Hey guys, I recently upgraded my Laptop to a 2021 MacBook Pro 14-Inch M1 Pro ready for my final year of University so I can work on more performance-intensive projects on the go. I have had it now for around a month so here is my full review I will be comparing it to my previous Intel Macbook Air 2020 mostly, the new M1 Pro chip is amazing compared to previous models.
My first impression of the 2021 MacBook Pro 14-Inch M1 Pro is that it is a very powerful laptop that massively benefits from the upgrade from an intel chip to the new M1 chip. The new look of the laptop is clean and very stylish, I wasn't too sure about it at the beginning but it has definitely grown on me. Although it's heavier, I don't really notice it when carrying it around. The edge-to-edge display is a great new addition to an already feature-packed device and unlike others, I love the bezel where the webcam is but this will be down to personal preference.
The Look of the Laptop
The new look of the laptop is a great new design choice by apple. A more modern look in my opinion with the laptop's more box-like shape and the edges being rounded towards the end more than before which I personally really like as it feels better when carrying. It makes the laptop look bulkier but in a good way and it allows for some additional ports on the side such as a Magsafe 3 port, three thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack, an SDXC slot, and an HDMI port. The previous models didn't have half of these ports which is a big win for the new Macbooks.
This laptop also comes in two colors both space gray and silver. On my last laptop I went with silver but this time I went with space gray and I definitely prefer space gray over silver, which again will come down to personal preference. i am also very thankful there is no touch bar on these models because I found them to be really useless, as I would never use them.
When I set out to upgrade my laptop one of my requirements was better hardware and especially more than 8GB of ram that I had in my MacBook air. As I am still a University student I didn't have a massive amount to spend on a new laptop but so I decided to go with the Apple M1 Pro with 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. This is their cheapest model, here are the specs:
Apple M1 Pro with 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
16GB unified memory
512GB SSD storage
67W USB-C Power Adapter
14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port
Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID - British
One bit of hardware I wish I had gone for was the 32GB of memory but the 16GB coupled with the new M1 pro chip has made such a difference to my previous MacBook air. The Storage for me also is completely fine, 1TB would have been very nice but with a lot of my work that requires a lot of space I use an external hard drive and I also have Onedrive for saving files. The 67W USB-C Power adapter has actually been amazing, it only takes an hour or two to fully charge my laptop which usually lasts most of the day depending on what I am working on. There is a 96W USB-C power adapter which would probably give you a full charge in under an hour.
My Usage and Final Thoughts
So I have been using my laptop for a variety of tasks, my main task lately has been app development using VSCode and I have been using an Android Emulator. The performance has been top tier with no issues at all. Aswell as blogging, writing, watching youtube which has also shown no issues so far.
My final thoughts are that the 2021 MacBook Pro 14-Inch M1 Pro is an amazing piece of hardware that is good for almost all tasks. I would recommend getting 32GB of ram if you are planning to do anything intensive but this is more for future proofing rather then essential.
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