MacBook Pro 2023 Reviews: A Roundup of the Critics Opinions

Macbook Pro 2023 Review Roundup

The long-awaited 2023 MacBook Pro models have finally come out, and they have a lot of new features. These laptops are powered by Apple’s latest M2 Pro and M2 Pro and Max chips, which make them up to 20% faster and up to 30% faster in graphics than Macbook M1 Pro.

One of the biggest changes is that the new MacBook Pros work with Wi-Fi 6E, which is faster and more reliable than the previous version. Lori Grunin of CNET says that Wi-Fi 6E is faster than Wi-Fi 6, with a steady download speed of 483Mbps on 6E compared to an average of 392Mbps on 6.

Also, the new MacBook Pros have an HDMI 2.1 port that can connect to an 8K external display. This lets you enjoy high-resolution images you’ve never seen before. Keep in mind 8K displays are more expensive than ever due to inflation and recession.

The battery life of the new MacBook Pros is also impressive. Devindra Hardawar of Engadget tested the new 14-inch MacBook Pro and found it had nearly three hours more battery life than the previous model.

Another big change is that the RAM has gone from 64GB on the old model to 96GB on the new one. This makes the MacBook Pro 2023 an even better choice for power users who need to run many apps and programs simultaneously.

Even though the new MacBook Pros look the same as the ones that came out in October 2021, they have a lot of improvements. The 14-inch model starts at $1,999, and the 16-inch model starts at $2,499, and you can pre-order them now from Apple’s online store. With these changes, the 2023 MacBook Pro is the best choice for anyone who wants a powerful, reliable laptop.

MacBook Pro 2023 Written Reviews

CNET‘s Lori Grunin achieved faster wireless speeds with Wi-Fi 6E:

I generally get more reliable performance from 6E than 6, at least in my environment. For instance, a casual Speedtest run delivered a consistent 483Mbps download on 6E but an average 392Mbps on 6 (for 400Mbps service). The latter started higher but dropped partway through as well.

Engadget‘s Devindra Hardawar said the new 14-inch MacBook Pro provided nearly three hours extra of battery life compared to the previous generation:

The previous MacBook Pro lasted 12 hours and 36 minutes during our testing, but the new model made it to 15 hours and 10 minutes. That’s a healthy step up, especially if you find yourself stuck on a long flight without any working outlets. Apple says that the new MacBook Pros can reach up to 22 hours of battery life, but take note that figure only refers to the 16-inch model.

TheStreet‘s Jacob Krol said the new MacBook Pro remains a powerhouse for performance-intensive tasks like 4K or 8K video exporting:

Either route you’ll see fast performance and a high level of responsiveness with any app. When it comes time to export an HD, 4K, or even 8K video you’ll find that the application doesn’t require a wait for rendering something for playback and that export times will be cut down dramatically. Same goes for live-previewing an app in XCode, 3D animations, batch photo edits, or illustration exports as well.

Ars Technica‘s Samuel Axon said the new MacBook Pro models are overkill for most customers and recommended the MacBook Air:

If this review seems short, that’s because there’s not too much to talk about; this is essentially the 2021 MacBook Pro but 20–30 percent faster at some tasks, and with a few connectivity options upgraded to better match what is expected from a pricey laptop like this.

And that’s OK because the 2021 MacBook Pro was excellent. The 2023 version is the same but slightly better. The M2 Pro and M2 Max’s performance and efficiency make them attractive devices for many people.

That said, you shouldn’t spend this amount of money if you don’t need this much performance, and let’s be real: most people don’t. The MacBook Air or one of a few particularly strong Windows ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 will meet many folks’ needs just as well, and for a lot less money—plus, they provide more portability.


MacBook Pro 2023 Video Reviews, Unboxings, and Guides


The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2023 models are great for tech fans who want a high-end laptop. These laptops are sure to impress with the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Improved Wi-Fi 6E, an upgraded HDMI 2.1 port, and an extra hour of battery life.

Adeel Younas

Adeel Younas

Adeel Younas, Editor in Chief of TechWafer, is a tech reviewer and creator specializing in PC hardware and artificial intelligence.

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