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M3 MacBook Pro Display Brighter, Sharper, and More Color Accurate Than Ever Before

November 10, 2023
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The much-awaited M3 MacBook Pro has finally arrived, and it is going to completely change the portable computer industry. The display is without a doubt the most notable feature that distinguishes this most recent version from its predecessors. Its vividness and clarity will capture you with its brightness level that brings every detail to life. The enhanced clarity guarantees an unparalleled visual experience whether you’re creating graphics, editing films, or just watching your favorite movies and images. 

With this model, color fidelity also reaches new heights; every shade seems more vivid and authentic than before. The M3 MacBook Pro screen renders every hue perfectly, from vibrant greens to deep blues and rich reds. Packed within the elegant form of Apple’s renowned laptop series, this ground-breaking display technology boosts productivity while immersing users in a visually breathtaking world like never before imagined.

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: RELEASE DATE AND PRICE

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: RELEASE DATE AND PRICE

November 7 is when the MacBook Pro M3 will be available, at a starting price of $1,599. You get an 8-core CPU, a 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage for that amount of money. Although that’s not a lot of memory, you can increase it to 16GB for a whopping $200 or 24GB for $400.

There are also 1TB ($200) and 2TB ($600) storage choices. Our setup, which includes 1 TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, costs $1,999. The MacBook Pro 14-inch with M3 Pro processor, which starts at $1,999 and has an 11-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 18GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, is a great option for those seeking more power. 

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: DESIGN AND PORTS

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: DESIGN AND PORTS

The unfortunate news is that the sleek new Space Black color isn’t available for the MacBook Pro M3. Exclusive to the more expensive M3 Pro/M3 Max variant is this design. Other than being limited to Space Silver and Space Gray, this is a really strong and elegant device.

It weighs a relatively reasonable 3.4 pounds, and the unibody aluminum construction nevertheless feels quite sturdy. I like how cool and quiet the system is overall, and how simple it is to access the lid using the front lip. Although it still bothers me a little, the display’s top-notch is usually out of the way. 

The MacBook Pro M3’s left side has a 3.5mm headphone jack, two Thunderbolt / USB 4 connections, and a MagSafe charging connector. On the right side of the machine are the SD Card slot and HDMI port.

Keep in mind that this model has one fewer Thunderbolt port than the more expensive MacBook Pro M3 Pro, meaning it can only output data to one external display as opposed to two for the M3 Pro. It is important to consider that before making a purchase. 

M3 MacBook PRO DISPLAY REVIEW: DISPLAY

M3 MacBook PRO DISPLAY REVIEW: DISPLAY

Even though it’s not as vivid as an OLED screen, the MacBook Pro M3’s 14-inch mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display is still among the finest on the market for laptops. Additionally, Apple increased the brightness on the most recent model when watching SDR (standard dynamic range) media.

When I compared the 14-inch MacBook Pro M2 Pro and MacBook Pro M3, I could tell the difference when watching The Marvels teaser. Our lab test findings confirm that Brie Larson’s character was more colorful on screen. 

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: PERFORMANCE

The first 3-nanometer CPU for the Mac range, the M3 chip in the MacBook Pro packs in more transistors and has a next-generation GPU. Throughout my daily workload, which involves running Slack, editing short photos in Pixelmator Pro, and having hundreds of Chrome tabs open at once across many windows, this laptop never faltered. 

The MacBook Pro M3 outperformed the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 by around 20%, scoring 3,138 on single-core and 12,018 on multi-core on Geekbench, a tool used to assess overall performance. While the M3’s multi-core score is somewhat lower than the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro, its single-core performance is about 27% quicker. 

What about editing videos? We used Handbrake to convert a 6.5GB 4K film to 1080p, and the MacBook Pro M3 took 5 minutes and 37 seconds to complete. That’s more than two minutes quicker than the MacBook Air 15 and more than a minute quicker than the previous MacBook Pro M2, albeit the MacBook Pro M1 Pro was quicker.

We also perform the PugetBench PhotoShop test, which rates the laptop’s efficiency in using scripts to apply various filters and other edits to many high-resolution photos. Including the M2 MacBook Pro, the M3 MacBook Pro achieved the greatest score and required the shortest amount of time to complete the test.

In the Geekbench single-core test, the MacBook Pro M3 outperforms the Windows rivals, although it lags slightly behind similar systems in the multi-core test. Additionally, it edits videos a little bit slower than those computers. But remember that our MacBook Pro M3 configuration is $1,999, while the Dell XPS 15 OLED costs $2,499, the Samsung Galaxy Book 3 costs $2,399, and the Surface Laptop Studio 2 costs $3,299. 

Don’t expect this Apple laptop to have the quickest SSD performance. The 1TB disk in the MacBook Pro M3 yielded read speeds of 2,769 MBps and 2,904 on the Blackmagic Disk Speed test. That is inferior to the Surface Laptop Studio 2, but comparable to the MacBook Pro 13-inch M2. Additionally, the 15-inch Air writes slower than it reads, but it reads quicker.

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: GRAPHICS AND GAMING

The 10-core GPU in the MacBook Pro M3 is brand-new, and it has Dynamic Caching, which dynamically optimizes on-chip memory. Hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing are used with this to enhance geometry processing and create more lifelike lighting effects.

Using the MacBook Pro M3, I got the opportunity to play the Lies of P. According to Apple’s built-in tool, I was slaying foes at a smooth 60 frames per second in high-performance mode at 1920 x 1200 pixels. Even with a high frame rate, the action may still be played at 45 frames per second. 

Using Shadow of the Tomb Raider as a test, the MacBook Pro M3 managed to achieve 33 frames per second at 1920 x 1200. The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra (RTX 4050) managed 54 frames per second, whereas the Dell XPS 15 OLED with RTX 4070 GPU achieved a presumably higher 67 frames per second. 

In the Extreme test of 3DMark, which evaluates overall graphics performance, the MacBook Pro M3 achieved a score of 7,810 at 46.8 frames per second. With the M2 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro achieved 6,819 and 40.83 frames per second. It is an increase of 13%. 

The MacBook Pro M3’s graphics are good overall, but if you need more power, you should get the M3 MacBook Pro with a 14-core GPU.

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: BATTERY LIFE

All the information you need to understand why MacBooks are still outperforming Windows 11 computers can be found in the table below. There is just no comparison between the current generation of Apple silicon and any Intel laptop in terms of efficiency. 

The MacBook Pro M3 battery life was an impressive 17 hours and 25 minutes on the Tom’s Guide test, which comprises online browsing at 150 nits of screen brightness. This is more than two hours longer than the 15-inch MacBook Air and more than three hours longer than the MacBook Pro M2 Pro. The battery life of the smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 was 18:20 longer.

The Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, Surface Laptop Studio 2, and Dell XPS 15 OLED all lasted more than ten hours. We had to decrease the refresh rate for Samsung’s laptop to accomplish what it hardly achieved. The MacBook Pro was operating at 120Hz in ProMotion mode. 

During standard business duties, the MacBook Pro M3 readily lasted several hours in my tests; nevertheless, gaming took a total of one hour. After playing Hitman on Steam for a little under two hours, the battery was down to around 20%. 

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: KEYBOARD, TOUCHPAD AND WEBCAM

I almost left the keyboard and touchpad for last since I didn’t want to bore you. The reason for this is that they are almost flawless. The keyboard on the MacBook Pro has a lot of travel and a satisfying clack while typing. 

For simple logins, the power button still has a Touch ID button integrated into it. However, I wish Apple would support Face ID for Macs to expedite the process.

Multi-touch motions are a pleasure to execute because of the TrackPad’s vast width and ease of usage. Cursor navigation is also as precise as it has always been. 

The M3 chip’s Neural Engine and image signal processor (ISP) improve the quality of videos captured by the MacBook Pro’s 1080p FaceTime camera. I used the camera to take a picture of myself in front of a Christmas tree, and it turned out that my skin tone was correct, and my shirt and hair were clear. Although my face was a little out of focus, this camera works well for video conversations. 

MACBOOK PRO M3 VS MACBOOK PRO M3 PRO

Although we haven’t tested the MacBook Pro with the M3 Pro processor yet, the 11-core CPU, 14-core GPU, and 18GB of unified memory standard should provide better performance than before. The MacBook Pro M3 starts with only 8GB of RAM and contains an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU. Coders and video editors will particularly like the additional capability. 

In addition, the MacBook Pro M3 Pro has three Thunderbolt ports instead of the MacBook Pro M3’s two, and it can accommodate two external displays. One display at a time is supported with the MacBook Pro M3. Just bear in mind that this laptop costs $400 less than the MacBook Pro M3 Pro, which starts at $1,999. 

MACBOOK PRO M3 VS MACBOOK AIR M2

You will notice greater power and particularly better graphics performance if you’re attempting to choose between the $1,599 MacBook Pro M3 and the $1,099 13-inch MacBook Air M2 or the $1,299 15-inch MacBook Air M2. What will happen, though, if the Airs do end up obtaining the M3 chip?

Because of its improved sustained performance made possible by its thermal architecture, the MacBook Pro M3 will continue to be the faster option. In addition, several experts rely on the MacBook Pro M3’s brighter and more vivid mini-LED display, HDMI connector, and SD card slot. However, the Airs will continue to be the more affordable and superior laptop for general use. 

MACBOOK PRO M3 REVIEW: VERDICT

A fantastic substitute for the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the 14-inch MacBook Pro M3. Yes, there are $300 extra in fees, but consider all the enhancements you receive. This laptop has a better camera, more connections, a larger and more vivid display, and a significant speed gain. Another noteworthy feature is the battery life of 17 hours. 

Would someone with a MacBook Pro M1 Pro want to purchase this? Although I still enjoy using it, it’s worth the investment if you need something more powerful than the MacBook Air or if you have an earlier Intel Mac. In comparison to the MacBook Pro M3 Pro, I only wish you didn’t have to give up an additional port for this price. 

Although the MacBook Pro M3 isn’t the thinnest laptop in its class, it still has an incredible display, a comfortable keyboard, fantastic speakers, and a ton of horsepower and durability. For the money, it’s the most complete MacBook available. 

Conclusion

The M3 MacBook Pro, a new model from Apple, offers a brighter, sharper, and more color-accurate display than ever before. The M3 MacBook is available in various storage options, including 1TB ($200) and 2TB ($600), with the M3 Pro chip starting at $1,999. The unibody aluminum design is solid and lightweight, with a 3.4-pound weight.

The display is a mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR, offering better brightness than an OLED panel. The display also enhances color accuracy, rendering every hue more vibrant and true to life than ever before. The MacBook Pro M3 is limited to one external display output compared to the M3 Pro, and the display is one of the best on any laptop. The M3 MacBook is a sleek and sturdy machine, with a sleek sturdy unibody aluminum design and a powerful 14-inch mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display.

The MacBook Pro M3 is a powerful laptop with the M3 chip, the first 3-nanometer processor for the Mac lineup. It boasts a next-generation GPU and is faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2. The M3 scored 3,138 on single-core and 12,018 on multi-core, making it about 20% faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2. Video editing is also faster than the previous MacBook Pro M2 and the MacBook Air 15.

The M3 MacBook Pro has the highest score of any MacBook tested, including the M2 MacBook Pro, and takes the least amount of time to run. However, it falls slightly behind Windows competition on Geekbench single-core and video editing time. The MacBook Pro M3 also features a 10-core GPU with Dynamic Caching technology, paired with hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing for improved geometry processing and more realistic lighting effects. The graphics in the MacBook Pro M3 are impressive, but those seeking more power will want to opt for the M3 MacBook Pro with a 14-core GPU.

FAQS

Are MacBook Pro screen colors accurate?

To guarantee the accuracy of the P3 wide color panel and LEDs, every MacBook Pro, Studio Display, and Pro Display XDR goes through a cutting-edge factory display calibration procedure on the production line. Right out of the box, consumers may enjoy an amazing viewing experience thanks to the factory display calibration procedure.

How much faster is M3 than M1?

According to ZDNET’s comprehensive assessment, the M3 renders at a rate that is more than twice as fast as the M1, which is important for users who work in more content creation-related fields.

Is the MacBook Pro M3 worth it?

With its enhanced cooling system, the 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 unlocks the full potential of M3 for sustained performance, making it up to 60% quicker than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1. It offers greater performance and capabilities than ever at a terrific value, with prices starting at $1,599.