Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)

Apple MacBook Pro 13

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.6/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.7/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.6/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.2/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.5/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.6/10
SIZE: 13.3"

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is positioned at an upper midrange price and excels in general use with its high-quality keyboard, silent operation, and solid build quality. It offers ample storage and is equipped with the Apple M2 chip for efficient performance. Its fanless design ensures silent operation, while the 20-hour battery life makes it suitable for extended use without needing to recharge. However, it may not be ideal for intensive gaming or high-end 3D tasks and machine learning applications due to its less powerful GPU compared to gaming-focused laptops. The lack of a touchscreen and the average performance in 3D/rendering tasks may also be considered if these features are important for your workload. It's very portable, making it a good choice for those who need to work on the go. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Excellent build quality
  • High screen color accuracy
  • Silent, fanless operation
  • MacOS optimizes performance
Cons
  • Limited port variety
  • Not suitable for high-end gaming
  • No touchscreen or HDMI port
  • No hardware ray tracing

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Build Quality:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.9
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Portability:
4.7
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use:
4.6
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Content Creation:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Software Development:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Engineering & Design:
4.3
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is optimal for engineering and design because of its high-performing M2 processor and integrated GPU, which are reliable for demanding applications, and its screen delivers accurate colors with great contrast, making it suitable for detailed visual work. Its impressively long battery life and features such as a high-quality keyboard, silent operation, and a sturdy build enhance the user experience, particularly for professionals who prioritize performance and comfort during long work sessions.
Gaming & AI:
3.8
The MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is considered fair for 3D mainly because its integrated Apple M2 GPU, while competent for everyday tasks, isn't as powerful as dedicated gaming GPUs, offering moderate performance for 3D applications. Furthermore, the laptop's 60Hz screen refresh rate is standard, but not ideal for high-frame-rate 3D rendering, which is better served by displays with higher refresh rates.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,899
Release Date
June 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.4'' x 0.61''
Weight
3 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2
Graphics
M2 (10C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
20 Hours
Battery Capacity
58.2 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
497 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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10/10
Portability Score
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8.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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10/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Version
3

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Andreas Osthoff | June 2022
"The MacBook Pro 13 is still a very good subnotebook. The 2022 MacBook Pro 13 might look like recycling at first, because the device is completely identical to the old model expect for the new M2 SoC. We have to admit that we were surprised to see another iteration of the MBP 13 as well. The laptop is obviously familiar, but this does not change the fact that it is still a very good subnotebook. You get an excellent chassis with good stability, a very good display, good input devices and the new M2 chip is very powerful and efficient."

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