Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)

Apple MacBook Pro 14

Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)

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Build Quality:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.4/10
GAMING/3D: Good7.2/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.3/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.5/10
BATTERY: Excellent9.1/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Excellent9.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.6/10
SIZE: 14.2"

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) is considered an upper midrange-priced laptop, well-regarded for its build quality, keyboard, webcam, and speaker performance. It boasts 512GB storage, 16GB RAM, and Apple's M2 Pro chip with a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU, making it powerful for general use and engineering tasks but fair for 3D and machine learning applications. With a Mini LED display, a high resolution, and 120 Hz refresh rate it offers a premium viewing experience, though it is not a touchscreen. This model has a solid battery life, offering 13.5 hours of typical usage and is moderately portable at 3.5 pounds. It includes features such as a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint reader, and USB-C charging, yet lacks an ethernet port and the performance for intensive gaming. Suitable for professionals and creatives needing high performance and excellent screen quality, this MacBook might not be the first choice for gamers or those requiring machine learning capabilities. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • High screen color accuracy
  • Strong build quality
  • Excellent heat management
  • Good battery life
  • Backlit keyboard with fingerprint reader
Cons
  • Not designed for intensive 3D/machine learning
  • Heavy compared to other models
  • No touchscreen available
  • No available RAM or storage slots

Ratings by Category

Build Quality:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.9
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Keyboard Quality:
4.9
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Battery Life:
4.8
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
4.6
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Operating Noise:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
General Use:
4.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) excels in general use because of its powerful Apple M2 Pro processor complemented by a substantial amount of RAM, enabling smooth multitasking. Its high-resolution Mini LED screen delivers excellent visual quality, and the laptop's lightweight design along with a long battery life ensures portability and uninterrupted productivity.
Engineering & Design:
4.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) excels in engineering and design tasks due to its powerful Apple M2 Pro processor with dedicated GPU, ample RAM, and superior screen quality that boasts a high-resolution Mini LED display with a wide color gamut and exceptional contrast ratio.
Gaming, 3D & AI:
4.1
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) is well-suited for 3D tasks because it features a powerful GPU, the Apple M2 Pro with 16 cores, enhancing its ability to handle graphics-intensive processes, and it has a high screen refresh rate of 120Hz, which ensures smoother motion rendering and a more responsive visual experience.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,799
Brand
Apple
Release Date
January 01 2023
Operating System
MacOS
Overall Dimensions
12.3'' x 8.7'' x 0.61''
Weight
3.5 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2 Pro (10C)
Overall CPU Score
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7.9/10
Graphics
M2 Pro (16C)
Overall GPU Score
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3.7/10
RAM
16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
3024 x 1964
General Use Screen Score
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9.5/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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8.8/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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9.5/10
Diagonal Size
14.2"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
3
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
0
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2

BATTERY

Battery Life
13.5 hours
Battery Capacity
69.6 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
1080p
Keyboard Quality Score
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9.5/10
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Number Pad
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
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10/10
Warranty Period
1 year

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Andreas Osthoff | January 2023
"In the Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023, the M2 Pro is slowed down. From the improved 5nm process, the new M2 Pro is a very solid upgrade. Graphics performance has increased by about 25% in tandem with a clear improvement in efficiency. The processor has also seen a performance leap of up to 20%, but this is accompanied by an increase in consumption of up to 25%. Fundamentally, Apple its maintaining its advantage over AMD and Intel, particularly in optimized applications where the results are very good in view of the comparatively low power consumption."

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