I’ve gone through a lot of laptops, but none have stolen my productivity-loving heart quite like the MacBook Pro 14-inch with M2 Pro. There is one condition, though, which is that you really shouldn’t buy the base model.
MacBook Pro 14-inch (M2 Pro/32GB RAM/512B SSD): was $2,399 now $2,299 @ B&H
The 2023 MacBook Pro 14-inch packs Apple's new M2 Pro silicon, which outperforms most of today's flagship laptops. (It can also be configured with the M2 Pro Max). In our MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 review, we called it the world's best laptop. It offers an incredible battery life of over 14 hours. The slightly upgraded model includes a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (3024 x 1964), M2 Pro chip with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU), 32GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
I reported about the base model 14-inch MacBook Pro being enough for most users for our sister site Laptop Mag. While that remains true, there is a ceiling to the power potential that is driven by the limited 16GB of RAM.
I feel the slowdown most during complex 4K clip renders in Final Cut Pro, and in serious moments of multitasking (around three creative pro apps and 10+ Chrome tabs).
It won’t be a dealbreaker for the vast majority of readers — the base model is still a powerful system. But if you don’t want to feel that boost in prosumer performance, look at upgrading that RAM to unlock the full capabilities of M2 Pro.
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