Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022)

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The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) comes with Apple's latest M2 chip, and offers fantabulous show and artillery life. However, there's nary caller plan here, and with the caller MacBook Air snapping astatine its heels, this laptop feels a spot redundant successful immoderate aspects.

Pros

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    M2 spot is simply a superb performer

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    Excellent artillery life

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    Almost soundless successful use

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    Can adjacent play games

Cons

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    No caller design

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    Still lone 2 Thunderbolt ports

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    720p webcam

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    New MacBook Air offers amended value

Two-minute review

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is simply a laptop of contradictions. It’s revolutionary... but plays it safe. Exciting... but a spot boring. It’s a unusual choice… and besides makes implicit sense.

The bully quality is that it comes with Apple’s brand-new M2 chip, which the institution promises offers a 40% show summation implicit the M1, yet it remains the aforesaid terms arsenic the erstwhile model, starting astatine $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999. For anyone who was conscionable astir to bargain a MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020), getting the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) alternatively is simply a spot of a no-brainer, arsenic you’re benignant of getting the M2 upgrade for free.

That deficiency of a terms emergence does travel astatine a… well… price, however, arsenic the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) features the aforesaid plan arsenic the erstwhile exemplary – and the 1 earlier that. If you emotion the look of the aged MacBooks, this won’t beryllium an issue, but the deficiency of caller plan does marque it consciousness a spot near retired by Apple. Even if it is 1 of the best laptops you tin bargain close now, could this beryllium the past MacBook Pro 13-inch we’ll see?

If that’s the case, past it’s a beauteous large mode to bow out. The M2 spot puts immoderate bully enactment successful here, providing fantabulous performance, particularly erstwhile it comes to video editing, and time to time usage is, again, excellent, with aggregate apps moving astatine erstwhile without causing the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) immoderate issues. Throughout our clip with the laptop, we were impressed with however soundless it was arsenic well, with the fans seldom kicking successful to support things cool.

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 exemplary  successful  an bureau   connected  a desk

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You tin adjacent crippled connected the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), and portion show won’t lucifer a dedicated gaming laptop, it’s an breathtaking glimpse astatine a aboriginal wherever Apple embraces Mac gaming more. We’ll hopefully spot much of this erstwhile Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky travel to Mac aboriginal this year. These games volition diagnostic enactment for the Metal 3 graphics API of the M2 chip, and hopefully this volition pb to much ambitious and awesome games moving connected M2 MacBooks.

Perhaps our favourite facet of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is the artillery life. At implicit 15 and a fractional hours, this is incredibly impressive. Usually, for workstation laptops utilized for intensive workloads similar video editing, you’d beryllium looking astatine a artillery beingness of astir fractional this – oregon adjacent less.

It adjacent outdoes the erstwhile M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch, which shows that the M2 is adjacent little battery-hungry than its predecessor.

However, contempt each these successes, determination is simply a feeling that the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is the past of its kind. Not lone does the deficiency of a redesign suggest a deficiency of enthusiasm for the product, and possibly a mode to usage up existing banal from erstwhile models, but with Apple getting into the wont of putting retired caller MacBooks, it’s getting progressively hard to spot what the 13-inch MacBook Pro fits in. 

The upcoming MacBook Air (M2, 2022) has a caller design, a larger – and brighter – screen, and should connection akin levels of show owed to having the aforesaid M2 chip, each portion costing $100/£50/AU$100 less. There seems small crushed to get the much costly 13-inch MacBook Pro implicit the caller MacBook Air. The default configuration of the MacBook Air offers an M2 spot with an 8-core GPU, truthful for graphically-intensive tasks the MacBook Pro should person the edge, though you tin upgrade the MacBook Air to an M2 spot with the aforesaid 10-core GPU arsenic the 1 successful the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

Meanwhile, for radical who privation a much almighty MacBook to enactment on, the 14-inch MacBook and 16-inch MacBook Pro from past twelvemonth connection amended screens, show and much ports.

This means that contempt undeniably being a fantastic laptop, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is strangely hard to justify.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) review: Price 

  • Starts astatine $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999
  • Same terms arsenic erstwhile model

Announced astatine Apple’s WWDC 2022 event, and starting transportation from June 24, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) sells for $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999.

The bully quality is that this is the aforesaid terms the earlier MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) launched at, which means you’re fundamentally getting an upgrade from the M1 to the M2 spot for free.

The M1 was Apple’s revolutionary archetypal effort astatine making its ain computing chip, alternatively than relying connected Intel to supply the processing power. It offered fantabulous show and agelong artillery life, and led to a resurgence successful MacBooks – and we’re not talking conscionable successful sales, but besides wrong Apple itself. The institution had felt for a portion similar it was much funny successful iPhones and iPads, but the M1-powered MacBooks (and Macs) seemed to reinvigorate Apple’s passionateness for its computers.

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Spec Sheet

Here is the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M2, 2022) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: Apple M2 (8-core)
Graphics: Integrated 10-core GPU
RAM: 16GB Unified LPDDR5
Screen: 13.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina show (backlit LED, IPS, 500 nits brightness, wide colour P3 gamut)
Storage: 1TB SSD
Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Camera: 720p FaceTime HD webcam
Weight: 3.0 pounds (1.4kg)
Size: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56cm; W x D x H)

So, the announcement of the M2 travel up, got a batch of america excited. It comes with the posted specs (more connected those later), and promises a large bump successful performance. So, with the M2-powered MacBook Pro 13-inch costing the aforesaid arsenic the M1 mentation launched for, it makes this caller exemplary look similar beauteous bully value.

It’s besides cheaper than the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021), which are aimed astatine high-end users looking for almighty workstations. While they presently inactive travel with M1-class chips, the M1 Pro and M1 Max are really much almighty than the M2. The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), then, is pitched arsenic a much affordable alternate to those MacBook Pros, aimed astatine radical who request a almighty laptop, but don’t request to execute specified strenuous tasks.

Apple besides announced the MacBook Air (M2, 2022), which volition spell connected merchantability aboriginal successful July. This comes with an M2 spot arsenic well, and a full caller design, and costs $1,199 (£1,249, AU$1,899), but portion it has the aforesaid 8-core CPU, the MacBook Air starts with an 8-core GPU.

So, the MacBook Pro 13-inch isn’t the cheapest mode to get an M2 – nevertheless the new, much expensive, M2 MacBook Air is tantalisingly adjacent to the terms of the MacBook Pro now, with conscionable $100 separating them.

As with erstwhile models, determination are assorted configuration options disposable with the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), specified arsenic upping the unified representation to either 16GB oregon 24GB (which is simply a caller prime with the M2 chip), arsenic good arsenic to grow the retention up to 2TB. The basal exemplary comes with 256GB, which is simply a spot connected the debased broadside these days, particularly for workstations that volition beryllium utilized for originative professionals, who often usage ample files, truthful paying much for a larger SSD could wage off. As you summation the specs, however, the terms of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) does commencement climbing rather substantially.

  •  Score: 4/5

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) review: Design 

  • Same plan arsenic erstwhile model
  • Touch Bar lives on!

While the upgrades connected the wrong of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) are invited – and breathtaking – connected the extracurricular it’s different story. Essentially, there’s been nary alteration to the design, truthful this year’s exemplary looks identical to the 1 from 2 years ago. This whitethorn delight anyone who likes the existent design, but it does marque the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) consciousness a spot of an unusual 1 out, seeing arsenic the MacBook Air, 24-inch iMac and MacBook Pro 16-inch person each had redesigns.

So, the deficiency of immoderate changes to the wide plan is simply a spot confusing. It means the MacBook Pro 13-inch keeps the 720p FaceTime webcam of erstwhile models, portion astir each different MacBook present has a 1080p webcam – including the MacBook Air (M2, 2022).

The aged webcam does mean there’s nary distracting notch that dips into the surface (something that immoderate radical person recovered annoying connected the MacBook Pros from past year, though we’ve ne'er been bothered by them). 

This means the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) besides has the old, chunky bezels that situation the screen, making it look a spot dated. Meanwhile, the redesigned MacBook Air gets thinner bezels, making it a much modern-looking device, and allows Apple to acceptable a larger surface without expanding the wide size of the laptops.

While some the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) and MacBook Air (M2, 2022) are ostensibly 13-inch laptops, the MacBook Air present really has a bigger surface than the MacBook Pro’s, astatine 13.6-inches compared to 13.3-inches. We’re present successful an unusual concern wherever the MacBook Air offers a amended surface than the 13-inch MacBook Pro (along with amended webcam and microphones), portion inactive costing less.

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 model's keyboard

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Sticking with the aforesaid plan means the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) inactive comes with the divisive Touch Bar, which is simply a bladed surface supra the keyboard that shows context-sensitive buttons.

It’s a spot of a astonishment inclusion, arsenic astir radical expected Apple to termination it off. It wasn’t universally loved by people, and an expanding fig of 3rd enactment apps dropped enactment for it. With each different MacBook enactment present having ditched the Touch Bar, it’ll beryllium an adjacent much niche feature.

Of course, there’s inactive a batch to similar astir the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022)’s design. It’s solidly built, the surface remains excellent, and the Touch ID fastener lets you log into macOS rapidly and easy by utilizing your fingerprint. That Apple flair and physique prime is inactive evident here, and it remains 1 of the thinnest and lightest pro laptops retired determination – though it means it inactive conscionable sticks with 2 Thunderbolt ports for inputs, which is debased for a laptop aimed astatine professionals.

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So, what’s going connected here? While it mightiness beryllium that Apple saw nary crushed to alteration the MacBook Pro 13-inch design, determination whitethorn beryllium different factors astatine play here. Being capable to enactment caller hardware successful the existing assemblage means Apple doesn’t person to travel up with caller parts, which could beryllium costly, truthful this whitethorn person been wherefore the terms has been kept the aforesaid – whereas the redesigned MacBook Air is present a just spot much expensive.

This whitethorn besides beryllium wherefore the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) has released earlier than the caller MacBook Air, which inactive has a vague merchandise time of July 2022.

If a deficiency of a redesign has meant that Apple has avoided raising the terms and has been capable to get it into people’s hands much quickly, past immoderate radical whitethorn find this is a, er, terms worthy paying. 

  • Score: 3/5

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) review: Performance 

  • Decent betterment connected M1
  • Virtually soundless successful use

Benchmarks

Here’s however the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M2, 2022) performed successful our suite of benchmark tests:

Cinebench R23 CPU: Single-Core: 1,554; Multi-core: 8,722
Geekbench 5 Single-Core: 1,935; Multi-Core: 8,972
Handbrake: 30fps
Blender Monster: 146; Junkshop: 70; Classroom: 68
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 15 hours and 31 minutes

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is the archetypal instrumentality to battalion Apple’s brand-new M2 chip. While the institution was cautious to marque it wide that the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips volition inactive person the show advantage, chiefly down to their further cores, the M2 represents a decent bump implicit the modular M1.

The M2 spot features an 8-core CPU with 4 ratio and 4 show cores. The M2's GPU is simply a 10-core design, which is 2 much than the GPU successful the Apple M1 powering the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), and much than the M2 spot successful the basal exemplary of the caller MacBook Air.

It besides comes with a 16-core neural motor that Apple claims is 40% faster than the neural motor successful the Apple M1, a boost to 20 cardinal transistors and enactment for up to 24GB of unified memory, compared to the 16GB max the M1 supported.

The archetypal (admittedly vague) figures Apple gave suggested an wide show summation of 40% implicit M1, but present we person our hands connected an M2 device, bash those promises stack up?

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 exemplary  successful  an bureau   connected  a desk

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In our tests, the M2 achieved amended show successful some azygous and multi-core CPU tests, offering a noticeable uplift erstwhile it came to multitasking, with assorted applications unfastened astatine once.

It besides scored astir twice arsenic overmuch arsenic the Surface Laptop 4 moving with Intel’s high-end, and inactive comparatively recent, Intel Core i7-1185G7.

We remarked that Apple’s determination from Intel to its ain M1 chips was a omniscient move, and with the M2, it looks similar that continues, with the caller spot offering superb show compared to Intel-based laptops of astir the aforesaid price.

Benchmarks lone archer portion of the story, however, but the bully quality is that successful our day-to-day usage of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), the laptop performed brilliantly. macOS Monterey (macOS Ventura is coming aboriginal on, and the MacBook Pro volition get a escaped upgrade) felt accelerated and responsive, and the assorted apps we tested out, including Safari, Chrome, Final Cut Pro and GarageBand, loaded rapidly and ran well, adjacent erstwhile we had a fewer apps going astatine once.

When the M1 launched, Apple came up with a large instrumentality – Rosetta 2 – which allowed apps that were built for Intel hardware to tally connected the caller Apple chip. It did a large occupation that ensured your older Mac apps could tally connected newer Macs. Since then, an expanding fig of apps present tally natively connected M1 and M2 hardware, starring to a overmuch smoother experience.

The video processing chops of the caller MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) stay impressive, with it easy handling aggregate 8K video streams astatine once. The erstwhile exemplary was besides adept astatine this, and unless you’re doing precise intensive workloads, you whitethorn not spot a immense quality if you’re upgrading from the M1 model.

That is, unless you spell for 24GB of unified memory. The M1 maxed retired astatine 16GB, and this boost should springiness you a overmuch amended acquisition erstwhile multitasking. Because it's unified memory, not lone tin it beryllium utilized arsenic strategy memory, but it tin besides beryllium utilized by the GPU, which means it volition beryllium capable to enactment with overmuch much intensive and analyzable graphics projects. While it won’t vie with the M1 Max oregon M1 Pro-toting MacBook Pros from precocious past year, it should connection a bully stepping stone, considering the cheaper terms of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 exemplary  successful  an bureau   connected  a desk

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The M2 besides has much representation bandwidth, which is present 100GB/s (compared to 68GB/s), truthful adjacent if you get an 8GB oregon 16GB version, it’ll person faster representation than the aforesaid magnitude with an M1 system.

That other representation should besides assistance retired with gaming. Usually, you wouldn’t expect a MacBook to bash overmuch gaming – but Apple is pushing the gaming capabilities of the M2 processor, mentioning connected signifier astatine its WWDC 2022 keynote that acknowledgment to the Metal API of the M1 and M2 chips, alongside a caller upscaling diagnostic known arsenic MetalFX, M2-powered MacBooks successful peculiar volition beryllium formidable gaming machines.

While large sanction games supporting these features, specified arsenic No Man’s Sky and Resident Evil Village, won’t beryllium coming until later, there’s inactive a increasing fig of games that tally connected macOS. We did effort retired a fewer games connected it, however. Shadow of the Tomb Raider remains a graphically-impressive title, but astatine the highest settings, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) managed an mean of 29fps (frames per second). This is perfectly playable, and offers a akin level of show (but amended graphics) than the last-gen Xbox One and PS4 consoles.

However, for PC gamers utilized to 60fps show – oregon higher – past this show won’t beryllium excessively impressive. Bear successful mind, however, that the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) uses integrated graphics, alternatively than a dedicated graphics paper similar some, overmuch much expensive, gaming laptops do. In that respect, the show is beauteous great.

Lowering the settings gets a overmuch much coagulated 46fps connected average, making the crippled consciousness much fluid and responsive, and portion the graphics settings were connected their lowest settings, it inactive looked good.

We besides played Tunic, a gorgeous isometric crippled that’s heavy inspired by Nintendo’s Zelda games connected the SNES, which played brilliantly connected the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022). It’s these much stylized indie games, alternatively than blockbuster AAA games, which look to enactment champion connected the caller MacBook Pro. We’ll person a much in-depth look astatine the gaming show of the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) soon.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) we were fixed to reappraisal came with 16GB of memory, truthful we weren't capable to trial retired however overmuch of an interaction 24GB makes, but it should beryllium noticeable for intensive projects. For astir people, 16GB should beryllium plenty, portion the 8GB configuration feels a small excessively debased these days. MacBooks stay intolerable for a idiosyncratic to upgrade the components themselves, truthful you’re stuck with the configuration you buy. With that successful mind, we urge going with the astir magnitude of representation (and storage) you tin afford.

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Overall, show is precise good, and a decent measurement up implicit the M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch, though successful real-world tests galore radical won’t spot this unless they truly propulsion the laptop. We’d beryllium funny to spot however the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) fares, arsenic it shares the aforesaid M2 chip, truthful could connection akin show for little money.

A cardinal difference, arsenic with the erstwhile models, is that portion the MacBook Air has a fanless design, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) features fans. This allows the MacBook Pro to enactment harder for longer without overheating, supposedly allowing it to execute tasks that would permission the MacBook Air to throttle show to support cool.

However, during our tests, the instrumentality seemed to seldom footwear successful – if astatine all. This means the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) is astir wholly soundless erstwhile successful use, which is large for radical who find almighty laptops and PCs that person fans going each the clip distracting. However, it does besides mean that there’s not excessively galore times erstwhile the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022)’s fans volition mean the laptop tin outperform the MacBook Air.

  • Score 4.5/5

MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) review: Battery life 

  • Very agelong artillery life
  • Charges somewhat quicker

The M1 spot was impressively businesslike erstwhile it came to power, and that allowed the caller procreation of MacBooks powered by it to connection fantabulous performance, portion besides offering impressively agelong artillery lives that outstripped galore Windows-based competitors.

So, erstwhile the M2 was announced, alongside the caller MacBook Pro 13-inch, Apple was keen to constituent retired that it was adjacent much efficient, offering what Apple claims is an 18% summation successful CPU show whilst taking up the aforesaid magnitude of power.

In our artillery beingness test, which involves moving a looped 1080p video until the artillery dies, the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) lasted a precise awesome 15 hours and 31 minutes, astir 2 hours longer than the M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch successful the aforesaid test.

For comparison, the past MacBook Pro to travel with an Intel processor, the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020), scored conscionable 8 hours and 31 minutes successful the aforesaid test, highlighting conscionable however bully the M2 is.

Apple has besides boosted the powerfulness adaptor a bit, present offering 67W implicit 61W, which means the artillery charges somewhat faster. There’s nary MagSafe charger, however, similar the caller MacBook Air, oregon past year’s MacBook Pros, different sacrifice made owed to the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022) keeping the older design.

  • Battery: 5/5

Should you bargain the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022)?

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First reviewed June 2022

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Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking aft 2 of the best, and astir exciting, channels connected the site. Having written for a fig of publications specified arsenic PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's nary facet of exertion that Matt isn't passionate about, particularly computing and PC gaming. Ever since helium got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas successful 1991, he's loved utilizing (and playing on) computers, and volition speech endlessly astir however The Secret of Monkey Island is the champion crippled ever made. He's besides a immense movie and TV instrumentality and Marvel geek, and his favourite caller movie is Dune.

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