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 Good8.2/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.6/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.5/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.1/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.1/10
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 a premium device with an upper midrange price, featuring the Apple M2 processor and integrated M2 GPU. It offers 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB storage capacity. The 13.3-inch IPS display provides a 2560 x 1600 resolution, which is not a touchscreen, but it is bright and covers a wide range of colors. With a lightweight and slim design, it is highly portable and boasts a long battery life of approximately 20 hours. It includes two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, has fanless silent operation, and is pre-installed with macOS. This model is excellent for general use and good for some engineering tasks, but only fair for 3D and machine learning due to its integrated GPU, making it less ideal for intensive gaming. Its backlit keyboard and fingerprint sensor make for secure and convenient use, though it lacks a dedicated numeric keypad. 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.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-quality Retina display
  • 20 hours of battery life
  • Silent, fanless operation
  • Apple M2 chip performance
  • Backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader
Cons
  • No touchscreen available
  • Limited port selection
  • No hardware ray tracing
  • Moderate 3D performance

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:
4.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) excels in general use with its ample 16 GB of RAM and a powerful Apple M2 CPU, ensuring smooth multitasking and performance. Its high-quality IPS display, excellent build quality, and up to 20 hours of battery life also contribute to a robust user experience for everyday tasks.
Content Creation:
4.5
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:
4.4
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:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D 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.
Gaming & AI:
3.7
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is equipped with an integrated GPU that may not handle 3D tasks as effectively as a dedicated graphics card, which is vital for smooth 3D rendering. Additionally, its screen has a standard refresh rate, which underperforms for tasks that benefit from higher refresh rates, like rendering and viewing complex 3D animations.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,700
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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