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 builds 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.