In classic Apple fashion, the team at Cupertino have jumped onto an emerging tech trend a year later than everyone else, then perfected the formula. I am, of course, talking about the mind-blowing custom ARM chips known as M1.
You can expect to see this CPU/GPU powerhouse improved and added to more of its product lineup over time, which is obvious by the fact we’re seeing pretty big price drops on the 16-inch MacBook Pro! Right now at Best Buy, you can save $200 across four powerful MacBook Pro 16-inch configurations.
Macbook Pro (16-inch) w/ Core i7: Was $2,399, now $2,199 @ Best Buy
The mighty 16-inch Macbook Pro starts at just over two thousand bucks in this special offer — packed with a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 six-core CPU, dedicated Radeon 5300M graphics, 16GB DDR4 RAM and a spacious 512GB SSD. With all this horsepower, it’s impressive to see up to 11-hours of battery life is still possible.
MacBook Pro (16-inch) w/ Core i9: was $2,799 now $2,599 @ Best Buy
Need a little more under the hood? Drop an extra $400 and you can get a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, Radeon 5500M dedicated graphics and a 1TB SSD. A faster machine that can more handily crush graphically intense processes and be stuffed with even more apps making this an ideal option for any prosumers.
To some, this seems like a tough sell, but hear me out. Apple will continue to support Intel chips for a long time to come, and while the graphics performance on any M1-armed machine is good, it doesn't match up to the raw power of a dedicated GPU — something you can’t get anywhere else than on a MacBook Pro 16-inch.
So, take that as peace of mind that you’re not dropping cash on some out-of-date machine. In fact, it more than deserves our Editor’s Choice stamp of approval for bringing so much performance to a portable, beautifully designed chassis.
This is still cutting edge and will last you for a good long time. Our favourite two models of the four come with either 9th Gen Intel Core i7 or i9 CPUs, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M GPU and storage options up to 1TB.
Specs like that, along with the gorgeous 3072 x 1920-pixel Retina display with a P3 wide color gamut, make these MacBook Pros a seriously good option for creative professionals in the market for a new portable powerhouse.
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Jason brings a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.