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MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
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RP-15
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Excellent for general use
  • Excellent for software development
  • Excellent overall display quality
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Good portability
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the Eluktronics RP-15
  • Very good for gaming and AI

Key differences

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General Use

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
8.1
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
497.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
17.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.8/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is excellent for general use, while the Eluktronics RP-15 is very good.

Gaming and AI

7.1
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
8.5
3.2/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Eluktronics RP-15 is very good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is good.

Content Creation

8.8
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
8.3
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
32.0 GB
RAM
64.0 GB
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Eluktronics RP-15 are both very good for content creation, though the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is somewhat better.

Software Development

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
7.9
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
32.0 GB
RAM
64.0 GB
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is excellent for software development, while the Eluktronics RP-15 is good.

Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
8.0
16.2in
SIZE
15.6in
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
497.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the Eluktronics RP-15 for general use, AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
6.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The Eluktronics RP-15 has 6 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
Fair
16.2in
SIZE
15.6in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
4.9 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
1.0in
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has good portability, while the Eluktronics RP-15 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
7.2
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has best in class build quality, while the Eluktronics RP-15 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Engineering and Design

8.3
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
8.7
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
3.2/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
32.0 GB
RAM
64.0 GB
The Eluktronics RP-15 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) are both very good for engineering and design.

Cost

$1,999
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
RP-15
$1,999
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has a price of $1,999 and the Eluktronics RP-15 costs $1,999.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and the Eluktronics RP-15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)Eluktronics RP-15

GENERAL

Price
$1,999
$1,999
Release Date
October 1, 2021May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''14.2'' x 9.7'' x 1.05''
Weight
4.7 lbs4.97 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M1 Pro (10C)AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
Graphics
M1 Pro (16C) RTX 4070 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
32 GB64 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh62 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"15.6"
Display Technology
Mini LEDIPS
Resolution
3456 x 22342560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
120Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
497 nits350 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/107.2/10
Portability Score
7.6/106.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8.8/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/107.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
03
USB-C ports
31
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
22
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

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Andreas Osthoff | February 2023
"The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023: M2 Max challenges GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max SoC is the most powerful laptop Apple has on sale right now. While we do not get the expected performance and efficiency improvements from completely new 3 nm chips, which we expected ahead of the launch, the 2023 model is still a solid update. The CPU of the M2 Max can be up to 20 % faster than the old model and we also see an advantage of 25-30 % for the GPU with 38 cores. However, both components also consume more power, so the efficiency did not change that much under maximum load."

Eluktronics RP-15

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Eber Anthony | October 2020
"To conclude, I’m genuinely impressed with Eluktronics and what they have been able to deliver with the RP-15. You see this is all about maximizing performance, cooling, and giving users the most flexible I/O, and then wrapping it into a chassis that doesn’t feel super cheap. Let’s also not forget the price point, I think they have really nailed it in that department."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

About Eluktronics

Eluktronics is a relatively new American gaming laptop company, founded in 2011. They are a reseller for the Taiwanese brand Clevo, who manufacture laptops exclusively and ship them to resellers like Eluktronics who customize them. Eluktronics laptops generally have great hardware specifications for the money, including the CPU, GPU, and RAM. They also feature a relatively clean design by gaming laptop standards, with few logos and discreet colors.

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