The flat A side, rounded chamfers, and even a black keyboard. The design of the new MacBook Pro looks like Old School at first glance, but in fact, it is a real Old School.
Because there is a 20-year revenge story between it and this PowerBook G4. Don't worry, let's finish the evaluation part first. The story, we will talk to you at the end.
The reason why the new MacBook Pro is very Old School is because the design this time is really unlucky.
The flat A side and the larger rounded corners make this MacBook Pro visually thicker than the previous generation, but in fact the difference between the two is only 0.06 cm. The remaining three-dimensional dimensions have not changed much.
In addition to Thunderbolt 4 and 3.5 mm headphone jack, the new MacBook Pro also returns to MagSafe magnetic charging port, HDMI 2.0 and SDXC card slot.
Compared with the previous generation, the Thunderbolt interface on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has been upgraded from the third generation to the fourth generation, and supports DisplayPort, USB 4 and USB 3.1 second generation. Of course, it can also be used to charge the computer.
Note that using these three Thunderbolt 4 charging does not achieve the fastest charging power. After our actual measurement, although the system has identified the charging head as 140W, the actual charging power is only 94W.
The short board in the barrel appeared on the charging line. Because Apple uses the latest USB PD 3.1 EPR standard on this 140W charging head, but this standard is too new, so there is no C to C charging cable that supports this standard on the market.
So if you want to experience the fastest charging speed, you can only use this standard MagSafe charging cable.
At the same time, we also tested the newly added SDXC card slot, which supports USH-II SD card, and the measured read and write speeds are 134.0MB/s and 254.2 MB/s.
in addition. This time the 3.5 mm headphone jack supports high-impedance headphones, which is extremely advanced.
This time the interface is really rich enough.
However, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro will still be 100g heavier than the previous generation, which is about the weight of a docking station.
There are also several details of changes in appearance. The first is that the logo on the A side is larger. Secondly, the MacBook Pro logo at the bottom of the screen has moved to the D side, and the four supporting legs have also changed from round to flat.
You can see two changes at a glance on the keyboard. One is that the entire area is darkened and visually more integrated. The second is that the TouchBar becomes a full-size physical keyboard.
There are two small details worth mentioning here.
First, the blackened keyboard groove is integrated with the entire C surface, but a double anodizing process is used to realize a piece of aluminum alloy with two colors.
Secondly, in the top row of keys, the ESC key and the touch ID key have become larger. A metal ring that assists in touch recognition is added to the touch ID key, and the touch area is recessed downward.
What's interesting is that the F6 key integrates the Do Not Disturb mode. It seems that Apple wants you to move bricks quietly with one key.
In terms of keyboard feel, there is little difference compared to 19 16-inch MacBook Pros. After the TouchBar disappears, old users may need to adjust to it for a while.
In 2012, Apple launched the first MacBook Pro with Retina retina display. In the era of 1080P or even 720P, it can be said to be stunning. In 2021, the first MacBook Pro equipped with an XDR display came, and Apple confidently called it "the best notebook screen in the world."
This confidence is not without reason: mini-LED, 1600nit peak brightness, ProMotion adaptive refresh rate, 3.5mm bezel with equal width on all sides.
Each parameter can be played well, and when combined together, you will be defeated alone.
I still remember the first time I turned on the screen, the editorial department made a "wow" sound. But then the voice became "Huh"? The reason is that everyone saw the bangs. But a colleague with high emotional intelligence said that the screens on both sides of the bangs are actually equivalent to the bay windows for buying a house.
This analogy is actually not unreasonable.
Because the two extra display areas are eliminated, the display ratio of the screen below is the same as before, still 16:10.
So it is not a small notch cut out on the original screen, but more like adding a pair of ears to a normal-scale screen to display the status bar, thereby freeing up more area for the desktop.
When playing videos in full screen and running part of software in full screen, the top screen will automatically black out to hide the bangs. In actual use, it will hardly cause any impact.
Regarding the bangs, there are a few details.
One is that there are two ways of interaction. When the cursor crosses the bangs, it will go directly through instead of bypassing it. When you press and hold the trackpad to slide the cursor, the cursor will not enter the bangs area, and moving left or right will skip the bangs directly.
Second, in the dark mode, the bangs are actually not abrupt. Third, this bangs integrates a 1080P camera, light sensor, LED indicator and other components, so it occupies a bit larger area, wider and squarer than the bangs on the iPhone 12 series. Fortunately, the video effect of the camera has improved significantly, and video conferencing is no longer a "singing black face".
Fourth, if the icons on the left side of the bangs are full, they will automatically be arranged to the right side of the bangs, and the bangs will not block the content information.
After talking about the most controversial bangs, let's talk about its overall look and feel.
The first feature of the XDR display is that it should be bright enough.
Especially when watching HDR video, the realism brought by the ultra-high brightness is unmatched by the old MacBook Pro. At the same time, it is convenient for video workers to process HDR video.
The ProMotion function that first appeared on MacBook, when flipping left and right pages in the launcher, or swiping to browse the web, the smoothness of the refresh rate up to 120Hz will be very intuitive. However, the perception of daily codewords, chatting, and watching movies is not strong.
There is a special feature, you can manually control the refresh rate of the screen in the settings, which may be helpful in workflows such as video post-production.
There are a few details about this screen, for example, the four corners have changed from right angles to rounded corners. Compared with the previous generation, PPI is also improved, and it is visually more delicate. The addition of miniLED makes the screen a little thicker. In general, the quality of this screen is very good, even for this screen, I think it is worth upgrading.
Of course, what is more worthy of upgrading is the M1 Pro, which is "frighteningly fast" and the M1 Max chip, which is "too frighteningly fast".
The MacBook Pro we tested is the top match for the M1 Max. 10-core CPU + 32-core GPU, with 64GB of memory, a proper performance monster.
Let's look at the running points first.
We used 19 16-inch MacBook Pros and ROG Gunshin 5 Plus as the control group. See the chart for specific configurations.
In the running score tests of CineBench R23 and GeekBench 5, the scores of the M1 Max's CPU are overwhelming whether it is single-core or multi-core. As for GPU performance, ROG regained a victory with RTX 3070. GeekBench 5's GPU running score is more than twice that of M1 Max.
The running score is for reference only, and the actual performance depends on the scenario test.
First of all, we simulated the working scenes of film and television workers. First, we used Adobe Premiere Pro to export a 9 and a half minutes 4K HEVC video. The old MacBook Pro took 5 minutes and 25 seconds, and the ROG was 3 minutes and 55 seconds. It takes 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
Then use C4D to render an image with a resolution of 1080×1080. The new MacBook Pro still takes the shortest time of 12 minutes and 34 seconds. Even if you win, you see, the new MacBook Pro only uses 35W of power consumption, and the opponents are almost running at full power consumption.
It's like the opponent has exhausted the energy of breastfeeding, and he knocked them down with just a little finger.
In order to listen to the sound of its fans, we decided to double-bake it. Under the double pressure of CineBench R23 and GFXBench Metal, we finally heard its voice for the first time. But the power consumption is only 85W.
Sorry, I tried my best.
Next, we launched a comparative test on the new and old MacBook Pro. Because of the difference between the testing software and the programming platform, I won’t play with Windows here.
We use Final Cut Pro to export an 8K HDR video to 4K HEVC format. The old MacBook Pro takes nearly 19 minutes, while the new MacBook Pro only takes 9 minutes and 22 seconds, which is only half the time. At the same time, the power consumption and temperature are lower.
Furthermore, we also simulated the office needs of developers, and used Xcode BenchMark to compile and test. The gap between the new and old MacBook Pro is also visible at a glance. The M1 Max takes half the time and consumes 203% lower than its predecessors.
As a development, why not do neural network training? So we took 25,000 photos of cats, dogs, and dogs for neural network training for feature extraction.
But guess what?
The new MacBook Pro actually failed miserably, taking 3 hours and 34 minutes, while the opponent only took 1 hour and 59 minutes. I checked the official website and found out that our testing tool has not yet been adapted.
Finally, we responded to your needs and tested the game.
In the high energy consumption mode, when running Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the 4K HDR image quality is turned on, and it can only run to 30 FPS. After switching the resolution to 1080P, although it can run to 70 FPS, the screen will drop frames. It seems that Metal's optimization of the game is still a bit weak.
Due to time, we have no way to measure specific battery life. You can check the energy consumption ratio of M1 Max through the power consumption of each activity in the table.
Note that the power consumption here is tested without plugging in. I believe that in daily use, battery life will not become its shortcoming.
In summary, the performance of M1 Max is comparable to R9-5950X + RTX 2080, but the power consumption under the same work is only about half. It can meet the heavy lifting of bricks in the office, and will not show fear when going out without plugging in the electricity.
The summary is: beast-level performance, pet-level power consumption.
After reading the evaluation, we return to the story we mentioned at the beginning.
Once again, I took out the PowerBook G4 released in 2001. How good was its design at the time?
Titanium alloy shell, charger indicator, working indicator, and-battery indicator.
Wait, why do you want to make a battery indicator on the bottom of the computer? Because the battery is removable.
There is also a hidden interface and a 15.2-inch four-frame wide screen. You can upgrade the memory without even screwing a screw.
All this makes the PowerBook G4 the most watched notebook computer of the year.
But G4 is the last PowerBook series. The reason happened to be on the chip.
At that time, Apple, IBM, and Motorola joined forces to develop and produce PowerPC processors, which were used in PowerBooks.
However, the brilliance of Intel at that time eclipsed this CPU in the market.
In the end, Jobs at the 2005 WWDC, in front of thousands of programmers, invited Intel’s former CEO Paul Otellini to come to power and hug him tightly.
In this embrace, the PowerBook directly changed its name, replaced the "core", and became the familiar MacBook.
In this regard, Apple has cooperated with Intel for more than ten years, but the seeds of a self-developed chip have also been secretly planted.
Twenty years after the powerbook G4 became history, a notebook with the shadow of that year everywhere, with M1 Pro and Max chips, broke ground.
This is the new MacBook Pro.
All this may be just like what Fa Ge said:
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