Apple  MacBook Pro 14 and 16 Review

Let’s start with the basics: the new MacBook Pros with M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs are great. They’re the quickest computers we’ve ever tested in some tasks, and they have some of the best battery life we’ve seen yet. Apple’s major bet on ditching Intel CPUs and AMD GPUs in favor of its own Apple Silicon processors is paying out handsomely, and if you can buy one of these machines, you will be really pleased. They’re fantastic.

The new MacBook Pros, on the other hand, are not without flaws, and the Mac software environment is still catching up to Apple Silicon in general, and Apple’s pro hardware GPU ideas in particular. So, unlike our first experience of the MacBook Air with an M1 CPU last year, the Mac software ecosystem may not allow you to get the most out of these computers for a while yet, depending on your needs and the tools you use.

Design

Apple’s revamped MacBook Pros, which are powered by the company’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, are exactly what the media industry has been waiting for. Both laptops use XDR display technology derived from the iPad Pro, and the processors are far quicker than last year’s M1. They can also accommodate up to 64 GB of RAM. Apple, on the other hand, took a stride forward while looking back, restoring ports and choosing a design that mimics many of its older devices. Simply call them reincarnated PowerBooks.

What’s new

Apple has no plans to replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the MacBook Pro 14. It’s more of a development of the top-tier model. It can do about everything the 16-inch model can, but it’s just a little smaller. (The lone exception is “High Power Mode,” which provides a brief speed increase to the 16-inch M1 Max version.) That’s one way I’ve reconciled myself to the $1,999 beginning price. The larger model now costs $2,499, which is $100 more than that of the Intel model.

Both notebooks have elegant anybody aluminum shells and look like MacBook Pros. However, if you look closely, you’ll discover certain classic touches. They’re significantly thicker, with more bulbous corners reminiscent of Apple’s notebooks from the early 2000s. The 14-inch laptop weighs 3.5 pounds, while the 16-inch model weights between 4.7 and 4.8 pounds, depending on the CPU. That’s a half-pound more than the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro.

But all of that weight isn’t for naught. Apple was able to fit in a lot more ports as a result of this. A full-sized HDMI port, a MagSafe power link, a high-impedance headphone jack, and an SD card reader join three Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connections (cue triumphant horns).

 Although you’ll still need converters to link older USB Type-A devices, you’ll be able to dump photographs and video without the need for additional equipment. The notebooks can still be charged by USB-C, which is always handy in a rush, but the MagSafe connection is less likely to cause unintentional falls, and you won’t have to use a valuable USB-C port simply to stay recharged.

The screens on the MacBook Pro, on the other hand, are anything from retro. They have Liquid Retina XDR displays of 14.2 and 16.2 inches, respectively. They can reach up to 1,600 nits of high brightness thanks to mini-LED backlighting, which is ideal for HDR video. The screens have a sharp 254 pixels per inch resolution on the 14-inch and 3,456 by 2,234 on the 16-inch, with a resolution of 3,024 by 1,964 on the 14-inch and 3,456 by 2,234 on the 16-inch. Although neither is real 4K (though the 16-inch gets close), you’ll be able to deal with 4K and 8K footage at a reduced size.

The MacBook Pros also support ProMotion, Apple’s technology that allows for refresh rates of up to 120Hz. Scrolling through online sites and documents was silky smooth with that turned on. And, after hours of writing this review, I found that my eyes were less tired as a result of the fast refresh rate. In the laptop world, that’s becoming more frequent. 

By including a 120Hz panel on the Surface Laptop Studio, Microsoft has already beaten Apple to the hook. ProMotion is also smart enough to reduce the refresh rate when it makes sense, which helps to extend battery life.

However, you don’t need to consider all of the technology that goes into Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR screens. Simply said, they’re stunning, with eye-watering brilliance in sunny HDR images and inky black darkness in nighttime shots. Although these aren’t OLED panels, Apple has come close to achieving that level of contrast with mini-LEDs.

MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)  

Pro  

Cons 

Macbook Pro 16-inch(2021)

  • M1 Pro and Max CPUs are extremely fast.
  • XDR Display with Liquid Retina
  • The majority of the ports you need are available on this keyboard.
  • Reader for SD Cards
  • Excellent battery life and sound quality

Cons 

  • Costly
  • Exorbitant RAM upgrade prices
  • Apple’s GPU concepts are still gaining traction in the software environment.

What is pricing?

The new MacBook Pros’ worst flaw is their exorbitant price tags, but what do you expect from Apple? When compared to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the 14-inch model will almost certainly give you the vapors.

 However, Apple’s pricing isn’t that far off in the realm of gaming and high-end productivity notebooks. For example, the Razor Blade 14 costs only $200 less than the MacBook Pro 14-inch. The Dell XPS 15 OLED is roughly $500 cheaper than Apple’s lowest 16-inch MBP, but it has a far slower CPU. However, if you start configuring that machine, you’ll probably end up paying around $2,500.

How to choose?

Overall, these laptops have about everything we’d look for in a capable notebook. The new MacBook Pros are just what you require if you’re a creative expert with a significant capacity for a new computer and want something else that will actually speed up your process.