Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)

Apple MacBook Pro 16

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023)

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Build Quality:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.7/10
GAMING/3D: Good7.6/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.8/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.6/10
BATTERY: Best9.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Excellent9.4/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.2/10
SIZE: 16.2"

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) is positioned at a premium price point and is equipped with a large 512 GB storage capacity and 18 GB of RAM to handle demanding tasks efficiently. Featuring Apple's M3 Pro processor and an integrated 18-core GPU, it's well-suited for professionals in creative fields needing high performance for tasks like video editing and design. It boasts a 16.2-inch Mini LED display with high brightness and wide color coverage, making it excellent for color-sensitive work. With a weight of 4.7 pounds and a battery life that can last for an extended period, it balances portability with endurance. The machine includes multiple USB-C and Thunderbolt ports for connectivity, though it lacks a built-in Ethernet port. Its backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, and high-quality speakers add to a premium user experience; however, its heft and cost may be less appealing for those seeking a budget-friendly or highly portable option. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • High-resolution screen
  • Long battery life
  • Solid build quality
  • Excellent speaker quality
  • Outstanding webcam
Cons
  • Heavier than competitors
  • Moderate port variety
  • No available RAM slots
  • No facial recognition

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.
Engineering & Design:
4.7
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) excels in engineering and design due to its powerful Apple M3 Pro processor and 18-core GPU, providing excellent performance for demanding software used in these fields. Additionally, its high-quality Mini LED screen, with significant color accuracy and brightness, ensures meticulous detail for design work, while features like the backlit keyboard and high-quality speakers contribute positively to user experience.
General Use:
4.6
The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Late 2023) excels in general use due to its high-quality Mini LED screen, efficient Apple M3 Pro processor, and substantial RAM, which together provide exceptional screen clarity, smooth multitasking, and ultimately, a responsive user experience. Additionally, with its long battery life, light weight for its size, and top-rated keyboard and speakers, it's comfortable for extended use and offers multimedia enjoyment without the frequent need to reach for a charger.
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.
Gaming, 3D & AI:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Gaming and 3D Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as general performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and 3D work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
Portability:
4.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,299
Brand
Apple
Release Date
January 11 2023
Operating System
MacOS
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.66''
Weight
4.7 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M3 Pro (12C)
Overall CPU Score
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9.2/10
Graphics
M3 Pro (18C)
Overall GPU Score
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5.7/10
RAM
18 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
3456 x 2234
General Use Screen Score
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9.7/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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8.9/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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9.7/10
Diagonal Size
16.2"

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
17.5 hours
Battery Capacity
99.6 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 | 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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