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These days there is a lot of talk about Apple and in particular about M1 Pro and M1 Max the new processors that have been presented along with the new Macbook Pro. Enthusiastic headlines, super positive first reviews and a “craving” for these laptops that sees all the sites and magazines that talk about technology in “turmoil”.
Today, however, we want to stop for a moment and think about what is actually the most sensible choice, the best if you want to embrace the MacOS world and, at the same time, do it at an absolutely correct price, without exaggerating in the configuration and having an extremely effective and flexible station for all needs.
First of all it should be emphasized that M1 and M1 Pro / Max have the same architecture. Apple has in fact taken an M1 as a base, added support for multiple cores and GPUs twice as fast on the Pro and four times as fast on the Max. The base is but the same so much that a Macbook Air, Macbook Pro or Macbook Pro M1 Max in single core offer quite similar performance . The real difference is in multicore.
Important numbers also regarding RAM speed and bandwidth: M1 Pro has as far as 200 GB / s of memory bandwidth and supports up to 32 GB of unified memory. M1 Max has a memory band up to 400 GB / s , double respect to the M1 Pro chip and nearly six times than the M1 processor, and supports up to 64 GB of fast unified memory.
But be careful not to overestimate your needs because a product with M1 base, could already be oversized for most people and uses. Making the right choice is important and for this reason today we recommend what, according to our tests and experiences, is the Apple M1 station with the best price / quality / design ratio.
MACBOOK PRO M1 or AIR
For a year, both me, Niccolò, and Davide, have been working every day with Macbook Air, Mac Mini and Macbook Pro 13 base, or the configurations that are easily found in the various online stores and that are the ones that often go on offer. Let’s talk about products 8 / 256 GB or 8 / 512 GB with whom we have carried out every possible task, processing, managed important workflows and even made some small video montages (Davide), a use comparable to what most people could do and where a basic M1 product is absolutely balanced and able to offer unique silence and exceptional autonomy.
There being no difference between the various Mac M1 (except 1 GPU core on Air and base iMac but that doesn’t make a difference), in fact whatever product you plan to buy will have exactly the same power and will give you the same usage experience.
MATEVIEW and NOT IMAC 24
But why MateView and not an iMac 24 or Mac Mini plus other screen? We have summarized the answers in order to make our choice easier to understand and why, in our opinion, a solution of this type makes much more sense:
- Those who choose Apple do so for many reasons but one it is also linked to aesthetics. iMac 24 is a very particular product, with a super minimal, clean and sober design. MateView resumes in all respects the lines of the iMac – even if it came out before – on a conceptual level: it is very thin, has minimal bezels, is silver, extremely elegant and has a very functional base and with potentially only one cable coming out for the power supply. So choosing another monitor, as far as possible obviously, would not bring that minimalism, essentiality and closeness to the Apple style that this MateView has instead.
- MateView, unlike iMac 24, it can also be adjusted in height allowing greater flexibility in positioning and also allowing you to work standing or with low desks.
- MateView has one larger screen than iMac being from 28.2 inches but has practically the same footprint on the desk since it does not have the bottom frame that is present on the Apple product. A great visual advantage.
- MateView has a matte screen that makes all the difference in the world in the workplace. Very few reflections, excellent brightness and a very high quality.
- Mateview has a 3: 2 ratio like iMac and is therefore really great in the workplace
- Mateview, unlike iMac 24, not only it has more ports and inputs, but it also has an operating system that allows you to use the monitor for everything, even wireless, with DeX.
- Mateview being a monitor, it can be connected to all sources. It seems trivial but iMac being an All-In-One cannot be used as an external monitor.
- Mateview is not a gaming monitor being a 60 Hz, or rather, it does not give the best but neither does iMac 24 has this prerogative. In general, playing on MacOS is not a common practice and if you are a gamer looking at the features, you have already turned to something else.
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WHICH COMBINATION IS SUITABLE?
Given the premises above, let’s do the math: basic iMac costs 1499 € and on offer is approximately 1399 € on some occasions. iMac 24 “has exactly the same features as the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro 13 which, having been on the market for about a year, are easily found in 899 € and 1199 € respectively.
In order not to take the minimum prices for all products, we consider 949 € for Air, 1249 € for Macbook Pro 13, 799 € for Mac Mini and 1399 € for iMac (Mateview 549 €). Here are the potential seats and prices:
- Macbook Air + Mateview = 1499 € -> same iMac list price 24 base – 1399 € on offer
- Macbook Pro 13 + Mateview = 1799 € -> iMac 24 with 8 ocre CPU – like that of the Pro 13 base – coast 1719 € list price – 1649 € on offer.
- Mac Mini + Mateview = 1349 € -> iMac 24 with 8 ocher CPU – like that of the Mini base – cos ta 1719 € list price – 1649 € on offer.
In all cases the price of the combination is very similar to that of the iMac only with the same configuration. Considering that in terms of performance we always talk about the exact same product with only the GPU that goes from 7 to 8 cores depending on the configuration, it is clear that the flexibility advantage is enormous in choosing a laptop + a monitor.
The other aspect is that, with this station, you will have no clutter on your desk and an effect very, very similar to that of the iMac. In fact, Mateview has a peculiarity: it allows you to be connected to a Mac M1 directly with the Type-C cable and to recharge / power the laptop directly with the cable with which the video signal also comes out.
With Air or Macbook Pro 13 you will then have only 1 cable that connects the Monitor and the Mac power supply (in addition to the cable that powers the Mateview of course). If you choose a Mac Mini, you will have the Mac Mini power cable in addition but, honestly, preferring a basic Mac Mini to an Air considering that the price is quite close, it doesn’t make much sense as you will lose the flexibility of having a laptop. take you everywhere and the 8-core CPU brings no real advantages over the 7-core one.
CONCLUSIONS AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Obviously iMac 24 “has some advantages: can be chosen in different colors, has included mouse and keyboard, has better sound than the Mateview and is a done and finished All-in-One with also Webcam 1080 eg with deeper Mac integration since volume and brightness can be adjusted from the keyboard. The lack of vertical adjustment, the presence of a glossy and non-opaque screen and the cost are still elements to be con siderare well.
Having a complete laptop and at the same time a fixed station that has a larger work surface (28 inches) with similar dimensions, very close aesthetics and enormously greater flexibility and with an extremely limited number of cables (2 at most), in our opinion it makes absolutely more sense, especially when the price is very similar and configurations and powers ident iche.
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