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MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) review

Posted By Volodymyr Chubei | 24 Mar 2023

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In this article, we will tell you which updates of the Apple MacBook Pro 13" model features, the advantages and disadvantages of the Apple M2 ARM processor. You'll also learn how you can use your MacBook Pro 13-inch with a more powerful microprocessor.

MacBook Pro 13: specs

The MacBook Pro 13in o model gained several advantages over the predecessor ones by replacing the M1 chip with the M2:

  • graphic 10-core processor, instead of 8-core;
  • unified memory increase from 16 GB to 24 GB;
  • memory bandwidth - 100 GB / s (previously it was 68 GB / s);
  • an added processor for encoding and decoding video ProRes;
  • spatial audio and connection support for AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro and Max;
  • updated speakers with spatial audio support.

Additionally, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) remains competitively priced, starting at $1299, maintaining affordability while upgrading significant specs.


Macbook Pro 13-inch 2022 with chip M2: pros and cons

Any device has disadvantages as each user has one’s own set of requirements which are impossible to satisfy to the utmost extent. As for the Apple M2 processor, it is not that they are critical, and against the background of the pros, they may seem to be minor. 

In the review on Apple MacBook Pro 13 M2, consider the pros and cons mentioned below.

Pros

Some of the most apparent chip advantages in the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro include:

  • stronger performance of the central processor;
  • the graphics card is better adapted for games and demanding applications by adding two additional cores;
  • Apple M2 loads interfaces and games and applications animations faster;
  • the bandwidth is almost double, which shows great results in the speed of data transfer between devices;
  • With unified memory up to 24GB, the M2 chip performs larger and more complex workloads;
  • The new M2 cores are more productive than in the M1 ones, which affects the operation speed positively;
  • MacBook Pro13-inch with the new chip is almost noiseless;
  • the ability to work at maximum load for a long time without overheating;
  • battery life has increased by two hours compared to devices on the M1.

Cons

Apple MacBook Pro 13 M2 review will be incomplete if we don't talk about the cons. Among the shortcomings of the new chip, there is a more frequent claim that there is still insufficient power and it’s not a high performance machine for gamers. You won’t be able to comfortably play too demanding games on the MacBook Pro 13-inch, but the manufacturer did not position the new device as a gaming one.

Most users noticed the cons in the 13 inch МacBook Pro with M2 itself but not in its new processor. The main claims include:

  • old 2016 design;
  • insufficient number of Thunderbolt ports (only two);
  • 720p webcam, although some other models have a 1080p webcam.

Also: MacBook Pro 2018 vs MacBook Air 2020: which should you buy

Despite these drawbacks, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) offers substantial improvements that may outweigh these limitations for many users, particularly those valuing efficiency and processing power over aesthetic updates


How much does a 13-inch MacBook Pro (M2, 2022) cost: price

The price of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is identical to its predecessor 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020) price and ranges from $1299 to $1399.

It's important to note that while the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) lacks some newer design features and only has two Thunderbolt ports, it compensates with significant performance enhancements and long battery life, making it a solid choice for professionals and power users alike.

Also: Which MacBook is best: 3 laptops Apple

There are no good reasons to definitely advise to buy a new MacBook Pro on the M2 processor or discourage from doing so. If a user already has an earlier model, it might be worth considering an upgrade, which is cheaper than buying a new laptop.

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FAQ

1. Is MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) good for students?
For studying using various office programs and applications, this MacBook Pro model is perfect. With a more powerful processor and a 10-core graphics card, working with documents and multimedia files became even more comfortable.
2. What year is MacBook Pro 13 (M2)?
The MacBook Pro 13 M2 had been released in 2022, but Apple officially introduced this M2 ARM powered model in January 2023.
3. Is the M2 MacBook Pro 13 (M2) worth it?
The M2 MacBook Pro 2022 is powerful and has great battery life, making it a good choice if you need performance and are already using Apple products.
4. What is the exact size of MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022, M2)?
Height: 0.59 inch (1.49 cm) Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm) Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Volodymyr Chubei
Computer Repair Specialist at MacNest.com


Volodymyr was born in Ukraine and has found his passion for electronics from his childhood. At the age of 13, he was capable of soldering some basic elements of a logic board and today he is one of the co-founders of MacNest.com

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