Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) vs Pro 14 (2021)

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Review

Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Pro 14 (2021) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability

Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Features a much bigger (~43%) battery – 100 against 70 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 2% higher screen-to-body ratio
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 500 grams less (around 1.1 lbs)
  • Much smaller footprint: 22% more compact case (107.1 vs 136.7 square inches)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs) 1.6 kg (3.53 lbs)
Dimensions 355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
312.6 x 221.2 x 15.5 mm
12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches
Area 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2) 691 cm2 (107.2 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~86.2% ~84.6%
Side bezels 3.4 mm 3.4 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Silver, Gray
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 2
Max. fan speed (RPM) - 6241 RPM
Noise level 37.4 dB 49.5 dB

Display

Size 16.2 inches 14.2 inches
Type Mini LED Mini LED
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
PPI 254 ppi 254 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 3456 x 2234 pixels 3024 x 1964 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 25700:1 48900:1
sRGB color space 100% 99.3%
Adobe RGB profile 88% -
DCI-P3 color gamut 99.1% -
Response time 67 ms 49 ms
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time - 2:30 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left, Right Left, Right
Charge power 140 W 67 / 96 W
Weigh of AC adapter 353 gramm 274 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.0 GHz 2.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 10 10
Threads 10 10
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core) Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core)
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 30 W 30 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 450 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 1296 MHz 1296 MHz
FLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory bus 256 bit 256 bit
Memory speed 6.4 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units 2048 2048
GPU performance

RAM

RAM size
Channels 4x4 GB 4x4 GB
Clock 6400 MHz 6400 MHz
Type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Upgradable No No

Storage

Storage size
Bus Custom Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable No No
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers 4.2 4.2
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 84.7 dB 84.9 dB
Microphones 3 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Ports
USB-A No No
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 3x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1 mm 1 mm
Touchpad
Size 15.5 x 9.9 cm 13.2 x 8.1 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision No No
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