Apple unveiled the M2 series on a chip (SoC) at WWDC 2022 earlier this month, announcing two new MacBooks powered by the new processor. These are the 2022 MacBook Pro and 2022 MacBook Air models unveiled at the show. Apple has focused more on the latter, as the company gave the Air line a massive makeover this year. But the MacBook Pro is the first new Apple M2 laptop to hit stores. Pre-orders started a few days ago and the first reviews of the M2 MacBook Pro have already arrived.
The consensus is that the MacBook Pro M2 delivers on Apple’s promises. Reviews show that the M2 chip is significantly faster than the late 2020 M1 SoC. But aside from the speed and efficiency gains, the 2022 MacBook Pro still sports the same “old” MacBook design.
In the roundup that follows, you’ll get an idea of what to expect from the M2 processor in terms of improved performance and battery life.
MacBook Pro M2 review
Dan Ackerman for CBS:
In fact, it looks like the 13-inch MacBook Pro that was part of Apple’s first wave of M1-chip Macs in late 2020. Same body, same camera, same limited ports, same Touch Bar. Yes, that remains the final hurdle of the Apple Touch Bar, a smart but underutilized second display that has fallen out of favor.
And that’s exactly what this system is: the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro, with the original M1 chip replaced by the new M2 chip. That makes it Apple’s most powerful 13-inch laptop, and it’ll likely outrank the otherwise similar new MacBook Air M2, as its active cooling allows it to run at higher temperatures.
It’s the smallest MacBook with the longest battery life (at least until we test the new Air model).
CNET MacBook Pro M2 review is available here.
Devindra Hardawar for Engadget:
Our review unit, which featured the M2 chip (10 GPU cores) with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, was noticeably faster in almost all benchmarks. It scored nearly 9,000 points in Geekbench 5’s multi-core test, while the MacBook Pro M1 was closer to 7,000 points. The M2 chip also blew out the M1 in Geekbench’s Compute benchmark, as well as Cinebench R23, where it scored 1,300 points higher than the M1 machine. The performance bump isn’t enough to gut the MacBook Pro M1 if you’ve already bought one, but it’s still nice to see Apple making decent gains with its sequel chip.
Battery life is also solid, lasting over 17 hours in our benchmark. If you didn’t know what you were missing from other MacBooks in the market, then I’m sure you’d be happy with the MacBook Pro M2.
Engadget MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
Tip for MacRumors:
Our confirmed tests [Apple’s] claims, with the M2 chip pushing the MacBook Pro 13 to a Geekbench 5 score of 8,603, about 15.2% above the previous model (7,470). Although it falls far short of the MacBook Pro 14 (12,663) with M1 Max or more powerful Intel chips found in gaming laptops like the Asus Zephyrus G14 (9,830), the MacBook Pro outperforms its peers like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (6,643) and the Lenovo Yoga 9i (7,259) with the latest Intel Core i7-1260P processor.
Price aside, the best reason to buy the MacBook Pro 13 over the more expensive models is its record-breaking battery life. The thing does not die. In fact, the battery drained so slowly that I had to stop our test to complete this review in time for the embargo. I will be re-testing and updating this article with more definitive results soon.
Gizmodo MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
Roman Loyola for macworld:
When it comes to advertised performance, Apple generally doesn’t exaggerate its numbers. The company claims an 18% improvement in overall CPU performance for the M2 over the M1, so to test this we used Geekbench 5, a popular benchmark for assessing a system’s overall performance. In the multi-core processor test, we are able to confirm Apple’s 18% claim. The single-core CPU test showed a 13% lower boost for the M2.
The MacBook Pro M2 is 10% slower than the 14-inch MacBook Pro with a 10-core M1 Pro – when it comes to general-purpose performance, that’s actually remarkable for the MacBook Pro M2.
Macworld MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
South China Morning Post
Ben Sin for South China Morning Post:
The new MacBook Pro’s M2 chip is powerful, and battery life and performance are superb, making the laptop a great tool for digital nomads and content creators.
In the Geekbench 5 benchmark application, the M2 scored roughly the same as a similarly priced Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro with the latest 12th Gen Intel i7 processor. But where the M2 really stands out is in efficiency, requiring significantly less power than comparable Intel chips to generate the same performance. The result is excellent battery life: for basic productivity uses, the MacBook Pro M2 can last well over 10 hours on a single charge. Heavier tasks, like a two-hour video editing session, only drained 35% of the battery.
South China Morning Post MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
Craig Grannel for Things:
In terms of raw benchmarking, we found it ahead of the entire M1 range in some single-core tests, and was somewhere between an M1 and M1 Pro in multi-core performance. In the real world, that meant our 16GB review unit happily handled image editing and audio work, as well as more mundane tasks.
We found it easily got through a day with typical workloads. It also offers more juice in the tank than the upcoming MacBook Air M2, if that’s a priority for you.
Stuff MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
Jacob Krol for The street:
Unlike when M1 first hit the scene, many of them – and probably the apps you’d use – are all optimized for Apple Silicon with builds made for the OS. And yet, when you see an application that is not yet optimized, Rossetta launches to let that Intel-optimized application run on that Mac. This is a key area where the M2 chip kicks in speed. It can open an Intel app almost instantly, whereas the M1 takes seconds to get the ball moving.
Notably, our battery test exceeded Apple’s promised 20 hours of video playback. In our tests, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted 23 hours and 15 minutes with a 4K playback test. I also set the brightness to 50% and disabled connectivity while playing. That’s pretty impressive, and on a day-to-day basis, it’s hard to put the MacBook Pro to death.
The Street MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
Monica Chin for The edge:
In CPU results – Geekbench, Cinebench, Xcode benchmark, etc. – the results we see are a bit better than the M1. In GPU tests, including some games, the results are significantly better. This means the game is much better.
The M2 edged out the more expensive M1 Pro in the single-core benchmarks I ran. That’s impressive on its own (it indicates that although the M1 Pro has more power cores than the M2, those cores aren’t as powerful as the M2’s power cores on an individual level). But it also bodes well for the M2 Pro, Max and Ultra variants that we’ll likely see later; they’ll likely show single-core speed improvements over their M1-based predecessors, rather than just loading up on more cores.
Now, there’s one way the MacBook Pro with M2 has a significant advantage over more expensive machines: battery life. This MacBook Pro M2 is not dying. I’ve never said this about a laptop before: I wasn’t able to completely drain it during my test period. I can tell you that I was able to run it well past 10.5 hours which is when the 14 inch M1 Pro device was dying when I reviewed last year with the same workload.
Review of The Verge MacBook Pro M2 is available here.
Brenda Stolyar for Wired:
The M2 performed well. Most of the time I had no hiccups. On the busiest days, when I had around 20 tabs open on Google Chrome and multiple apps running simultaneously in the background, it seemed a little slow; there was some lag when switching between tabs and windows, and I managed to trigger the dreaded rainbow wheel a few times.
It’s a disconcerting addition to the MacBook lineup. Yes, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro works just fine. Its performance is excellent and the battery life is reliable. the butterfly keys that caused so much trouble are long gone. It’s the only MacBook in the entire line that retains the Touch Bar (er, if you like that). But for $1,299, I think it’s fair to expect more from Apple.
Wired MacBook Pro M2 Review is available here.
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