In November, Apple introduced the MacBook Pro 2021. Available in two sizes (14 and 16 inches), the company also introduced two new chips, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. While I thought this new Mac would be too much for me – I did not need the ports, ProMotion, miniLED or processor – I recently broke the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro and needed a replacement.
Between buying the entry-level M1 MacBook Air 2020 and the new 14-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro, I decided to go with the latter. Following is my review of this computer by a heavy but unprofessional user.
First impressions of the design of the MacBook Pro 2021
At first glance, I was not a big fan of the notch on the MacBook Pro. I also found the whole black keyboard strange when I saw it in the store. Plus, I really liked the Touch Bar (for the wrong reasons – it’s so convenient to send emoji with it). But as the days go by, I’m just super in this new design.
Coming from 16 inches to 14 inches is not such a big deal. The screen is large enough to open two Safari windows side by side and work. Not only that, but the weight was extremely important to my decision and the 14 inches is much lighter than my previous Intel Mac.
I find the keyboard and trackpad to be very reliable, the Touch ID always works well and I’m really on this miniLED screen with ProMotion. The switch between my iPhone 13 Pro and this Mac is very smooth.
Last but not least, the reason I no longer type from the Intel Mac is that I tripped over the charger and completely destroyed the computer. With the new MacBook Pro, it adds the MagSafe slot again and wow, I did not realize how much I missed this feature that was once available on the 2010 MacBook Pro.