Apple MacBook Pro 16 M2 Max (2023) review

All hail the new reigning king of 16-inch laptops

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Digital Camera World Verdict

The M2 Max processor is a revelation, offering huge quantities of raw power, especially when it comes to graphical work. However this comes at a price, a big one, with the M2 Max equipped MacBook Pro 16 being eyewateringly expensive and out of the price range of many consumers. However, the MacBook Pro 16 is a fantastic laptop, with a lot going for it from the beautiful color-accurate screen, booming speakers, sharp webcams, and excellent keyboard and trackpad.


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    M2 Max is astonishing fast

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    Some of the best speakers on a laptop

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    Big beautiful color. Accurate screen

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    SD card slot is a very welcome edition


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    Very very expensive

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    Notch isn't needed

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    Chunkier shape feels bigger than previous 16-inch

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Larger laptops with their increased screen size often make for the best photo-editing laptops and the best laptops for video editing. Apple's top entry in this category has for the past several years been the MacBook Pro 16 and now they are back with a refresh with an all-new and all-powerful chip.

Since its announcement in November 2020, with the M1 chip in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini, Apple Silicon has been upending the world of computing, with its headline-grabbing speeds and efficiency due to its tight integration between hardware and software. Apple ditched Intel and moved on to a mobile architecture based on designs from ARM, this opened up its devices of all sizes to share one processor, and allow native iPhone apps to run on Mac.

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Header Cell - Column 0 MacBook Pro 16 (M2 Max)MacBook Pro 14 (M2 Pro)MacBook Air (M2)MacBook Pro 16 (Intel i7, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M)
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score2,0781,9741,9361,261
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score15,23614,8318,9174,982
GeekBench 5 OpenCL score72,55845,92227,55826,664
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score1,7071,6461,597Row 3 - Cell 4
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score14,80914,7688,098Row 4 - Cell 4

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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.