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MacBook Pro 14 Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 27 Oct 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 90%
Pros**
  • Powerful M1 Pro & Max processors
  • Beautiful XDR (Mini-LED) screen
  • Great selection of ports, including three Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro is the notebook that Mac-minded creative professionals have been waiting for. It has a much-more-powerful Apple chip (the M1 Pro & M1 Max), an extensive selection of ports, and revolutionary screen technology. The MBP 14 is perhaps the most important laptop that Apple has released in the last few years.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 95%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks support fast charging. With the 96W USB-C power adapter included with my review unit, the notebook can obtain a 50% charge in 30 minutes. The notebook’s design is lightweight and sleek with plenty of room for HDMI and an SDXC card reader.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No SD card slot
  • No Thunderbolt 3

macworld[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from macworld have found the following[***]:
Apple has added Thunderbolt/USB 4 to the MacBook Pro, but the number of ports the company gives you seems puzzling. The decision to dump the Touch Bar is definitely one that will raise the ire of some MacBook Pro users. The MacBook Pro’s reputation as a top-performing laptop of status lost some of its its luster over the years.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • Full-sized function keys
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Touch Bar isn’t for everyone
  • No Thunderbolt 4

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The MacBook Pro 14 supports quick charge (both via MagSafe and USB-C), but not with the default 67 W power adapter. The keyboard changes are mainly of a cosmetic nature. Thunderbolt 4 meets this requirement, but HDMI 2.0 and Wi-Fi 6 with 80 MHz do not. An Ethernet port would have been nice as well, just like a 5G module.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good speakers
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 4
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
All of our benchmarks run natively on Apple silicon and Intel silicon with the exception of the PugetBench test for simulating image editing in Adobe Photoshop. Both machines trounce the performance of the M1-equipped 13-incher, illustrating why you're better off avoiding that model, if you can afford to.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • High-quality keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • M1 Max is more expensive than the 16-inch MacBook Pro
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 99%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Apple has never made a gaming laptop, but the new MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch are the closest it's got thanks to the powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. We finally have a 1080p webcam on a MacBook, which is a serious upgrade from the 720p hardware that Apple used to include. When it comes to recording audio, Apple has included what it calls are ‘studio-quality' microphones.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent webcam
Cons[**]
  • No Thunderbolt 3

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro is exactly the laptop that many have dreamed for. Apple's had to delay two marquee features — SharePlay and Universal Control — past the full final launch of Monterey. Seemingly, Apple listened to years of pro user complaints, because this is the laptop we've been asking for.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-fast performance from the M1 Pro and M1 Max
  • Beautiful Liquid Retina display
  • Slim bezels
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • No MagSafe
  • No Thunderbolt 3

References

1. ^ MacBook Pro 14 review. laptopmag. 2021-12-01 Retrieved 2021-12-05.
4. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 14-Inch Review. pcmag. 2021-10-25 Retrieved 2021-10-25.
5. ^ MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) review. techradar. 2021-10-25 Retrieved 2021-10-25.
6. ^ MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) review. tomsguide. 2021-10-26 Retrieved 2021-10-27.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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