Review of the Apple MacBook Pro 2021

Bethany Walsh

Mar 02, 2022

Apple's MacBook Pro has met almost every Mac user's wish list, which has received its largest increase in power, connectors, and screen quality since 2016.

Even yet, the new 14-inch and 16-inch versions aren't aimed at the general public anymore. Workstation laptops for creative professionals and developers start at £1,899 ($1,999 or a$2,999). As a result, the fantastic £999 M1 MacBook Air is now Apple's best consumer notebook.

New laptops from Apple are somewhat larger and heavier, but they have longer battery life and more ports in response to the needs of power users. They've grown as a result.


The 2021 MacBook Pro retains its recognizable MacBook design cues when viewed from a distance. It's still an aluminum anybody with a silver or space grey finish, and the lid still has the Apple logo.

On the other hand, changes in this generation aren't so subtle that they may be overlooked. The Apple logo and the keyboard's background are black, indicating the color’s dominance as an accent color.

The black keyboard stands out when so many computers have replicated the MacBook design. The MacBook Pro is a welcome departure from the sea of silver computers with black keycaps.

Because of this, these MacBook Pros are instantly distinguishable from the otherwise identical-looking MacBook Airs (and 13-inch MacBook Pro). Even the tiniest tweak in the color scheme may make a big difference when it comes to Apple products.

The Notch

I've been curious about the notion of a notch in a laptop since the iPhone X appeared in 2017. Despite Dell's razor-thin XPS laptop bezels, Apple has remained faithful to its hefty bezels in the years afterwards. In the early years of thin-bezel XPS notebooks, a notch was even explored as a possibility, but it never came to fruition.

Although the 2021 MacBook Pro has a large notch dangling from the top, which houses the camera module and many other sensors, practically everyone is surprised by this. It features a boxier notch than the iPhone's, making it more noticeable.

Apple did have to squeeze certain crucial components into the notch because else the bezel would have been too wide, or the camera would have had to be sacrificed to do so.

Dimensions and Size

Unlike the previous generation, the 2021 MacBook Pro's core design principle was not ultra-thinness. As a break from Apple goods, this delivers what creative professionals have been asking for. Most people are willing to give up a half-inch of thickness in exchange for improved performance.

A new 2021 MacBook Pro will do precisely that. The sides are broader and rounder. It also draws tribute to an Apple notebook from two decades ago, the Titanium PowerBook G4, as some astute Apple historians have pointed out.

The thicker chassis is for various purposes, including more area for ports and improved thermal performance. 4.7 pounds and a 0.66-inch thickness later, I now own the 16-inch model. Compared to the previous generation's 16-inch MacBook Pro, this is significantly bigger in both dimensions.


Ports on the MacBook Pro are no longer what they used to be. Apple has finally arrived at what I think to be the finest possible port option, even though it took much too long to get there. For all your high-powered docks, you still have three Thunderbolt 4 ports.

The MagSafe 3 power adaptor on the left side is where most of the charging will occur. What a triumphant comeback! The simple MagSafe adaptor was one of the MacBook Pro's most distinguishing features until the 2016 model year. It's come back.

More so than in the past, in a way. Up to 140 watts of electricity may be delivered, making it more powerful than its predecessor. That's more than Thunderbolt 4 can deliver. Additionally, it has a more positive magnetic hold and is much thinner. You can't go wrong with the braided cable, either.


The MacBook Pro line's display technology has advanced significantly since 2012 with the 2021 model. Even though the competition has caught up, this illustrates just how far ahead of the game Apple was back then.

Laptops like the 4K OLED Dell XPS 15 began to get greater marks in our tests, but the MacBook Pro remained one of the finest options.

The MacBook Pro reclaims its crown, but not in the manner you may think. Let's start with the bare essentials. Despite its size, the screen has a resolution of 3456 x 2234, at 250 pixels per inch (PPI), which indicates an increase of 220 pixels per inch (PPI).


This time around, Apple has updated both its webcam and speakers. If Apple had launched a new MacBook Pro with a 720p camera, they wouldn't have made it. Use your laptop to make video calls now. Of course, no laptop manufacturer offers 1080p cameras at a reasonable price point.


This year's 2021 MacBook Pro retains its reputation for providing the greatest audio experience on a laptop. An enhanced six-speaker sound system has been added to this year's iPhone 6.

They've kept the same number of speakers, but each has been enhanced to provide a more powerful and bass-heavy sound. According to Apple, the new woofers provide a half-octave deeper bass response and bigger tweeters.

That's a difficult test for me to put myself through, but I can tell you that the 2021 MacBook Pros are an improved version of the previous generation. The bass is more pronounced, and the stereo separation is more apparent than ever.

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