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 Good8.5/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.8/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.8/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.4/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.4/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.0/10
SIZE: 13.3"

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is in the upper midrange price category and features a powerful Apple M2 main processor, suitable for general use and lighter engineering tasks, but its integrated M2 GPU is not ideal for intensive 3D rendering, machine learning, or gaming. It has a large 512 GB of storage and a substantial 24 GB of RAM. With a 13.3-inch IPS display, it offers high resolution and excellent color accuracy, without touchscreen capabilities. Its 58.2 Wh battery provides long battery life, and the laptop is quite portable considering its capabilities. The build quality, keyboard, and speakers are rated highly, and its silent, fanless operation is a plus for quiet environments. It supports fast USB-C charging and has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, but lacks an HDMI port and dedicated graphics card. This MacBook doesn't have options for expandable RAM or storage and isn't suited for hardware-intensive gaming. It's pre-installed with MacOS and is considered best for general use, offering a balance of portability and performance, especially for users integrated into the Apple ecosystem. 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
  • Powerful Apple M2 processor
  • Long battery life for typical use
  • Highly portable, easy to carry
  • Exceptional build and speaker quality
  • Silent, fanless operation
Cons
  • No touchscreen capability
  • Limited to only two Thunderbolt ports
  • Moderate performance for 3D tasks
  • Lacks hardware for ray tracing, gaming

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.
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.
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.
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
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:
3.8
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is good for 3D due to its Apple M2 GPU with 10 cores that are optimized for graphics tasks, providing the necessary power for 3D applications. The high-quality IPS display also offers a good balance between screen quality and power efficiency, making it suitable for detailed 3D work.

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
24 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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