Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

In our extensive testing of the latest MacBooks over the past month, we’ve delved into their features and performance. While these machines are undoubtedly impressive and fast, it’s crucial to acknowledge their downsides. In this video breakdown, we aim to simplify the decision-making process for potential buyers by highlighting the issues and problems you should be aware of before investing your hard-earned money.

1. Identical Encoders for Varied Prices:

For video editors, the high-performance MacBooks come with a caveat. Despite the impressive overall performance, the encoders remain identical across models. This means that, irrespective of whether you spend $1,600 or $2,000, the encoding speed won’t differ significantly from the much cheaper M1 MacBook Air released in 2020.

2. Battery Life Discrepancy:

Especially noticeable in the M3 Max model, the fast hardware consumes a substantial amount of power, resulting in approximately 2 hours less battery life compared to the M2 Max version. Video editors and heavy users may find themselves tethered to a power source more frequently.

3. Heat and Fan Noise:

The M3 Max model, in particular, can get notably hot and loud due to its power-hungry nature. The single fan in the $1,600 M3 model adds to the heat and noise factor. Users concerned about noise levels should consider exploring the low-power mode option discussed in a separate video.

4. Performance Slowdowns in the 14-inch Model:

The 14-inch model, especially the M3 Max variant, experiences performance slowdowns due to increased heat, making it perform more like a Pro chip than a Max chip. Those prioritizing performance should opt for the 16-inch model for better consistency.

5. Missing Thunderbolt Port in the $1,600 Model:

Surprisingly, the $1,600 M3 machine lacks a Thunderbolt port, a detail that often goes unnoticed. Users requiring diverse connectivity options may find this omission significant, potentially warranting a higher investment for additional features.

6. Limited External Display Support:

Despite having multiple Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI port, the $1,600 M3 model can only support one external display. This limitation might be a deciding factor for users intending to connect multiple accessories.

7. RAM Bottleneck:

The 8GB RAM configuration in the $1,600 model can severely slow down the system, particularly when launching applications and handling multiple tasks. Upgrading to the 16GB version provides a noticeable boost in speed and responsiveness.

8. Single Fan Configuration:

The single fan in the $1,600 M3 model contributes to increased heat and noise levels compared to the 14-inch models with dual fans. Potential buyers might find the $2,000 M3 Pro a better investment for improved performance.

9. Price Increases and Lineup Split:

While Apple introduced a cheaper model, the cost of the highest-tier Max models has increased. The lineup split between Max and Pro chips can lead users to spend more money to obtain the desired CPU performance, limiting options for cost-effective alternatives.

10. Performance Core and Graphics Core Reduction:

For the first time, Apple reduced the number of performance cores and graphics cores in the latest chips. While the real-world impact varies, it’s essential to consider detailed comparisons to understand the implications for specific tasks.

11. Storage Speed and Costs:

Even with a $2,000 investment, users may experience slower storage speeds compared to previous generations due to fewer NAND chips. Upgrading to a higher storage tier not only offers more space but also boosts speed, making it a worthwhile consideration.

12. Limited High Storage Options for Pro Chips:

High storage capacities are now exclusive to Max chips, limiting options for Pro chip users. This change aims to encourage higher spending but may inconvenience those with storage-intensive needs.

13. Logic Board Bios on Memory Chips:

In the $1,600 machine, the logic board and motherboard bios are on the memory chips. This setup poses a potential issue as lower RAM configurations may experience quicker wear, leading to higher repair costs if the memory needs replacement.


While the latest MacBooks offer impressive performance, potential buyers should weigh these downsides against their specific needs and budget constraints. Each highlighted point addresses particular concerns, ensuring an informed decision based on individual priorities.

For an in-depth understanding of each issue, explore our detailed comparisons and additional content. Make sure to subscribe for more insights, and feel free to check out our other videos. Making an informed decision ensures that your MacBook purchase aligns with your expectations and usage requirements.

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