Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) review: powerful, plenty of ports

At a certain point In the past six years, Apple has turned its MacBook Pro series into a test bed for innovation—or lack of innovation. These expensive computers have become victims of the infamous butterfly keyboard, unintuitive touch bar and severe reduction of ports. This is on top of the existing software problems, such as overheating and insufficient battery life.

Apple’s new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro is your long-awaited beacon of hope. They have many firsts: new display sizes, options to mix and match Apple’s most powerful chipsets, and screen notches with 1080p webcams. But many of the most important changes are the features that the company is restoring: more ports, MagSafe chargers, physical function keys, and longer battery life. I finally feel that MacBook Pro is once again designed for creative professionals.

If you can exceed the starting price of $2,000. The maximum cost of the 14-inch MacBook Pro is as high as $5,900-more than twice the price of the maximum configuration of the 24-inch iMac (although still lower than the Mac Pro).However, if you have been using the aging 2015 MacBook Pro and its HDMI port, then new MacBook Pro is good value for money.

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In addition to the two sizes of the new MacBook Pro, Apple also introduced two new chipsets: M1 Pro and M1 Max-it no longer sells any Intel-powered laptops. These Apple-made chips are more powerful than the M1 that debuted in the 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro last year.

For any model, you can upgrade the RAM, the number of GPU cores, and the amount of internal storage, but it is difficult to explain exactly how to configure it, because it all revolves around the purpose of the MacBook Pro to a large extent. (If most people should upgrade one thing, it might be to upgrade 16 GB of unified memory to 32 GB.)

Apple gave me a 14-inch MacBook Pro and M1 Max, equipped with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64 GB unified memory and 2 TB solid state drive, which adds up to $4,099. For people like me, this is obviously overkill. I use my MacBook for word processing, web surfing, and video calls. Naturally, it shattered all these tasks without the buzz of the fan.

We have broken down which model is best for you in the best MacBook guide. But all in all, most people should stick to the M1 in Apple’s less than $1,300 MacBook. We have not tested M1 Pro, but if you often run more intensive applications, such as Adobe Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve, then it is a better choice. If you are editing a feature-length documentary, making complex 3D models, and often rely heavily on graphics-intensive applications, then you probably know that M1 Max is what you want (starting at $2,899).

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Many changes sound dramatic, but you will still know this is a MacBook from a mile away. If you look closely, you will find that the case is slightly square with square corners, just like the latest iPad Mini and iPhone 13. The all-black keyboard gives it a stylish appearance.

The first 14-inch MacBook ever has a larger 14.2-inch display, but the overall size of the machine is not much different from the 13-inch MacBook Air. That’s because the bezel around the screen is thinner. For those who need to stare at the screen all day at work, if you don’t want the narrow 13-inch or oversized 16-inch Pro, it is the perfect middle size.If you are trapped between 14 inches and 16 inches, I can assure you that the latter is a lot of Big. I use it for much less time, but it is absolutely terrible.

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