Apple 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
The last personal laptop that I have was in 2008, the Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro 2.53GHz (Late 2008). I used it during my university days. Since graduating in 2010, I have used my work laptop most of the time.
When this MacBook Pro started to spoil parts by parts in 2016, I threw it away and switched to Li Xiang’s hand-me-down Apple 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (Early 2015), and I have been using it since then.
It has been 14 years, and I think it’s time for me to get my own personal laptop again. So I chose the base model Apple 14″ MacBook Pro (2021) which retails for S$2,999.
I got it for S$2,548.74 under Apple’s Friends & Family EPP Order, which is about a 16% discount because my brother’s friend was leaving Apple then.
I initially wanted the Apple MacBook Air M2, but if I waited, I would have to forgo the EPP discount as it was my brother’s friend last week at Apple. So I decided to get the Apple 14″ MacBook Pro M1 Pro.
Because for just S$100 more (S$2,548.74 vs. S$2,449), I get a better processor, mini-LED display, Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI 2.0 port, and an SDXC card slot. It is a no-brainer decision.
The compared price of the Apple MacBook Air M2 is S$2,449, as that is the specifications I initially wanted.
Below is the table for comparison. Without the EPP discount, the difference is S$550, which makes it slightly harder to decide and depends on individual needs.
|Apple 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)||Apple MacBook Air M2 (2022)|
|M1 Pro Chip||M2 Chip|
|8-Core CPU||8‑Core CPU|
|14-Core GPU||10‑Core GPU|
|16-Core Neural Engine||16‑Core Neural Engine|
|16GB Unified Memory||16GB Unified Memory|
|512GB SSD Storage||512GB SSD Storage|
|14″ Liquid Retina XDR Display||13.6″ Liquid Retina Display with True Tone|
|Supports 2 External Displays||Supports 1 External Display|
|Three Thunderbolt 4 Ports||Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 Ports|
|HDMI 2.0 Port||N/A|
|SDXC Card Slot||N/A|
|MagSafe 3 Port||MagSafe 3 Port|
|Magic Keyboard with Touch ID||Magic Keyboard with Touch ID|
|Force Touch Trackpad||Force Touch Trackpad|
|67W USB-C Power Adapter||67W USB-C Power Adapter|
|Up to 18 Hours Batter Life||Up to 17 Hours Batter Life|
|31.26 x 22.12 x 1.55 (cm)||30.41 x 21.5 x 1.13 (cm)|
The default packaging comes with a Apple 67W USB-C Power Adapter and Apple USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2m) which Apple is selling for S$85 and S$65 respectively.
If you buy Space Grey, you will get matching stickers.
On the left is MagSafe 3 port, followed by two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a high-impedance headphone jack.
On the right is an HDMI 2.0 port, followed by one Thunderbolt 4 port and an SDXC card slot.
Apple MacBook Pro 14″ comes with the usual Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Force Touch Trackpad.