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: Good7.7/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.4/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.3/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.7/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.8/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.0/10
SIZE: 13.3"

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) with its midrange price offers a balance between cost and features. It has 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, powered by the Apple M2 chip, which includes a 10-core GPU. This makes it well suited for general use and capable of handling some engineering tasks. Although its graphics performance may be limited for intensive 3D and machine learning applications, it offers excellent screen quality and a high-resolution IPS display. It does not have a touchscreen but boasts a 16:10 aspect ratio and a bright display with wide color coverage, good for media and design work. The MacBook is known for its premium build, silent operation, and a battery that can last for an impressive 20 hours of typical use. With its lightweight design, it scores well on portability. Additionally, it has two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support, but lacks a dedicated number pad, Ethernet, and support for hardware ray tracing and DLSS, which are more relevant for gaming laptops. It charges via USB-C and offers a backlit keyboard and fingerprint reader for convenient security. This model is ideal for users looking for a portable laptop with long battery life and a focus on general use, productivity, and some creative tasks. However, if the focus is on gaming or GPU-intensive machine learning or 3D rendering work, it may not be the best fit. 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-resolution Retina display
  • Apple M2 chip powerful for general use
  • Long battery life
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent keyboard and speakers
Cons
  • Limited to two Thunderbolt ports
  • No RAM or storage expansion
  • Only fair performance in 3D/machine learning tasks
  • No touchscreen or fast refresh rate

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 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.
General Use:
4.3
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is equipped with a capable Apple M2 processor and a high-quality IPS screen that offers excellent color coverage, making it well-suited for a variety of tasks and content viewing. Its long battery life and lightweight design also contribute to its portability, ideal for those on the move.
Software Development:
4.3
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:
4.3
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.
Engineering & Design:
4.1
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:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$800
Release Date
June 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.4'' x 0.61''
Weight
3 lbs
Width
11.97"
Depth
8.36"

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2
Graphics
M2 (10C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 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
Premium Business Laptop
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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10/10

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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