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The 14-inch laptop computer has seen one thing of a renaissance recently. It appears that customers, or at the least producers, see a ton of worth in a laptop computer that’s barely bigger than a 13-inch machine however significantly smaller than 15 inches. There’s slightly extra room for higher thermals and a bigger show with out making a humongous chassis.

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 represents state-of-the-art design in 14-inch laptops, with an insanely strong construct, robust efficiency, and phenomenal battery life. But it’s not alone. Lenovo’s Slim 9i is a good laptop computer in its personal proper, providing the identical degree of construct high quality with good efficiency and battery life that competes strongly towards different Windows laptops, if not towards the MacBook Pro 14. So, which of those excellent premium 14-inch laptops is for you?


  Lenovo Slim 9i Apple MacBook Pro 14
Dimensions 12.40 inches by 8.44 inches by 0.59 inches 12.31 inches by 8.71 inches by 0.61 inches
Weight 3.02 kilos 3.5 kilos
Processor Intel Core i7-1280P Apple M1 Pro
Apple M1 Max
Graphics Intel Iris Xe Integrated
Display 14.0-inch 16:10 OLED UHD+ (3840 x 2400) 14.2-inch 16:10 Liquid Retina XDR 3024 x 1964
Storage 512GB solid-state drive (SSD)
Touch Yes No
Ports 3 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
3 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
SD card reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
Webcam 1080p with infrared digital camera for Windows Hello 1080p
Operating system Windows 11 MacOS Monterey
Battery 75 watt-hour 70 watt-hour
Price $1,760+ $1,999+
Rating 4 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Price and configurations

The Slim 9 has simply two configurations as this comparability is being written, all constructed across the Twelfth-generation, 28-watt, 14-core/20-thread Core i7-1280P CPU, 32GB of RAM, and UHD+ OLED show. It’s $1,760 with a 512GB SSD and $1,819 with a 1GB SSD. That’s barely lower than after we reviewed the laptop computer.

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 affords the identical 14.2-inch Liquid Retina show on all configurations, with a selection between numerous Apple M1 Pro and Max CPUs. The entry-level configuration with an eight-core CPU/14-core GPU M1 Pro, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD is $1,999. At the excessive finish, you will get a 10-core CPU/32-core GPU M1 Max CPU, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB SS for $3,299.

The MacBook Pro 14 begins out at greater than the Slim 9i’s high-end configuration, making it a considerably dearer laptop computer.


There’s no denying that the MacBook Pro 14 is an extremely well-built laptop computer, with a chassis that’s constructed of CNC machine aluminum that seems like a strong chunk of steel. There’s completely no bending, flexing, or twisting anyplace, not within the lid, the keyboard deck, or the underside chassis. And the MacBook Pro 14’s aesthetic is the same old excessive minimalism, with blocky strains that someway handle to exude class.

The Slim 9i can also be extraordinarily strong with a CNC aluminum chassis. It’s equal to the MacBook on this regard. Lenovo lined the lid with glass, which provides an thrilling ingredient to each the look and the texture. Its chassis has extremely comfy rounded edges that make the Slim 9i extra comfy to carry. It’s a extra extravagant aesthetic that’s additionally elegant.

The MacBook Pro 14 advantages from Apple’s excellent Magic Keyboard, which has restricted journey however nonetheless manages to supply a handy guide a rough and exact bottoming motion that makes for quick typing from the primary second you begin utilizing it. And its Force Touch haptic touchpad is giant and exact, simply the very best touchpad on a 14-inch laptop computer. The Slim 9i’s keyboard can also be low-travel, nevertheless it lacks the precision of the MacBook’s model and isn’t practically as comfy. The touchpad is okay however nothing particular, particularly in comparison with Apple’s.

Both laptops take pleasure in passwordless login capabilities. The Slim 9i makes use of an IR digital camera and facial recognition to assist Windows 11 Hello, whereas the MacBook Pro 14 leverages a Touch ID sensor constructed into the facility provide. Both labored equally nicely. The Slim 9i additionally makes use of its IR digital camera to assist privateness options like Zero Touch Lock, which turns off the laptop computer and places it to sleep when the person leaves the realm, then wakes it up and routinely logs in when the person returns. It’s a degree of comfort and privateness that the MacBook Pro 14 lacks.

In addition, each laptops have 1080p webcams that present detailed photos in numerous lighting circumstances. They’re each wonderful, however the Slim 9i advantages from a change that electronically shutters the webcam for privateness. Lenovo makes use of a reverse bodily notch to suit the webcam in whereas retaining comparatively slim bezels, whereas Apple constructed a notch into the show that’s destructing to some.

Finally, the MacBook Pro 14 affords higher bodily connectivity, with three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 assist, a full-size HDMI port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD card reader. These are every little thing a creator wants. The Slim 9i has simply three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 assist and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Slim 9i has extra up-to-date wi-fi connectivity with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 versus Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.


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The Slim 9i makes use of Intel’s quickest 28-watt, Twelfth-gen CPU, and it gives strong productiveness efficiency and sufficient energy to deal with some low-end inventive duties. It competes nicely towards the MacBook Pro 14 with the entry-level M1 Pro CPU in our ordinary benchmarks, operating sooner in Geekbench 5, our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, and Cinebench R23. The Slim 9i may be switched between balanced and efficiency modes for quieter and slower or sooner and louder operation, and it’s even sooner than the low-end MacBook Pro 14 in efficiency mode.

These benchmarks don’t inform the entire story, although. The 10-core CPU/16-core GPU M1 Pro is about 25% sooner throughout the board, after which there’s the choice for the even sooner M1 Max that will blow these outcomes out of the water. And within the Pugetbench for Premiere Pro benchmark that runs in a stay model of Adobe’s Premiere Pro, the sooner M1 Pro scored 911. That’s aggressive with the quickest laptops you’ll discover, and though we didn’t check the Slim 9i utilizing this benchmark, comparable Intel machines with built-in Iris Xe graphics scored round 300. The MacBook Pro 14 advantages tremendously from a CPU (and GPU) that’s extremely quick in real-world functions, way more so than is obvious in artificial benchmarks.

For creators, then, the MacBook Pro 14 is a a lot better performer. Both can deal with demanding productiveness duties, though even then, as you ramp up the CPU, the MacBook Pro 14 features a big edge.

Lenovo Slim 9i
(Core i7-1280P)
Apple MacBook Pro 14
(Apple M1 Pro 8/14)
Geekbench 5
(single / multi)
Bal: 1.720 / 10,115
Perf: 1,726 / 11,074
Bal: 1,728 / 9,955
Perf: N/A
Bal: 114
Perf: 95
Bal: 123
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
Bal: 1,795 / 9,467
Perf: 1,824 / 11,301
Bal: 1,531 / 9,519
Perf: N/A


The screen of the 2021 MacBook Pro.

The Slim 9i comes with only one show possibility, a 14-inch 16:10 UHD+ OLED panel that’s extremely sharp, vivid, and colourful, providing OLED’s inky blacks. It’s among the many finest Windows shows you should buy. The MacBook Pro 14 additionally comes with a single show possibility, a 14.2-inch 16:10 mini-LED panel at 3024 x 1964, which isn’t as sharp because the Slim 9i’s show however nonetheless greater than sharp sufficient. It’s a lot brighter and affords higher excessive dynamic vary (HDR) assist, with huge colours that fall in need of the Slim 9i whereas being barely much less correct. Its distinction is even larger, nonetheless.

Both shows are wonderful for creators, with the Slim 9i having a bonus in wider and extra correct colours. Both are spectacular shows for everybody else, together with productiveness staff and media shoppers (the place the MacBook Pro 14 shines, actually). You can’t go unsuitable with both show.

Lenovo Slim 9i
(Core i7-1280P)
Apple MacBook Pro 14
(Apple M1 Pro)
389 511
AdobeRGB gamut 95% 89%
 sRGB gamut 100% 100%
(DeltaE, decrease is best)
0.89 1.13
Contrast ratio 24,310:1 35,450:1


Lenovo Slim 9i side view showing lid and ports.
Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The two laptops are remarkably shut in dimension, with the Slim 9i being barely thinner and significantly lighter. Both provide quite a lot of energy and wonderful designs packed into fairly sized chassis and may be carried round with out a lot fuss.

However, even with a barely smaller battery, the MacBook Pro 14 gives spectacular battery life that’s in a totally totally different league. In each our internet searching and video checks, the MacBook Pro 14 doubled the Slim 9i’s internet searching longevity and virtually doubled its video playback time. The Slim 9i is unlikely to final a full day of typical productiveness work on a cost, whereas the MacBook Pro 14 would possibly final two days. That’s a large benefit, significantly given the MacBook’s efficiency.

Lenovo Slim 9i
(Core i7-1280P)
Apple MacBook Pro 14
(Apple M1 Pro)
Web searching  6 hours, 28 minutes 15 hours, 29 minutes
Video 12 hours, 36 minutes 22 hours, 3 minutes

The Slim 9i places up a great battle, however the MacBook Pro 14 comes out on high

There’s little question that these are two wonderful laptops. In phrases of their designs, they’re totally different however equally enticing and well-built. But the MacBook Pro 14 is significantly sooner, particularly once you ramp up the CPU, and its battery life is out of this world. It additionally enjoys a greater keyboard and touchpad, with the Slim 9i solely benefiting from its contact show.

At the identical time, the MacBook Pro 14 can also be much more costly. That counts on this comparability, however in case you have the cash, then Apple has the very best 14-inch laptop computer you should buy as we speak.

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