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Thoughts on the new MacBook Pros?

Old Jan 24, 23, 11:04 am
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Thoughts on the new MacBook Pros?

Just wondering if y'all have some views on the new Macbook Pros. Worth it? Some general compare & contrast to the prior gen & new Airs?
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Old Jan 24, 23, 1:41 pm
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I have a M1 Pro MBP. It is quite good. Do you have a specific reason that you would want a Pro instead of an Air? I got the Pro because of the SD card port and additional USB-C ports, and because I do a reasonable amount of computational work.
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Old Jan 24, 23, 2:47 pm
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I have two MBPs, M1 Pro (work-issued) and M1 Max (personal). These machines are incredible. I have yet to hear the fan on either machine, and I run pretty computationally intensive workloads. Compared to the previous generation of Intel Macs, I would not hesitate to upgrade (unless you desperately need to dual-boot Windows).

What I will say is that MBPs are pretty heavy. If "thin and light" are important to you, and your workload consists mostly of "browsing the internet" and "word processing" then consider the M2 Air.
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Originally Posted by angetenar View Post
I have a M1 Pro MBP. It is quite good. Do you have a specific reason that you would want a Pro instead of an Air? I got the Pro because of the SD card port and additional USB-C ports, and because I do a reasonable amount of computational work.
Ah, mostly because the many of the programs I use run best with 16 GBs of RAM; and, I just didn't like the extra cost of the Air with the 8 gig addition. Value wise, it seems as if the Pros are a better buy given the specs, at least to me. Also, would prefer HDMI2 and hook up to a pair of 4Ks or 8Ks when using a docking bay.
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Ah, mostly because the many of the programs I use run best with 16 GBs of RAM; and, I just didn't like the extra cost of the Air with the 8 gig addition. Value wise, it seems as if the Pros are a better buy given the specs, at least to me. Also, would prefer HDMI2 and hook up to a pair of 4Ks or 8Ks when using a docking bay.
Yeah go for it then. My MBP has been a pleasure to use.
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I got a new MBP last year after a ~10 year old MB Air died on me. I guess I should have updated this thread with what I ended up doing:
Replace MacBook Air battery -v- Replace Computer

It is slightly heavier, but I think the new Air would have been also. Overall, it is a great machine.

Costco and Sam's seem to regularly have these on sale; if not right now, wait a week or so and check back, unless you need it ASAP.
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If you just want a comparison of M1 vs M2 for the MacBook Pro:
M2 is roughly 30% faster, which might not mean much considering how big of a jump M1 was. If you are doing any GPU intensive use like video editing, thats where you might see a bigger benefit of the M2 over M1.

M2 has WiFi 6E while M1 has WiFi 6, so M2 is a little more future proof.

M2 supports up to 96GB of ram, vs 64 on M1.

M1 is just fine and the only reason to upgrade to M2 is if you need the extra ram or better GPU, which are pretty specific use cases.
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Old Yesterday, 1:47 pm
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M1 is just fine and the only reason to upgrade to M2 is if you need the extra ram or better GPU, which are pretty specific use cases.
Ah, not upgrading but rather looking to just buy a new laptop which may double as a desktop for certain work-related purposes, now that all of the programs are run professionally appear to offer a native Mac ARM version. Mind as well since 4K & 8K screens are becoming more mainstream these days.

Admittedly, I hate Windows and just want an opportunity to stop having to use it. I'm equally comfortable with either OS, but much prefer the simple elegance of the Mac one.
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If you've never had hands on a M-series chip machine--go for it. For existing users, this year's upgrade is pretty minor and there is no reason to upgrade from a 2021 M1 Pro/Max MBP. Rumors say that the next gen chip will be 3nm.
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If you've never had hands on a M-series chip machine--go for it. For existing users, this year's upgrade is pretty minor and there is no reason to upgrade from a 2021 M1 Pro/Max MBP. Rumors say that the next gen chip will be 3nm.
My current Macbook is still running legacy Intel chips because some of my professional programs would only run on the Intel based chips. Now that all the programs I require have made the transition to run on the new ARM CPUs, I could just opt for Macs moving forward without having to deal with Windows, virtual machines, or any of those hassles.
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