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Is the MacBook Pro 2021 really worth it?

The new MacBook Pro is here, and we’ve got questions…

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, the release of the latest MacBook Pro may have caught your attention. While it sports a number of upgrades, the 2021 model of the MacBook Pro does cost more than its predecessor. So what are you getting for the extra cash?

The MacBook Pro 2021: what’s new?

For starters, the MacBook Pro 2021 is powered by the new M1 Pro chip – a major upgrade on the M1 chips of 2019 and 2020. The MacBook Pro 2021 M1 Pro chip promises 70% faster CPU performance than the previous M1, and double the GPU performance speed. Read: the MacBook Pro 2021 is super fast.

Another major head-turner is the new Liquid Retina XDR display. MacBook Pro 2021 users will enjoy high-res output, double the sustained brightness (thanks to mini-LED backlighting) and greatly reduced bezels for even more screen space. 

You might be wondering: does the new MacBook Pro 2021 still come with a Touch Bar? We can confirm that, no, it does not: we’re back to full-sized, tactile function keys. And is it true that the new MacBook Pro has more connectivity ports? Yep! The MacBook Pro 14-inch 2021 includes three Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) ports, an SDXC card slot, an HDMI port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. 

The MacBook Pro 2021 also marks the return of MagSafe charging. With MagSafe 3, you can charge to 50% in just half an hour. 

The MacBook Pro 2021 vs earlier MacBooks

The newest addition to the Pro family boasts some rather enticing specs. We’ve already mentioned the new M1 chip, Liquid Retina XDR display and beefed-up connectivity, but what else makes the MacBook Pro 2021 different from other laptops?

  • Battery life:

    The new MacBook Pro 2021 does promise fast charging, but it doesn’t offer any significant improvements in terms of battery life. The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 delivers 17 hours of wireless web battery and 20 hours of video playback, whereas the 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 offers 11 hours and 17 hours respectively.

     

  • Size and weight:

    The MacBook Pro 2021 is heavier and slightly wider than its predecessors, with more screen area thanks to the significant reduction in bezels. As with previous models, the new MacBook Pro 2021 case is available in silver or gray. 

So, those are the specs. But do you really need the new MacBook Pro 2021 release? Let’s take a look.

Is the MacBook Pro 2021 the laptop for you?

It’s great to have the latest technology at your fingertips, but it’s important to also consider alternatives like the Macbook Pro 2020 or even the Macbook Air. This means weighing up the pros and cons against your needs.

What are the benefits of the MacBook Pro 2021?

Super-fast performance, stunning display, and more ports for versatile connectivity – plus faster-than-ever charging with MagSafe 3.

And what are the disadvantages?

The MacBook Pro 2021 is pricier than older models, and doesn’t quite match up in terms of battery life. It’s also slightly less portable, being heavier and wider. 

Overall, the new MacBook Pro 2021 is an impressive machine, setting a new precedent in terms of laptop performance. If you’re a professional with a need for speed and a first-class display, you may want to stretch for it. However, if you prefer a more petite notebook and don’t need all the horsepower of the M1 Pro chip, both its predecessor and the Macbook Air are also worth considering.

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