Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

Apple MacBook Pro 16

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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BEST RATING
Build Quality:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Excellent9.1/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.3/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.5/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.9/10
CONTENT CREATION: Excellent9.0/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.6/10
BATTERY: Best in Class9.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Best in Class9.5/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.1/10
SIZE: 16.2"

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is positioned as a premium-priced laptop with a strong focus on performance and high-quality build. It comes with a generous amount of storage and a substantial amount of RAM, which combined with the Apple M2 Pro processor, delivers robust performance making it well-suited for general use, demanding engineering applications, and creative tasks like 3D rendering or machine learning. The vivid Mini LED display offers high brightness, a sharp resolution, and covers a wide color gamut, making it ideal for professionals who require accurate color representation for their work. Sporting an impressive battery life, this MacBook Pro can handle a full day's work without needing a charge, which is uncommon for laptops with such powerful specifications. It's not the lightest laptop available due to its solid construction and larger screen size, but it remains relatively portable. It has a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint reader for added convenience and security but lacks a number pad. For connectivity, there is a selection of Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C ports, but notably, it doesn't include an Ethernet port. This MacBook Pro does not prioritize features geared towards intensive gaming such as hardware ray tracing or DLSS, so it might not meet the needs of hardcore gamers, despite its strong GPU. Overall, it's an excellent choice for professionals in creative fields, engineering, and those who need a high-quality screen and powerful hardware for multitasking. However, for customers who prioritize gaming, portability, or are seeking a machine at a lower price point, they may want to consider other options. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-resolution, bright screen
  • Excellent build quality
  • Superb speaker and webcam quality
  • Good heat management, low fan noise
  • Outstanding keyboard quality
Cons
  • Heavier than similar models
  • No touchscreen functionality
  • Limited portability
  • 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.
Battery Life:
4.9
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
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.
General Use:
4.7
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Software Development:
4.7
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.7
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Engineering & Design:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
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.
Portability:
4.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Gaming & AI:
4.1
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is suitable for 3D tasks because it has a high-performance GPU specifically the Apple M2 Pro with 19 cores and offers a high screen refresh rate of 120Hz, which provides smooth visuals critical when working with 3D models and animations.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,400
Release Date
January 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''
Weight
4.7 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2 Pro (12C)
Graphics
M2 Pro (19C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"
Display Technology
Mini LED
Resolution
3456 x 2234
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Display Brightness
487 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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10/10
Portability Score
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7.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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8.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

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

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
3
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
2
Thunderbolt Version
4

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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."

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