In November, Apple launched the 2021 MacBook Pro. Available in two sizes (14 and 16 inches), the company also introduced two new chipsets, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. Although I thought this new Mac would be overkill for me — I didn’t need the ports, ProMotion, miniLED, or processor — I recently broke my 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro and needed a replacement.
Between buying the entry-level MacBook Air 2020 M1 and the new 14-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro, I decided to go for the latter. Here is my review of this computer from the perspective of a heavy but non-professional user.
Going from 16 inches to 14 inches isn’t a big deal. The screen is big enough to have two Safari windows open side by side and work. Not only that, but weight was very important in my decision, and the 14-inch was much lighter than my previous Intel Mac.
I find the keyboard and trackpad to be very reliable, Touch ID always works well, and I’m really into this miniLED display with ProMotion. It is very easy to switch between this iPhone 13 Pro and this Mac.
Last but not least, the reason I don’t write from my Intel Mac anymore is because I tripped over the charger and completely destroyed the computer. With the new MacBook Pro, it’s adding a MagSafe connector again, and wow, I didn’t realize how much I’d missed this feature that was available on the 2010 MacBook Pro.