MacBook Pro 2023 adds one major upgrade for external monitor users

I’ve been waxing lyrical about the new MacBook Pro 2023 because it’s simply an astounding laptop for creators. Certainly the best MacBook if that’s your specialty and you have high-end requirements anyway, all thanks to Apple’s M2 Pro / M2 Max silicon and masses of unified memory.

On the flip side people have been (fairly enough) criticizing the 14-inch and 16-inch 2023 MacBook Pro models for being largely similar to their 2021 MacBook Pro equivalents. Sure, the design is the same between the generations, it’s mainly the addition of M2 Pro and M2 Max that elevates the new models’ potential power.

But there’s more to it than that. It’s often the features that remain unseen which can elevate a new-generation device – and that’s exactly what you get in the 2023 MacBook Pro. If you’re an external monitor user with one of the best 4K monitors (or greater!) then the latest laptop adds one killer new upgrade that you’ll most definitely want to utilize.

2023 Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch M2 Pro review

(Image credit: Future/Mike Lowe)

The picture of my 16-inch MacBook Pro 2023 above gives it away. While the HDMI port there may look one and the same as the one you’ll find in the 2021 model, there’s a critical new difference: the newer model features HDMI 2.1.

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