13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Chip Review

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a faster M2 chip starts this Friday. In advance, early reviews of the notebook have been shared by some YouTube and media outlets, providing a hands-on look at the performance improvements.

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The only notable change to the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the M2 chip, which has an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. Apple said the M2 chip has up to 18% faster CPU, up to 35% faster GPU and up to 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has the same design as the previous model, including the Touch Bar and two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the machine.

The headphone jack on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro has also received support for high-impedance headphones, in line with the 14-inch and 16-inch models.

With the M2 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with up to 24 GB of unified memory, while the M1 chip has up to 16 GB of memory. In line with the previous model, the notebook also supports up to 2 TB of SSD storage.

The price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 in the United States, with options in space gray and silver.

Reviews

Many reviews agreed that it might be worth waiting for the redesigned MacBook Air with the M2 chip, which Apple says will be available in July. The new MacBook Air starts at a lower price of $1,199 and features newer design elements like MagSafe charging, a 1080p camera, thinner bezels around the screen, physical function keys, and more.

One notable difference between the notebooks, however, is that the MacBook Air has a fanless design, while the MacBook Pro has an active cooling system to ensure sustained performance for users with more demanding workflows.

WIRED‘s Brenda Stoylar

If you just need a good, new laptop, wait for the upcoming MacBook Air. You get a slightly larger, more modern-looking screen, a better webcam, nicer speakers and support for fast charging, all in an overall lighter package (and fun colors!). This MacBook Pro remains a clunky middle kid and doesn’t bring nearly enough to the table to be worth it.

Gizmodo‘s Phillip Tracy

Viewed in a vacuum, the MacBook Pro 13 is a great laptop with excellent performance and unbeatable battery life, features that give it an edge over some of its PC rivals. Zoom out and it’s hard to see where this model fits within Apple’s portfolio. The most direct competitor to this entry-level Pro isn’t the premium versions, but rather the MacBook Air. Not only does the Air have a lower starting price, but it also has a bigger screen, better webcam, four speakers, more interesting color options, a slimmer chassis and the advantage of a traditional shortcut.

The edge‘s Monica Chino

This would be the perfect device for someone like me – if it weren’t for the new MacBook Air. This new MacBook Air, also powered by the M2, is coming very soon. It will, as far as I can tell from Apple’s website, in most cases be the same price as the M2 MacBook Pro at the same specs (they come in at $1,499). But, unlike the MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air got a major redesign and includes all sorts of new features — including new colors, a larger screen, a 1080p webcam, and most importantly, MagSafe — that this device doesn’t have.

Chin shared several benchmarks comparing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to the previous model powered by the M1 chip. Geekbench 5 results confirm that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro has up to 18-20% faster multi-core performance than the previous model.

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The street‘s Jacob Krol said the new 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers even more impressive battery life compared to the previous model:

Notably, our battery test beat the promised 20 hours of video playback that Apple promised. In our tests, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted 23 hours and 15 minutes with a 4K playback test. I also set the brightness to 50% and disabled connectivity during playback. It’s pretty impressive and in everyday use it’s hard to let the MacBook Pro die.

I could easily use the 13-inch MacBook Pro for an entire day, about 18 hours of full use, and the laptop can stay in standby mode for several days.

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