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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Laptop in Review: How much "Pro" do you get with the base model?

MagSafe, M1 Pro, Mini-LED with 120 Hz and a notch... Apple launched the new MacBook Pro 14 with its own M1 CPUs as well as the new Mini-LED display with 120 Hz. After some rather unsuccessful experiments like the touch bar and the butterfly keyboard, Apple reintroduces other features like the SD-card reader and MagSafe.
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One year after the debut of Apple’s own M1 processor, the manufacturer from Cupertino now introduces the two faster chips M1 Pro as well as M1 Max alongside the two completely revamped MacBook Pro 14 and 16 laptops. We ordered the entry-level spec of the new MacBook Pro 14 at launch, even though it is a bit tricky to talk about an entry-level SKU when it cost 2,249 Euros (~US$2,607). In addition to the new processor, Apple also goes back to some design elements of earlier MacBook Pro models. The touch bar is gone and the minimalistic approach in terms of the ports seems to be a thing of the past as well. There is still no USB-A port, but you once again get a full-size SD-card reader as well as an HDMI output. The 14.2-inch Mini-LED screen (Apple calls it Liquid Retina XDR Display) is another highlight and is supposed to be extremely bright. We want to find out what the new MBP 14 with the M1 Pro is capable of and if it can justify the price premium over the MacBook Pro 13 M1 or the MacBook Air M1, respectively. 

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Processor
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core 8 x - 3.2 GHz, 22 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR5-6400
Display
14.20 inch 16:10, 3024 x 1964 pixel 254 PPI, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Connections
3 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 3 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Card Reader: SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.5 x 312.6 x 221.2 ( = 0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71 in)
Battery
69.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple macOS 12 Monterey
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 67W USB‑C Power Adapter, USB‑C to MagSafe 3 cable, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 274 g ( = 9.67 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
2,249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
92.7 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 8-Core, M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
91.1 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600
88.6 %
10/2021
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
i7-11370H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.4 kg16.7 mm14.20"2520x1680
87.5 %
06/2021
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
R9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
1.8 kg16.8 mm14.00"2560x1440
86 %
08/2021
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
R9 5900HX, Vega 8 R4000
1.3 kg16.9 mm14.00"2880x1800
85.1 %
01/2021
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.6 kg16.9 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case - The new MacBook Pro has gained weighed

When you pull out the new MacBook Pro 14, you will immediately notice the high weight and the bulky chassis for Apple standards. Contrary to recent MacBooks, the chassis is not tapered and the thickness is therefore pretty much the same around the chassis. Despite the slightly bigger footprint compared to the MacBook Pro 13, the MacBook Pro 14 appears much more massive and denser. The basic design on the other hand did not change, and you still get a unibody aluminum chassis in silver or space grey. In addition to the black keyboard, the spacing between the keys is now black as well. This is definitely a matter of taste, but we preferred the spacing in the chassis color. You now also get a stamped-in MacBook Pro lettering on the bottom panel.

Once you turn the MacBook on, you will immediately notice the large notch in the upper center of the display. According to Apple, the notch helps to keep narrow bezels, which is a success (screen-to-body ratio: 88%). The display also offers more pixels (menu bar is basically put on top the actual 16:10 screen), but the notch just does not look very nice.

Both the stability as well as the build quality of the chassis are excellent; there are no creaking sounds and you cannot dent the case anywhere. The slim lid is a little more flexible and you can provoke ripples on the screen with a lot of concentrated pressure, but you really have to try and it should not be an issue in practice. The central hinge is almost perfectly adjusted, because it keeps the display well in position (also at small angles) and avoids wobbling, but you can still comfortably open it with one hand. The maximum opening angle on the other hand is not very generous at 135 degrees. Depending on your arm position you might also get imprints from the edge of the high base unit during typing, which can be uncomfortable.

As we have mentioned before, the footprint of the new MacBook Pro 14 is actually not that much bigger compared to the MacBook Pro 13 and the height is comparable as well, but it still feels much bulkier to use due to the higher weight. You also have to consider the PSU with a weight of 276 grams including the MagSafe 3 cable during transport.

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Size Comparison

324 mm / 12.8 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.6 kg3.48 lbs319.7 mm / 12.6 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.8 kg3.9 lbs314 mm / 12.4 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 16.7 mm / 0.657 inch 1.4 kg3.18 lbs312.4 mm / 12.3 inch 221.4 mm / 8.72 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.3 kg2.91 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.4 kg3.03 lbs

Connectivity - MagSafe, HDMI and Card Reader are back

It looks like Apple finally accepted that having only USB-C ports is not really the solution, because the new MacBook Pro 14 once again offers a MagSafe power connector, a full-size SD-card reader as well as an HDMI video output. The latter is unfortunately limited to HDMI 2.0, so 4K displays are limited to 60 Hz (HDMI 2.1: [email protected] 120 Hz or [email protected] 60 Hz). All three USB-C ports support the latest Thunderbolt 4 standard including DisplayPort ALT mode. If you get the MBP 14 with the M1 Pro, you can drive two external screens at up to 6K and 60Hz; users of the MBP 14 with the M1 Max can attach two 6K screens (60 Hz) as well as another 4K display (60 Hz).

Video output worked well both via HDMI and Thunderbolt, but we did notice some minor performance issues via HDMI, but more on that later. 4K playback at 60 Hz worked well on a modern 55-inch OLED TV from LG and you can also activate HDR for the external screen.

We managed to record transfer rates of more than 2.5 GB/s with an external SSD. If you use docking stations, there still seems to be a bug in macOS that limits transfer rates to USB 3.0.

The MagSafe connector works as well as always and the small status LED shows if the battery is charging or full. The braided cable leaves a high quality impression and is sufficiently long at 2 meters. You really have to ask yourself why Apple ever removed the connector in the first place. It is also possible to charge the MBP 14 via USB-C (up to 100 W).

We secretly hoped for a Gigabit-Ethernet port, maybe included in the power adapter like we saw on the current iMac M1. You can at least use corresponding Thunderbolt adapters for wired networks.

Right side: SD-card reader, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, USB-4, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.0
Right side: SD-card reader, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, USB-4, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.0
Left side: MagSafe 3, 2x USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, USB-4, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm headset
Left side: MagSafe 3, 2x USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, USB-4, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm headset

SD Card Reader

SD cards clearly protrude from the chassis.
SD cards clearly protrude from the chassis.

The full-size SD-card reader is back and is once again located at the right side, like it was on MacBook Pros years ago. We can determine a maximum transfer rate of 122 MB/s when we copy pictures from our UHS-II reference card (Angelbird AV Pro V60). SD cards protrude from the chassis (similar to old MacBook Pros) and are not suited for permanent storage expansion. However, we are pretty sure you will get corresponding microSD adapters, which will sit flush with the chassis, pretty soon.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
  (AV PRO V60)
122 MB/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
121 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 226, n=68, last 2 years)
80.1 MB/s ∼66% -34%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
24.94 MB/s ∼20% -80%

Communication - Wi-Fi 6 only with 80 MHz

Apple only implements familiar communication standards with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0, but we do not get the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard, which is currently becoming the new standard for high-end devices. Apple advertises a maximum transfer rate of up to 1.2 Gbps, which confirms the limitation to 80 MHz. Our standardized Wi-Fi test with the router Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 determines transfer rates of more than 700 Mbps, which is comparable to the old MacBook Pro 13 M1. The Windows competition with 160 MHz support is superior and even the old Intel-based MacBooks have an advantage in this regard.

Both the signal quality and the range were excellent though and the device easily maintained download speeds of 20 MB/s, which is the maximum of our Internet connection.

Apple still does not implement a WWAN module (LTE or even 5G) and wants you to use your iPhone or smartphone as a mobile hotspot instead. This is unfortunately not always ideal since the signal quality of laptop antennas is usually better and the smartphone will use quite a bit of power.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1400 (1216min - 1530max) MBit/s ∼100% +103%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1183 (575min - 1294max) MBit/s ∼85% +72%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1030 (684min - 1188max) MBit/s ∼74% +49%
Average of class Multimedia
  (52 - 1563, n=85, last 2 years)
998 MBit/s ∼71% +45%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
900 (774min - 1005max) MBit/s ∼64% +31%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
809 MBit/s ∼58% +17%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (405 - 1750, n=101)
789 MBit/s ∼56% +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
689 (349min - 730max) MBit/s ∼49%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
649 (611min - 664max) MBit/s ∼46% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Broadcom 802.11ac
581 (533min - 616max) MBit/s ∼42% -16%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1542 (1327min - 1601max) MBit/s ∼100% +111%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1449 (1384min - 1511max) MBit/s ∼94% +98%
Average of class Multimedia
  (119 - 1558, n=85, last 2 years)
1086 MBit/s ∼70% +49%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1079 (989min - 1182max) MBit/s ∼70% +48%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Broadcom 802.11ac
817 (806min - 821max) MBit/s ∼53% +12%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (284 - 1414, n=101)
769 MBit/s ∼50% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
765 MBit/s ∼50% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
757 (378min - 806max) MBit/s ∼49% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
730 (645min - 824max) MBit/s ∼47%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852AE
667 (636min - 696max) MBit/s ∼43% -9%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø730 (645-824)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø677 (349-730)

Webcam

The notch at the front accommodates a 1080p webcam, which does not sound like a big improvement, but the results are not that bad thanks to the wider aperture (f/2.0) and the image processing of the M1 SoC. Still, we would have liked to see an even better module considering the size of the notch, perhaps the 12 MP front camera of the iPad Pro. The Center Stage feature, which is also familiar from the iPad, is not supported, either.

ColorChecker
15.9 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
7 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
15 ∆E
4 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry: 11.17 ∆E min: 3.97 - max: 24.53 ∆E

Accessories & Packaging

The entry-level model of the MacBook Pro 14 is shipped with a 67 W USB-C power adapter as well as a USB-C to MagSafe cable (2 meters). You can also use the PSU to charge any USB-C device with a corresponding cable. Apple offers a more powerful 96 W power adapter (20 Euros more or 85 Euros (~US$23 or US$98) when you purchase it separately), which supports quick charge of the internal battery.

Apple fans will be pleased to find two black Apple logo stickers in the box, which were previously reserved for the Mac Pro models.

We usually do not talk about the packaging of the laptops, but Apple has changed it for the new MacBook Pro. You now open the brown box via a strip (2.2 cm) at the front. After that, you can open the two sides and you see the actual box of the MBP. This is great for the initial product presentation, but makes it harder to use the box again.

You pretty much destroy the box when you open it...
You pretty much destroy the box when you open it...
...but the initial product presentation is nice.
...but the initial product presentation is nice.

Maintenance

The lower panel is secured with pentalobe screws, but there is once again an additional slider mechanism (in the middle of the two sides). You cannot just lift the cover, but you have to slide it towards the front, which can be a bit tricky when you want to put it back in. The internal layout looks nice, but you cannot do anything here and there is no reason to open the case. According to our colleagues from iFixit, it is easier to replace the battery of the new MacBook Pro models and the connectors for MagSafe and USB are not soldered, either, so they can also be replaced.

Internal layout
Internal layout

Warranty

The new MacBook Pro models are once again shipped with a base warranty of 12 months, but you can purchase a warranty extension to three years (Apple Care+ for Mac) for 299 Euros (~US$346).

Input Devices - Magic Keyboard with Touch ID

Keyboard

The biggest change of the new MacBook Pro 14 is the lack of the Touch Bar, where the usability always depended on the software support. It was most likely just a gimmick for many users though and many simple actions (like changing the display brightness or the volume) often required one additional touch. Apple now returns to simple buttons, but contrary to the current MacBook Air, they have the same vertical size as all the other keys. The shortcuts for the keyboard illumination have been replaced and you now get special keys for search, microphone and "Do Not Disturb". The keyboard brightness can be controlled via Control Center or you just let the brightness sensor do its job, which works really well. This is one area where Apple still has an advantage over Windows devices even after many years, because they usually do not allow such fine adjustments and you often have to activate/deactivate the illumination manually.

The basic mechanism of the scissor keys did not change. The key stroke seems to be slightly more muffled in a direct comparison with the MacBook Pro 13 M1 and the old MacBook Pro 16, but the feedback of the keys is still identical. The feedback is very precise, but key travel is still limited. Considering the thickness of the base unit, we would have liked to see longer travel, because the subjective typing experience is just not as good as on many other high-end devices (like business laptops from Dell, HP, and Lenovo, or SteelSeries keyboard in MSI laptops) and the keyboard can be improved here.

The Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the power button on the top right corner now has an additional ring, but the functionality is still the same compared to previous models. It works flawlessly and is very comfortable to use.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Touchpad

The large TrackPad is also unchanged from previous MacBooks, but this is no problem at all. Some Windows competitors have closed the gap, but Apple's TrackPad is still the reference when it comes to touchpads. Gliding capabilities are excellent, you can control the cursor very precisely, and gestures work great thanks to the perfect integration with the operating system. Apple still does not equip its MacBook with touchscreens.

The notch

The notch at the top of the screen would usually be a part of the display section, but we think it deserves its own chapter. Like on the iPhones, you will probably get used to it after a while, but we think the small black bar just does not look very good. There are also some functional issues that have to be resolved.

The area next to the notch is basically reserved for the menu bar and the area of the notch is not supposed to be used by menu items. However, it looks like some apps do not know that yet, with one example being the iStat menus. The menu bar is automatically blacked out when you use apps in full-screen mode, so you pretty much have the standard 16:10 panel. This works well with Apple's own apps like Safari, but (quite ironically) the meeting app for Apple's own press briefing used the full display size and the icons on top were not visible anymore. Apple created additional and unnecessary work for itself as well as the developers.

The notch is very noticeable in everyday use.
The notch is very noticeable in everyday use.
The menu bar fades out when you use apps in full-screen mode...
The menu bar fades out when you use apps in full-screen mode...
...and reappears when you move the cursor over it.
...and reappears when you move the cursor over it.

Display - Liquid Retina XDR Mini-LED with 120 Hz

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Apple traditionally uses very good displays and the new MacBook Pro 14 is no exception. The subjective quality impression of the new Liquid Retina XDR screen is just amazing. Like OLED panels, the Mini-LED screen manages extremely low black values, which results in very high contrast ratios. The resolution of 3024 x 1964 pixels also ensures sharp and vivid pictures on the 14.2-inch screen (254 ppi).

We have already reported about the brightness of the new panel, because Apple only lists the brightness values for HDR contents in its spec sheet. We can confirm that the panel manages a maximum brightness of 1,607 nits with corresponding HDR contents all the way up to an APL of 50 (average picture level; even distribution of bright and dark contents) and still more than 1,100 nits on a completely white screen (at least a 16:9 video with small black bars on the top and bottom). The HDR image is really impressive, suitable contents just look amazing, and the HDR capabilities (except for the screen size) are comparable to good TVs.

However, this does not help in everyday situations, where you use SDR contents for the majority of the time. The display will provide higher HDR brightness levels when an application (like Safari with a corresponding YouTube video or a preview screen in Final Cut) requests it. But otherwise, the brightness is limited to 500 nits and therefore similar to the smaller MacBook Pro 13 M1. You still benefit from the vastly improved contrast ratio, but we think Apple should mention this in the official specs. Otherwise you will probably be disappointed if you expect a brightness of up to 1,000 nits for all contents when you want to work outdoors, for example.

Maximum brightness for HDR contents: 1,607 nits
Maximum brightness for HDR contents: 1,607 nits
Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

The integrated brightness sensor and the TrueTone technology (automatic adjustment of the color temperature based on the ambient light) work really well and you quickly get used to these comfort features. Some Windows devices also support automatic adjustments of the color temperature, but the systems often do not work as well as on Apple's devices.

Thanks to the Mini-LED technology, there is no backlight bleeding; a black picture is just completely black, even at the maximum brightness. There are no limitations for the viewing-angle stability, either. However, the Mini-LED technology still has its share of issues. Like on the iPad Pro's Mini-LED screen, we can detect constant PWM flickering at all brightness levels. The frequency is very high and should not be an issue for the majority of users, but you will not be very happy with the screen if you are very sensitive to flickering. By the way, we can also detect the PWM at the maximum HDR brightness. The response times are also pretty slow, but the constant PWM flickering makes it tricky to determine the exact values. Subjectively, we can say that ghosting is not as noticeable as on Windows laptops with similarly slow response times. Maybe the ghosting is somewhat reduced by the 120 Hz refresh rate.

462
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
489
cd/m²
479
cd/m²
480
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 489 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 479 cd/m² Minimum: 3.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 494 cd/m²
Contrast: 48900:1 (Black: 0.01 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 1.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.3% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
CSOTT3 U17B MNE208ZA1-3, LTPS, 2520x1680, 14.20
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
TL140BDXP02-2, IPS, 2560x1440, 14.00
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
Lenovo LEN8A90, IPS, 2880x1800, 14.00
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
AU Optronics B140HAN06.8, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Display
-32%
-2%
-23%
-30%
Display P3 Coverage
99.3
67.8
-32%
97.2
-2%
76
-23%
69.03
-30%
sRGB Coverage
98.3
99.9
100
99.09
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
70.1
85.4
75.6
70.99
Response Times
259%
57%
73%
1%
-6%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
58.4 ?(27.6, 30.8)
48 ?(18.8, 29.2)
18%
37.6 ?(18.8, 18.8)
36%
16.4 ?(8, 8.4)
72%
37 ?(16, 21)
37%
56.4 ?(30, 26.4)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
40.4 ?(20.8, 19.6)
25.2 ?(8.4, 16.8)
38%
21.6 ?(10.8, 10.8)
47%
10.8 ?(5.6, 5.2)
73%
15 ?(5, 10)
63%
46 ?(24.4, 21.6)
-14%
PWM Frequency
14880
122000 ?(49)
720%
27780 ?(40)
87%
300 ?(40)
-98%
Screen
-396%
-351%
-520%
-508%
-388%
Brightness middle
489
510
4%
419
-14%
331.1
-32%
392
-20%
361.8
-26%
Brightness
479
491
3%
407
-15%
318
-34%
390
-19%
351
-27%
Brightness Distribution
94
94
0%
93
-1%
91
-3%
80
-15%
90
-4%
Black Level *
0.01
0.29
-2800%
0.23
-2200%
0.36
-3500%
0.29
-2800%
0.28
-2700%
Contrast
48900
1759
-96%
1822
-96%
920
-98%
1352
-97%
1292
-97%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.8
1.3
-63%
1.9
-138%
2.25
-181%
3.4
-325%
1.44
-80%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
1.3
3
-131%
3.6
-177%
4.62
-255%
6.41
-393%
3.3
-154%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.1
2
-82%
2.9
-164%
1.7
-55%
5.44
-395%
1.3
-18%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.23 99%
2.14 103%
2.3 96%
2.44 90%
2.15 102%
CCT
6933 94%
6733 97%
6751 96%
6013 108%
6411 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.3
69.1
64.9
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
99.3
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.9
3.44
1.24
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-69% / -217%
-109% / -222%
-150% / -365%
-177% / -340%
-141% / -286%

* ... smaller is better

Apple states that every single display is calibrated in the factory and we can confirm this claim after our analysis with the professional CalMAN software as well as the X-Rite i2 Pro 2 spectrophotometer. The DeltaE-2000 deviations for the grayscale as well as the colors are already smaller than 3 out of the box (compared to the DCI-P3 reference color space), which means the human eye cannot see a difference to the reference colors. The panel covers the DCI-P3 reference completely and we were not able to improve the performance with our own calibration, which is why we do not offer a calibrated profile at this point. This means you can start editing pictures and videos right away.

CalMAN Grayscale (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space DCI-P3)

The new MacBook Pro models support Apple's Pro Motion technology with a variable refresh rate up to 120 Hz. The system automatically decides when to increase the refresh rate, like when you scroll through documents, while it is reduced for static images to save power. You can also set a fixed frequency (60, 59.94, 50, 48 or 47.95 Hz) if required. The system works well in practice, but not all apps support it yet (even Apple's own Safari browser).

Blooming (halo effects around bright elements on dark images) is also visible on the Mini-LED panel of the MacBook Pro 14. The following video enhances the issue slightly but is otherwise a good representation of what the human eye sees at the maximum panel brightness.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
40.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.8 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
58.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 27.6 ms rise
↘ 30.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 14880 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 14880 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 14880 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The MacBook Pro 14 has a glossy screen surface, but it is not as reflective as many Windows devices with touchscreens. The MacBook also benefits from the good brightness and the extremely high contrast ratio, so you can still work comfortably in bright environments as long as you can reduce reflections from direct light sources or bright objects like walls.

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Performance - M1 Pro and PCIe 4.0

Apple offers the MacBook Pro 14 with different versions of its M1 Pro or M1 Max SoCs, which differ in terms of CPU as well as GPU cores. The cores themselves are pretty much identical to the regular M1 SoC, which is available in the MacBook Air, for example. In everyday situations, you will therefore not notice any significant performance differences between the MacBook Air M1, the MacBook Pro 13 M1 or the MacBook Pro 14.

SoC CPU Cores GPU Cores RAM Additional Price
M1 Pro 2 Efficiency cores & 6 Performance cores 14 16 or 32 GB
M1 Pro 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 14 16 or 32 GB 230 Euros (~US$266)
M1 Pro 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 16 16 or 32 GB 270 Euros (~US$313)
M1 Max 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 24 32 or 64 GB 500 Euros (~US$579)
M1 Max 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 32 32 or 64 GB 730 Euros (~US$845)

Apple can increase the yield thanks to multiple chip versions, because all M1 Pro chips, for example, are basically identical. You get a CPU with an efficiency cluster (2 cores) and two performance clusters (four cores each). The base model just does not use two performance cores. The CPU performance of all other versions (including the M1 Max chips) is therefore almost identical and the big difference is the GPU performance. The M1 Pro chips have two GPU clusters with 8 cores each, and two of them are deactivated on the 14-core models.

A MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Max only makes sense when you can use the additional GPU performance and/or need more than 32 GB RAM. The sweet spot should be the full version of the M1 Pro with 10 CPU cores and 16 GPU cores.

Processor - M1 Pro with 8 CPU Cores

GeekBench Info
GeekBench Info

As we mentioned, the basic CPU architecture of the new M1 Pro is identical to the regular M1 SoC we know from last year. The performance cores run at up to 3.2 GHz (efficiency cores up to 2,064 MHz), so the single-core performance of all new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips is almost identical to the old M1. There might be some apps that benefit from the larger cache and additional memory, but we did not notice it during our benchmarks. The performance is very good, so this is no problem, but you should know that a MacBook Pro 14 with the new M1 Max is not faster than the MacBook Air M1 that costs ~1000 Euros (~US$1,158) in certain situations.

We can see the benefit of the additional performance cores in multi-core tests, and the entry-level M1 Pro is about 20-25% faster than the M1, while the M1 Pro with 10 cores (tested in the MacBook Pro 16) is another 30% faster.

There are AMD and Intel CPUs that offer much more performance, but they also need more threads for the same performance and Apple's SoC is much more efficient. The full package power is just 7 W (4 W for the CPU core) in single-core tests and just 24.7 W (with ~21 W for the CPU cores) in multi-tests. However, it looks like the CPU clusters consume the same amount of power as in the M1 Pro with 10 cores, which offers more performance.

We use the Cinebench R23 (which runs natively on the M1 Pro MacBook) Multi results for a comparison. The single-core performance is comparable to the current Intel Tiger Lake CPUs and AMD's Zen 3 chips, but they need more power (Intel ~20 W @Core i7-1185G7; AMD ~15 W @Ryzen 7 5800U). The advantage is smaller in the multi-core test, because the Ryzen 7 5800U (with 16 threads) requires 27 W for a comparable result, while you have to take an H-series CPU from Intel like the i7-11800H in the ThinkPad P1 G4 running at 37 W.

The performance of the M1 Pro is stable both under sustained workloads as well as on battery power and the fan noise is just a quiet murmur during pure CPU loads. More CPU benchmarks are listed here.

Cinebench R15 Multi loop

010521031542052563073584094510501155126013651470157516801785189019951314.671313.241315.531312.811314.581315.571314.671319.741313.631312.211305.361308.91309.591307.921308.131308.261304.721309.461308.31305.991310.321303.741311.131310.231312.291064.031068.351066.521063.941069.61067.261066.71067.521064.761066.441064.961067.181065.11065.561066.71066.271066.71066.811065.641065.811066.671062.051063.351067.181063.041066.441064.911065.051065.671064.881066.131065.641067.831066.891064.081065.331062.561067.071065.71066.351065.391066.841065.931065.051065.11067.291063.631066.181065.931066.551054.521027.191039.371034.291035.681041.81040.611041.261041.421038.131036.221036.751039.151037.81041.121037.321036.031039.961031.811039.961040.11037.881035.731036.431034.182009.652044.892051.492051.182051.812048.552055.392054.552054.442054.552052.862051.812057.612053.282056.342051.392048.452053.072052.972048.242048.242050.132056.132052.862051.492060.792052.762051.492056.032050.972056.342055.392056.242055.922050.232052.762056.452051.282051.182051.072056.242052.972054.652056.242056.032055.822053.182051.62053.392057.511925.021921.691915.531930.691931.061929.011894.031918.11921.61934.141936.391929.571924.371923.721927.81926.041922.521923.171928.731933.861932.181920.491916.531917.641922.061918.561920.311906.941890.811883.951878.21875.291863.51801.561852.371836.551841.111830.831827.41838.15936.79918903.73905.98906.29906.6903.73906.93906.29904.73904.04908.55910.17903.73909.5906.29905.35907.26903.73906.93907.91907.26907.91905.33907.26907.91910.17906.93906.95901.81907.89906.62906.93903.73902.49901.51907.89904.06909.5905.98908.22905.96905.98906.93904.36908.55905904.08905.65906.621674.91678.351676.521684.071682.091681.521680.811675.61681.241681.11683.011674.551677.991676.941681.171678.491677.781679.611683.791679.681680.111677.641680.251675.881678.561681.871685.271684.851690.121688.261687.191686.341682.791686.411685.91741.3725.23748.83755.4752.79761.08753.38760.95760.02753.74760.24759.84760.59761.24761.21760.14759.5762.01762.56755.56764.82763.59760.53759.79760.36761.69765.86760.64765.89766.2757.35766.12766.17766.31766.17765.14767.31768.15767.75766.31764.96763.45767.42767.19764.161435140713861396139814011401140614071405140214031409140714081407140914081409140314051409141014081405140614111408140714101405140614081406140614021407141414131403140214131405140914091401140714071404141114091405140714111406140314081405140514071410140914071362.311326.261311.391314.061314.581305.441269.121297.231275.921295.171271.51304.81284.231295.881279.061297.351280.71297.731283.611310.491270.081300.471268.871298.741283.94Tooltip
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry Apple M1 Pro 8-Core; Rosetta 2: Ø1311 (1303.74-1319.74)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB) Apple M1: Ø1066 (1062.05-1069.6)
Huawei MateBook 14s i7 Intel Core i7-11370H: Ø1038 (1027.19-1054.52)
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø2052 (2009.65-2060.79)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø1902 (1801.56-1936.39)
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø907 (901.51-936.79)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro Apple M1 Pro: Ø1681 (1674.55-1690.12)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen Intel Core i5-1038NG7: Ø761 (725.23-768.15)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; macOS 10.15.1: Ø1407 (1386-1435)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; Win 10: Ø1296 (1268.87-1362.31)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Jetstream 2: Total Score
WebXPRT 3: ---
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
Octane V2: Total Score
CPU Performance Rating
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
91.9 pt ∼92%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
85.5 pt ∼86%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
85.5 pt ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5 -2!
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
81 pt ∼81%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070 -3!
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
77.6 pt ∼78%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
75.7 pt ∼76%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
73.7 pt ∼74%
Average of class Multimedia
 
64.1 pt ∼64%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M -2!
Intel Core i9-9880H
57.8 pt ∼58%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA -2!
Intel Core i7-1165G7
54.8 pt ∼55%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen -2!
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
52.3 pt ∼52%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
12652 (12516min - 12651.7max) Points ∼100% +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points ∼98% +29%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
12109 Points ∼96% +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9581 Points ∼76%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
9581 Points ∼76% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
8758 Points ∼69% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
8747 (8681.12min - 8746.74max) Points ∼69% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
7811 Points ∼62% -18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3121 - 13205, n=66, last 2 years)
7441 Points ∼59% -22%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
6612 Points ∼52% -31%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5827 (1104.73min - 5827.22max) Points ∼46% -39%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1531 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
1531 Points ∼100% 0%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
1518 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
1513 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1498 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (980 - 1556, n=61, last 2 years)
1356 Points ∼88% -11%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1345 Points ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1218 Points ∼79% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1140 Points ∼74% -26%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2061 (2009.65min - 2060.79max) Points ∼100% +56%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1936 Points ∼94% +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points ∼82% +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1435 (1401min - 1435max) Points ∼70% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1362 (1268.87min - 1362.31max) Points ∼66% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1320 (1307min - 1320max) Points ∼64%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
1320 Points ∼64% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (334 - 2154, n=113, last 2 years)
1093 Points ∼53% -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
1070 (1060min - 1070max) Points ∼52% -19%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
1055 (1027.19min - 1054.52max) Points ∼51% -20%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
936.79 (901.51min - 936.79max) Points ∼45% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
768 (720min - 768max) Points ∼37% -42%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
237 Points ∼100% +13%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
233 Points ∼98% +11%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
226.73 Points ∼96% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
210 Points ∼89%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
210 Points ∼89% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
209 Points ∼88% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
208 Points ∼88% -1%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
197 Points ∼83% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (126 - 242, n=97, last 2 years)
195 Points ∼82% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼78% -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼78% -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
169 Points ∼71% -20%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points ∼100% +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9942 Points ∼80%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
9942 Points ∼80% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
7590 Points ∼61% -24%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
7370 Points ∼59% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
7109 Points ∼57% -28%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
5985 Points ∼48% -40%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1604 - 12708, n=88, last 2 years)
5945 Points ∼48% -40%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4564 Points ∼37% -54%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1821 Points ∼15% -82%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1769 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
1769 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
1740 Points ∼98% -2%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
1588 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1535 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (813 - 1782, n=88, last 2 years)
1368 Points ∼77% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
1265 Points ∼72% -28%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1265 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1115 Points ∼63% -37%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
213.5 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
208 Points ∼97% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
207.9 Points ∼97%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
193.5 Points ∼91% -7%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
191.762 Points ∼90% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
177.5 Points ∼83% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (121 - 215, n=26, last 2 years)
169 Points ∼79% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
142.9 Points ∼67% -31%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
343 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
343 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
342 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
281 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
279 Points ∼81% -19%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
264 Points ∼77% -23%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
242 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (137 - 350, n=84, last 2 years)
232 Points ∼68% -32%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
213 Points ∼62% -38%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼54% -46%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
180 Points ∼52% -48%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
905 ms * ∼100% -122%
Average of class Multimedia
  (404 - 1225, n=96, last 2 years)
769 ms * ∼85% -89%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
764 ms * ∼84% -88%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
753.9 ms * ∼83% -85%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
723 ms * ∼80% -78%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
621 ms * ∼69% -53%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
604 ms * ∼67% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
515.9 ms * ∼57% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
407.2 ms * ∼45%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
407 ms * ∼45% -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
405.4 ms * ∼45% -0%
Octane V2 / Total Score
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Core i7-11370H
68903 Points ∼100% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
66203 Points ∼96% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
65528 Points ∼95%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
 
65528 Points ∼95% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
62113 Points ∼90% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5561 - 68406, n=31, last 2 years)
49217 Points ∼71% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Intel Core i5-1038NG7
45151 Points ∼66% -31%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1320 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
91.84 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
210 Points
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System Performance

Like the smaller MacBook models with the M1 processors, the MBP 14 is a very fast and responsive system. The emulation of apps via Rosetta 2 also works really well (even though there can be some apps with more problems). The new MacBook Pro 14 is primarily intended for content creators and programmers, but you should really think about how much performance you actually need and if you might be better off with the faster M1 Pro or M1 Max. It is hard to quantify the performance difference in these scenarios because the workload is different for every user and there are not that many benchmarks for macOS. The BlackMagic test shows that the CPU performance is slightly worse than the old MBP 13 with Intel i5 CPU and the M1 Pro with cores in the MacBook Pro 16 has an advantage of around 30%, but the regular Apple M1 SoC is about 20% slower. The GPU performance on the other hand is significantly better compared to the old MacBook Pro 16 with the dedicated Radeon Pro 5500M and the GPU of the M1 is also about 60% slower, while the 16-core GPU of the new MacBook Pro 16 has an advantage of 23%.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Average of class Multimedia
  (133 - 202, n=3, last 2 years)
166 fps ∼100% +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps ∼98% +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
133 fps ∼80%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
133 fps ∼80% 0%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
56 fps ∼34% -58%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
55 fps ∼33% -59%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
48 fps ∼29% -64%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
21 fps ∼13% -84%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
39 fps ∼100% +86%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps ∼69% +29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (21 - 29, n=3, last 2 years)
25.7 fps ∼66% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
23 fps ∼59% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
21 fps ∼54%
Average Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
21 fps ∼54% 0%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
17 fps ∼44% -19%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
17 fps ∼44% -19%

Storage Devices

Apple now uses SSDs with the faster PCIe 4.0 interface. Our entry-level model is equipped with a 512 GB drive, and you can use 465 GB after the initial set-up. The transfer rates reach more than 5 GB/s in benchmarks; the larger 1 TB SSD in the MacBook Pro 16 has similar read speeds but faster write speeds. You can get the MacBook Pro 14 with up to 8 TB of SSD storage, but the additional prices are high. The jump from 512 GB to 1 TB costs 230 Euros (~US$266), while an upgrade to 8 TB involves a hefty sum of 2,760 Euros (US$3,197). More SSD benchmarks are available in our Tech section.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
5447.5 MB/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
5334 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
2820.4 MB/s ∼52% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
2797.6 MB/s ∼51% -49%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
2756 MB/s ∼51% -49%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
2049 MB/s ∼38% -62%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
5888 MB/s ∼100% +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
4462.5 MB/s ∼76%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
2863.7 MB/s ∼49% -36%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
2431 MB/s ∼41% -46%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1038NG7, Apple SSD SM0512F
2314 MB/s ∼39% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
2193.5 MB/s ∼37% -51%

GPU Performance - 14 GPU Cores

Like on the processor side, the M1 Pro versions with either 14 or 16 GPU cores are technically identical. They have two GPU clusters with 8 cores each, but the entry-level model only uses 7 cores per cluster. The maximum power consumption is 15 W and the performance is once again stable both under sustained workloads and on battery power.

The pure GPU performance is around 12-13% slower than the M1 Pro with 16 GPU cores but significantly faster than the regular Apple M1 (~45% slower). The old Radeon Pro 5500M of the MacBook Pro 16 is also clearly beaten, which is impressive considering the low TDP. You can roughly compare the 14-core M1 Pro GPU with the GeForce GTX 1650, which consumes much more power (~40 W). More GPU benchmarks are available here.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
97 pt ∼97%
Average of class Multimedia
 
89.4 pt ∼89%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
87 pt ∼87%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
87 pt ∼87%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M -4!
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
57.7 pt ∼58%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7 -5!
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-11370H
51.4 pt ∼51%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB) -2!
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
46.9 pt ∼47%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM) -2!
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
46.6 pt ∼47%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
41.9 pt ∼42%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA -5!
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
31.8 pt ∼32%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5 -3!
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
30.1 pt ∼30%
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points ∼100% +12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1765 - 20228, n=7, last 2 years)
9362 Points ∼90% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9267 Points ∼90%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
9267 Points ∼90% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
4423 Points ∼43% -52%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2374 Points ∼23% -74%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10351 Points ∼100% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9089 Points ∼88%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
9089 Points ∼88% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1824 - 18779, n=7, last 2 years)
8970 Points ∼87% -1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
4062 Points ∼39% -55%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2371 Points ∼23% -74%
Geekbench 5.3
Metal Score 5.3
Average of class Multimedia
  (37319 - 67868, n=4, last 2 years)
51373 Points ∼100% +38%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points ∼82% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
37319 Points ∼73%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
37319 Points ∼73% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
21951 Points ∼43% -41%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
20411 Points ∼40% -45%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
19064 Points ∼37% -49%
OpenCL Score 5.3
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points ∼100% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
35173 Points ∼93%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
35173 Points ∼93% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4576 - 108378, n=76, last 2 years)
28909 Points ∼76% -18%
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-11370H
19451 Points ∼51% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
19078 Points ∼50% -46%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
18352 Points ∼48% -48%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
17029 Points ∼45% -52%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
16885 Points ∼45% -52%
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1165G7
12045 Points ∼32% -66%
GFXBench
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps ∼100% +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.4 - 310, n=6, last 2 years)
153 fps ∼92% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
147 fps ∼89%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
147 fps ∼89% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
94.7 fps ∼57% -36%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
81.2 fps ∼49% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
78.2 fps ∼47% -47%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
72.4 fps ∼44% -51%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps ∼100% +11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33.6 - 752, n=6, last 2 years)
395 fps ∼91% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
394 fps ∼90%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
394 fps ∼90% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
254 fps ∼58% -36%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
214.4 fps ∼49% -46%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
207 fps ∼47% -47%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
192 fps ∼44% -51%

Gaming Performance

Gaming is still a touchy subject on macOS. There are some native games nowadays (like Eve Online, World of Warcraft) and some titles are emulated via Rosetta 2. We often used an external screen for our benchmarks, because the resolution of the internal display is quite uncommon and you often cannot select traditional 16:9 resolutions. We noticed that there were more stutters when we connected the external screen via HDMI and the performance was also a bit lower. So far, we did not find a reason for this, but the experience was noticeably smoother via Thunderbolt. You can obviously use Apple's Arcade games collection as well and these titles run perfectly.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
105 fps ∼100% +98%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps ∼54% +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
54 (46min) fps ∼51% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps ∼50%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
53 fps ∼50% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10 - 105, n=26, last 2 years)
45.7 fps ∼44% -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
23 fps ∼22% -57%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
114 fps ∼100% +97%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
63 (48min) fps ∼55% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
58 (48min) fps ∼51% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
58 fps ∼51%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
58 fps ∼51% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17 - 107, n=25, last 2 years)
50.2 fps ∼44% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
25 fps ∼22% -57%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
89 fps ∼100% +93%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps ∼56% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
46 (38min) fps ∼52% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
46 fps ∼52%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
46 fps ∼52% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8 - 92, n=26, last 2 years)
40.2 fps ∼45% -13%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
158 fps ∼100% +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
122 fps ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
122 fps ∼77% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
120 (86min) fps ∼76% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (19 - 140, n=25, last 2 years)
91.1 fps ∼58% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
66 fps ∼42% -46%
Borderlands 3
1280x720 Very Low Overall Quality (DX11)
Average of class Multimedia
  (39.3 - 128, n=14, last 2 years)
74.2 fps ∼100% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
61.9 fps ∼83%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
61.9 fps ∼83% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
56.6 fps ∼76% -9%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
54 fps ∼73% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
30.4 fps ∼41% -51%
1920x1080 Medium Overall Quality (DX11)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
48 fps ∼100% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
39.4 fps ∼82%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
39.4 fps ∼82% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.9 - 69.2, n=13, last 2 years)
39.4 fps ∼82% 0%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
33 fps ∼69% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
20.3 fps ∼42% -48%
1920x1080 High Overall Quality (DX11)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
41.4 fps ∼100% +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
34.8 fps ∼84% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
31.9 fps ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
31.9 fps ∼77% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.8 - 79.8, n=14, last 2 years)
31.2 fps ∼75% -2%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
20 fps ∼48% -37%
1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
30.8 fps ∼100% +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
26.2 fps ∼85% +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9 - 71.6, n=13, last 2 years)
25.9 fps ∼84% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
24.1 fps ∼78%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
24.1 fps ∼78% 0%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1280x720 Low (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
175 (116min) fps ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
171 fps ∼98%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
171 fps ∼98% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (50.9 - 201, n=14, last 2 years)
118 fps ∼67% -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
114 fps ∼65% -33%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
100 fps ∼57% -42%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
93.4 fps ∼53% -45%
1920x1080 Medium (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
69.6 fps ∼100% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
64.1 (55min) fps ∼92% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
58 fps ∼83%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
58 fps ∼83% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (12.3 - 127, n=14, last 2 years)
44.5 fps ∼64% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
33 fps ∼47% -43%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
33 fps ∼47% -43%
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps ∼100% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
40.5 (34min) fps ∼92% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
36 fps ∼82%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
36 fps ∼82% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.8 - 80, n=14, last 2 years)
26.6 fps ∼61% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
20.6 fps ∼47% -43%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
20 fps ∼46% -44%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
31.8 fps ∼100% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
29.7 (24min) fps ∼93% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
27 fps ∼85%
Average Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
 
27 fps ∼85% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.5 - 59, n=13, last 2 years)
19.9 fps ∼63% -26%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
15 fps ∼47% -44%
The Witcher 3 (Steam) runs well on high details (HairWorks must be deactivated).
The Witcher 3 (Steam) runs well on high details (HairWorks must be deactivated).

You also have other options to run Windows games on the Mac. In addition to Parallels there is CrossOver, where the compatibility is limited but applications can use all the resources of the Mac (which is not the case for Parallels). You will have to experiment a bit, but we managed to play Grand Theft Auto V (at normal settings) and The Witcher 3 (high settings without Nvidia HairWorks) without major issues. F1 2020 on the other hand only ran with low details, and higher settings resulted in massive graphics issues. We cannot offer our standard benchmarks with these titles since we still have to find a reliable way to capture the fps numbers.

The Steam version of GTA V also works via CrossOver.
The Steam version of GTA V also works via CrossOver.
It runs well on medium settings.
It runs well on medium settings.
low med. high ultraQHD
Civilization VI (2016) 120 72 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 122 58 53 46 30 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 171 58 36 27 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 61.9 39.4 31.9 24.1 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 65 fps

Emissions - Quiet fans and great speakers

Fan Noise

One of the two fans.
One of the two fans.

Apple traditionally prefers quieter fans at the expense of higher temperatures. The two fans of the MacBook Pro 14 can reach maximum speeds of 5,779 rpm (left) and 6,241 rpm (right), respectively. In everyday situations, you will never hear more than a quiet murmur and the fans are often even completely deactivated. Up to around 3,800 rpm, we can only measure about 30 dB(A), and pure CPU or GPU load and even while gaming we often only measured around 27 dB(A), which means the MacBook Pro 14 is hardly audible at all. The fans only get loud when you stress the CPU and the GPU simultaneously with 43.1-49.5 dB(A), but the fan speed quickly decreases when the load sequence is over. We did not hear any electronic noises like coil whine.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
Huawei MateBook 14s i7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-11370H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14ACH5
Vega 8 R4000, R9 5900HX, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, SK Hynix HFM512GD3JX013N
Noise
-12%
-5%
-12%
-4%
-9%
off / environment *
24.8
29.2
-18%
24.3
2%
25.1
-1%
26
-5%
26.3
-6%
Idle Minimum *
24.8
29.2
-18%
24.3
2%
25.2
-2%
26
-5%
26.5
-7%
Idle Average *
24.8
29.2
-18%
24.3
2%
25.2
-2%
26.5
-7%
26.5
-7%
Idle Maximum *
24.8
29.2
-18%
28.4
-15%
25.2
-2%
27.4
-10%
26.5
-7%
Load Average *
27.8
32.1
-15%
31.7
-14%
31
-12%
35
-26%
26.7
4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
27.8
31.7
-14%
44
-58%
40.7
-46%
Load Maximum *
49.5
41.9
15%
46.8
5%
51.7
-4%
34.6
30%
45.6
8%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
24.8 / 24.8 / 24.8 dB(A)
Load
27.8 / 49.5 dB(A)
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30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.532.730.534.832.629.430.235.42531.431.632.93531.830.931.736.73127.131.92630.523.72625.833.74031.43124.932.329.630.632.234503032.327.227.129.926.627.528.16328.330.325.325.628.525.124.526.48022.223.622.223.923.623.323.124.110021.224.321.622.523.523.123.32412519.824.219.323.322.121.921.923.216019.922.617.922.12221.820.122.320020.726.521.823.923.922.121.522.625018.824.617.820.821.620.818.82031518.32617.518.723.122.517.618.440016.627.616.517.32523.514.916.150017.730.317.416.425.224.213.715.36301630.716.914.927.524.41415.180018.334.219.815.52928.111.214.9100017.835.4201530.729.911.113.9125016.535.518.614.230.429.610.713.31600183920.815.233.832.812.213.920001639.918.813.434.23311.212.9250015.742.318.713.23634.611.612.4315012.738.714.212.132.130.211.712.3400012.738.312.712.129.6281212.8500012.33712.312.228.926.912.212.9630012.535.412.412.423.420.412.413800012.529.712.512.517.916.312.512.71000012.825.212.412.615.414.312.612.91250012.622.812.312.313.913.312.512.71600012.516.111.811.812.412.311.912.6SPL27.849.529.426.443.141.824.826N0.96.21.10.83.83.30.60.8median 16.5median 30.3median 17.5median 14.9median 25median 23.5median 12.5median 13.9Delta3.362.83.5442.33.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry

Temperature

The chassis of the MacBook Pro 14 hardly warms up at all in everyday situations. More CPU or GPU load, however, quickly results in warmer temperatures for the center keyboard section in particular. This is also a result of the defensive fan curve and we measured the highest temperatures during gaming, where the fan speed is lower compared to our stress test. You will notice about 48 °C on the keyboard as pretty uncomfortable. The bottom panel on the other hand stays cooler at slightly more than 40 °C, so you can still use the MacBook Pro on your lap. Our stress test shows a slight fluctuation of the CPU power consumption at 19-21 W (efficiency core: ~2 GHz, performance cores: ~2.8-2.9 GHz) and the GPU maintains the full 15 W. The overall package power slightly fluctuates between 43 W and 46 W but is still very stable overall.

Max. Load
 39.6 °C
103 F
46.5 °C
116 F
38.5 °C
101 F
 
 38.9 °C
102 F
46.8 °C
116 F
39.2 °C
103 F
 
 29.7 °C
85 F
28 °C
82 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 46.8 °C = 116 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
40.2 °C
104 F
40.9 °C
106 F
40.4 °C
105 F
38.6 °C
101 F
40.5 °C
105 F
37.5 °C
100 F
30.9 °C
88 F
32.5 °C
91 F
31.4 °C
89 F
Maximum: 40.9 °C = 106 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.7 °C = 116 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46.8 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 36.7 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.9 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 39 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.9 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.1 °C / 93.4 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-5.2 °C / -9.4 F).
Idle (top)
Idle (top)
The Witcher 3 (top)
The Witcher 3 (top)
Stress test (top)
Stress test (top)
Idle (bottom)
Idle (bottom)
The Witcher 3 (bottom)
The Witcher 3 (bottom)
Stress test (bottom)
Stress test (bottom)

Speakers

Headset port at almost max. volume
Headset port at almost max. volume
Headset port at 50% - comfortable volume
Headset port at 50% - comfortable volume

After we did not notice a massive upgrade of the speaker quality in our initial hands-on, our impression changed a bit after more extensive testing. The new sound system with six speakers is currently the best system you can get in a mobile device, and it can easily replace inexpensive external speakers. Compared to the already very good MacBook Pro 13 M1, the modules are even louder and more powerful, which is also represented by the improved bass coverage.

You can enjoy a very rich and powerful sound, and only a real subwoofer would be an additional improvement. The MacBook supports 3D audio. We tested it with a set of AirPods Pro and the subjective performance was identical to an iPhone 12 Pro.

The 3.5 mm headset port offers a very good performance up to 50% volume (comfortable listening volume), but it starts to distort at higher volumes. We will include a detailed analysis in the review of the larger MacBook Pro 16 M1 Pro.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.235.42531.734.93125.834.94032.236.95027.535.96324.544.38023.154.710023.365.112521.966.316020.164.520021.566.825018.869.831517.671.940014.972.650013.770.96301473.680011.273.7100011.171.6125010.772.3160012.272.4200011.273.5250011.674.5315011.775.740001273500012.273.8630012.469.7800012.568.21000012.667.11250012.563.91600011.968.5SPL24.884.9N0.668.3median 12.5median 71.6Delta2.3333.63228.928.231.331.629.13034.634.526.734.224.338.926.447.423.648.224.250.523.656.121.655.719.760.91862.117.663.81764.417.56416.666.416.170.415.767.615.969.515.865.516.162.516.761.317.160.217.360.517.862.618.261.818.357.718.753.829.277.51.241.1median 17.6median 61.82.33.435.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro EntryApple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (1.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB) audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 5% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power Consumption - HDR drains the battery

The display is a big influence for the power consumption. The difference between minimum and maximum brightness (SDR; 500 nits) is slightly more than 8 W. We determine a maximum idle value of almost 12 W, but we can measure peaks of up to 26 W during HDR video playback at full brightness. This also explains why Apple limits the brightness for standard contents.

The power consumption is very stable under load (the fluctuation in the diagram below is caused by scene changes in Unigine Valley), but you also notice that the maximum consumption of 68 W is curiously very close to the limit of the 67 W power adapter. We can actually measure a slightly higher consumption (up to 82 W) with the 140 W PSU of the MacBook Pro 16 M1 Max. This means you cannot use the maximum performance in combined CPU/GPU workloads, even with the entry-level M1 Pro, even though the performance implications are minor.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.13 / 0.29 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.9 / 11.6 / 11.9 Watt