All of the other M1 Max reviews I encountered tell the same story: battery lasts long; the case remains cool; fan is silent:
M1 Max: "Been recording and producing and taking video calls on battery and have literally never heard the fan turn on
16" M1 Max "[Low Power mode] setting also diminishes noise from the cooling system, although I struggled to hear any fan noise at all
, even while running the processor-intensive benchmarks."
16", M1 Max: 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB: "This machine only got moderately warm
even when I was rendering 8K videos for testing. In a week of use, I have not heard the fan whip up once
. ... the M1 Max MacBook stayed completely silent
during the 8K rendering test [four-minute 8K video render test on Adobe Premiere Pro, the rendering process took 21 minutes, 11 seconds] ... I have used as my main work machine for the past week, and on days in which I don’t have to edit videos (just word processing on WordPress in Safari, along with Slack and Spotify opened, and maybe a short video call here and there), a full eight-hour work session
away from charger only drained 38% battery
. When I edited and rendered a 12 minute long 4K video (the whole process took about two hours), the battery drained 22%
. ... A battery drain test, with the M1 Max MacBook Pro 2021 playing 4K YouTube video
with screen brightness on maximum and volume at 50%, and the new MacBook lasted 8 hours
16" M1 Max
: "IT BUILDS XCODE PROJECTS SO QUICKLY. My fans have not turned on ONCE."
16” M1 Max with 64 GB RAM: "Archive build
of Sky Guide with Xcode 13.1
: 2019 16” MacBook Pro/2.3GHz 8-core i9/32 GB RAM took 263 sec. 16” M1 Max with 64 GB RAM did it in 119 sec. Intel machine was loud; couldn’t tell if the fans spun up at all on the M1 Max
16" M1 Max: it took quite an effort to make battery drop from 100% to 99%; "keeps its cool
, no matter what you throw at it".
16-inch, 32-GPU cores M1 Max, 1TB, 32GB RAM: "We see about 16 hours of work time
in our testing so far, with periodic photo editing
. Video editing
cuts that down to about 12 hours
Intel Macbook's typical hotspot is about 80F (26.7C
) on M1 Max when under load for sustained periods."