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MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
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Updated February 26, 2024·

The Apple MacBook Pro offers a balance of performance and portability suitable for professionals in design or video editing, due to its high-quality display and optimized software for creative tasks, along with longer battery life. On the other hand, the ASUS ROG Strix excels in gaming and VR, with top-tier graphics and cooling systems, but is bulkier and has a shorter battery life, making it less ideal for travel. If your work involves 3D rendering or you prefer gaming, the ASUS is better, but for general use and professional creative work, the MacBook Pro is a better fit. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
  • Excellent for general use
  • Excellent for content creation
  • Excellent overall display quality
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Good portability
  • Best in class battery life
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)
  • Excellent for engineering and design
  • Excellent for gaming and AI

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

7.3
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
9.0
4.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.2/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) is excellent for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is good.

Engineering and Design

8.5
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
9.2
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
4.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) is excellent for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) is very good.

Screen Quality

9.4
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
8.7
16.2in
SIZE
18.0in
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
487.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
422.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has a better screen than the ASUS ROG Strix G18 for general use, engineering and design, software development, and content creation, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 has a better screen for gaming and AI.

Battery

17.5 Hours
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
8.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 has 17.5 hours of battery life. The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has 8 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
Poor
16.2in
SIZE
18.0in
4.7 lbs
WEIGHT
6.6 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
1.0in
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has good portability, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) has poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
7.8
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has best in class build quality, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) has good build quality.

Cost

$2,400
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
$2,249
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) has a price of $2,400 and the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) costs $2,249.
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Key similarities

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General Use

9.1
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
8.7
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
487.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
422.0 nits
17.5 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
7.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
5.6/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) to be excellent for general use, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) is very good.

Content Creation

9.0
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
8.9
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
Mini LED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) to be excellent for content creation, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) is very good.

Software Development

8.9
MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
ROG Strix G18 (2024)
8.6
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
3456 x 2234
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) and ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) are both very good for software development.

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How the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) and the ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)

GENERAL

Price
$2,400
$2,249
Release Date
January 1, 2023January 1, 2024
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''15.7'' x 11.6'' x 1.06''
Weight
4.7 lbs6.61 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2 Pro (12C)Intel i9-14900HX
Graphics
M2 Pro (19C) RTX 4070 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
16 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
17.5 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 Wh90 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16.2"18"
Display Technology
Mini LEDIPS
Resolution
3456 x 22342560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
120Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
487 nits422 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/107.8/10
Portability Score
7.6/105.7/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
8.8/107.3/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/108/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/109.6/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
32
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
23
Thunderbolt Version
44

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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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."

ASUS ROG Strix G18 (2024)

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Florian Glaser | March 2023
"With the ROG Strix G18, Asus has made an almost consistently good debut in the still quite new 18-inch laptop segment. The base unit case shows a few signs of weakness in the area of stability and is something which has an effect on the perceived quality of the input devices (the chassis tends to rattle a bit). Nevertheless, thanks to generous port features (incl. Thunderbolt 4), a striking design, and extensive lighting (keyboard, LED strip on the front), gamers get a fitting gaming platform."

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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 ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

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