The MacBook Pro (2021) is proof the customer is always right

I gave up on MacBooks when Apple dropped the ports and MagSafe, when it introduced the Touch Bar and the butterfly keyboard, and single-handedly made #donglelife a thing. If you ask me, MacBooks lost their way a few years ago, and Apple lost me as a customer. With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is back, and so am I. This is Android Authority’s Apple MacBook Pro (2021) review (16-inch, M1 Pro).

About this Apple MacBook Pro (2021) review: I’ve been using the 2021 MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Pro) for about a month now, running macOS Monterey 12.0.1. Android Authority purchased the laptop for this review.

What you need to know about the Apple MacBook Pro (2021)

Macbook Pro 2021 Space Gray Apple logo on lid

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  • Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Pro): starts at $1,999 / £1,899 / €2,249 / Rs. 1,94,900
  • Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, M1 Max): starts at $2,899 / £2,799  / €3,209 / Rs. 2,79,900
  • Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Pro): starts at $2,499 / £2, 399  / €2,749 / Rs. 2,39,900
  • Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Max): starts at $3,099 / £2,999  / €3,439 / Rs. 2,99,900

There are two sizes of 2021 MacBook Pro, a 14-inch and a 16-inch. There are also two upgrades to Apple’s first-generation M1 chip to choose from: the M1 Pro vs the M1 Max. Other upgradable specs like RAM and GPU cores will be limited by which chip you opt for. The M1 Pro tops out at 32GB of RAM and a 16-core GPU. The M1 Max maxes out at 64GB of RAM and a 32-core GPU.

Because there are some limitations on the versions of Apple silicon available for each sized laptop, you’ll need to do your homework before deciding which MacBook Pro to buy. If you know you’ll need 64GB of RAM, you’ll have to go for the M1 Max; if you want to take advantage of the new MacBook Pro’s max 140W charging speed, the 16-inch is your only choice.

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At a basic level, the M1 Pro is for everyone that doesn’t already know they need the M1 Max. Put another way: the M1 Max is for specific professionals with GPU-heavy workflows that demand serious graphical processing power or 64GB of RAM; the M1 Pro is for the rest of us.

The new MacBook Pros up the ante from last year’s M1 Macs and are clearly targeted at addressing the complaints of professional creatives. They also add a degree of beastliness to the MacBook Pro line we’ve not really seen before. They’re still not designed to be gaming machines, but they give most gaming laptops a whupping in terms of non-gaming performance.

Macbook Pro 2021 keyboard and trackpad detail

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If you have money to burn or a pathological need for the best of the best, feel free to splash out on the Max. Just know that for the vast majority of people, including those that edit high-resolution video, the Pro is perfectly good enough in terms of raw power. One other thing to consider is that all those additional GPU cores will drain your battery faster, whether you’re actively using them or not.

The M1 Pro is for everyone that doesn’t already know they need the M1 Max.

The rest of the updates in the MacBook Pro (2021) are equally as significant: an updated adaptive 120Hz display, an upgraded 1080p webcam, improved speakers with spatial audio, and some of the best battery life you can find on a really powerful laptop. On top of all that, MagSafe makes a welcome return, as do the SD card slot, HDMI port, and physical function keys.

The MacBook Pro (2021) was released in October 2021, and is available via Apple’s website, Amazon, and from select retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, B&H, and Adorama. All models are available in Silver or Space Gray.

What’s changed in MacBook Pro design?

Macbook Pro 2021 16 inch left side profile

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The 2021 MacBook Pro feels a lot like the 2015 MacBook Pro I’ve just come from but with updated specs. I’ve been using the latter laptop for years, lovingly referring to it as the Last Great MacBook Pro. It was the line in the sand I wasn’t willing to cross until Apple backtracked on half a decade’s worth of bad laptop decisions.

I’m used to having ports so have never bought a dongle, I never experienced the much-maligned Touch Bar or butterfly keyboard, and I am simply switching from one MagSafe power cable to another. In tech, going backward is almost never a good idea, but in the MacBook’s case, it is. Apple took the Last Great MacBook Pro and… made it again.

The MacBook Pro (2021) has almost the exact same footprint and weight as the 2015 model — not to mention basically the same ports — but it comes with a one-inch larger display and slightly edgier chassis. It’s definitely bigger and heavier than more recent MacBook Pros but not by a huge degree.

I’ll talk about the display a little later, but the other main changes to MacBook Pro design are the reintroduction of physical function keys and the abandonment of the Touch Bar. Whether you liked the Touch Bar or not, it is no longer an option on this year’s MacBook Pros.

The SD card slot, MagSafe, and HDMI port make a triumphant return. Physical function keys are back and the Touch Bar is gone.

The rest of the keyboard is also great. The scissor-switch keys have 1mm of travel and are housed in a black anodized aluminum tray. The Touch ID sensor integrated into the power button is super fast and reliable and the Force Touch trackpad is enormous, responsive, and accurate. The built-in Mac trackpad is one of the main things I miss whenever I switch back to a PC temporarily.

The new MacBook Pro has large feet on the bottom of the chassis, presumably to increase airflow for regulating thermals. I never noticed heat being a problem, as it often was on my old MacBook. The laptop still gets warm under load but never uncomfortably enough to not want it on your lap.

The only branding on the new laptop is a debossed “MacBook Pro” on the bottom and a shiny Apple logo on the lid that doesn’t light up. One could argue that Apple is leaning into the notch-as-identifier, as the words “MacBook Pro” no longer appear under the screen. If you’re not into the idea of broadcasting your notched laptop to the world, you can hide the notch by making apps fullscreen or using an app like Forehead. Dark mode and a dark wallpaper also do a nifty job of camouflaging it.

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I, for one, am happy Apple decided to forgo thinness-at-all-costs this year and make the laptop as thick as it needed to be to deliver the performance MacBook Pro users demand. The design is reminiscent of the old PowerBook G4 and I like it. As always, this is a very well-built laptop that will look as great at Starbucks as it will at WeWork.

For those wondering what ports are on the MacBook Pro (2021), here’s a full list:

  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI 2.0 slot
  • 3.5mm headphone port
  • 3x Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • MagSafe 3 with USB-C PD 3.1

How powerful is the MacBook Pro 2021?

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 review iStats Menu CPU usage

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  • 14-inch (M1 Pro): 8-core CPU+14-core GPU; 10-core CPU+14-core GPU; 10-core CPU+16-core GPU
  • 14-inch (M1 Max): 10-core CPU+24-core GPU; 10-core CPU+32-core GPU
  • 16-inch (M1 Pro): 10-core CPU+16-core GPU
  • 16-inch (M1 Max): 10-core CPU+24-core GPU; 10-core CPU+32-core GPU
    • All versions include a 16-core Neural Engine.

On paper, the M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs are, according to Apple, 70% faster than the original M1. The M1 Pro GPU, however, is twice as fast as the M1, and the M1 Max GPU is four times faster than the M1. Some things depend on your particular workflow, but the performance gains from the M1 are truly massive, especially where GPU-heavy tasks are concerned.

It is extremely hard to slow a MacBook Pro (2021) down with anything but extreme use cases.

I know my workflow wouldn’t put a dent in a maxed-out M1 Max. That’s why I opted for a more sedate M1 Pro with 32GB of RAM. I don’t edit 8K video, I don’t mix multiple Hi-Res livestreams, I don’t compile vast quantities of code, render 3D animation, or create visual effects for a living. But let’s be real, neither do most people that buy MacBook Pros.

If you are a professional with heavy GPU needs, however, the new MacBook Pro still has you covered. It is extremely hard to slow a 2021 MacBook Pro down with anything but extreme use cases. It’s no overstatement to say the new MacBook Pro is the first viable desktop replacement for many serious professionals.

For anyone not described above, the M1 Pro will still knock your socks off. I’ve spent years working to the constant whir of my MacBook Pro fans but no matter what I did on the new MacBook Pro I almost never heard them. I know there are fans in there but I’m yet to hear them except when exporting Hi-Res video files.

In Geekbench 5, the 10-core M1 Pro scored 1,774 for single-core and 12,596 for multi-threaded performance. This a great multi-thread result compared not only to the M1 but basically all PC laptops. The M1 Pro posted scores in Cinebench R23 of 1,533 for single-core and 12,341 for multi-core. 3DMark posted similarly great results of 10,404 (62.3fps) in Wild Life Extreme Unlimited. In our custom Speed Test G PC benchmark the M1 Pro clocked 52 seconds, undercutting the M1 chip’s 56 seconds (note that it’s a CPU-only benchmark so does not test GPU performance).

While benchmarking, the GPU temperature peaked at 76 degrees Celsius and the CPU at 66 degrees Celsius. They didn’t get any hotter when rendering out 4K video but the fans did eventually kick in, presumably because rendering takes longer than most benchmarks. Even then the temperature was fine, both internal and on my lap.

Final Cut Pro render times are less than half what they were on the M1. I didn’t see any dropped frames even when exporting or scrubbing a busy timeline. The only thing I did see was a very slight delay between hitting the space bar and playback resuming.

I’m not a Premiere Pro editor but I’ve heard the recently updated Premiere Pro renders way faster on the 2021 MacBook Pro than it used to. The M1 Pro packs a ProRes encode and decode engine and the M1 Max doubles that number to two. This is a big deal for anyone that regularly edits and renders video, and both Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro have seen big gains in export speed on the new MacBook Pros.

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I didn’t run any specific VFX, Blender, animation, or code compiling tests but YouTube is full of niche stress tests if that’s your kind of workflow. Likewise, while MacBooks certainly shouldn’t be considered gaming laptops, you can do a lot more gaming on M1-powered hardware than you ever could before.

M1 Pro/Max MacBooks can play plenty of games well, including a steadily growing list of native titles and many more via Rosetta 2. Both Steam and the Epic Games Store work on Apple Silicon Macs but some games will require workarounds like Parallels or CrossOver. For less serious gamers, the Apple Arcade subscription service has plenty of titles that run well, all of which are supported natively.

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 review SD card slot closeup

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On the downside of the performance spectrum, Apple has limited the UHS-II SD card slot to 250MB/s speeds instead of the 312MB/s limit. Most pros would have certainly preferred UHS-III with its 624MB/s speeds, so a speed-limited UHS-II slot is a debatable decision here. Apple also chose to only provide HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 2.1, which will surely irk some customers, especially considering the Apple TV 4K launched earlier this year with HDMI 2.1.

Unless you have specific GPU-intensive demands for your laptop’s processing power, chances are the new MacBook Pros, regardless of which chip you choose, will have power to spare. None of the new MacBooks are absolutely perfect in terms of their hardware offerings, but if Apple’s consumer base is loud enough we just might get things changed in time for the M2-powered MacBook Pro lineup.

What’s it like to use the new MacBook Pro (2021)?

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 on cafe table

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For the things that really matter — battery life, performance, display quality — the 2021 MacBook Pro is fantastic. We’ve already talked about performance, so let’s talk about the other essentials.

Display

  • 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR
  • Adaptive 24-120Hz ProMotion
  • 3,456 x 2,234 pixels, 254 ppi
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

The Liquid Retina XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range) display is an almost-4K IPS-like LCD backlit with mini-LED that’s really good. Contrast ratios are excellent, colors are vibrant, and it’s locally dimmable. If you like HDR content, viewing it on your laptop is now a really satisfying possibility, and I didn’t see any significant blooming.

The XDR display covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and sRGB. It only covers 94% of Adobe RGB, however, which will be of note to photographers. Color calibration is excellent and there are a bunch of preset color profiles to choose from.

Adaptive 24-120Hz is a blessing for future-proofing your laptop and being able to lock it to specific refresh rates — ideal for editing video — is a nice touch. 120Hz is mostly limited to Catalyst apps right now but will presumably be added to Safari soon so you can enjoy it while browsing. As with all 120Hz displays, it seems unnecessary until you actually use it.

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 review laptop open on desk

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With peak brightness of 1,600 nits and 1,000 nits sustained performance, HDR content looks great. Even at its non-HDR brightness of just over 500 nits, there’s no trouble with outdoor visibility. The screen itself is quite matte, so reflections are minimized (not so with the keyboard, which is horrendously shiny and reflective under overhead cafe lighting). The mini-LED backlight and high contrast ratio also mean HDR content looks great outdoors.

I ended up not even noticing the notch after a few days.

The notch is admittedly less than ideal but with the dark theme on and a dark wallpaper, I ended up not even noticing it after a few days. The only time you will absolutely notice it is when it obscures something in your status bar. Long story short: status icons will appear under the notch while app menu items will avoid it. This is an embarrassing oversight for launch software — hopefully Apple is working on a solution.

Webcam and audio

  • 1080p FaceTime webcam
  • 6-speaker system with spatial audio

The MacBook Pro webcam finally got an update this year, from the dated 720p potato cam to a much more acceptable 1080p FaceTime camera. Quality is generally good but it’s nothing exceptional for a lockdown world, just what you’d expect from a built-in webcam in 2021. Compared to my Logitech 920 it has a wider field-of-view and is a bit brighter, with what looks to be a slight skin smoothing effect.

Audio is a joy on the new MacBook Pro 2021, whether you’re listening through the six-speaker system or with headphones.

Audio is a joy on the new MacBook Pro 2021, whether you’re listening through the six-speaker system or with headphones. First, wired: if you use high-impedance headphones for work or pleasure, the new MacBook Pro is great and you may even be able to retire your external amplifier. Via adaptive voltage output, the MacBook Pro outputs three volts RMS for headphones from 150 ohms to one kiloohm, and 1.25 volts RMS for anything under 150 ohms. A built-in DAC supports up to 96kHz sample rates for Hi-Res audio fans.

I found the new speaker setup on the Mac to be very impressive, and not just because I blew out the left speaker on my old Mac years ago and never got it fixed. The force-canceling woofers are very beefy. The speakers support spatial audio on Dolby Audio content too. You get the same effect with newer generations of AirPods via head tracking. They’re easily the best laptop speakers I’ve ever heard.

Battery

  • 100W (8,694mAh) Li-Po battery
  • 140W fast charging via MagSafe
  • USB-C charging (at slower speeds)

Battery life was a very nice surprise on such a high-powered laptop. The new MacBook Pros with Apple silicon have great endurance depending on your workload and the specific model you get. I lucked out a bit with the 16-inch 10-core M1 Pro. Due to its larger battery and cooler running temperature than the 14-inch M1 Pro and fewer GPU cores than the 16-inch M1 Max, it lasts longer while still having plenty of power.

I regularly made it into a second workday on a single charge but it is definitely still possible to kill the battery in five or six hours with more intensive workloads. If you’re an animator or coder you’ll get far less battery life than me, as will folks that spill for more GPU cores than I did. One upside is that the new MacBook Pro works just as well whether it’s plugged in or running on battery power, which is great.

Macbook Pro 2021 MagSafe cable detail

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With the 10-core M1 Pro I was easily getting 10-12 hours of screen-on time with brightness at around 50%. My best day involved unplugging in the morning at around 10AM and making it to midnight before I got the 10% remaining ping. That’s great considering the ~4 hours of battery life I’m used to.

With the 10-core M1 Pro I was easily getting 10-12 hours of screen-on time with brightness at around 50%.

Standby battery drain is about 2% per day and you can get a 50% charge in 30 minutes with the bundled 140W charger. This is incredibly convenient considering how many hours 50% battery will get you. From 10% battery to 100% only takes an hour and a half. That’s only on the MagSafe port though; you can charge via any of the USB-C ports but only the MagSafe port is USB-C Power Delivery 3.1 compliant.

My typical workflow includes writing, watching videos, editing, web browsing, and using a ton of cloud-based apps like Lightroom and Photoshop. The MacBook Pro (2021) handled all of this without breaking a sweat. Beyond uninterrupted performance, I knew I could get a whole day’s worth of work done without worrying about power outlets.

Anything else?

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 review clamshell mode and external monitors

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  • macOS: The Apple MacBook Pro review unit I had was running macOS Monterey 12.0.1 the entire time. The biggest updates here include an updated look for Safari, Shortcuts app for automation, on-device dictation, and some updates to FaceTime including portrait mode, spatial audio, and SharePlay support. A beta version of Universal Control for paired iPads is also available through Monterey’s Display settings but I didn’t have an iPad with which to test it out.
  • Native apps: If you’re not sure which apps are running natively and which are run through Rosetta 2, just check the Activity Monitor, which has a column called Kind. It’ll either show Apple or Intel. If you have any weird performance issues this might help you identify the cause.
  • Memory bandwidth: If you need high bandwidth memory make sure you spring for the M1 Max, as that chip offers double what the M1 Pro does (400GB/s vs 200GB/s). For me, it’s not a huge issue but it could be for you.
  • External monitors: I ran two 4K external monitors on the M1 Pro MacBook Pro without a hitch. The M1 Pro can actually run two 6K monitors at 60Hz. The M1 Max can handle three 6K monitors and one 4K monitor, all at 60Hz. That’s sick.
  • Bundled chargers: The 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with the 140W charging brick in the box. The base model 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 67W charger. If you want to enjoy its maximum 96W charging, you’ll have to pay $20 extra at the checkout. If you don’t, it’ll cost you $79 to pick up the 96W charger later.

Apple MacBook Pro (2021) specs

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch) MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch)
Display

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR
3,456 x 2,234 pixels, 254 ppi
Wide color (P3)
True Tone technology
Adaptive ProMotion (24-120Hz)

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR
3,024 x 1,964 pixels, 254 ppi
Wide color (P3)
True Tone technology
Adaptive ProMotion (24-120Hz)

CPU/GPU

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

Apple M1 Pro/M1 Max
From 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU to 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine
M1 Pro: 200GB/s memory bandwidth
M1 Max: 400GB/s memory bandwidth

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

Apple M1 Pro/M1 Max
From 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU to 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine
M1 Pro: 200GB/s memory bandwidth
M1 Max: 400GB/s memory bandwidth

RAM

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

16GB
Configurable to 32GB (M1 Pro) or 64GB (M1 Max)

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

16GB
Configurable to 32GB (M1 Pro) or 64GB (M1 Max)

Storage

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

512GB SSD (M1 Pro and M1 Max)
Configurable up to 8TB

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

512GB SSD (M1 Pro and M1 Max)
Configurable up to 8TB

Cameras

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

1080p FaceTime HD camera

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

1080p FaceTime HD camera

Audio

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

Six-speaker sound system
Force-cancelling woofers
Wide stereo sound
Spatial audio
Three-mic array
High-impedance 3.5mm headphone jack

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

Six-speaker sound system
Force-cancelling woofers
Wide stereo sound
Spatial audio
Three-mic array
High-impedance 3.5mm headphone jack

Battery

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

100Wh lithium-polymer battery
140W charging
MagSafe 3

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

70Wh lithium-polymer battery
96W charging
MagSafe 3

Network

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth 5.0

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth 5.0

Connectivity

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

SDXC card slot (UHS-II 250MB/s)
HDMI 2.0
Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for:
Charging
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

SDXC card slot (UHS-II 250MB/s)
HDMI 2.0
Three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports with support for:
Charging
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)

Software

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

macOS Monterey

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

macOS Monterey

Dimensions and weight

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

1.68 x 35.57 x 24.81 cm
2.1kg (M1 Pro)
2.2kg (M1 Max)

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

1.55 x 31.26 x 22.12 cm
1.6kg (both chips)

Colors

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

Space Gray or Silver

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

Space Gray or Silver

Biometric security

MacBook Pro 2021 (16-inch):

Touch ID

MacBook Pro 2021 (14-inch):

Touch ID

Value and competition

Apple 16 inch MacBook Pro Late 2021 Widget Image

Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Pro)

Supercharged for pros

With the blazing-fast M1 Pro or M1 Max chip — the first Apple silicon designed for pros — you get groundbreaking performance and amazing battery life. Add to that a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display, the best camera and audio ever in a Mac notebook, and all the ports you need.

So, the Apple MacBook Pro (2021): Is it worth it? In my opinion, absolutely. There’s no denying that this is a very expensive laptop. Unlike in some years, what you get for your money is top-tier across the board. There’s also a very good chance this laptop will last you at least the next five years, as my previous MacBook Pro did. You’re either fine dropping a ton of money on a MacBook or you’re not.

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When I gave up on Apple laptops over five years ago, never did I think Apple would reverse course and add back all the things I wanted. Somehow, amazingly, that has come to pass — and I could not be happier. Just because the new MacBook Pro tickles my fancy, however, doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. If you need HDMI 2.1 or UHS-III, you’ll be disappointed. Hate the notch or want Face ID on your laptop? You’ll want to skip this one. And if you’re waiting for Apple to fully embrace gaming, well, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

In terms of competition to the 2021 MacBook Pro, there isn’t much, not even from Apple.

However, in terms of competition to the 2021 MacBook Pro, there isn’t much, not even from Apple. If you want to save some money and don’t need crazy GPU performance or a portable machine, the M1 Macs (starting from $1,299) or the MacBook Air ($899) are worth a look. You’ll also likely be able to pick up refurbed M1 Max’s soon when early adopters realize they’re paying a battery life premium for additional GPU power they don’t even need.

If you occasionally flip-flop between PCs and Macs, the most likely contenders in terms of performance and creator-first features would be the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 with RTX3060 ($1,849), the i7-powered Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio ($2,699), the i7 Razer Blade 15 Advanced with RTX3070 ($2,599) or the i7-powered Asus ZenBook Pro Duo OLED with RTX3070 ($2,749). If you’re looking for something a little closer to the 14-inch MacBook Pro’s size, check out the i7-powered Dell XPS 13 ($2,399 with Windows 11).

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 review: The verdict

Macbook Pro 2021 16 inch keyboard and trackpad

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The MacBook Pro (2021) is 95% of the Mac many of us have been wanting for years. Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. As unbelievable as it may seem, Apple has finally listened to what MacBook Pro fans have been complaining about. With this MacBook Pro, Apple has once again delivered a laptop that earns its place as the default laptop for creatives. Even though it’s expensive, to my mind it’s well worth its hefty price tag.

Apple really cares about making money, so here’s a tip if you’re in the market for a new laptop. If you want Apple to continue to listen to what its customers want, do us all a favor and buy a MacBook Pro 2021. We might just get our remaining complaints addressed next time if Apple sees the money rolling in.

Apple has truly redefined what you can expect from a laptop with the MacBook Pro 2021.

Barring some professionals with extreme GPU-intensive workflows, the MacBook Pro (2021) with the M1 Pro chip has all the performance you’ll need. The 14-inch model, with its smaller battery and poorer thermals, is more portable but won’t last as long unplugged as the 16-inch. The additional power-hungry GPU cores in the M1 Max Macs will also kill your battery faster than the M1 Pro. A laptop with this much power and battery life feels a bit like a miracle. I’m still impressed and I’ve been using it for weeks.

Considering this isn’t even properly second-gen in-house silicon we can only wonder what Apple will be able to do with the M2 Pro and M2 Max. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, credit where credit is due: Apple has truly redefined what you can expect from a laptop with the MacBook Pro (2021) and the updated M1 chips.

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