“When reviewing hardware, it’s important to integrate it into your life as much as possible,” Brian Heater writes for TechCrunch. “As a MacBook Pro owner, however, this one was a fair bit easier. In fact, there’s very little changed here from an aesthetic standpoint, and beyond the quieter keyboard and Siri integration, there’s not a lot that’s immediately apparent in the 2018 MacBook Pro refresh for me. That’s because I’m not the target demographic for the update. I write words for a living. There are large portions of my job that I could tackle pretty easily on an Apple IIe (please, no one tell the IT department).”

“This upgrade is for a different class of user entirely: the creative professional,” Heater writes. “The form factor remains the same, and the changes are largely under the hood. But these are in fact extremely powerful machines built around the premise that, in 2018, one shouldn’t have to compromise power in order to go portable. Well, maybe a little — but in those cases where you need some intense graphical processing, there’s always an external GPU, which makes the machine capable of VR and other process-intensive tasks.”

MacBook Pro now delivers faster performance for complex simulations and data manipulation.

MacBook Pro now delivers faster performance for complex simulations and data manipulation.

“As for performance, Apple’s not messing around here. Running Geekbench 4 (a popular PC benchmark), I got an impressive 5540 on the single core and 23345 with the multi-core test. Geekbench got similar — if slightly lower — results in its own tests on the high end. Here’s [Geekbench] founder John Poole on the findings: ‘For the 15-inch models, single-core performance is up 12-15%, and multi-core performance is up 39-46%. Since the underlying processor architecture hasn’t significantly changed between the 2017 and 2018 models, the increases in performance are due to higher Turbo Boost frequencies, more cores, and DDR4 memory,'” Heater writes. “The 2018 MacBook Pro is the most substantial upgrade (at least regarding performance) since the introduction of quad-core processors in the 2011 MacBook Pro.”

Much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Strong review for the world’s best notebook.

Craig A. Hunter reviews Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro: Improvements emphasize the ‘Pro’ in MacBook Pro – July 13, 2018