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The Breakdown

4.4

8.7

If you need a Mini PC that is easy to use and not expensive, Beelink U59 Pro is definitely a product worth considering.

Quality

8.7

Performance

8.7

Value for money

8.7

Connectivity

8.7

Beelink U59 Pro review – Main technical specifications

Processor: Intel Jasper Lake Celeron N5105

GPU Intel UHD Graphics, Maximum Frequency:2933MHz

Fan: Single heat pipe – Quiet fan with good heat dissipation

OS: Windows 11, Windows 10

RAM: 8/16GB DDR4 2400MHz (16GB in our review)

Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD (512GB in our review)

Network: Wi-Fi: 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 network, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac Compliant, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Ports: 4x USB 3.0 / 1x USB-C / 2x HDMI 2.0 / 3.5mm audio jack

Accessories: 12V-3A DC adapter/ 2x HDMI Cable (1m & 0.2m) / User Manual

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Main Package of Beelink U59 Pro:

Inside the packaging you will find a U59 Pro mini-PC ready for review, a wall-mount bracket, a 36-watt power adapter, two HDMI cables, a bag of screws, and a user manual. Pretty typical for a mini-PC of this caliber. I really liked the wall mounted bracket since it can easily attach itself to the VESA placement behind any PC monitor, for a completely cable free – clean setup.

Improved ventilation – more power

If you’re in the market for a mini-PC the past years, then the outer appearance of the device isn’t going to impress you. It’s just a typical mini-PC with a rectangular casing with rounded edges that is completely dyed black and distributes its connections along its leading and trailing edges.

But that’s not all. The impressive stuff lies on the inside of the U59 Pro, where the redesigned ventilation system promises to improve performance by reducing the heat trapped inside the machine. Beelink’s approach is simple: they added some important slots on its side along with a larger fan inside that is responsible for always maintaining a good temperature.

Design

Yes, the U59 Pro is tiny. Measuring only 124 x 113 x 42 mm, it is not much bigger than an average TV box, and takes up almost no room on your desk. You can even make it disappear by using the included bracket, which mounts the mini PC onto the back of any VESA compatible monitor.

It’s made out of acrylic plastic on the top, which gives the mini PC’s appearance a glossy and reflective look. It may be easy on the eyes when it’s clean, but unfortunately, it is not only a fingerprint magnet, but also easily attracts scratches. In any case, the U59 Pro is a budget mini-PC, so the rest of it is made out of plastic – however thanks to the beautiful metal-like coating, it doesn’t look too plasticky or cheap.

Inputs

The front of the mini PC sports a CMOS reset hole, two USB 3.0 ports, a multi-function USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack with mic support, as well as a red power button with a status LED built in. At the back, we can also see two more USB 3.0 ports, 2 full-size Ethernet ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a DC-in port. The system is actively cooled with an improved ventilation design (as we previously mentioned), so there are plenty of vents on three sides of its case.

With a weight of just 330 grams, the U59 Pro mini PC is quite easy to handle, position at the center of any monitor or at the top of any desk. It wasn’t hard to remove it from its cables, place it into our backpack and transfer it to our office from my home. With its good build quality, it feels robust and sturdy in my hands, and looks like it will survive a reasonable amount of office abuse, possibly even occasional falls.

Setting it up the Beelink U59 Pro

Setting up the U59 Pro for our review was easy. Plug in the power adapter, a mouse and a keyboard, then you are good to go. During first-time start-up, you will need to go through some of the Microsoft Windows initialization protocols (choosing your region and language, connecting to the network, logging into your Microsoft account, etc), which is easy but does take some time.

Performance of the Beelink U59 Pro

The Intel Celeron N5105 is a quad-core processor, without hyperthreading, clocked from 2 to 2.9 GHz with 4 MB of L3 cache memory and a TDP of 10 chúng tôi offers a little more than twice the computing capacities of a Celeron N5095.

As a companion, two integrated DDR4-3200 memory slots are present in which each user can choose for a total of 8 GB or go up to 16 GB to achieve even greater fluidity, while its internal storage space is based on a M.2 SSD drive that also switches between 256 GB, 512 GB or 2TB! However, the current official pre-sale memory/storage combination is 16GB DDR4+512GB NVMe SSD, and no other storage options are provided. The inside of the fuselage uses a silent fan for active heat dissipation, and the shell is also equipped with a lot of cooling holes.

Ready for Windows 11

The mini PC in our review arrived from the factory with the Windows 11 operating system without any additional software that changes the original Microsoft experience and allows you to open several programs at the same time without problems. At the same time, this mini host can also support the installation of Linux-based operating systems including Ubuntu, Android x86, UOS and FydeOS, etc.

The fuselage has four HDMI3.0 ports and a Type-C port compatible with DP1.2, which can connect three monitors at the same time, and all support 4K@60Hz output, which is convenient for us to work more efficiently. There’s also a 3.5mm combo audio jack, dual Gigabit Ethernet and two HDMI 2.0a outputs.

Conclusion on Beelink U59 Pro

At present, Beelink U59 Pro is available at the official website of the manufacturer as 2 variants: the 8GB+500GB SSD with a price of 209 Euros and the 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD priced at 239 Euros. I believe that both prices are a complete STEAL, for a Mini PC with genuine Win 11 Pro operating system, compact design, a lot of interfaces, and typical mid-range performance. If you need a Mini PC that is easy to use and not expensive, Beelink U59 Pro is definitely a product worth considering.

Pros:

Rich interfaces, which can connect three monitors

Dual-channel memory

Genuine Windows 11 professional operating system

Small and compact body, elegant and attractive design

Excellent performance, no pressure for audio-visual office

Cons:

No memory card slot

No Wifi 6 Support

The material on the top of the body is prone to scratches/fingerprints

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Amazon Kindle Oasis (9Th Gen) Review

Our Verdict

The Kindle Oasis is impressive with a larger screen, added light sensor, waterproofing and Bluetooth for listening to audiobooks with wireless headphones. However, you might as well buy the newer 2023 model with its warm light at a cheaper price.

Following the impressive debut of the Oasis, Amazon is back with a new model of the premium eReader with a tweaked design and a lower price. Here’s our Kindle Oasis (9th-gen) review which is now the older model but is still an excellent choice.

It’s getting a bit confusing but this new Kindle is the 2nd-generation of the Oasis and the 9th-generation Kindle overall. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer. It’s worth noting that the Oasis has been upgraded for a 2023 model, although it’s not hugely different to this one, the main upgrade being a warm light.

Price

The fact that there is now a 2023 model ( reviewed here), means that the 9th-gen Oasis we reviewed here has now been reduced in price. You can get it for £229, down for £259. Pretty good when you consider that the  original Oasis came in at £269.

It’s a shame that only the larger and more expensive 32GB model is available now.bWith the 2023 model really only adding a warm light but it’s still cheaper at £179, at the time of writing.

If you need something cheaper then the Kobo Aura H2O is £149 and Amazon’s own Kindle Paperwhite is something of a sweetspot at £119.

Design and build

We loved the radical new wedge shape introduced with the original Oasis and Amazon has stuck with this for the 2023 model. 

It goes all the way down to 3.4mm and the design means that most of the weight is in your hand. It is a little harder to hold due to the bigger screen, namely for those with smaller hands though.

Once again there are physical buttons for page turns as well as the touchscreen and the wedge shape can be turned 180 degrees to be held in either hand.

Although the Oasis 2023 is the same shape, Amazon has made a few changes starting with a metal chassis. It’s made from graphite with aluminium and looks and feels premium, much more so than the cheaper Kindles as you might expect.

The device now comes in a Champagne Gold colour too (see above).

The metal does mean it can get pretty cold, however, and we found the front edge a little sharp all the way around which is not ideal. Speaking to another Oasis owner, this may be an issue with our specific sample.

To compete better with rivals, Amazon has also added waterproofing so you can read in places like the bath without worry. The Oasis 2023 is IPX8 rated so can be dunked in up to two meters of water for up to 60 minutes – probably a bit overkill but that’s more than the Kobo Aura One and we’re not complaining.

Another other major change in design is that the cover (now an optional extra) doesn’t contain a battery. It’s all within the main unit in a traditional fashion. It was a nice idea before, but perhaps unnecessarily fiddly having to charge two different things.

This, combined with the metal casing, means it’s heavier than its predecessor at 194g compared to 131g.

If you do want a cover, it will set you back £39 for fabric or £54 if you want leather. They attach neatly with magnets and fill the space created by the wedge shape of the Kindle. They also fold along the diagonal so you can stand the Oasis up on a flat surface. Take a look at our selection of the best Kindle cases and covers for more options.

Specs and features

As well as the various design tweaks, Amazon has upgraded the hardware of the new Kindle Oasis to improve the experience.

Screen

The most important part of any eReader is the screen and the new Oasis for 2023 has the biggest of any Kindle yet. It’s 7in which is an inch bigger than the rest of the current line-up.

Bigger means the display can fit more on it (30 percent more words on default font size) and Amazon has ensured that the pixel density remains at its standard 300ppi – only the basic Kindle is lower.

As you’d expect, the display uses E Ink Carta technology and has a backlight like the Paperwhite and Voyage. A small complaint with the original Oasis was not getting the adaptive light sensor but this has now been added. The backlight is once again excellent providing even coverage and a great experience when reading in the dark.

As long as you like the larger sized screen, there’s really nothing to complain about here. It’s a premium reading experience, whichever way you look at it.

Storage and audio

Typically Kindles come with 4GB of internal storage and while that’s enough for plenty of books Amazon has doubled this to 8GB on the Oasis and you can even get a 32GB model if you need more space.

The main reason for an increase and the larger model is a push towards audiobooks which take up more storage space. The Oasis 2023 now has Audible support (Amazon’s audiobook service) and although there’s no headphone jack, the device has Bluetooth so you can connect wireless headphones.

This really isn’t the main reason to get the new Kindle Oasis though, considering you can easily just get the app on your phone.

Battery life

With the battery now entirely inside the Kindle, Amazon claims a battery life of ‘weeks on a single charge’ like others in the range. This is based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless and Bluetooth off and the light setting at 10.

You’ll need to charge via the older microUSB socket rather than USB-C used on most new phones and other gadgets. As usual, just a cable is supplied in the box.

Specs Amazon Kindle Oasis 9th-gen (2024): Specs

7in E-Ink touchscreen,300ppi

Backlight with automatic adjustment

8/32GB storage

802.11n Wi-Fi (optional 3G)

Bluetooth

microUSB for charging

159x141x3.4-8.3mm

194g

IPX8 waterproof

Lenovo Yoga Slim 9I (Gen 7) Review: Simply Golden

Pros

Stunning, golden design

Clear and bright OLED screen

Decent performance

Cons

Underwhelming everyday battery life

No USB-A or HDMI ports

Shallow key travel

Our Verdict

The Yoga Slim 9i from Lenovo has a design that stands out from the crowd and impressive performance across a variety of tasks. However, the battery life is a bit of a let down.

Unlike most of Lenovo’s Yoga laptops, Slim 9i (Gen 7) isn’t a 2-in-1 device. However, it is a premium computer with a striking design that performs as good as it looks.  

With a dazzling display, capable Intel processor and some impressive speakers, this laptop is just as good for work as it is for play – especially if you work in the creative industries. But is it worth the hefty price tag? 

Design & build 

Oatmeal finish

No USB-A or HDMI ports

Weighs 1.37kg 

The best thing about this 14in laptop is its premium look and feel, which is up there with some of the best in the business.  

What Lenovo dubs as an ‘Oatmeal’ colour is an unusual yet extremely aesthetically pleasing finish. The outer shell is made from glossy white glass with a very simple Lenovo logo on the side, whilst the keyboard and chassis all come in a shiny champagne shade. Amongst a sea of basic black and silver laptops, the Yoga Slim 9i makes a true statement, although there are no alternative colour options.

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The laptop is 14.9mm thick, so it can slip inside a backpack or duffle bag and still give you plenty of room. At 1.37kg it isn’t the lightest on the market, but still doesn’t feel hefty when carrying around. Despite not being a convertible, the 9i has a wide 180-degree radius and lives up to its Yoga name by feeling both flexible and strong.  

There are three USB-C ports (all of which support Thunderbolt 4 for fast data transfer), plus a 3.5mm headphone jack and physical privacy shutter for the webcam. There’s also a side-mounted power button, but no HDMI or USB-A ports.

Lenovo does supply an adaptor in the box, but it only includes one HDMI port, one USB-A port and an old-school VGA port – so if you have two devices that connect via USB-A, you’ll need to fork out for an extra adaptor. 

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The integrated fan does a good job at keeping the device cool during daily tasks such as web browsing, and is for the most part whisper quiet. That said, under more strenuous activity like gaming, it does get noticeably louder.  

The box also includes a fabric wallet that matches the shade of the laptop, allowing you to protect it whilst taking it on the go. However, it’s not quite large enough to fit both the laptop and the charger comfortably.  

Keyboard, trackpad & webcam 

Lots of keyboard shortcuts available 

Key travel feels quite shallow 

Odd stutter from the trackpad 

Keys on the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i have a curved, wide shape with responsive fireback. The key travel is on the shallow side, which may be a bug bear if you type aggressively. However, they are quite quiet. The keyboard can either have the backlight set to always on, automatic or off, with two levels of brightness available.

Many shortcut keys are included on this device, with the spacebar doubling up as a backlight key, and the F keys also acting as controls for the altering the sound and brightness, extending the displays, turning on airplane mode and more. There are quite a lot of shortcuts to get used to, but overall, I found them to be practical additions.  

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The trackpad takes up a good amount of space. I had a couple of occasions where it stuttered when booting the laptop up, but these were far and few between. 

The webcam is located above the display in the centre, within a bezel which protrudes from the top slightly. It is 1080p in quality and is combined with an infra-red sensor for Windows Hello face unlock, plus dual microphones to help improve video calls. There is also a privacy shutter button on the keyboard for your piece of mind.  

I found face recognition to work quite well. It can have have trouble recognising you if you’re wearing glasses, so I’d recommend improving recognition with a second scan via Settings. However, No fingerprint reader is included.

Screen & speakers 

2.8K touchscreen OLED display 

Display picks up marks 

Impressive audio 

The Yoga Slim 9i has a 2.8K (2880×1800) OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. This results in a clear and bright screen where colours pop and shine – even with the brightness turned down.  

Viewing angles are great on this device, though it can suffer from some glare if you’re using it near a window, or outdoors under bright sunlight. 

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When measuring the screen with a Spyder Elite, the Yoga Slim 9i achieved 100% sRGB, 95% AdobeRGB, 100% DCI-P3 coverage and a maximum brightness of 392 nits. For an OLED display, that AdobeRGB score is particularly impressive – meaning that not only does this device look good, but it is also a viable option for creators and designers.  

The maximum refresh rate on the 9i is 90Hz. The laptop automatically defaults to 60Hz, so you’ll need to head into the display settings if you want to alter this. This will be a welcome addition for those who enjoy a bit of casual gaming or just smoother scrolling, but it will hit battery life slightly.

The display is touchscreen compatible. Whilst I found this to be quick and responsive to gestures, swipes and presses, the screen does pick up fingerprints and marks very easily – you’ll have to maintain upkeep on this device to keep it smudge free.  

The audio hardware on the Yoga Slim 9i is impressive. The laptop comes with four speakers, with sound by Bowers & Wilkins and Dolby Atmos support. Altogether, this results in colourful, loud audio with punchy bass levels. It’s a joy for watching Netflix, playing games and listening to music on. 

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Specs & performance 

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i features an Intel Core i7 processor from the latest (at time of writing) 12th-gen range, alongside 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. You can create custom configurations on the Lenovo website, and in other markets such as the US, the laptop comes with higher RAM and storage options.

The specific chip used in this model is the Core i7-1280P. Part of the Alder Lake-P series, this chip delivers a balance between efficiency and performance into a slim and light laptop. It also features integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, but there’s no option for a discrete GPU.

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Day-to-day performance is solid, quick and responsive. I’ve used this device for numerous tasks at once, editing photos, taking video calls and even some light gaming, and it was able to do it all without a hitch.  

Under our benchmarking tests, you can see that the Yoga Slim 9i manages to keep pace with other laptops of a similar price from the likes of Huawei and LG.  

Battery & charging 

Not the best battery life 

65W charging via USB-C

Fast speeds helps juice the laptop quickly 

Under our continuous video loop battery test, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i achieved 8 hours and 37 minutes. However, the real world battery life doesn’t always match up to these levels. I was able to make it around four hours with the best performance enabled, using multiple applications and listening to music throughout the day. 

Of course, there are things you can do to conserve the battery. Lenovo’s own Vantage software lets you choose battery saver or adaptive performance modes, rather than extreme performance. You can also turn on conservation mode in the quick settings bar to protect the battery long term.

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The laptop comes with 65W charger, which can be used with any of the three USB-C ports. Lenovo includes rapid charge feature (this must be enabled in Lenovo Vantage), which the company claims can give the device up to two hours’ worth of use in just 15 minutes.  

With this enabled, I was able to juice the laptop to 39% from flat in 30 minutes, which is not quite as fast as what we’ve seen from rival devices.

Software & features 

Windows 11 Home 

Some software bloat 

The Yoga 9i ships with Windows 11 Home, so you get all the Microsoft programs included and lots of popular apps such as WhatsApp, Disney+ and Xbox included on the device as standard. 

This laptop comes with a free 30-day trial of McAfee LiveSafe, and a month of Microsoft 365 for full access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. 

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There are some preinstalled Lenovo apps such as Lenovo Vantage for information on your device, Lenovo Hotkeys for finding keyboard shortcuts and Lenovo Voice for controlling your PC via voice commands.  

Lenovo is not quite the worst offender for bloatware, but for some these apps may get on your nerves – especially when the notifications pop up when you least want them (don’t make this writer’s mistake of not turning them off and having annoying pings during a Zoom call).  

Lenovo includes a one year PremiumCare warranty with purchase – you can read up on the warranty on the Lenovo website.

Price & availability 

In the UK, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i starts from £1,499 – though you can add additional configurations such as a 4K screen and more storage for an additional cost. At the time of writing, Lenovo has some Black Friday offers available.

US readers can only get this laptop with a 4K screen and double the amount of RAM, which means that the starting price is a tad more expensive at $2,070. However, the processor and design remain the same.  

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For the performance and design, this price falls largely in line with what is on offer from competitors. The main let-down is battery life – so if that is a concern, it’s worth looking at either the Huawei MateBook 14s or even the Apple MacBook Air (M1) if you’re happy to let go of the Windows experience.  Neither of these are the latest model anymore, meaning there should be some useful discounts.

You can also read up on Tech Advisor’s picks of the best laptops overall.  

Verdict 

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i has a gorgeous, unique design and pairs it with competitive performance that is suited both for work and for leisure, especially with its powerful speakers and bright, high-quality screen.   

The sub-standard battery life may be an annoyance to some, as will the lack of physical ports for people who connect multiple devices at once. The touchscreen is also prone to picking up fingerprint marks.  

Nonetheless, this is overall a great all-round device from Lenovo, and one to consider if you’re looking to make an investment in your next laptop.  

Specs

Windows 11 Home

14in 2880×1880 OLED touchscreen, Up to 90Hz

Intel Core i7-1280P processor

Intel Iris Xe Graphics

16GB RAM

512GB SSD storage

1080p webcam

3x USB-C ports (adaptor included for HDMI/USB-A)

Headphone jack

Webcam privacy shutter button

Wi-Fi 6E

Bluetooth 5.2

Quad speakers

Dual microphones

75Wh battery

65W charger

14.9x315x214.4mm

1.37kg

Oatmeal colour

Review Del Realme 11 Pro+

Pros

Panel curvado AMOLED de 120 Hz

Gran cámara principal con Superzoom

Autonomía y eficiencia energética

Carga rápida SuperVooc S de 100 W

Contras

Sin certificación IP

Sin carga inalámbrica de batería

Rendimiento de CPU mejorable

Nuestro veredicto

Si eres de los que le encanta la fotografía pero no dispones de un presupuesto elevado para comprarte un smartphone premium de 1000 € o más, has llegado al lugar correcto. Estamos ante el móvil con mejor cámara que Realme haya ofrecido hasta la fecha, y su calidad francamente es sorprendente.

Un año más por estas fechas, Realme regresa con el lanzamiento de terminales de una de sus familias de móviles más emblemáticas de la marca, la serie que evoluciona cada año con la numeración incrementando un dígito más. 

Por el momento, son dos los modelos que llegan al mercado Europeo e Internacional, ofreciendo un abanico de precios que oscila entre los 399 € del más económico, y los 519 € del más caro, que es el que a continuación analizamos. No obstante, podrás encontrarlo a un mejor precio durante el período de lanzamiento.

Descubre todas las novedades con las que llega al mercado.

Diseño y calidades

Diseño premium en gama media

Ligero y manejable

Sensor de huella super rápido

Como anticipo de lo que veremos del Realme 11 Pro+, cabe destacar que una de sus principales bazas es el esmerado diseño que la marca ha priorizado en este nuevo desarrollo de teléfono de gama media con tintes muy premium. 

Decimos esto porque su trasera apunta maneras, con unos acabados en piel vegana (el modelo aquí analizado en tonos sunrise beige), para ofrecer un tacto que resulta agradable y emula muy bien al cuero vegano, eliminando la presencia de huellas dactilares y ofreciendo cierta resistencia al paso del tiempo. Tal es así, que el modelo con acabados en cuero vegano no es un móvil para usar con funda.

Se trata de un móvil listo para ser usado sin funda. ¿Lo estás tú? Realme juega con el pliegue de la costura blanca y tonos dorados que nacen en la parte inferior y atraviesan de arriba a abajo el conjunto de cámaras como si se tratara de un rayo de luz. 

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El efecto final es muy sorprendente y reseñable, a lo que se añade que la disposición de los sensores es muy lineal y guarda la perspectiva al estar ubicadas en la parte superior central, aportando al móvil una mayor estabilidad si se apoya sobre cualquier superficie. 

Tanto el cristal frontal como su trasera están ligeramente curvadas, rodeadas ambas por un marco de color oro que hacen destacar visualmente al teléfono desde lejos. Toda su botonera de volumen y encendido están en un lateral, dejando el otro totalmente libre. 

El sensor de huellas dactilares se encuentra integrado en la parte baja de la pantalla, mientras que la ranura dual-SIM y el conector USB C se localizan en la parte inferior. Hay además altavoces situados en los marcos superior e inferior del móvil, lo que garantiza un sonido estéreo Dolby Atmos. Hablaremos sobre esto más adelante.

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En comparación con el desbloqueo por huella dactilar tradicional, Realme afirma haber combinado un sistema mejorado que proporciona una mejor adaptabilidad al entorno si lo usas a bajas temperaturas, con calor o incluso con el dedo húmedo ahora que llegan los calores. Francamente, la velocidad de respuesta y fiabilidad me ofrecieron un buen feedback.

El modelo con acabados en cuero vegano no es un móvil para usar con funda”

Por último, mencionar que el Realme 11 Pro+ no exhibe ningún tipo de certificación IP que garantice resistencia al agua o al polvo, algo que por otra parte era de esperar si tenemos en cuenta el rango de precios en el que se mueve. 

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Puestos a comparar, si buscas un móvil que ofrezca garantías, deberás apostar por el Google Pixel 6a de similar precio y con resistencia al agua y al polvo de tipo IP67. Echa un vistazo a nuestro ranking actualizado de los mejores móviles de gama media que puedes comprar.

Pantalla y sonido

Panel AMOLED curvado de 6,7 pulgadas

Resolución FHD+ de 2412 x 1080 píxeles

Frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz

Altavoces estéreo Dual Atmos

El nuevo móvil tiene una relación de pantalla y cuerpo que alcanza la cifra del 93,65 % lo que te ofrece una idea de que tienes ante tí un dispositivo que es todo pantalla sin apenas marcos, tampoco esos más habituales que emergen de la parte baja de la pantalla. 

La cámara frontal para selfies se encuentra perforada y centrada en la parte superior, dejando que las notificaciones y la información vital del sistema operativo pueda mostrarse a cada lado de la misma, sin interrumpir el área de visualización clave. 

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Sobre el nivel del brillo del Realme 11 Pro+, cabe destacar el esfuerzo llevado a cabo por la marca para atenuar la visualización y mantener los tonos de colores más precisos en cualquier situación, ya sea con baja luminosidad o cuando inciden los rayos del sol sobre la misma. 

De esta forma, cuando el brillo de la pantalla baja de los 90 nits, el móvil pasa del modo tradicional DC a manejar una atenuación PWM con el fin de mantener una visualización mejorada a la vez que evita un impacto negativo en los ojos del usuario. 

La frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz es simplemente lo esperado, la cifra justa para no penalizar su puntuación en la pantalla. 

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Los altavoces están desplazados al marco de la pantalla del smartphone y consiguen desarrollar una alta potencia sonora, aunque con sus claras limitaciones. Suenan alto y claro y manejan bien los bajos, fruto de su ecualización llevada a cabo junto a Dolby Atmos, pero no esperes sonidos sorprendentes. 

Rendimiento y especificaciones

Procesador Dimensity 7050 5G

RAM de 12 GB + 12 GB dinámica

NFC 360 grados

Antenas Matrix System 2.0

El móvil cuenta con el nuevo conjunto de chipset Dimensity 7050 los cuales presentan un proceso de fabricación de 6 nm e incluyen dos clústeres, de manera que los dos núcleos principales Cortex A78 corren a 2,6 GHz, mientras que los otros seis de menor potencia A55 bajan a los 2,0 GHz de velocidad. 

Esto hace que el Realme 11 Pro+ sea un móvil muy eficiente (como veremos en el apartado de autonomía), garantizando un rendimiento que está a la altura de las circunstancias para acometer cualquier tipo de tarea, tanto para manejar redes sociales y apps de productividad, como para los juegos típicos. 

Es un móvil de gama media, no lo olvidemos, pero eso no le impide que ofrezca una generosa cantidad de RAM de 12 GB, ampliables mediante RAM dinámica a otros 12 GB extra, cifra que captura de su almacenamiento y que le permiten arrojar valores en Cinebench multinúcleo por encima de la mayoría de sus competidores. 

El ratio de fps nos dice que irás un poco justo para abordar juegos de triple A”

Una vez que llevamos a cabo la batería de pruebas benchmark, que nos permiten comparar sus resultados con las del resto de smartphones, vemos que a nivel de gráficos también es posible abordar juegos con una tasa de fps bastante aceptable con 23 fps en Vulkan o Car Chase, y alcanzando los 56 fps en Manhattan 3.1. 

Los resultados están muy a la par de lo conseguido por el Galaxy A54 que rinde francamente bien para un precio similar, y con el Nothing Phone (1) que cuesta menos pero  tiene un gran procesador Snapdragon 778G+. 

Así pues, es evidente que el procesador es un punto en el que Realme ha optado por ser algo más conservador, integrado un chipset que a priori es más económico que lo que cuestan los Snapdragon equiparables, pero invirtiendo ese dinero en otras áreas como la fotografía o la batería.

Según lo visto en este apartado, el ratio de fps ofrecido por el Realme 11 Pro+ nos dice que irás un poco justo para abordar juegos de triple A si estás pensando en los juegos.

Cámaras

Sensor con mayor apertura en su rango de precios

Distancia focal f/1.69

Función de Autozoom integrado

Hablando de cámaras, llegamos a uno de los puntos más apasionantes del nuevo Realme 11 Pro+. A diferencia de su hermano menor también presentado, el 11 Pro, la coletilla de ‘plus’ implica que tiene diferencias notables en diversos apartados, entre los que se encuentra la fotografía. 

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Este móvil tiene un sensor ISOCELL HP3 de 200 MP con Superzoom que puede detectar información de autoenfoque tanto en el plano vertical como en el horizontal. Como resultado, Realme afirma que se trata del móvil con mejor cámara que haya fabricado hasta la fecha. Veremos qué hay de cierto. 

Recordemos que la compañía anteriormente ha puesto en el mercado modelos como el GT 2 Pro (de precio superior) en el momento de su lanzamiento, y aunque tiene un mejor rendimiento global, las cámaras se ven superadas en diversos frentes. 

Realme parece haber trabajado su conjunto de cámaras de manera que la principal ofrece de serie y en el modo automático hasta 4 niveles de zoom diferentes con los que poder jugar de manera inmediata (0,6, 1x, 2x y 4x). 

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Si optas por forzar el zoom digital, el móvil puede llegar a alcanzar el nivel de los 20x (poco aprovechables en cualquier caso por el nivel de ruido que se recoge). En cualquier caso y como podrás observar en las imágenes capturadas, los detalles son muy apreciables, como demuestra la estatua de Velázquez posando a las puertas del Prado. 

Excepcional balance de blancos y colorimetría la ofrecida por este móvil”

Me gusta gratamente el balance de blancos y la colorimetría ofrecida por el Realme 11 Pro+, reflejando en la pantalla con bastante fidelidad una gran aproximación de lo que realmente están viendo mis ojos en la vida real.. 

En los días claros y con gran luminosidad, las tomas se muestran con gran viveza pero sin llegar a desviarse de la realidad o quemar ciertos tonos, algo que enseguida puede apreciarse en los objetos rojizos o atardeceres. 

Por su parte, aprovechamos uno de los días nublados y con lluvia que nos ha dejado este año el mes de junio (con tormenta eléctrica incluida), para poner a prueba sus lentes y comprobamos como el nivel de detalles es sorprendente. 

Ya lo he mencionado en anteriores reviews de smartphones y es algo en lo que me fijo cuando pongo a prueba las cámaras; el hecho de que todas ellas mantengan una homogeneidad en las tonalidades, independientemente de si manejas el gran angular, la cámara principal, o el teleobjetivo (este aquí no está representado).

Las imágenes que pude tomar del edificio del Ministerio de Agricultura, ubicado junto a la Estación de Atocha de Madrid, son un claro reflejo de lo bien que se desenvuelve el Realme 11 Pro+, a pesar de que he apreciado que el tiempo de captura  y exposición en el modo de automático se incrementa con respecto a otros teléfonos como el Realme GT 3 de la marca.

Los enfoques son rápidos y precisos, sin necesidad de pulsar varias veces en la pantalla buscando un mejor resultado, y aprovecha al máximo los sensores de tamaño superior para conseguir que las fotos sean nítidas y llenas de detalles cuando haces zoom sobre la fotografía.

En cualquier caso, la cámara gran angular es de inferior calidad, con lo que es inevitable comprobar que la aparición de ruido se hace más visible que cuando manejas la principal. También es posible utilizarla para disparar de cerca con un modo macro que tiene margen de mejora, pero que también encuentra el equilibrio en el enfoque. 

Dentro del menú principal, Realme ha incorporado un modo de ‘Alta Resolución’ con el que podemos variar entre los 200 MP que soporta el sensor, o bien, bajar la calidad a los 50 MP que ya está bien para luego conseguir impresiones de fotografías a gran tamaño sin perder calidad.

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El recorte mostrado por las fotografías selfie también está a la altura de los mejores de su gama, ofreciendo con una cámara de 32 MP una calidad que está muy cerca de competir de tú a tú con los terminales más premium de precio superior. 

Autonomía y carga

Batería de 5000 mAh

Cargador de 100 W incluido

Excepcional gestión de energía

Sin carga inalámbrica

Con una batería de gran capacidad que alcanza los 5000 mAh dispuesta en su interior, el Realme 11 Pro+ también se desmarca del hermano menor 11 Pro en este apartado en el hecho de que la velocidad de carga es superior en el aquí analizado. 

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Incluye en la caja su cable y adaptador correspondiente para garantizar hasta 100 W de velocidad de carga, lo que nos permitió cargar el móvil en un tiempo que no llegó a los 30 minutos (28 para ser exactos), así como alcanzar el 56 % en apenas 15 minutos. 

Además de estas buenas noticias, la mejor la descubrimos después de pasar la prueba de batería del Realme 11 Pro+, que con el benchmark PCMark hemos conseguido alcanzar las 15 horas y 38 minutos, superando con creces al Galaxy A54 que se quedó en los 10 horas y 57 minutos, o las 10 horas y 49 minutos del Pixel 7a de precio muy similar.

Opté por repetir la prueba y llevar a cabo otra adicional que habitualmente desplegamos, la de batería con GeekBench con el nivel de brillo situado al 120 % de su capacidad, y obtuvimos un excepcional tiempo de 14 minutos y 41 segundos, un nivel que muy pocos móviles pueden emular. 

La gran autonomía es el mejor complemento para tus largas sesiones fotográficas”

En la vida real, aprovechando que en esta ocasión hemos tenido el móvil cedido unos 20 días antes de su presentación, he podido usarlo diariamente lo que me ha permitido llevarme una grata sorpresa de lo eficiente que se comporta su batería y procesador Dimensity. 

Haciendo un uso típico de apps de comunicaciones, redes sociales y otras tareas como contestar a correos electrónicos simultaneandolo con navegación web, el móvil me llegaba al final del día con una carga que en la mayoría de los casos superaba el 60 % de su capacidad. 

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Si resulta que eres un auténtico devorador de batería con juegos y aplicaciones de uso intensivo, como pueda ser Tik Tok, recuerda que tienes como aliado el sistema de carga rápida SuperVooc S. Eso sí, el Realme 11 Pro+ no contempla posibilidad alguna de carga inalámbrica. 

En cualquier caso, la gran autonomía parece ser el mejor complemento para tus largas sesiones fotográficas.

Software y actualizaciones

Realme UI 4.0

Basado en Android 13

2 años de actualizaciones (3 de seguridad)

Para la puesta de largo del GT 3, Realme ha desplegado la última versión de Realme UI 4.0 sobre Android 13, con lo que la última versión de Google está presente en este teléfono que aterriza ahora en el mercado. 

Como ya hemos mencionado en anteriores ocasiones, resulta interesante el modo GT que puedes activar en situaciones concretas como pueda ser la de jugar con el móvil, algo que se activa automáticamente con el fin de obtener un rendimiento extra. 

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Echando la mirada hacia el modelo GT 3 lanzado a principios de año por Realme, echamos en falta el sistema de notificaciones LED que tiene este móvil situado en su parte trasera, lo cual resulta muy útil en tu día a día para no perderte mensajes importantes o notificaciones de apps. 

En cualquier caso, ya sabemos que la compañía es experta en este tipo de implementaciones, probando en cada gama de producto con funciones que puedan resultar innovadoras y que puedan cautivar al consumidor final. 

Precio

El precio de venta recomendado del Realme 11 Pro+ con una configuración de 12 GB de memoria RAM y 512 GB de almacenamiento asciende a los 529 €. No obstante, durante su período de lanzamiento que dura hasta el 30 de junio, el precio se rebaja hasta los 469 €. 

Puedes encontrarlos con tres acabados diferentes en su trasera, ya sea el aquí analizado ‘Sunrise Beige’ con materiales de piel vegana, o bien, el más tradicional ‘Oasis Green’ o el denominado ‘Astral Black’, el más clásico de todos. 

Siempre puedes optar por el modelo normal más económico, pero te anticipamos ‘a modo de spoiler’ hasta que publiquemos su review final, que el sistema de lentes elegido para sus cámaras es de inferior calidad, y que su tecnología de carga de batería se queda en los 67 W, una cifra que tampoco está nada mal.

Veredicto

La baza de la compañía para sus nuevos Realme 11 Series radica en potenciar el apartado fotográfico. Quizá en el modelo 11 Pro la compañía consiga avances notables (es algo que tendremos que esperar a su review), pero en el Pro+ sin duda alguna consigue dar un golpe sobre la mesa. 

Tenemos ante nosotros al móvil de la compañía con mejor conjunto de cámaras que puedas encontrar hasta la fecha y parece que en esta ocasión, lo de inflar las cifras para integrar un sensor Samsung ISOCELL HP3 de 200 MP con SuperZoom es todo un acierto para la marca. 

Este conjunto de cámaras se ve muy bien arropado por un gran diseño de móvil, así como por una excelente autonomía con el fin de que puedas disfrutar de la fotografía al aire libre sin tener que preocuparte de que puedas quedarte sin carga, para lo que podrás hacer uso de su sistema de 100 W. 

Si tuviéramos que mejorar algo del nuevo Realme 11 Pro+ no sería la pantalla, ya que de tipo AMOLED y con 120 Hz de frecuencia de refresco, son datos más que suficientes para encontrarse entre lo que ofrecen los móviles de su gama. 

El único apartado que podría ser revisado es el del procesador. Aunque como hemos podido ver, el Dimensity 7050 5G está a la altura de las circunstancias, es probable que los más jugones echen en falta una tasa de refresco de fps algo superior en los juegos. 

Por lo demás, es un móvil fantástico que por méritos propios, pasa a formar parte de nuestro ranking de los mejores móviles del mercado situados en la gama media, con precios que rondan los 500 €.

Especificaciones

Pantalla curvada AMOLED de 6,7 pulgadas 

Pantalla FullHD+ con resolución 2772 x 1240

Brillo de 500 nits (máximo 1200 nits)

Frecuencia de refresco de 124 Hz

Procesador Dimensity 7050 5G

Modelo con 12 GB RAM + 512 GB almacenamiento

Cámaras:

Principal Samsung ISOCELL HP3 SuperZoom de 200 MP

SuperZoom, focal f/1.69 con OIS + EIS

Ultra gran angular de 8 MP y f/2.2

Cámara frontal selfie de 32 MP

Batería de 5000 mAh

Conectividad 5G dual, Bluetooth 5.3 y NFC

Carga SuperVooc S de 100W

Altavoces Dual Stereo Dolby Atmos

Sistema operativo Realme UI 4.0 con Android 13

Dimensiones de 161,6 x 73,9 x 8,2 mm

Peso de 183 gr

Surface Pro (2024) Vs Surface Pro 4 Comparison Review

Our Verdict

Until we’ve properly tested the new Surface Pro, we’ll reserve judgement on which 2-in-1 is the best.

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It’s been a pretty long wait, but the update to the Surface Pro 4 is here. Oddly, it’s not called the Surface Pro 5 but as you’ll see there are clear reasons for this.

Whether you’re thinking of upgrading from your Surface Pro 4 or trying to decide which device to buy as an upgrade from something else, our comparison of the two hybrids will help you make the right choice.

See our chart of the best hybrid laptop/tablets to buy.

You can pre-order the new Surface Pro now from Microsoft.

What are the differences between Surface Pro 4 and the 2023 version?

Compare the key specifications (see our table below) and you could easily come to the conclusion that very little has changed.

The two tablets look the same, have the same 12.3in screen, selection of ports and – aside from very minor changes – the same chassis.

During the launch, Microsoft said the new tablet was thinner and lighter. However, that’s not exactly true. Its own website lists the same dimensions for the two and, depending in the configuration you choose, the new device is either a couple of grams lighter or heavier than the equivalent old model.

So it’s not thinner and no-one is going to notice that miniscule weight difference. Can you spot which is which?

Not everything remains the same, of course. The main difference is that the new Surface Pro includes the latest seventh-gen Intel Core processors, which also means upgraded integrated graphics.

Battery life is also improved from ‘up to 9 hours’ for the old model to ‘up to 13.5 hours’ from the new Surface Pro.

The last notable change is the new kick-stand hinge which now reclines to an almost-flat 165 degrees. This position is called ‘Studio mode’ and lets you use the Surface Pro like the Surface Studio – it’s a more comfortable angle to use for sketching and drawing.

Other minor improvements are better sound quality from the speakers and more rounded corners.

The Surface Pro 4’s stand allows it to tilt back to 150 degrees – the same as the Surface Pro 3. The extra 15 degrees sounds like a small change, but until we’ve properly tested the two devices, it’s hard to know if it really makes a difference or not.

As before, there’s a choice of ultra-low-power Core m3, i5 and i7 processors. The fanless Core m model is available from launch this time – it came later with the Surface Pro 4.

If you opt for the flagship model with 1TB of storage, that’s an NVMe SSD which should improve performance even more compared to the equivalent Surface Pro 4.

That covers the main tablet, but both the keyboard and Surface Pen have been updated for 2023 as well.

Like the recently announced Surface Laptop, the Type Cover keyboard is now skinned with Alcantara – a man-made suede-like material.

This costs £149 (US$159) and comes in three colours to match the new shades for the tablet: Cobalt Blue, Burgundy and Platinum. They go on sale 30 June, a couple of weeks after the Surface Pro.

The new Surface Pen comes in the same colours, plus black. It costs £99.99 (US$99.99) – yep, it’s not bundled in the box any more – but there’s no confirmed release date yet.

It’s longer than the old Surface Pen and does away with the clip. New is its ability to detect when you’re tilting the pen at an angle (similar to Apple’s Pencil) and can therefore more accurately reproduce the effect of that on screen.

Depending on the type of pen you’ve selected in an app, it could mean you get a thicker line the more you tilt.

Which processors and storage can you get with the new Surface Pro?

The table below shows how the old and new Surface Pro models compare for their main specs.

How do they compare on price?

The Surface Pro 4 has dropped in price now that the new version has been announced, and the Core i7 versions are no longer on sale in the US.

The Pro 4 comes with the older version of the Surface Pen (unless you go for the Core m3 model), so don’t forget to add £99.99 (or $99.99) to the price of the new Surface Pro if you know you’ll need a stylus.

Surface Pro (2024):

Core m3, 4GB, 128GB: £799, US$799

Core i5, 4GB, 128GB: £979, US$999

Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £1249, US$1299

Core i7, 8GB, 256GB: £1549, US$1599

Core i7, 16GB, 512GB: £2149, US$2199

Core i7, 16GB, 1TB: £2699, US$2699

Surface Pro 4 (UK):

Core m3, 4GB, 128GB: £636.65

Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £917.15

Core i7, 8GB, 256GB: £1104.15

Core i7, 16GB, 256GB: £1231.65

Core i7, 16GB, 512GB: £1529.15

Core i7, 16GB, 1TBGB: £1869.15

Surface Pro 4 US models:

Core m3, 4GB, 128GB (no pen): US$699

Core i5, 4GB, 128GB: £979, US$849

Core i5, 8GB, 256GB: £1249, US$999

Core i5, 16GB, 256GB: £1549, US$1399

Core i5, 8GB, 512GB: £2149, US$1399

Core i5, 16GB, 512GB: £2699, US$1799

Pre-order the Surface Pro 5 here.

Should I buy the new Surface Pro?

It is, overall, very similar to its predecessor. That’s probably why it isn’t called the Surface Pro 5. The new processors mean better performance and battery life, but those are the significant two improvements.

Microsoft says the screen on the new tablet is better, but hasn’t yet specified how.

In the UK at least, the Core i7 versions of the Surface Pro 4 are significantly cheaper than the equivalents from the new range, and they’re even better value because they include a Surface Pen.

If you already own a Surface Pro 4, there’s no real incentive to upgrade unless you’re going from a low-powered model and are planning to buy a Core i7 version.

Specs Microsoft Surface Pro (2024): Specs

Windows 10 Pro

12.3in PixelSense display, 2736×1824, 267ppi

Up to Intel Kaby Lake Core i7

Up to 16GB RAM

Up to 1TB storage

USB 3.0

Mini-DisplayPort

Micro-SD card reader

11ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.0

5Mp front camera

8Mp rear camera

292x201x8.5mm

786g

M2 Pro Macbook Pro One Month Review: A Mobile Powerhouse

The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro saw a major redesign with the M1 varieties, but far fewer changes with the upgrade to M2. Still, these machines have seen some changes from the previous generation, including most notably that processor upgrade, to make the M2 Pro MacBook Pro worth considering. Here’s everything you need to know.

14″ MacBook Pro one month review [Video]

M2 MacBook Pro Specs

Before I go into my thoughts on the laptop, I want to get the specs out of the way so I can focus on the user experience. The 14” MacBook Pro starts off with the M2 Pro chip, with a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU. It can be configured up to the M2 Max chip with a 12 core cpu and 38-core GPU. On the RAM and storage side of things, it starts with 16 GB of ram – configurable up to 96GB – and ranges from 512GB of storage up to 8TB. The larger 16-inch version of the laptop has all those same configuration options, with the M2 Pro chip starting off with a 19-core GPU, but a higher starting price of $2,499 compared to the 14-inch versions $1999 starting price. The Pro laptops are available in either silver or space gray, and this time around the color of the MagSafe cable is matched to the laptop.

Throughout most of the machine, not much has changed from the previous generation. When the M1 chips first arrived for the MacBook Pro the device saw a major redesign to strike a better balance of form an function, and that balance thankfully continues here.

Content Consumption – 14″ MacBook Pro Audio

The 14” MacBook Pro has a six speaker array with force-cancelling woofers, and they sound excellent. It has much better bass than the MacBook Air, and the proper speaker grates and ports provide good stereo separation to make for a surprisingly good music listening experience. Apple also talks about the Dolby Atmos and spatialized audio support with the speakers, but the laptops built in speakers definitely don’t compare to the directionality and immersion you can get from a true surround setup. If you want good spatial audio with the laptop, you’re better off using the HDMI out to get multichannel audio or using AirPods. With modern AirPods, the 14” MacBook pro supports not just spatialized audio, but also head tracked spatialize audio. This lets the direction the sound is coming from seem to stay in place even as you turn your head. It can be cool, especially with movies, where sound is such an important part of the storytelling experience.

I can understand why some people like to have spatialized audio enabled, but for me the extra processing done to emulate a surround sound experience doesn’t lead to a sound that I prefer, and I even find the head-tracked audio a bit jarring; things like FaceTime using spatialized audio definitely seem more annoying than helpful for me. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy either disable headtracking or just disable spatialized audio altogether when you have your AirPods connected. I certainly won’t complain about extra features being available for those who want them, even if I won’t find myself using them, cause your experience using spatialized audio with AirPods could be different! 

Display

Continuing with the media consumption experience, you have the screen. It may not be a 4k or 8k panel, but in a laptop of this size that resolution isn’t necessary anyway. The screen on the 14″ MacBook Pro is 3024 by 1964 pixels, for a total of 254 pixels per inch. That is a plenty high enough pixel density for a screen of this size, but it is just a 14” screen. If you’re in a dorm room and intend to use your laptop as one of your only content consumption devices, skipping out on a TV, stepping up to the larger 16” MacBook Pro could be worth it. To feel immersed in a movie like you would at a theater you have to be pretty close the the screen – but you could find that worth the trade-offs, as the screen on the MacBook Pro is very good.

HDR

Its a MiniLED type display, so unlike the more typical LCD’s which have a backlight that illuminates the whole screen at once, it has thousands of tiny LED’s that can illuminate different sections of the screen different amounts. This lets brighter elements on screen get extra bright – up to 1600 nits with HDR content – while allowing dark elements on screen to be darker. The whole screen Max HDR brightness is 1000nits, and with SDR content it’ll top out at 500.

ProMotion

Additionally, the MacBook Pro has the variable refresh rate technology Apple refers to as ProMotion, so the built in display supports refresh rates up to 120Hz to offer a smoother experience when using the machine. It also allows the refresh rate to match that of the content you’re watching. Normally, if your watching 24fps content like movies on a 60Hz panel without variable refresh rate, it has to display one frame twice and the next frame three times in order to fit the 24 frames per second into the 60Hz of the screen. The uneven amount of time each frame is displayed will result in judder. With this display, it can just run at 48Hz so that each frame is displayed for an identical amount of time. This difference isn’t something most people will notice, but if you’re particularly susceptible to noticing it, the reduction in judder on the MacBooks display is nice to have. All in all, the MacBook Pro is an excellent content consumption device. The screen looks great and the speakers sound great, with the biggest downside just being the size of the display – but it’s what you’d expect from a laptop and it has excellent portability, so it can hardly be considered a drawback.

Creative workflows

Now, while most people consume content – being a professional focused laptop – plenty of people choose to upgrade to the MacBook Pro to produce content, so how does it hold up there? Pretty well! I’ve been doing all my video editing on the MacBook Pro, and it has done an excellent job. With Apple’s M2 Pro chip inside, and a fantastic media engine that supports hardware acceleration for H264, H265, ProRes, and ProRes RAW, whatever media type you’re working with, the laptop will handle it incredibly well. Even on the base spec, with a 512GB SSD and 16GB of ram, I haven’t had any major slowdowns. Only twice so far have I actually heard the fan ramp up to keep the chip cool while under a heavy load – and I work in Premiere, so people working with Apple’s own Final Cut Pro may have better optimization and an even smoother experience due to that close integration.

Now, when editing video or photos, color accuracy is pretty important. While by no means is the built-in display a reference monitor, it’s plenty accurate video and photo work, with different profiles depending on the colorspace you’re working in. In addition to the display modes for XDR and standard Apple displays, you have BT.709, sRGB, PC-DCI and more. If you’re really worried about color accuracy, you can grab a calibration tool to adjust your built in display and any external displays to match.

The M2 Pro MacBook Pro also supports two external displays simultaneously. You can output 8K 60Hz or 4K 240Hz from the HDMI port, or connect two 6K 60Hz displays from the Thunderbolt ports. If you choose to upgrade to the M2 Max chip you can output to three displays at once for an even more impressive multi-monitor setup. I’m a big proponent to the value of multiple monitors, so the native support for more displays, as well as the improved HDMI 2.1 port for higher resolutions and faster refresh rates, is really valuable for me. Similarly, the power of the laptop and its excellent screen will make it a good fit for photo editing in Photoshop or Lightroom, even working with high-megapixel raw photos.

M2 Pro MacBook Pro Benchmarks Geekbench CPU & compute

Running a Geekbench 6 compute benchmark through the Metal API, it gets 73,287, while running it through OpenCL it gets a score of 43,209. The scores may not beat out all the other CPUs and GPUs out there, but as with all things, it’s a balance. Apple’s ARM-based processor has a low power consumption and excellent efficiency leading to excellent battery life.

Blender & Cinebench rendering

Finally, running Cinebench R23, running a multi-core test, the 14” MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chip received an 11,723, and in a single core test it got a 1,631 – not reaching the scores of Xeons and Threadrippers, but beating out the Core i5-11600KF and Ryzen 5 5600X. 

SSD speed General usage

As I said before, the laptop carried over the design from the previous generation. When the 2023 MacBook Pro came out, it switched from a design-focused wedge shape to a slightly more boxy shape that I think strikes a better balance between performance and style. The efficiency improvements from Apple silicon allow the 14″ MacBook Pro to last me all day on battery life, such that I don’t think about bringing a charger when I’m leaving the house. The 16” version will last even longer, but whether I was on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, any of the Apple’s laptops with their own silicon last long enough on battery.

Ports

The wider sides let Apple bring back some ports they previously removed, and this generation saw some improvements to those. On the left side, we’ve got the MagSafe 3 connector for charging up, two Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone jack with support for high impedance headphones. Over on the right side of the machine there’s a full size SD card slot, another Thunderbolt port, and an HDMI 2.1 port. As I touched on previously, this upgrade to HDMI 2.1 brings higher resolutions and refresh rates, supporting up to 8K 60Hz or 4k at 240hz. While there are certainly other laptops that have more to offer in terms of ports, this is the first time in more than five years that I’ve had a laptop with an HDMI port and an SD card slot built it, and I’m so glad to have them back. It seems minor, but its one more adapter I would have to keep track of.

Camera and microphone

One negative from the identical design is the continued existence of a large notch for the 1080P FaceTime camera. The MacBook Pro still hasn’t gained FaceID or other features to help justify the large cutout, but one you start really using the machine you basically forget its there. The top bar helps hide it and the slightly taller aspect ratio prevents content from being covered by it.

As far as the camera goes, an average person definitely won’t run into any issues with it – it’s perfectly adequate for video meetings or FaceTime calls. Still, opting to use a separate webcam or using your iPhone’s camera through continuity camera will be a big step up in quality. The microphone on the laptop, however, is pretty outstanding. Apple refers to the three-mic array as studio quality, and uses directional beam forming to get good, clear audio from the user while blocking out other nearby sounds. I’ve been impressed with the microphone – it really does have a studio-type sound to it, blocking out pretty much any of the room tone. 

Keyboard

The keyboard continues what you’d expect from a MacBook keyboard. There isn’t too much travel distance, and a mechanical keyboard can certainly offer a more tactile experience, but as with so many things, there’s a lot of personal choice in what makes a good keyboard. I like the typing experience on the MacBook Pro, and it’s certainly much better than the butterfly keyboards Apple phased out a few years ago. I also quite like the styling of the black background behind the keys, rather than bare metal. And finally, the Touch ID built into the keyboard is very handy to unlock the computer, if for whatever reason I’m not wearing my Apple Watch.

Gaming

I was going to try to talk about gaming here, but there really isn’t too much to talk about. It isn’t the power of the MacBook Pro holding it back, but the operating system.

You can play Minecraft, League of Legends, and other games, but there is just no way to see Mac as a gaming machine until more modern triple A games start supporting MacOS. If you want to play some retro games you can always emulate the system, and older games could work if you’re playing through a virtual windows machine using software like parallels, but Macs just don’t compare with Windows machines or consoles for the time being. For now, your best bet will be using a game streaming service like Xbox Cloud Gaming or Nvidia’s GeForce NOW to play your favorite games.

9to5Mac’s Take

While I’ve stayed pretty focused on the 14″ M2 MacBook Pro here, of course it doesn’t exist in a bubble. The MacBook Air, while it’s less powerful and has less connectivity, is still a great laptop – and packs a great punch for its size. At its base price, it’s also $800 less expensive. If you think that could be a good option for you, check out my comparison video. The previous generation MacBook Pro could also be a great option, especially if you’re willing to go with a used laptop from somewhere like eBay, the M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro could be a fantastic value – outperforming the more modern M2 MacBook Air – in the same form factor as the current MacBook Pro. 

But the 14″ M2 Pro MacBook Pro is the right laptop for me. It’s a powerful and portable machine with a very efficient processor and GPU to keep it running all day, whether I’m at home or on the go. I’ve truly enjoyed using the laptop over the past month and am pleased to continue using it.

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