Apple just recently refreshed its MacBook Pro notebooks, but a new offer has reduced the 14-inch model to $1,799 at Amazon and B&H. That’s $150 off the current pricing for this combination on Amazon, $200 off Apple’s MSRP, and the biggest reduction we’ve seen to far. According to B&H’s advertising, the sale will only remain till Tuesday. It should be noted that only the Space Gray variant is discounted.
This offer is only valid for the 14-inch entry-level model, which contains a new M2 Pro processor with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16GB of Memory, and 512GB of SSD storage. The 14.2-inch Mini-LED display supports refresh rates up to 120Hz for better scrolling and has a resolution of 3,024 x 1,964. A 1080p webcam is hidden behind an iPhone-style display notch, along with three Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connections, an HDMI 2.1 port, a full-sized SD card slot, a charging MagSafe connector, and a headphone jack.
Back in January, we awarded the current 14-inch MacBook Pro a review score of 92. Despite the fact that that evaluation was based on a higher-power configuration than this discounted model, the overall advantages remain the same. The new MacBook Pro is effectively a speed bump, but it is still a speedy and well-built laptop for hardcore users. Its display is still excellent, its keyboard and touchpad are still comfortable, its speakers are still excellent, and its battery life can still last for a whole work day. On the other hand, even with the price, the entire system is still costly and hardly upgradeable, but that’s a common scenario with Macs. This entry-level model also has a 67W charger, although more costly models have a quicker 96W converter in the package.
The new chip is the only significant improvement here. To be clear, this type of the M2 Pro isn’t worth the upgrading for most previous MacBook Pro customers, and its graphics performance is still significantly inferior to the M2 Max processor found in the more expensive Pro models. This entry-level model’s storage performance is theoretically slower than the previous entry-level 14-inch Pro due to the way its NAND chips are arranged.
However, this is a capable notebook. Any storage reduction is unlikely to be noticed the overwhelming majority of the time, and the CPU and GPU speed here is still a welcome boost for those wanting to move from an older Intel-based Pro. Although the M2 MacBook Air is the superior purchase for most individuals looking for a general-purpose laptop, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is a wonderful option for those ready to spend a little more for additional performance, and this price makes it at least a bit more cheap.