I’ve been testing Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro for a week – and it’s still not out.
If you’re considering an upgrade, you’re in luck: it’s an absolute delight.
No question: Apple simply makes good laptops.
We’ve seen a few quality issues over the years, but overall the MacBook Pro is (rightly) known as a powerful machine that gets the job done.
The new MacBook Pro – announced earlier this month at WWDC 2022 – isn’t perfect, but it offers phenomenal value for money.
This is a classic, entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro – the design is essentially the same.
That’s a good thing, because it’s the second most popular notebook in the world after the MacBook Air.
Why fix what ain’t broke?
It has the iconic slim metal body, a large and bright Retina display, and an OLED Touch Bar on the keyboard (which changes functions depending on the app you’re using).
I still prefer a row of physical function keys over the Touch Bar, but it has a lot of advantages – and some people love it.
You’ll also enjoy a P3 color gamut, meaning the display can accurately show an immense range of tones.
The brightness goes up to 500 nits – I used it outdoors on a sunny day with no issues.
Really, the big improvement here is the addition of Apple’s custom M2 chip.
Apple only recently switched to manufacturing its own Mac chips, handing Intel over to its proprietary custom silicon.
And the results have been stunning, with Macs now performing ridiculously across the board.
Now the M2 is out and it lives up to expectations.
Core processing is up about 40% over the previous generation, and the same goes for graphics performance.
Of course, these measures – and on-device performance benchmarks – are great, but they’re of limited practical use.
What matters is performance in the real world, and it lives up to expectations.
You can easily edit large, multi-layered Photoshop documents and multiple streams of 4K video, and run dozens of apps at the same time.
For most professionals, the MacBook Pro has everything you need.
You should really only consider upgrading to a 14-inch or 16-inch model with an M1 Pro, M1 Max, or M1 Ultra chip if you have extremely demanding tasks like heavy graphics rendering or very heavy 8K -Complete video projects.
I used it for work and didn’t have a single performance issue.
Battery life is all-day, too: the official measurement is 20 hours, and I struggled to get it down in a work day.
It has a base storage of 256 GB with a fast SSD.
But you can spec it up to a whopping 2TB – more than most will ever need.
You get a FaceTime HD camera, plus Touch ID fingerprint scanning (for verifying purchase and logging into websites and the Mac itself).
And the ports are good, with a headphone jack and two USB-C sockets that work for charging, connecting displays, or just generic Thunderbolt 3 connections.
Still – for all its advantages – the MacBook Pro struggles with gaming.
This is not necessarily due to a lack of performance: in fact, the new MacBook offers very convincing performance.
But the gaming world still has some catching up to do. Many games are simply not supported on the Mac, which is a shame – but a fact nonetheless.
There’s plenty to play on this MacBook Pro, but hardcore gamers who want the latest titles should look to Windows instead.
Audio is very impressive for a notebook of this size, with wide stereo sound as well as support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio (if your movie or music selection allows it).
The mic pickup is also great for video calls – there’s a “studio quality” triple mic array on board.
Of course, the value of a laptop depends on its price.
You’ll pay a minimum of £1,349 for this new MacBook Pro model.
That’s far from a cheap laptop, so buyers on a budget should consider a MacBook Air.
But for the pro performance – like you get from the M2 – it’s actually a very fair premium.
It’s also worth remembering that Apple laptops tend to hold their value better than Windows alternatives.
So if you ever decide to resell it, you should be able to recoup a significant amount of the cost.
The laptop runs on macOS Monterey, which is a brilliant rival to Windows 11 – and trumps it in many ways, especially if you have other Apple devices (including the iPhone).
And we’re still months away from macOS Ventura improving core systems like Mail, Spotlight search, Safari and Messages.
Mac it happens!
Honestly, there isn’t much bad to say about this MacBook Pro.
The design is iconic, the price is fair and the performance is phenomenal.
Like any Mac, it’s not really the right machine for hardcore gamers.
But it’s a fantastic workhouse, suitable for the vast majority of working professionals – or well-funded students.
If you can afford the 14-inch MacBook Pro with a chip upgrade, you get better performance and a nicer display.
Ultimately it comes down to what you are willing to spend.
But if you have the money and you want a powerful Apple notebook, this is the one you should buy.
The sun says: Apple has made its iconic 13-inch MacBook Pro more powerful than ever – a computing icon that just doesn’t disappoint. 5/5
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro was pre-ordered on Friday, June 17th and will be available for direct purchase starting Friday, June 24th.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since then.
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