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: Good7.9/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.3/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.7/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.9/10
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) is priced in the midrange and offers a solid balance of features for general use, creative tasks, and casual gaming. It comes with 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, powered by the efficient Apple M2 chip with a 10-core GPU. The 13.3-inch IPS display has a high resolution and supports wide color gamuts, but it’s not a touchscreen. Its compact size, light weight, and a battery life up to 20 hours make it very portable, and it has high-quality speakers and a backlit keyboard. Thunderbolt ports allow for fast data transfer and external display connectivity. Designed for silent operation, the MacBook Pro maintains a fanless design, ensuring quiet use. However, its GPU isn't suitable for intensive gaming or complex 3D tasks, and the system lacks upgrade possibilities, with no available RAM or storage slots for expansion. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • High-resolution screen
  • 20-hour battery life
  • Silent, fanless operation
  • Good general use performance
Cons
  • Limited to 8 GB RAM
  • Average 3D/ML performance
  • No touchscreen or HDMI
  • No available RAM/Storage slots

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:
4.4
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:
4.4
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.
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.
Engineering & Design:
4.1
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 with its powerful M2 processor and integrated M2 GPU delivers robust performance for engineering software and design-related tasks, supported by ample RAM for multitasking. Its high-resolution IPS display offers accurate colors and high contrast, essential for precision in design work, while maintaining a sleek form factor that enhances portability and offers near-silent operation.
Gaming & AI:
3.5
The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) with its M2 GPU is built more for efficiency than for the high-powered graphics processing required for intensive 3D tasks, and the screen's refresh rate is standard at 60Hz, which does not cater to high-end 3D applications that benefit from faster refresh rates.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,000
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
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
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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