Apple Macbook Pro M2 (2022) review

It's the fastest 13-inch MacBook Pro ever, but is that enough to keep it ahead of the competition?

Apple MacBook Pro M2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The MacBook Pro has always been an easy sell for anyone wanting a highly portable, exquisitely well made laptop that performs brilliantly and sports a stunning screen. The M2 MacBook Pro is all of these things, and with prices starting at a very fair $1,299/£1,349, it's excellent value for money, especially when compared to the pricier 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks. However, there are compromises to be made. We found the 13.3-inch screen to be a little small for extended periods of editing, and with just two USB ports (one taken by the charger), a dongle is an inconvenient necessity.


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    Great screen quality

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    Superb performance

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    Excellent portability


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    2 ports isn't enough

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    Little benefit over M2 Air

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    13" screen size not ideal

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The latest MacBook Pro may look just like its predecessor, but it's the first to pack Apple's second-generation 'M2' System on Chip, promising up to a 40% performance increase over the original 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro. The Apple M2 silicon is an 8-core design with a unified 10-core GPU, available with 8GB, 16GB, or 24GB RAM (a useful increase from the original M1 MacBook Pro, which topped out at 16GB).

Could the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro be the best photo-editing laptop?

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.