MacBook Pro 14-inch review (2023): A blessing for creatives
A complete redesign that featured you, know, bigger and better screens, more ports and Tons of Speed and, as usual, apple is following that up with a more straightforward upgrade now were just getting the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in the same basic design as before these New Macbook Pros also have a few new features like 8K video output and Wi Fi 6E support, but I really think its that extra speed thats going to be really tempting to Apples more creative users, Music after Apple, completes a major redesign. It typically doesnt change things very quickly unless its a major disaster like that trash can Mac Pro, so it wasnt a huge surprise when this years, MacBook Pros look pretty much the same as what we got in 2021. This new Macbook Pro 14 still has a gorgeous 14.2 inch, liquid Retina xdr Display with promotion support and a prominent Notch up top housing, a 1080p webcam. It also has all the ports youd actually want. In addition to Max 8 power, there are three Thunderbolts four USBC ports, HDMI, a headphone jack and a full size SD card slot. The overall shape of the computer also Remains the Same. Its just. You know flat with slightly rounded edges, which overall is just an evolution of what weve been seeing on the MacBook Pro for maybe the past decade or so. Under the hood, though, thats, where the MacBook Pro 14 inch has really been upgraded, it can be equipped with Apples, new M2 Pro tip, which offers up to a 12 core CPU and 19 core GPU or the M2 Max which squeezes in the 12 core CPU and Up to a 38 core GPU, now much like Intels, new hyper grid processors and mobile chips, weve been seeing from Qualcomm and a whole bunch of other companies apple is using a hybrid design with you know, powerful cores combined with high efficiency cores so thats how theyre Getting good performance and better battery life Apple claims, the M2 Pro and the M2 Max are around 20 faster in terms of CPU speeds and their predecessors, and around 30 percent faster.
When it comes to graphics performance, we tested one of the highest spec models of the MacBook Pro 14 inch. It costs 3299 dollars and its equipped with an M2 Max chip with 38 GPU cores and 64 gigabytes of RAM. It scored 19 faster in the geekbench 5 CPU Benchmark compared to the M1 Max MacBook Pro 16 from two years ago, and even better. It was a whopping 60 faster in the 3dmark wildlife extreme Benchmark compared to the M1 Max Max studio, now thats a big desktop. So thats a huge leap of performance for this thing now these are phenomenal numbers if youre planning to use the MacBook Pro to its full potential but Ill admit in my testing its not super noticeable in every everyday usage. Now thats, not really a problem here. I think its a testament to how much Apple got right last time, but it really does make it clear that this is not in the media upgrade for most people. If you bought one of those previous MacBook Pros and unlike PCS, its not like youre going to be gaming too much with these computers either, there are Apple, arcade titles which run pretty well across all Macs and most Apple mobile devices. And we are starting to see some games natively supported on Macs like Resident, Evil Village. But you know these are few and far in between certainly nice to have these games, but I dont think anybodys going to be buying these computers as gaming systems.
Now, if youre among the folks dealing with high end video editing or 3D encoding all day, it may be another story when I transcoded a one minute long 4K clip using handbrake on this computer took me about 31 seconds on the previous M1 Max MacBook. Pro 60 inch that took 41 seconds now extrapolate that time difference to bigger projects longer movies, and you know it adds up to a lot of time and if youre somebody whos working on the clock – and you just need to clear through a lot of the jobs Youre going to want the fastest machine possible now, if youre also somebody whos doing creative work and youre still holding on to an Intel MacBook Pro. This is definitely the time to upgrade youre going to notice a night and day difference in performance. Aside from being a good performer, the 14 inch MacBook Pro is also just a delight to use sure its exactly the same as last time, but that experience is still very, very good. The retina display screen is beautiful and bright. It has mini, LED backlights. It makes it really easy to use outside in direct sunlight, and the pro motion settings which gives you really fast refresh rates, makes everything look. Super smooth, smooth now youre not going to really see this in this video. But you know from my perspective, when Im scrolling through documents and web pages stuff Im doing every day, it just looks so much smoother and its easier on my eyes and thats something.
I really appreciate the six speaker sound system on this computer is also still fantastic. Its better than pretty much any PC speaker system, Ive heard and the microphone array is pretty good too its not. You know like having a USB condenser mic attached to your computer, but it sounds good for what it is. Certainly its going to be great for video. Chats and if youre recording audio, which weve done a few audio recordings just using these mics, it sounds pretty good. The MacBook Pros keyboard and trackpad remain pretty solid too, though you know what I wish Apple had explored some ways to bring in a little more key depth onto these computers. I know it takes Apple a while to do any changes like this. We live with those butterfly keyboards for way too long, but were seeing some really nice key depth from Microsofts laptops and if they can do it, Im pretty sure Apple can figure it out too. The trackpad is also large and smooth and accurate and really thats everything. I want Im also really happy to see that Apple isnt, trying to experiment with the whole invisible trackpad thing which we saw on the Dell XPS 13 plus. I kind of hated that when it came to usability its really nice to be able to tell where the trackpad is and where your wrist pad is one nice upgrade this time around is battery life. On the last 14 inch MacBook Pro, I lasted around 12 and a half hours on our typical battery test on this computer.
I got 15 hours and 10 minutes either way youre going to have. You know enough juice to last you through a work day, but the more the better. Now you may see apple talking about 22 hours of battery life from these computers. Take note that theyre really only referring to the 16 inch MacBook Pro, which is bigger and can have a bigger battery. Obviously, just like last time the 14 inch MacBook Pro starts at 19.99. A huge leap up from the 1299 13 inch model Im still a bit baffled by that MacBook Pro, though most mainstream Shoppers would still be better off with the revamp M2 MacBook Air, while power users might as well bump up to this more powerful 14 inch model. If youre aiming for something bigger, the 60 inch MacBook Pro starts at 24.99 and New Gear means that Omar models will go on sale pretty soon, certainly throughout this year. So if youve been eyeing, one of these new Macbook Pros and you dont want to pay full price, keep an eye out for those older models. You know the M1 Pro and M1 Max are still very good chips. So if your livelihood isnt dependent on having the fastest possible computer at this minute, you could probably save a big chunk of money by getting an older version. So you may be wondering why Apple just dropped the news about these computers without much fanfare without an event or anything. I think it makes sense.
It is just a spec upgrade they plopped in new chips and thats that for most people, its not a reason to rush out and get these things, but for Creative professionals, though this is another reason to stick with apple instead of jumping to a PC stay tuned. In gadget.