Apple MacBook Pro 14 M2 Pro (2023) review

Apple's M2 Pro is overflowing with performance, has Apple perfected its Pro laptop?

5 Star Rating
apple macbook pro laptop with m2 pro silicon
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Apple’s silicon keeps getting better and better, with the M2 Pro pushing the boundaries on what is possible in a 14" laptop. This thing flies, it is unbelievably fast, felt in everything from opening an app to exporting huge image and video files, the continued work on streamlining hardware and software is paying dividends for the Cupertino giant. With all the ports a creative will need, super fast WiFi for uploading and downloading large files, and improved speakers and webcam, there are some questionable design choices, but otherwise, this might just be MacBook near perfected.


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    M2 Pro is unbelievably fast

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    Speakers are excellent

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    One of the best laptop screens around for color work

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    SD card slot!


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    Notch still feels unnecessary

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    Boxy shape feels big

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    Black keys on black keyboard not for everyone

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The question of the best laptop for photo editing used to be simpler, with most of the top computers using a lot of the same internal components, including processors from behemoth Intel, with the separation in devices coming either in design or operating system preference.

Apple Silicon refers to Apple ditching Intel's x86 processors and instead using its own custom-designed ARM-based processors for its Mac computers. Apple Silicon has set the world of computing alight, with its headline-grabbing speeds and efficiency.

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Header Cell - Column 0 MacBook Pro 14 (M2 Pro)MacBook Air (M2)MacBook Pro 13 (Intel i7, Iris Plus)
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score1,9741,9361,261
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score14,8318,9174,908
GeekBench 5 OpenCL score45,92227,5589,190
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score1,6461,5971,130
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score14,7688,0985,031

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.