Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M3, 2023) review: goodbye touchbar

The base MacBook Pro finally gets a welcome body upgrade, but is it lost in the MacBook lineup?

Apple MacBook Pro sitting on a desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With the updated body design, the base MacBook Pro M3 model finally joins the M-Pro and M-Max models by adding the much-missed SD card and HDMI ports, as well as the divisive screen notch. The screen is still stunning though, and the new M3 chip takes a step above the M2 in processing power, although only marginally. However, the M3 absolutely blows old Intel chip-equipped MacBooks out of the water. The big issue with the base MacBook Pro is just where it fits in the current lineup, with power users and casual users perhaps being better served by other models.


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    Beautiful screen

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    M3 chip faster than ever

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    SD Card slot and HDMI port return

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    Slim and lightweight design


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    Marginal performance gains from standard M2 chip

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    Base 8GB RAM questionable for pros

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    Expensive to spec up

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It is the end of another year, it's the return of pumpkin spice, long nights, holiday sales, and of course the next version of Apple’s processors. After Apple turned the world of computing upside down with the release of its M1 chip, proving the hold Intel had over the high-end processor market could be broken, like clockwork Apple has trotted out a new version of its processors each fall. 

MacBook Pro M3: Specifications

Processor: Apple M3 chip with 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
Display: 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, 3024x1964, 254 PPI
Memory: 8GB, 16GB or 24GB unified memory
Storage: 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD
Battery: 70kWh (approx 22 hrs Apple TV, 15 hours wireless web)
Ports: Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, headphone jack, MagSafe 3 port
Wireless: Wi‑Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD camera
Power: 70W or 96W USB-C Power Adapter
Size (HWD): 1.55 x 31.26 x 22.12 cm (0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71 in)
Weight: 1.55 kg (3.4 pounds)

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Header Cell - Column 0 MacBook Pro 14 (M3)MacBook Air (M2)MacBook Pro 13 (Intel i7, Iris Plus)
GeekBench 6 Single-core CPU3,11825981,161
GeekBench 6 Multi-core CPU11,74499344,208
GeekBench 6 OpenCL30,430243697,549
GeekBench 6 Metal47,4013964610,745
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU1,9011,5971,130
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU10,4438,0985,031
MacBook Pro (M3 Pro, 2023)

If you want a little more power than the MacBook Pro M3, then look no further than the MacBook Pro (M3 Pro, 2023) (Apple). It offers all the things that make the M3 version of the MacBook great but with a more powerful processor for intensive tasks.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

If you're diving into the realm of Windows computers, let me introduce you to the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 (Microsoft) – it's the ultimate anti-Apple contender. Boasting a breathtaking folding screen design with pen input that goes far beyond Apple’s options. This Surface Studio Laptop delivers impressive performance for editing tasks with a separate Nvidia GPU.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.