The M2 may sound better, but it’s a base-level chip next to it M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra powering the $2,000+ MacBook Pro models. It’s easy to be swayed by Apple’s stats, which boast that the M2 processor has 35% more powerful GPU, 18% faster CPU, and 40% faster neural engine than the M1. But it’s not quite enough for most professionals who require more computing power. (The M2, like the M1, still only supports one external monitor, unlike the M1 Pro and later.)
M2 works fine. Most of the time, I don’t experience any hiccups. On busier days, when I have about 20 tabs open on Google Chrome and multiple apps running in the background simultaneously, it feels a bit sluggish; there is some lag when switching between tabs and windows and I tried to activate the dreaded rainbow wheel a few times.
I uploaded 4K Pro Res files shot on my iPhone 13 Pro to Final Cut Pro and edited a stream on the timeline. I applied a light layer, along with some other preset effects, and saw some stuttering throughout. I didn’t really change the scene that much, but this MacBook Pro struggled with even the tiniest color adjustments (and the rainbow wheel popped up a few times).
Editing photos with apps like Pixelmator and Adobe Photoshop feels a lot smoother. The Mac stuttered here and there while I adjusted the sliders, added a little rotation, and made small changes to the colors. But it still manages to power through a multitude of layers and effects to achieve the desired look — without the need for fans to get involved.
That’s the main difference in power between this MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air — it has a fan. When the fan starts up, the MacBook Pro may draw a little more power during the sustained period. It also has slightly better battery life. I usually have to plug it in after eight o’clock on workdays.
All of this doesn’t mean the 13-inch MacBook Pro is completely unusable for heavy tasks, but it probably won’t be enough for those who regularly handle processor-intensive workloads. physical. If that’s you, I think you should save the cash and go for the base version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro instead.
If you just need a good, new laptop, wait for what’s coming MacBook Air. You get a slightly larger, more modern-looking screen, a better webcam, nicer speakers, and fast charging support, all in a lighter overall package (and fun colors!). This MacBook Pro is still an awkward average kid, and not nearly enough to deserve you.