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Why a MacBook Pro 15 Inch Is Still a Premium Laptop

Why a MacBook Pro 15 Inch Is Still a Premium Laptop

Posted by Mac of All Trades Tech Team on Mar 5th 2024

Purchasing a refurbished MacBook allows you to enjoy a reliable Apple device at a more affordable cost. One of the best refurbished MacBook models is the MacBook Pro 15-inch. While they're not the newest design on the market, they're still an excellent choice for creative and personal use. Find out why this computer remains a premium choice to consider in your search for a new laptop. 


The sleek design of the MacBook Pro 15-inch makes it easy to use and extremely portable. It can easily slip into a laptop bag or backpack, and thanks to its lightweight design, it will add just a few pounds to your bag. This model is also durable, which adds to its portability — the laptop can withstand bumps and daily wear and tear to keep it looking great longer than many other laptop models.

The laptop makes the most of its impressive screen size without making it too bulky or awkward to use. It also comes in multiple colors, including Silver and Space Gray, to fit your aesthetics. It's a slick and stylish computer.

Specifications and Configuration

There are many MacBook Pro 15-inch models. Specs differ from version to version, but to help you get an overview, check out the specs of the 2019 MacBook Pro 15-inch model:

  • Dimensions: This model is 0.61 inches tall, 13.75 inches wide and 9.48 inches deep. It weighs 4.02 pounds. 
  • Display: The 2019 model has a 15.4-inch LED-backlit display and can support millions of colors. 
  • Processor: The processor speed ranges from 2.3-2.6 gigahertz (GHz). Models have either the Intel Core i7 or i9 processor.
  • Storage: This model has two versions — the 256-gigabyte (GB) and 512GB solid-state drive (SSD). The 256GB SSD model is configurable to 512GB SSD, and both can be configured to 1, 2 and 4 terabytes.
  • Memory: The 2019 model has 16GB of onboard memory and is configurable to 32GB of memory. 
  • Camera: This model offers a 720p HD FaceTime camera. This means the display resolution measures 1280x720 pixels. 
  • Battery life: The battery power of a 2019 MacBook Pro 15-inch allows for 10 hours of wireless web browsing and 10 hours of AppleTV app video playback. It can also last for 30 days of standby time. It has a built-in 83.6-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery, and it uses an 87-watt USB-C power adapter.
  • Storage limits: The ideal storage temperature is between minus 13 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The operating temperature is between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The maximum storage altitude is 15,000 feet, and the maximum shipping altitude is 35,000 feet. 


The MacBook Pro 15-inch is packed full of useful features and tools. The best features of the MacBook Pro 15-inch include:

  • Siri: Siri is the famous virtual assistant available on all modern Apple products. She can help you with internet searches and other tasks — just activate her with the well-known phrase "Hey Siri!" 
  • VoiceOver: VoiceOver is an accessibility option on MacBooks and Macs that reads descriptions to the user. 
  • Reduce Motion: Reduce Motion is a tool that reduces the movement of certain elements on your screen, such as when switching between desktops or opening apps. It's especially helpful for people who experience vertigo or motion sickness.
  • Photo Booth: This preinstalled app lets you play around with your MacBook's built-in camera. You can apply effects, record videos and use real-time previews to snap the perfect picture.
  • FaceTime: FaceTime is another preinstalled app that allows you to video-call other Apple users. 
  • GarageBand and iMovie: If you're a music lover or interested in pursuing filmmaking, these apps are for you. Create your own tracks, edit short films or create YouTube videos all from your MacBook Pro. 
  • Productivity apps: Pages, Keynotes and Numbers are preinstalled apps that help you maximize your efficiency. Write and edit documents on Pages, create presentations on Keynotes and manage spreadsheets using Numbers. Whether you're a student or a working professional, these apps are sure to become daily staples. 
  • More apps: Other preinstalled apps on this device include Voice Memos, Safari, Maps, News, Messages, Contacts, Reminders, App Store, Stocks, Notes and more. 

Visual Experience

The MacBook Pro 15-inch has a Retina display that supports millions of colors. "Retina display" is the term Apple uses to describe its high-resolution screen technology. Steve Jobs commented in 2010 that this tech is so advanced that it makes it impossible for the human eye to distinguish between individual pixels. While this claim has since been disputed and challenged, it remains true that the Retina display makes for a smooth and natural viewing experience. 

The 2019 model has a 15.4-inch LED-backlit display. It has a native resolution of 2880x1800, which means there are 2880 pixels that light up horizontally across the display and 1880 vertical pixels — that's 220 pixels per inch (ppi). These scaled resolutions are also supported:

  • 1920x1200
  • 1680x1050
  • 1280x800
  • 1024x640

User Experience

MacBooks are known for offering exceptional user experiences, and the MacBook Pro 15-inch is no different. The MacBook Pro 15-inch includes a wide range of features that improve its user experience, such as:

  • Touch ID: Lock your computer and improve your security by unlocking it with your fingerprint. Touch ID lets you bypass codes or passwords and instead use your fingerprint to log in, keeping everyone else locked out. 
  • Touch Bar: The Touch Bar is a feature that uses an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) strip to recognize your touch. It replaced the function row of keys on the bottom bar and was first implemented in the 2016 MacBook Pro.
  • Trackpad: MacBooks are well known for their easy-to-use trackpads. They are intuitive and responsive, making them a big step up from the trackpads of other laptops.
  • Accessibility features: In addition to VoiceOver and Reduce Motion, this MacBook model comes with accessibility features like Voice Control, Zoom, Increase Contrast, Switch Control, Closed Caption and Text to Speech. 

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