Apple MacBook Pro 20235 min read
When you require power from your laptop, it’s a good idea to plug in the charger to get the most out of it. However, Apple’s initial M1-powered MacBook Pro models represented a sea change in this mindset, providing equivalent performance whether connected to a wall outlet or not. The new 2023 MacBook Pro models, which are powered by the improved M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets, advance the same trick, albeit they don’t add anything more.
The 2023 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models aren’t all that different from the 2021 ones, so I’ll be focusing on the changes the new processors bring, primarily the battery life and performance of the M2 Max on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which I’ll be evaluating. In any case, if you’re looking for power on the road and have a considerable budget, these machines are among the finest available.
Apple’s top laptop processor, the M2 Max, increases from a 10-core CPU and a 32-core GPU on the M1 Max to 12-cores and 38-cores, respectively. This modification does not indicate a shift from a 5-nanometer process to a 3 nm process for the silicon, which is planned to occur with the M3 Pro and M3 Max next year. With a smaller, more efficient processor, it should deliver a more significant gain in both performance and battery life, but the advancements in second-generation chipsets are still outstanding.
My test equipment is a 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Max the 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU configuration along with 64 GB of unified memory and a 2TB SSD. This will set you back $4,299, and you can spend much more to have 96 GB of unified memory and a 4- or 8-TB SSD. Wild. Even when fully loaded, it still falls short of the raw performance of the finest laptop CPUs and graphics cards. However, it competes with, and occasionally outperforms, the competition in real-world tasks and, I must repeat, even on battery power.
In my time testing computers, few have elicited an audible “wow” as frequently as the MacBook Pro. It consumes less power than competitors, resulting in longer battery life across the board from productivity to heavy creative workloads as well as significantly less noise and heat. The M2 Max variant falls short of Apple’s claimed 15 hours of wireless web browsing, settling for closer to 12 hours. However, with hard labor, it easily outperforms competitors who often achieve a maximum of two hours by an hour or two. When it’s time to recharge, the 140-watt Mag-Safe charger can bring you back to 100 percent in less than 90 minutes.
The M2 Max scoffs at massive productivity tasks. It’s a tab collector’s dream. But that isn’t what this chip is for. In Adobe Premiere Pro, we incorporated 4K film, picture files, and 3D effects to a project. The M2 Max reacted quickly. I remarked on the seamless playback—i had anticipated to have to reduce the quality of the film to avoid stutters. We were also given a quick export time. This chipset is designed for graphically heavy production work, while it may have more horsepower than most video artists require. I’d say that the M2 Pro is a better choice for intermediate picture and video editors, as well as anyone who doesn’t need a lot of graphical capabilities.
Gaming on a Mac? It was a pipe dream for many years, but it’s here, and having it with the rest of the performance capabilities of this laptop seems like a big victory for Apple. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, you can get around 70 frames per second on Quad HD on Ultra settings, which is impressive given the Mac’s previous poor gaming performance. If you reduce the resolution to 1080 pixels, you can fully use the 120-Hz screen refresh rate using the same Ultra settings.
As the list of suitable titles expands, gaming on Macs will become a welcome luxury for those who enjoy playing in their spare time. Yes, it still falls well short of what mid- to high-end Nvidia graphics cards can do, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Aside from the new CPUs, other nice additions include an HDMI 2.1 connector, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, Bluetooth 5.3, and Mag-Safe cables in Space Gray or Silver. Who doesn’t enjoy a little color coordination? It keeps the best features of its predecessor, such as a wide array of connections and an updated 1080p webcam, as well as superb speakers, a wonderful keyboard, and a large and snappy touchpad.
This computer still doesn’t have Face ID, only Touch ID embedded into the keyboard. The only other complaint I have is that the MacBook’s edges are a little sharp, but I quickly got used to it.
You do not need to upgrade if you own an M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro. Are you using an earlier Intel-powered Mac? This will be a huge change. If your current machine is doing admirably, it may be worthwhile to wait until 2024 for the M3 Pro and M3 Max, which will be constructed on the 3-nanometer technology, for an even greater boost in power and battery life.
It all comes down to how important top-tier performance and battery life are to you. Consider pairing the M2 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro with 16inch for power users who want a larger screen and longer battery life. You should measure the dimensions of your bag to ensure that it will fit. It’s lighter than most high-powered Windows PCs, and it fit well in my commuter backpack, but your mileage may vary.
If you need enough speed for creator-centric tasks like intermediate video editing, the M2 Pro should be more than adequate and will provide superior battery life on both the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Combining the 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 Max appears to be a bad idea. Because of the reduced battery size and the power-hungry M2 Max processor, battery life will be limited. If you want that extra performance, the 16-inch shell improves it. Some competitors may provide superior raw performance, but for graphically intensive tasks like as 3D modelling, sophisticated graphic design, and complicated video editing, the whole package of this MacBook Pro wins hands down.