management is poor so it will make you uncomfortable while using it. So if you have last year MacBook Pro and want to upgrade then rethink and make the decision wisely. You can wait for sometime till Apple relaunches this laptop after fixing heating issues or simply wait for the 2019 edition. Currently, It’s not available in India. If you are planning to buy a high-end laptop and live without Apple and the latest processor then you can go for this laptop by Asus. So the choice is yours, whether you want the MacBook Pro 2018 edition or go for other worthy options in the market.