M1 max MacBook Pro vs M1 Ultra Mac Studio

M1 max MacBook Pro vs M1 Ultra Mac Studio

Dan has been using the M1 Max MacBook Pro to edit the MacRumors videos since it came out, and it has met and exceeded his expectations and needs. Obviously, the M1 Ultra does the same, but even for a professional video editor for a tech site, it may be a little bit too much machine for the price. As a quick example, a standard 4K 10 minute video exported in 4 minutes and 50 seconds on the ‌M1 Max‌ MacBook Pro, and three minutes on the ‌M1‌ Ultra ‌Mac Studio‌. An hour long podcast exported in 26 minutes on the MacBook Pro, and just over 14 minutes on the ‌M1‌ Ultra.

If you’ve been wondering how the top-end Mac Studio stacks up against the top-end MacBook Pro, look no further because we’ve put up a real-world comparison that doesn’t rely exclusively on benchmarks. Dan, a MacRumors videographer, put both computers through their paces with his real-world workflow on YouTube. For more videos, visit the MacRumors YouTube channel.


  • As for form factor, the ‌Mac Studio‌ has far more ports with up to six Thunderbolt/USB-C ports and four USB-A ports, but you do get a decent number with the MacBook Pro, plus the MacBook Pro is obviously the winner when it comes to portability. Choosing between the MacBook Pro and the ‌Mac Studio‌ really comes down to your form factor needs unless you require the maximum power of the ‌M1‌ Ultra for your workflow.

  • The ‌M1‌ Ultra is definitely a time saver, but the ‌M1 Max‌ is already pretty good compared to prior Intel chips used in machines like the Mac Pro. In situations where money is no object, the ‌M1‌ Ultra is a no brainer, but if budget is a concern, it’s worth carefully considering the benefits you get with the ‌M1‌ Ultra over the ‌M1 Max‌ in the MacBook Pro or the ‌Mac Studio‌.

Can someone explain to me why saving 2 mins (or 10mins) in export time is a big deal? It’s not like video editors export multiple times an hour (or even a day). 99% of time is spent editing. When it comes to export, does it really matter if a MacRumors (or any other) podcast or video comes out 10mins (or for that matter several hours) later?! Just seems like a meaningless benchmark. But every single review video goes (like this one) goes on endlessly about it. Is it just because it’s easy to measure?

Make sure to watch Dan’s full comparison to see both machines in action and to get his thoughts on how each form factor works for a videographer’s workload. Related Roundups: 14 & 16″ MacBook Pro, Mac Studio. Buyer’s Guide: 14″ & 16″ MacBook Pro (Neutral), Mac Studio.

Also for the love of god please can YouTube reviewers think outside their own world? The logic seems to be ‘I make review videos, so all I need to look at is how good this hardware is for making videos’. This is going to blow some people’s minds but people do other things on laptops than make videos and play games.