Non-professional look at the basic 14-inch MacBook Pro

Non-professional look at the basic 14-inch MacBook Pro

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.

Is the original M1 Pro enough for me?

Last question: does this MacBook Pro have a battery all day?
Closing and final thoughts

There is a lot I do not mention in this mini review of the standard level MacBook Pro 2021. The reason is simple: we have already tested this machine. If you want a more in-depth look, you can find it here.

For this piece, what I’m trying to answer is whether this MacBook Pro is a good deal for a heavy (but not professional) user. To which I say, yes, absolutely. The miniLED screen with ProMotion is wonderful. You honestly don’t even care about the notch – just like when Apple introduced the iPhone X. Having more ports is great, though having a MagSafe slot is a big deal. The keyboard, trackpad and Touch ID are more reliable than ever. Last but not least, the battery life is great, which is good for me as it was another feature I really needed.

Will I change my mind when Apple releases a new MacBook Air? It may. But since we can not predict when or what exactly this MacBook Air will have, I can say that, right now, if you need a machine and want it to last for years to come, the basic M1 Pro MacBook is more than enough.

Modify it if you need a little more power or storage, but relying heavily on iCloud and using only basic apps, I do not understand why I would need more RAM or storage right now – or in the years to come.

You can find the 2021 M1 Pro MacBook Pro here at Apple’s Amazon store.

Do you have this computer or are you planning to get one? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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