13-Inch MacBook Pro With M2 Chip Review

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a faster M2 chip launches on Friday. In advance, early reviews of the notebook have been shared by some YouTube channels and media, giving a practical 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 an 18% faster CPU, up to a 35% faster GPU and up to a 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 new 13-inch MacBook Pro headphone jack 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 total memory, while the M1 chip has a maximum of 16 GB of memory. In line with the previous model, the notebook also supports up to 2 TB of SSD storage.

13-inch MacBook Pro prices continue to start at $ 1,299 in the US, with medium gray and silver color options available.

Reviews

Many reviews agreed that it might be worth the wait 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 has newer design elements such as MagSafe charging, a 1080p camera, thinner frames around the screen, physical function keys and much more.

One notable difference between the laptops, 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.

THE CABLE‘s Brenda Stoylar:

If you’re just missing a good, new laptop, wait for the upcoming MacBook Air. You get a slightly larger, more modern screen, a better webcam, nicer speakers and a fast charging support, all in a generally lighter package (and fun colors!). This MacBook Pro remains an awkward middle child and does not bring near enough on the table to be worth it.

Gizmodo‘s Phillip Tracy:

Seen in a vacuum, the MacBook Pro 13 is a great laptop with outstanding performance and unmatched battery life, features that put it ahead of some of its PC rivals. Zoom out, and it’s hard to see where this model fits into Apple’s portfolio. The most direct rival to this entry-level Pro is not the more premium versions, but rather the MacBook Air. Not only does the Air have a lower starting price, but it has a larger screen, a better webcam, quad speakers, more interesting color options, a slimmer chassis and the advantage of a traditional shortcut range.

The edge‘s Monica Chin:

This would be the perfect device for someone like me – if it were not 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 see from Apple’s website, be the same price as the M2 MacBook Pro for the same specifications in most cases (those levels out of the $ 1,499 mark). But unlike the MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air got a major redesign, and it includes all sorts of new features – including new colors, a larger screen, a 1080p webcam and especially MagSafe – that this device does not have.

Chin shared several benchmarks by comparing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with 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 streetJacob Krol said the new 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers even more impressive battery life compared to the previous model:

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

I could easily get the 13-inch MacBook Pro to last for a full day of use, with about 18 hours of full use, and the laptop can sit in standby mode for several days.

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