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MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
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Updated January 12, 2024·

To assist you with your decision, let's consider the main factors for the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and the Razer Blade 14. The Apple MacBook Pro 16 appeals to those needing a larger screen, longer battery life, and a preference for MacOS, which is ideal for creative professionals such as video editors and graphic designers due to its strong software ecosystem. Its construction is robust, and it's known for excellent display quality and sound, but it is heavier and less portable. The Razer Blade 14, on the other hand, is excellent for gaming and Windows-based productivity, thanks to its powerful graphics card and high-refresh-rate display, which are key for smooth gaming and 3D applications. It is more compact and portable, suitable for carrying around, but this might come at the expense of shorter battery life and a smaller screen, which could be a disadvantage for tasks that require a larger display. Consider your primary use — for professional creative work, the MacBook Pro might be more suitable, but if you're focused on gaming or prefer a Windows ecosystem with the flexibility to handle intensive tasks on-the-go, the Razer Blade 14 could be the better option. Give Feedback

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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
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the Razer Blade 14
  • Very good portability

Key differences

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General Use

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
8.1
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
497.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
328.0 nits
17.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
9.5 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.2/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is excellent for general use, while the Razer Blade 14 is very good.

Gaming and AI

7.1
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
7.9
3.2/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.0/10
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
6.5/10
The Razer Blade 14 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) are both good for gaming and AI, though the Razer Blade 14 is somewhat better.

Content Creation

8.8
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
8.2
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Razer Blade 14 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)
Blade 14
7.9
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is excellent for software development, while the Razer Blade 14 is good.

Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
8.0
16.2in
SIZE
14.0in
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
497.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
328.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the Razer Blade 14 for general use, AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
9.5 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The Razer Blade 14 has 9.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
Very Good
16.2in
SIZE
14.0in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
3.9 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Razer Blade 14 has very good portability, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
8.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has best in class build quality, while the Razer Blade 14 has very good build quality.

Cost

$1,999
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
$1,700
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) has a price of $1,999 and the Razer Blade 14 costs $1,700.
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Key similarities

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Engineering and Design

8.3
MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
Blade 14
8.4
7.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
3.2/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.0/10
32.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Razer Blade 14 and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) are both very good for engineering and design.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and the Razer Blade 14 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)Razer Blade 14
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)Razer Blade 14

GENERAL

Price
$1,999
$1,700
Release Date
October 1, 2021February 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''12.6'' x 8.7'' x 0.66''
Weight
4.7 lbs3.92 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M1 Pro (10C)AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
Graphics
M1 Pro (16C) RTX 3070 Ti (100 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
32 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours9.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh62 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"14"
Display Technology
Mini LEDIPS
Resolution
3456 x 22342560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
120Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
497 nits328 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
7.6/108.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8.8/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
32
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
23
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."

Razer Blade 14

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Allen Ngo | May 2022
"After making a huge splash with the original 2021 model, it's expected that the 2022 refresh would be more of a minor update to an already impressive machine. It adds a higher resolution webcam (720p to 1080p), faster CPU (Ryzen 9 5900HX to Ryzen 9 6900HX), faster GPU (RTX 3070/3080 to 3070/3080 Ti), faster RAM (DDR4-3200 to DDR5-4800), faster M.2 SSD support (PCIe3 x4 to PCIe4 x4), newer WLAN module (Killer AX1690i to Qualcomm WCN685x), and a MUX switch for the new integrated Radeon 680M GPU. It's indubitably an upgrade especially in terms of single-thread processor performance."

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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 Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean technology company. Razer is best known for their Blade series laptops, well known for their strong performance and sleek design. Although Razer charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a stealthy laptop with clean fit and finish and strong performance. All of their models offer great portability and build quality compared to other gaming laptops.

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