TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY: Apple MacBook Pro 14 Review - Power, at a Price - Economy Class & Beyond (2023)

Time for a Travel Technology review I was hoping to put off for a long time, but alas, a laptop going out of service has forced my hand. Welcome to my review of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021), based on Apple’s M1 Pro Processor.

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This has been a bit more of a long-term review, as I have had this unit for six months and reflects a lot more of living with the device, rather than the plain review.

As Apple moves away from Intel after 16 years, migrating to ARM architecture with their branded “Apple Silicon”, what are the ups and downs? Is it possible to use it as a drop-in replacement?

And more point, is the notch in the screen annoying?

Wasn’t there going to be a Linux/SSD Storage NAS on a budget build-thing on the blog before this?

Due to me having to reach deep into my pockets for a portable workstation as well as a new boiler, that thing been has placed on ice until such time the bank manager is happy with me to go and spend money.

And at £2400, I’ve got a lot of saving and writing to do before I can afford that sort of thing.

Unless someone wants to sponsor a NAS build-out. If you do, please feel free to reach out.

Configuration on the bench

There are three “Ready to purchase” options if you are buying a laptop off the shelf. These can config them as needed as built-to-order devices.

On the bench is the “Middle” configuration MacBook Pro 14” with Apple Silicon:

  • 10 Core Apple M1 Pro with 8 Performance Cores and 2 Efficiency Cores
  • 16GB Unified RAM
  • 16 Core GPU (Apple GPU)
  • 1Tb Solid State Storage
  • 16 Core Neural Engine, with Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes and ProRes RAW, Video Encode and Decode engine.
  • 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display 3024×1964 native resolution at 254 pixels per inch, featuring Up to 1,000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1,600 nits peak brightness
  • 70 Watt Battery, with a 96-watt charger and MagSafe 3

Unboxing

You honestly thought you’d escape this? Honestly? Get the popcorn from the stand and sit yourself down.

Let’s unbox this MacBook Pro 14. The featured laptop came fresh from the Apple retail shop in Birmingham, packaged in a lovely paper Apple bag.

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You get a bag. Be thankful for that much.

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Boxed

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Specifications on the back.

As usual, Apple has been wonderful with its packaging. Firstly, to fight through the plastic layer and through to the card. Thoughtfully, Apple gives you a nice pull tab.

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Pull for action.

Next, open it up, and we have the usual Apple packaging experience -white cardboard.

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Let us put the laptop to one side and dive further into the box.

Lifting the laptop out of the box, there is the charger and a USB-C to MagSafe cable and course, all the documentation.

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96watt charger at the top – The Magsafe cable is wrapped in a card sleeve below.

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Charger and MagSafe cable mounted together.

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What you get for £2399.

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Warning: Accept the EULA to proceed…

Port tour

Well, there’s good news. There are more than just Thunderbolt/USB-C ports on this device at long last.

On the bottom:

It is stamped with its name. Good in case you forget how much you spent on your new toy.

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On the left-hand side:

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  • 1 x MagSafe 3 Charging port
  • 2 x USB-C 4.0/Thunderbolt 4.0
  • 1 x Headphone Jack

On the right-hand side

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  • SDXC Card slot (Full size)
  • 1 x USB-C 4.0/Thunderbolt 4.0 port
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 port

The Thunderbolt/USB4.0 ports can be used for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)

Well, that’s more like a professional port selection you have on a normal laptop, rather than Jonny Ive’s “Slimness at all costs” mantra, which has been the Apple design language for the past five years, which resulted in 4 Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, resulting in most of us buying dongles or docks.

And I’ll happily take a thicker laptop by a few millimetres for some useful ports on a laptop.

I will get onto MagSafe in a bit. As well as the screen and that notch.

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First Boot

Booting up this device for the first time is as simple as flipping the lid open – macOS will start up straight away.

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I do wish laptops don’t wake when you lift the lid. It is 1) annoying and 2) what if I was conducting a service on this thing?

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Tum tee tum.

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Once you start, it is then a matter of following the prompts.

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Data “Privacy”.

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If you have another Mac or a backup, time to get that disk out.

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Of course, you have to sign in to your Apple Account. Did you think you would escape that?

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EULA Time. Becauseeveryonereads the EULA, don’t they?

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Share what you want to share. But never overshare. Companies are not your friends.

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This should not even be a consideration – encrypt your disks and data.

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Passwordless login? You can with TouchID.

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TouchID enabled.

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Add Apple Pay if needed.

And with that, welcome to macOS Monterey.

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With my account already signed in, the iCloud settings came down to support it and complete the initial setup of accounts.

The Screen and the notch

Let us talk about the screen and that “notch” that this generation of Macbook Pro is fast becoming notorious for.

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And let us not use Safari. Better web engines and browsers exist (I am firmly in the Firefox camp – your browser choice still does matter).

Firstly the screen is wonderful to work with on a day-to-day basis. It is a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display that has a 3024×1964 native resolution screen featuring a ProMotion display (allowing for a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz) as well as powered by MiniLEDs to give the brightness of 1600nits peak brightness, 1000nits in HDR mode. If the content that you’re consuming or building is in SDR, expect the screen to boost to 500nits brightness.

Expect those inky blacks and whites to pop out when editing.

In real-world terms, I tend to keep the brightness around 50% most of the time – I reserve the searing bright 100% for when I am doing colour critical editing (and normally when I am married to a mains outlet, as the display can be power hog).

Now, the notch. If you have long menus or a long list of applications on the right-hand side- you’re going to be impacted.

The notch could have been engineered a lot better – to put it mildly.

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But I am also blaming the tech community and reviewers (including myself to a point as well). A lot of reviewers want the absolute thinnest bezels for the largest screen size possible. The question is at that point – where do you put the webcam?

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So yes – it is a compromise.

Should the webcam have had FaceID integrated into it to sweeten the pill? Absolutely. Should the notch be smaller if they couldn’t have integrated it? Definitely. Will other companies copy it?Hopefully Not, but knowing the lemming race that is the PC industry, I do not hold out much hope.

But will it annoy you on a day-to-day basis? In either dark or light mode, the menu bar is dark enough and the problem vanishes. Watch videos on it and the black bars will hide the notch. It doesn’t bother me on a day-to-day basis.

Put it like this, I wish it could have been engineered better (a teardrop design would have been more acceptable), but it is not the end of the world – however much some reviewers think it is.

Apple provides an inbuilt webcam which is a 1080p unit (an upgrade over the previous 720p designs), with the ability to handle lower light environments better than previous webcams. It does not support Centre Stage at the time of writing (which probably means this will not be present on the device).

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Although to be fair, a potato peeler could have done better than the previous FaceTime HD cameras.

Audio

The MacBook Pro does what MacBook does when it comes to audio – blows most of the laptops I’ve used clear out of the water.

The audio array features a six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers, support for Spatial audio, three “Studio-quality” microphones with a high signal-to-noise ratio and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones.

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The bottom line is simple – if I start going through the audio test list, it is just pleasant to listen to.

What audio test list I hear you ask? Welcome to Kevin’s taste in bad music listed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD0Lyc8TWkB2XPm94rjZQ6-WeVINdw_S4

Let us start with Crab Rave. Why? Because that is the technical reviewer’s standard dance track.

Let’s start with the classic – Noisestorm’s Crab Rave. Clear and punchy bass, with decent mids and highs – something to enjoy bopping to.

Moving onto the UK Eurovision Entry – Space Man by Sam Ryder. Sam works the trebles and tweeters on this song very hard and Apple’s software tuning shows in this.

Another Economy Class and beyond favourite- Keiino’s “Spirit in the Sky”. Lots of thumpy basses, with pleasant mids, make this an enjoyable song to bop to.

Moving on to Jeff Waynes Musical version of War of the Worlds (The New Generation) – The Eve of the War. Liam Neeson sounds like himself, rather than Qui Gon Jin screaming “ANAKIN! NO!”. Meanwhile, the instruments used are very distinct, with vocals clear. Even if I am still trying to get used to some of the musical cues used in this version.

And finally – Hallo Spaceboy by David Bowie and The Pet Shop Boys. Bowie’s dulcet tones come through wonderfully as The Pete Shop Boys do what they do best – electronic music, pumping the beats and synths to push this track hard.

Bottom line – whilst this laptop may be the life and soul of the party, you might want to keep it away from the drinks. The laptop got the speakers to keep to provide some decent room-filling sound. Just don’t jack them up to the top.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Apple has thankfully abandoned their butterfly keyboard some time ago (again, the battle of slimness over usability I like to call the Jonny Ive effect) and has put in a variant of the Magic Keyboard in the device. This time, the keyboard deck is black all over, with minimal space for ingress. So I can hope that this keyboard lasts longer than a year in active service.

For ISO users, you have a 79-key keyboard (US Users can have one key less, I will take my ISO format keyboard with a big enter button).

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The touch bar which has been present for the past five years has vanished at last – with it replaced with physical function keys. I am more than happy to see this – as I do use function keys a lot (I grew up using Microsoft Windows without mice on and off thanks to fellow students breaking mice by taking out mice balls – so learning all the Windows Command keys and Mac command keys has made life a lot easier over the years).

The problem with touch buttons is that applications have to implement them. And that was spotty, to put it mildly.

I am not going to mourn the loss of the touch bar. It caused me no end of problems when typing and the joy of physical keys is far better than touch ones – however customisable they are.

The arrow keys are in an inverted “T” arrangement – a far more workable arrangement than some who choose to cluster this into a small oblong of four keys rammed together.

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The keyboard presents a pretty reasonable typing experience, with “good enough” travel between the keys. I only hope the keyboard is built for punishment. Time and again, I’ve found the weakest part of any Mac laptop is the keyboard – and that will go first (see practically every Mac that has passed through my front door). It is of course backlit – making for an enjoyable experience on a flight.

Or in a hotel room at night and you not wanting to turn the lights on to wake other people up.

The power button is also a TouchID function button to allow for credentials authentication. I will dive into that in a bit.

Moving on to the Force Touchpad – again for those of you who have used any Mac in the past few years (2015 onwards), it is more of the same, with a glass top and haptic feedback – and of course, it is massive.

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Palm rejection works very well when working away, with appropriate gestures to do everything.

As usual, spend a little time customising your setup – if you are living with any bit of technology, spending some time setting it up will make your life a lot easier in the long run.

Weight

As configured, the MacBook Pro 14 comes in a 3.5lb or 1.6kg.

The lais laptop is not that heavy to use on a day-to-day basis – and light enough to be thrown in a bag – it is noticeable when you throw a Dell 5300 and Surface Laptop 3 in the same backpack. Although no one is stupid enough to carry over three laptops in their bag each day.

Ok – maybe four laptops can be defined as stupid. Five is a lunatic move which I’ve only done when I’m taking the car to the office.

Your mileage will vary.

Authentication Methods

Apple provides a TouchID sensor on the keyboard on the top right, allowing for three fingerprints to be registered per user to unlock the device. TouchID will cache your login information after first use and it will persist between uses.

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You are required to re-authenticate with your password on reboots, cold starts, OS upgrades and on average – once a week. As well as logon authentication, TouchID can be used for Apple Pay purchases.

I wish FaceID was implemented on this device to give further authentication options (thus competing with cameras that use Windows Hello) – but it seems that this laptop family will not get that sort of facility (this is what happens with living with a Surface Laptop 3 daily and having Windows Hello).

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Battery and charging (and welcome back MagSafe!)

If you’ve been humming music from “Return of the King”, that’s a good thing. MagSafe is back in Apple Laptops after making its first reappearance on the iPhone 12 family.

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And not a moment too soon if I am going to be blunt.

MagSafe is pretty easy to use – you plug your charger in and it connects magnetically to a charging point on your computer. If you trip or pull a cable, the cable with detaching, rather than taking your laptop for a free-flying lesson is never needed.

I’ve lost count of the number of times my backside has been saved by MagSafe and the number of times I’ve placed a USB-C power cable under strain to the point of failure or damage to the laptop (see my collection of broken Dell USB-C docks at home and the office as a testament to that).

Magsafe is delivered over a USB-C charger- so the charger outlet is USB-C based, you can plug your USB-C into the Magsafe adaptor and charge your heart’s content. If you have this model of the MacBook Pro, the charger is a 97watt charger, allowing you to Fast Charge too. The entry-level version does not have a fast charger – but Apple will happily upsell you one.

Magsafe is proprietary as hell, but welcome to Mac users who have seen that have missed this convenience that has been around since the early Intel Macbooks.

And of course – you cannot recycle old MagSafe chargers.

Except MagSafe isn’t the only way to charge – you can use a USB-C-based charger too.

I’d recommend one that delivers over 65 watts of power ideally to power your laptop – and maybe more powerful if you place your computer under load. If your monitor or dock supports USB-PD (power delivery), ensure it can pump at least 65 watts on the low side, and 95 watts on the high side to ensure there’s enough juice to charge your device as you go along.

Those in an aircraft should opt for the lower side of the charging requirement – 95 watts at the wall in an aircraft is a big ask normally. Although with USB-C entering the cabin or power delivery – it seems 60 watts will be “standard” shortly (with Panasonic, Astronics, Thales and others all offering 60-65watt peak charging).

Although all you may need to bring in the future is just a USB-C Cable in the end – airlines are slowly adopting high-output USB-C-based charging.

If I am at a desk, I tend to use one manufactured by Dell of all companies.

Considering all the active laptops I use regularly (Surface Go, Surface Laptop 3, Dell 5300, Apple Macbook Pro 16 2019 and the Apple Macbook Pro 14” 2021) all have support for charging over USB-C – it is not a bad thing to have around the flat or in the office.

Although if I am out and about, MagSafe tends to travel more often than not. Fewer opportunities to wreck a USB-C port that way.

Onto the battery – there is a 70watt battery in the device – a lot smaller than you’ll find in the MacBook Pro 16. However, with the efficiencies of the M1 processor, there is a claimed life of 17 hours of fullscreen video playback and 11 hours of wireless web browsing.

Now, all of us know what claimed life means – not a lot. Putting it under a 2000 image load and starting editing can have an impact on that – fast. Whereas switching to light tasks such as browsing and writing will not even touch the sides.

Expandability

As Apple does not want you to mess around with the internals of the computer, neither the RAM nor Storage can be upgraded. For some will be annoying as hell – once you’ve brought your computer – you are tied to that specification forever.

Because everyone knows their computer power needs two years out, don’t they?

Although Apple has abandoned any sense of laptop upgradability since 2015 (with their desktop family going the same way). And it is a shame. Because some people will see a fault, say the words “e-waste” and throw it in the bin, rather than take the effort to get it repaired, or upgrade the device to meet their requirements.

I am a believer still in repairability, and would have loved to have brought expandability into this mix – but that’s something Apple refuses to engage in – no matter its current “right to repair” programme that looks… expensive for what it is (and limited as well at the time of writing).

Thankfully storage can be expanded indirectly – either by using the full-sized SD Card slot or an external hard drive/solid-state storage over USB-C. Further high-speed connectivity (networking, storage, monitors) can also be handled over USB4/Thunderbolt 4.

A perfect example is if I want a full-desk setup, I can connect it to a Dell USB-C dock I utilise in the office. This is a £150 dock that offers more USB-A, USB-C, 1Gbit Ethernet and a single display output – all through a single cable.

In theory, you can drive up to four displays with one of these, three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K with an M1 MAX processor. Those with M1 Pro processors will have to settle for two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz. Just make sure you have cables or dongles for each of these.

Benchmarks and Performance Testing

Editors note: I am updating our benchmarks regularly, backfilling what data I have. I have backfilled Cinebench R23 (bar one laptop I will never see at the lab again).

Let us get onto the numbers. Because everyone loves to quantify life with numbers.

For reference here is my testing suite:

  • Cinebench R20
  • Cinebench R23
  • GeekBench 5.44

I do not test graphics horsepower in my tests – mainly as I do not tend to do much in that area – I am much more into productivity numbers.

I have added two laptops to these benchmarks – my own Apple Macbook Pro 16 2019 with an Intel Core i9 9880H (which I pulled from the benchmarks as it skewed them badly. This time, it is very relevant). I have also added the Dell Precision 7760 with an 11th Gen i17-11850H workstation into the mix – as that is more than intruding into numbers.

Cinebench R20

Well, let us start with the classics of Cinebench. R20 is an interesting case, as it runs in Intel-compatible mode, rather than in straight Apple Silicon Compatibility. And it shows.

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The 11th Gen i7 runs away in this test, whilst the M1 gives a good fight against the Intel i9 in my old Macbook pro. Meanwhile, the rest of the laptop fleet in the benchmark list does not feature in performance terms.

Cinebench R23

Time to move onto Cinebench R23, where the software is now binary-compatible. And the MacBook Pro 14 gets a chance to stretch its legs.

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The M1 Pro here is within shouting distance of the Dell Precision workstation, which is impressive compared to the size of that thing when it came to the lab, with a full-fat Intel processor.

GeekBench (Single, Multicore and Compute)

Geekbench is a much more rounded set of tests that test multiple scenarios rather than sheer CPU horsepower. It isn’t the be-all and end-all but gives us a glimpse of what a computer can achieve.

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In single-thread performance, the M1 Pro with 10CPU cores bulldozes over the Dell 7760 and leaves its 2019 cousin in the dust.

Moving onto Multicore… and well, efficiency and performance cores to make this graph look more embarrassing for the 11th gen processors.

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I will have to see what the results are like when a 12th Gen Intel laptop passes into the labs.

Compute performance

As I’ve stated in the past – I don’t do graphics reviews as I am not a fan of running Counter-Strike: GO benchmarks (or paying for licences for Shadow of the Tomb Raider licences at £30 a pop to watch an FPS counter-my budget only goes so far).

Besides, I only tend to play retro games and emulated games which none of you would play (I mean to say, who still plays “Final Fantasy Adventure” for Game Boy, “Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past”, Cannon Fodder or “Star Wars: TIE Fighter”?).

Next, it is time to look at another use of a GPU – Compute performance. As the world moves into more AI/ML accelerated workloads, GPUs are tended to offset the power to drive that.

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It seems the M1 GPU Cores are flexing pretty well in the benchmark. The Dell Precision 7760 ran away with this benchmark thanks to its dedicated Nvidia A3000 graphics processor unit, whilst everyone handily beat anything with an Intel inbuilt GPU.

Workloads/Use Cases

The use case for the Apple Pro lines of computing has always had an interesting one – people have always questioned: “what is a professional workload”?

Those who work in the creative industries – traditionally Apple’s forte – will find plenty to love as your applications are being ported over to the new M1 architecture. Those who work in Video especially will love the power of M1 Pro with the ability to handle H.264, HEVC, ProRes and ProRes RAW without a breath or a thought.

Photographers churning edits in Photoshop, LightRoom, Dxo, and CaptureOne should be well served with binary compatibility, along with the acceleration to do the job they will demand. Just make sure you useupdated plugins.

Those who produce music in LogicPro or Ableton Live will find inbuilt support ready to go in a lot of cases. Similarly, the time has allowed Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and Blackmagic Davinci Resolve to get their heavyweight applications geared up for the M1 transition.

However, if you rely on plugins to complete your tasks, ensure they are optimised for M1 Silicon, or else be prepared to be hit with the compatibility tax (or the application being translated using Rosetta2). This does have a serious impact on how things are done – as shown in my Cinenbench R20 result.

For those who work towards Machine Learning and AI, the 16 GPU cores along with the 16-core Neural Engine will help you out in developing and working out models to change the world (as well as accelerating some tasks on your Mac).

And there are probably a million different tasks you can do on your Macbook Pro 14 and do them quickly with it. As well as being the life of the party when you play music through those speakers.

M2 or M1 Pro/M1 MAX?

Since I started writing this, the M2 processor has been released on the low-end Macbook Air and the Mid-end MacBook Pro 13 with a touch bar. And whilst there seem to be performance improvements, the M2 doesn’t touch the M1Pro/Ultra/Max at this time.

For those seeking M2Pro/Ultra/Max devices, you’re going to be waiting until Apple refreshes its product line – for those waiting, probably later in 2022.

Depending on your need, you may choose to wait for the new devices to appear if you can hold out, as well as your device.

It is a lot of computing power – but ensure you have the use case.

£2400 is a lot for a computer – I bemoaned the cost of the Dell Precision 7760 and I will bemoan the cost of this computer too (especially with supply constraints out there that meant I couldn’t get the entry-level version of the MacBook Pro 14 and had to “settle” for the mid-level version at the time of purchase.

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Could I have gotten away with an “amped up” MacBook Air or a 13” MacBook Pro?Maybe. But it would have had to have at least 512GB of storage and 16GB RAM meant a custom build – which in the time allowed that I needed to get the device and operationalise it, meaning that was not going to happen.

The base 8Gb of RAM is a no-show at this level – especially when Adobe Lightroom requires every kilobyte of memory and CPU cycle going.

Could I have gotten away with a Windows Creators-type laptop? Maybe. But it would have required a major change in workflow and changing how certain things happen – and given the time that I had, that was not an option I was considering (and there may have been a chance it would have been a Microsoft Surface Laptop of some sort).

Besides, I’d have to deal with Windows Update outside work hours. Ew.

Would I have gotten away with the entry-level MacBook Pro M1 14? Absolutely. Whilst 512Gb of storage is a little low, I could have made things work in that work within reason (and the expansion options mean this is not as bad as before).

Again – your use case is key and will dictate what model you get.

If you are going to blog, write, or do general office tasks – save the money and downscale to a MacBook Air. Doing just some general photography or the odd iMovie film edit? It will cut through the task with ease, with the M1 CPU being perfectly capable of the task, whilst saving over half the cost of this laptop. Even the M2 will offer a bit of a boost if you need it.

Where the M1 Pro and M1 Max come in, is when you need that editing or compute power to hit larger workloads – be it multi-camera editing, going through Camera RAW documents for mass file conversions, applying layer after layer in your editing software or throwing some long python scripts to train an AI.

It is a lot of computing power in a small form factor that can help you achieve a lot of tasks – you just have to be sure that that power is worth the cost.

And Apple’s prices are “reassuringly expensive” – to put it mildly.

I don’t regret buying it – I just wish I had access to the entry-level model – my wallet would have been a lot happier for a similar amount of computing power, mixed with a reasonably sized storage solution.

Next up – Life in the real world

I have talked a lot about synthetic benchmarks, but how does the MacBook Pro 14 survive in the real world? I’ll be drawing on six months of day-to-day use to answer questions that have been running around my head – as well if you have questions too, but have been afraid to search for answers.

Because a benchmark tells part of the story – never the whole one.

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Is the new MacBook Pro 14 worth buying? ›

Our Verdict. The Apple MacBook Pro 14 is excellent for school use. It's a well-built and portable laptop with a battery that lasts easily through a typical school day of light productivity. The screen is sharp and bright, the keyboard doesn't cause fatigue over time, and the touchpad is large and responsive.

Why is MacBook Pro 14 sold out? ›

Since they went on sale in October 2021, stock of the 14in and 16in MacBook Pro has been constrained, most likely an effect of the global component shortages combined with shipping problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Which MacBook Pro is not allowed on planes? ›

If it says 'MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)', then you move on to the next step. If it says something else, you're safe. If it does say the above, you need to enter your machine's serial number on Apple's support page. You can find the serial number of your MacBook Pro listed in the 'About This Mac' page.

How long can MacBook Pro 14 battery last? ›

MacBook Pro 14 battery life

Apple estimates that the MacBook Pro 14 can last up to 17 hours of fullscreen video playback and 11 hours of wireless web browsing. This is due to the efficiency of the M1 Pro chip.

Is a MacBook Pro still good in 2022? ›

The 2021 MacBook Pro places No. 1 in our rating of the Best Laptops of 2022. The newest MacBook Pro from Apple, available in a 14-inch or 16-inch model, has a fast processor and battery life of up to 21 hours.

Is it better to buy MacBook Pro 13 or 14? ›

By buying the MacBook Pro 14 (2021), you're getting better CPU, GPU, and battery performance than those of the MacBook Pro 13 (2022). By going for the 2021 Mac, you don't only get the better performance and longer battery life.

Is the Apple 14 worth it? ›

If you're using an iPhone 11, we recommend upgrading to an iPhone 14 (or even an iPhone 13). In the last three years, Apple has made enough changes to features including battery life, performance, screen quality, cameras and durability to merit buying a new iPhone.

Why did Apple discontinue the Mac Pro? ›

The Reason Behind Apple's iMac Pro Decision

Although this is a powerful device for consumers, it would seem the reason behind Apple discontinuing the iMac Pro is that it is just not popular enough. One of the reasons for the lack of popularity is the non-Pro version.

Is the MacBook Pro 14 waterproof? ›

Unlike a new iPhone, Apple Watch, or even the AirPods Pro, your MacBook is not water resistant. And it certainly isn't waterproof.

Why are macbooks banned on flights? ›

In mid-August, the US Federal Aviation Administration banned certain MacBook Pro models on flights due to an overheating problem in units sold between September 2015 and February 2017—prompting all major US airlines to ban them, in a reminder of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

Which MacBook models are banned on flights? ›

DGCA has banned the 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops on all aeroplanes. In its latest advisory, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked passengers not to carry MacBook Pro laptops which have been categorised as a safety risk by its manufacturer Apple owing to overheating of batteries.

Why are laptops banned on flights? ›

In March, the United States banned large electronics in cabins on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa over concerns that explosives could be concealed in the devices taken onboard aircraft.

What is the expected lifetime of a MacBook Pro? ›

Depending on how you use it, the average lifespan of a MacBook Pro is 7 years. We'll explain more below, including a few care tips on how to make your MacBook Pro last longer. If you're like me, you expect purchases that cost a lot of money to function flawlessly and work for a long, long time.

How often should you replace MacBook Pro battery? ›

Apple considers a MacBook battery worn out after 1000 cycles. You'll reach that limit after about 5 years. You'll notice that the battery life of your MacBook keeps getting shorter.

How long does a MacBook Pro last on average? ›

Most want to know how long a MacBook Pro will last before the need to upgrade to a new laptop. So, how long does a MacBook pro last? According to experts, a well-cared for MacBook Pro should last 7.2 years on average. However, many get rid of their MacBook Pro after 5 years for a new one.

Is it worth waiting for MacBook 2022? ›

Our Verdict. The new MacBook Air looks like it's going to be the biggest shakeup of the Air lineup in years, and we'd certainly say it's worth the wait, given that it feels like it's only just around the corner.

Can a MacBook Pro last 20 years? ›

This means that in general, you can expect at least 10 solid years of life from a Mac, barring any unforeseen hardware issues. Now let's look at some signs your Mac is at the end of its life.

What MacBook is worth it in 2022? ›

If you're looking for the most powerful MacBooks with Apple's silicon, look no further than the 14-inch (8/10, WIRED Recommends) and 16-inch MacBook Pro (if you can stomach the $2,000 starting price). You can choose to outfit either with Apple's M1 Pro or M1 Max processors.

What is the difference between 13 and 14 MacBook Pro? ›

Whereas the 13-inch MacBook Pro is limited to two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports for both charging and accessories, the 14-inch model gets you a total of three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SDXC card slot for easily accessing photos from your camera and an HDMI port for connecting to external displays.

Which is better MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 14? ›

Our Verdict. The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) is better than the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022). The MacBook Pro 14 has a brighter Mini LED display with a higher refresh rate, a wider port selection, a better webcam, and better-sounding speakers.

Why is the MacBook Pro better than the air? ›

The Pro also has better speakers and a higher-end display than what you'll find on the MacBook Air. It uses MagSafe charging, like the 2022 MacBook Air, but it has a feature called Active Cooling that uses a pair of fans, which is an improvement over the Air.

What's the difference between Apple 13 and 14? ›

Comparing the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14

The ‌iPhone 13‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ both feature the same display size, 5G connectivity, A15 Bionic chip, and design. Nevertheless, the ‌iPhone 14‌ still offers a number of upgrades, such as an additional GPU core, Emergency SOS via satellite, the Photonic Engine, and Action Mode.

Why is Apple A14 so powerful? ›

A14 Bionic chip specs

This chip has a 6-core CPU — 4 high-efficiency cores and 2 high-performance cores — that increases processing performance by 40% and a new graphics architecture with a 4-core GPU that improves graphics performance by 30%.

Is Apple A14 powerful? ›

The A14 performs around 30 percent better than the A12Z for single-core tasks. The higher 1.8 GHz clock speed and 3.01 GHz boost capability of the A14 allows it to perform much better here. The leap in single-core performance demonstrates how Apple has improved the power of the chip over the course of two generations.

What is Apple replacing the MacBook Pro with? ›

The currently available M1 MacBook Pro 13 will be replaced with a MacBook Pro 14 with an M2 chip in the 2H of 2022. It will receive a slight price increase over the previous generation.

Is Mac Pro worth buying? ›

With very fast performance, the return of useful ports like HDMI and an SD card slot, and improved displays, the new MacBook Pro models check all of the boxes for a lot of professional users and are a very worthwhile upgrade.

Why was the Mac a failure? ›

“The problem was a fundamental one: It was a dazzling but woefully slow and underpowered computer, and no amount of hoopla could mask that,” Isaacson wrote. The Macintosh shipped with only 128K of memory, compared with the 1,000K RAM in the Lisa. It also lacked an internal hard drive, at Jobs' insistence.

Does MacBook Pro 14 need screen protector? ›

To put it bluntly, you should not use a screen protector on your MacBook. This is especially true for those who are using Apple's all-new Liquid Retina XDR displays found on the 14-inch and 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro models.

Does the MacBook Pro 14 have a camera? ›

Know the Macs with a better webcam

But the MacBook Pro 14 and Pro 16 have excellent 1080p cameras, along with the 2021 24-inch M1 iMac.

Does the MacBook Pro 14-inch have a camera? ›

Apple today unveiled new MacBook Pro models, and while some customers will be disappointed that there is now a notch at the top of the display, one positive is that both the 14-inch and 16-inch models now feature a 1080p webcam, also known as the FaceTime camera.

Is MacBook Pro still banned in flights? ›

The regulatory body said that fliers should not carry these MacBook Pros with them. They will not be allowed in hand-baggage or check-in luggage. DGCA said that these laptops are not allowed in flights until their battery is replaced or until they are certified safe by Apple.

Can MacBook go through airport security? ›

Checked Bags: Yes

Please remove the laptops from your bag and place it in a separate bin for X-ray screening. TSA PreCheck® travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets.

Should I put my MacBook in my suitcase? ›

Portable electronic devices may also be transported in checked baggage, but it is recommended to keep them in your carry-on bags.

Which MacBook is best for traveling? ›

MacBook Air M1 - 13 inch - Best Apple travel laptop

It's thin, premium-looking, and incredibly fast. And because it's so slim and lightweight, it can even fit in most decent camera backpacks; great if you already carry lots of tech with you when travelling.

Is MacBook good for travel? ›

The MacBook Air is the best laptop for travel because of its weight. With only 2.8 lbs, you won't even feel you're carrying it with you. Plus, its small size lets you work even in small spaces such as airplane tray tables.

What laptops can you not bring on a plane? ›

Small portable electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets and standard sized laptops are allowed on planes. Larger electronic devices, such as laptops, video game consoles, DVD players, need to be screened individually at security checkpoints.

Why do airports ask if you have a laptop? ›

The Transportation Security Administration requires that all laptops be taken out of carry-on bags and passed through scanners on their own. The rule allows screeners to get an unimpeded look at each computer, which might help them discern whether it contains hidden explosives.

Can TSA look through your laptop? ›

While entering the U.S., the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will search your laptop and other electronic devices for illegal contents.

What things are banned in flight? ›

Security Information
  • The following items that are banned for carriage on person/hand baggage on board flights operating from civil airports in India; and Indian Registered aircrafts from foreign airports : ...
  • Sharp Objects.
  • Sporting Goods.
  • Guns and Firearms.
  • Tools.
  • Martial Arts / Self Defense Items.
  • Explosive Materials.

What is the life expectancy of an Apple laptop? ›

If the interpretation is the amount of time the original owner keeps it before replacing it with something newer then I'd say 3 years. If you use it for email and web browsing, you should upgrade every about 10 or so years. If you use it for word processing and light tasks, you should upgrade every about 6 years.

How long do Apple Macs last? ›

Apple has a list of obsolete Macs, and you will see that usually, they stop producing parts for Macs older than seven years and some after only five years. Once your model is listed as obsolete, you will find it much harder to get it repaired as parts may not be available.

Can Macbook last for 10 years? ›

As long as it's treated properly, not dropped or liquid damaged, most MacBooks will last longer than 10 years. They won't run the latest operating system, but that may not matter. Batteries should be replaced regularly, about every four years or when they begin to swell.

Should I charge my MacBook Pro everyday? ›

In fact, with modern batteries, you should keep your MacBook plugged as much as you can. Using the battery too often is what will make your battery lose its power. And as for the laptop itself, it doesn't care whether it runs on battery on power.

How long can a MacBook Pro last without charging? ›

It depends on which model you own and your usage habits. Whether you own an Intel-based Mac or one of the newer M1 machines, you should get between 10-17 hours after a single charge. But what you use your Mac for and how to have it optimized will impact the charge life.

Do Macs last longer than PCS? ›

They don't. Premium Windows devices last as long as Mac devices. They are also cheaper than Mac devices and because of Microsofts upgrade cycle, they are often faster at the end of their lives than they were at the start.

How good is the MacBook 14? ›

Even in its entry-level configuration, the MacBook Pro 14 is a very fast all-round package. We rated its processor (CPU) performance as excellent and graphics performance as good, while storage speeds are excellent also. Our tests returned a read speed of 5424MBps and write speed of 4256MBps.

Will there be a 2022 14-inch MacBook Pro? ›

Launch Date

Gurman initially said the notebooks could see a launch in late 2022, but he later said that Apple had decided not to introduce the new machines until 2023. At this point, we are expecting a 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh in early 2023.

Is the MacBook Pro 14-inch base model good? ›

And the 14-inch MacBook Pro – even the base model – can do all the work I'd expect of it for photography and video, and much more. The total package covers everything I'd need in a portable machine: an excellent screen, a comfortable keyboard, a compact form-factor, and exceptional battery life.

What's the difference between 13 and 14 pro? ›

On the hardware front, the biggest change between the two phones is the 14 Pro's new 48-megapixel sensor on the main wide camera that's also physically larger than the older iPhone, which makes just as much of a difference to photo quality as the increase in megapixels. The 13 Pro uses a 12-megapixel sensor.

How many years are MacBooks supposed to last? ›

What is this? Most MacBooks will last you 7 years or longer, but replacement typically occurs at the 5-7 year mark. The tasks that will be possible with a MacBook Pro several years from now may not be possible with the ones created today. This goes for any laptop brand as technology is growing so quickly.

Do MacBooks hold their value? ›

Why do MacBooks hold their value and iPhones don't? Actually they both hold their value fairly well. The reason why MacBooks hold their value for longer is because of the refresh cycle of devices.

What is a good MacBook for 2022? ›

The Best MacBooks For Everyone: From Budget Buyers To Demanding Creatives
  • Best MacBook Overall: Apple MacBook Air With M2 Processor.
  • Best MacBook On A Budget: Apple MacBook Air With M1 Processor.
  • Best MacBook For Creatives: Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch.
  • Best MacBook Pro For Portability: Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch.
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Is Apple coming out with a new laptop in 2022? ›

Apple in June 2022 announced a completely redesigned MacBook Air based on the its new M2 chip, priced starting at $1,199 and launched on July 15, 2022. The previous M1-based MacBook Air from late 2020 continues to be available starting at $999.

Is the MacBook Pro 14 inch too heavy? ›

It's a bit heavier than I expected at 3.5 pounds. It's not too heavy, but more so than the 2.8-pound MacBook Air and a half pound heavier than last year's 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Which MacBook is best for money? ›

The MacBook Air M2 is the ideal MacBook for most people, packing the best performance you can get for the price into a slim, modern design with lots of practical upgrades over the previous generation.

Is 14 inch MacBook Pro too small? ›

Yes, with the same trick you can cut down a 13.3″ device even more, but 14″ is a decent compromise- a slightly larger screen and still very portable. Plus, at anything 13″ or less you actually start having problems fitting a proper size keyboard onto the chassis if you try to shrink it more.

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