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Apple | Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023: review of the professional notebook | macbook

Despite the hefty prices, Apple’s MacBook Pro has a loyal fan base, especially the compact 14-inch model presented at the end of 2021. This may convince all along the line in the test and is now getting a successor with the MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023 – in an unchanged design, because the innovations are under the hood.

The best MacBooks from Apple

MacBook Pro 16" M2 (2023)


MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Pro 10 core


MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Max 10 core


MacBook Pro 14" M2 (2023)


MacBook Pro 16" 2019


MacBook Pro 13" 2020 M1


Macbook Air 13" 2020 M1


Complete list: The best MacBooks from Apple

More speed with M2 Pro

The decisive reason why Apple builds its own processors: they are perfectly matched to the operating system, significantly faster than the Intel chips previously used and with significantly lower power consumption. The M2 Pro does it again, like the M2 Max in the MacBook Pro 16 inch 2023 with more cores in the processor: In the smallest model tested, these are two computing cores and two graphics cores. Then total ten cores (six fast and four efficient) and 16 graphics cores. The more expensive variants of the M2 Pro then have eight fast and four efficient computing cores as well as 19 graphics cores. But even the “small” M2 Pro provides a noticeable boost in speed when working, but it is slightly smaller than the M2 Max. It doesn’t matter, it’s still enough for a very good speed mark with performance-hungry software for photo and video editing like with Adobe Photoshop CC – the predecessor “only” gets a good grade. Gaming is also better with the MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023: The M2 Pro calculates with the screen resolution (3024×1964 pixels). 46 frames per second. If you reduce games to 1920×1200 pixels, you even get 100 frames per second.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023

Tap unlock without password? With the Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023, this is possible via the fingerprint sensor in the power button.

Another great display

The built-in display of the MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023 does not differ significantly from its predecessor. Not bad, because that was already great and the technology used is still great in 2023: The mini-LED technology with thousands of tiny LEDs takes over the backlighting and takes care of it Contrast greater than 10,000:1 – a value that is otherwise only achieved by OLED displays. Although the maximum brightness of 1,565 candelas per square meter is completely oversized for office, it makes a visible difference in photos and videos with an extended contrast range (HDR). Due to the enormous brightness, the MacBook can also be used outdoors with ease – reflections on the high-gloss display are simply faded out. The resolution remains the same as in the 2021 model 3024×1964 pixels. And the webcam is again in a recess in the middle (see image below). Apple uses the space next to it for the menu bar.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023

Improvement in the Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023: Monitors with 8K resolution (7680×4320 pixels) now also fit on the HDMI socket.

Very similar to the 16 inch model

With older Pro models in the MacBook series, there was a clear distinction between particularly small and light models (13 inches) and particularly powerful ones (15 and 16 inches). That has been different since the end of 2021: The MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023 comes with (almost) the same hardware like the 2023 16-inch model – there are only three differences: the battery is clear, the display is a bit smaller and the built-in speakers have a little more space in the 16. The similarity is also noticeable in the price difference, which with comparable equipment is only 230 euros in favor of the 14er. And one innovation that both 2023 models have in common: the HDMI socket has become faster. You can also connect an 8K display – or a faster one gaming monitor with 4K resolution and a display of up to 240 frames per second.

Pace with Office programs

Video editing speed

Game speed (display resolution / 1920 x 1200 pixels)

Maximum transfer speed from external SSD to laptop / laptop to external SSD

Image quality (contrast / color fidelity / sRGB color space / extended DCI-P3 color space)

Pixel Density (dots per inch)

Battery life video / charging time

Operating noise ( video / games)

Heat development after 30 minutes of full load (rear)

Weight with battery / power pack with cable

RAM (built-in / expandable)

Memory: usable size, type

WiFi / Bluetooth / Cellular

Webcam / Microphone / Memory card reader

Quality and operation of the keyboard / keyboard lighting / standard layout / standard size navigation keys

Biometric access locks

Touchpad size / quality and operation of the touchpad

Quality and operation of the touch screen

14 inches, 3024 x 1964 pixels

USB 3.2 Gen 2×2: 656.4MB/s / 616.9MB/s

very high (over 10000:1 / 98.7% / 100% / very high 97.2%)

very bright (1565 candelas/m²)

254 dpi at 3024 x 1964 pixels

long (06:22 hours) / short (02:11 hours)

very quiet (0.0 sone) / quiet (2.1 sone)

1603 grams, power adapter 365 grams

16 GB permanently installed / not possible

483 GB, SSD (fixed, NVMe)

1x headset, 3x USB-C 4 with display port and Thunderbolt 4, HDMI

Wifi 6E (ax) / version 5.3 / not available

present / present / present (SDXC)

macOS 13, Photos, iMovie, Quicktime, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Time Machine

good stroke and pressure point / yes / yes / no

very large / very precise, “simulated” click

The new processor swallows more

A disadvantage of the new CPU: The M2 Pro consumes a little more power. This puts pressure on the battery life compared to the predecessor: The MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023 managed 6:22 hours with one battery charge in the test, the predecessor was a good three quarters of an hour longer. The fans also have to run a little more under full load and turn up a little more with 2.1 sone (2021 model 1.9 sone). Also great: In normal operation, the MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023 works silentlythe fans are mostly off.

  • Very high work pace
  • Very fast in games

Test conclusion: Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023

A great display, a lot of power without a lot of noise and a long battery life: The new MacBook Pro 14 inch 2023 (Test grade 1.7) is convincing across the board. The faster M2 Pro processor gnaws at the battery more, but you can still work more than six hours with one charge. And then a little gambling is also really fun. The biggest point of criticism is that the MacBook Pro cannot be upgraded after purchase, even in the 2023 edition.

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