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Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2 Laptop Review – Debut for the new Apple M2

More performance in a familiar shape. We still have to wait for the brand-new redesign of the MacBook Air, but Apple already launched the updated version of the MacBook Pro 13 with the new Apple M2 processor. The changes are otherwise very limited since both the display as well as the chassis including the Touch Bar are unchanged from the previous model.

There were plenty of rumors and speculations about a full redesign of the new MacBook Air with Apple’s M2 processor, but the first MacBook with the new M2 SoC is actually a familiar companion, the MacBook Pro 13. It looks just like the previous model equipped with the M1 chip, the 13.3-inch display without a notch is identical and you get the magic keyboard in combination with the Touch Bar. The 2022 MacBook Pro 13 does not get a MagSafe connector, either.

Apple only offers the MacBook Pro 13 with the faster version of the M2, which has 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores, while the entry-level model of the new MacBook Air M2 is shipped with a slower 8-core GPU. The MBP 13 features an active cooling solution, so the performance should be more stable compared to the passively cooled MacBook Air M2.

The price of the 2022 MacBook Pro 13 with the M2 processor starts at $1299 with 256 GB SSD storage and 8 GB RAM; our review unit with 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD is available for $1899. All models are shipped with the same M2 SoC (8 CPU cores, 10 GPU cores).

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Processor
Apple M2 8 x 2.4 - 3.5 GHz, 20 W PL2 / Short Burst, 20 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Core: 1398 MHz, 13.5 W TDP
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR5-6400, onboard
Display
13.30 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 227 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP1024Z, 1024 GB 
, 956 GB free
Connections
2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.6 x 304.1 x 212.4 ( = 0.61 x 11.97 x 8.36 in)
Battery
58.2 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Apple macOS 12 Monterey
Camera
Webcam: FaceTime HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 67W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.372 kg ( = 48.4 oz / 3.02 pounds), Power Supply: 274 g ( = 9.67 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
2289 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Rivals

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91.9 %
06/2022
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600
91.1 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600
91.1 %
12/2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.30"2560x1600
05/2022
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
R7 6800U, Radeon 680M
1.1 kg14.9 mm13.30"2880x1800
86.7 %
05/2022
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
885 g11 mm13.30"1920x1080
88.8 %
02/2022
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
i5-11300H, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.3 kg16.5 mm13.40"2520x1680
88 %
05/2021
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.40"3456x2160

Case – Aluminum MacBook is unchanged

We know the aluminum chassis of the MacBook Pro 13 very well from previous iterations, but it is still great with its high quality and the excellent build quality. The only slightly outdated aspect is the size of the bezels once you open the lid, which are a bit wide for a modern subnotebook despite the 16:10 aspect ratio screen.

There is not much to criticize in terms of quality or stability. The big advantage of the aluminum surfaces is that they do not get dirty or greasy very easily and MacBooks usually look very good even after multiple years with a little care.

Size Comparison

304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.4 kg3.02 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.4 kg3.03 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 200 mm / 7.87 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 885 g1.951 lbs297.2 mm / 11.7 inch 218.4 mm / 8.6 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.3 kg2.91 lbs296.7 mm / 11.7 inch 210.5 mm / 8.29 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.1 kg2.41 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.74 lbs

Connectivity - MBP 13 again with Thunderbolt 3

The 2022 MacBook Pro 13 M2 does not get the MagSafe connector, which means you are once again limited to the two USB-C ports on the left side. They support Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 with the full 40 Gbps (USB 3.1 Gen.2 with 10 Gbps) as well as charging and DisplayPort. In addition to the integrated display, the MBP 13 M2 can only drive one additional external screen at 6K/60 Hz.

Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C 4, 40 Gbps, Power Delivery, DisplayPort ALT mode)
Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C 4, 40 Gbps, Power Delivery, DisplayPort ALT mode)
Right side: 3.5 mm stereo
Right side: 3.5 mm stereo

Communication

The Wi-Fi performance of the new Apple M2 did not really change from the M1 and is hardly convincing. The modern Wi-Fi 6E standard is not supported and Wi-Fi 6 connections only work with 80 MHz bands, which means the MacBook cannot keep up with the transfer rates of 160 MHz Wi-Fi 6 modules. We see a slight improvement over the previous MacBook Pro 13 M1 in combination with out new reference router from Asus, but the transfer rates are still pretty slow at around 800 Mbps. The performance is at least stable and we did not notice any issues with the signal quality during our review period, so the limitation is not that big unless you transfer large files in your personal network.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Average of class Subnotebook
  (180 - 1614, n=86, last 2 years)
1026 MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
909 (814min - 1010max) MBit/s ∼89%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (405 - 1750, n=103)
787 MBit/s ∼77%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
649 (611min - 664max) MBit/s ∼63%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
617 (220min - 685max) MBit/s ∼60%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
552 (257min - 620max) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 receive AX12
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1368 (681min - 1483max) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1258 (1143min - 1362max) MBit/s ∼92%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (182 - 1690, n=86, last 2 years)
1138 MBit/s ∼83%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (284 - 1414, n=103)
765 MBit/s ∼56%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
757 (378min - 806max) MBit/s ∼55%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
672 (614min - 682max) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
1553 (1443min - 1620max) MBit/s ∼100% +88%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (353 - 1657, n=4, last 2 years)
1098 MBit/s ∼71% +33%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
828 (753min - 878max) MBit/s ∼53%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (417 - 1363, n=25)
793 MBit/s ∼51% -4%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
1492 (1365min - 1583max) MBit/s ∼100% +87%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (343 - 1557, n=4, last 2 years)
1047 MBit/s ∼70% +31%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (498 - 1251, n=25)
854 MBit/s ∼57% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
797 (751min - 821max) MBit/s ∼53%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø828 (753-878)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø796 (751-821)

Webcam

While the new MacBook Air M2 will get a 1080p webcam, the MBP 13 is still equipped with the same 720p FaceTime HD camera we know from previous iterations. It does its job, but the picture quality is not very convincing.

ColorChecker
10.1 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2: 9.24 ∆E min: 4.92 - max: 14.38 ∆E

Maintenance

It is easy to remove the bottom cover with the corresponding Pentalobe screw driver, but your maintenance work is limited to the cleaning of the fan.

Internal layout MacBook Pro 13 M2
Internal layout MacBook Pro 13 M2

Input Devices - The Touch Bar lives longer than expected

The input devices did not change, either, which means the 2022 MBP 13 is still equipped with the Touch Bar above the keyboard. It is the last model with the little touch-sensitive display, so Apple accepted that it is not much more than a gimmick. All other MacBook models are once again equipped with regular function keys.

Most users should be happy with the keyboard after Apple switched back to a scissor mechanism after the Butterfly key experiment, and the overall typing experience is good. The automatic adjustment of the background illumination is a very convenient feature and improves the overall user experience.

The large trackpad is still the benchmark in the mobile segment, which is also a result of the excellent software support and integration with macOS.

Input Devices
Input Devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Display - MacBook Pro 13 without a notch

Subpixel layout
Subpixel layout
No issues with backlight bleeding
No issues with backlight bleeding

The display is once again the familiar 16:10 IPS screen without a notch. The subjective picture quality is still great after all these years: The high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels ensures crisp images and the colors do not disappoint, either. You also benefit from the automatic brightness regulation, which works extremely well, and also the automatic adjustment of the color temperature based on the ambient light (True Tone). macOS does not have any scaling issues, either, which can still be an issue on Windows laptops with high-resolution panels.

The brightness is rated at 500 nits and our test unit reaches up to 514 nits (497 nits on average) in combination with a decent black value of 0.31, which results in a very high contrast ratio of more than 1600:1. We can determine a flickering when the panel brightness drops to 56% and below, but it is not typical PWM flickering. The frequency of 117 kHz is extremely high and should not cause any problems. The response times are decent for an IPS screen and we did not notice any ghosting.

The display of the new MacBook Air M2 will also support the wider P3 reference and the other specs are also identical expect for the slightly different form factor (due to the additional vertical space). Compared to the larger MacBook Pro models with the Mini-LED panels, the smaller MBP 13 does not support the higher refresh rates up to 120 Hz or the HDR capabilities.

487
cd/m²
497
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
514
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
484
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 514 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 497.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 513 cd/m²
Contrast: 1658:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4, calibrated: 0.6
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
87.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
98.8% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
SDC4172, OLED, 2880x1800, 13.30
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
ATNA33XC10-0, OLED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
TL134GDXP02-0, LTPS, 2520x1680, 13.40
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Samsung 134XK01, OLED, 3456x2160, 13.40
Display
-1%
4%
3%
-22%
4%
Display P3 Coverage
98.8
98.6
0%
99.8
1%
99.81
1%
65.2
-34%
99.7
1%
sRGB Coverage
100
100
0%
100
0%
100
0%
92
-8%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
87.9
85.9
-2%
97.8
11%
95.55
9%
67.5
-23%
97.7
11%
Response Times
-0%
11%
26%
28%
-27%
29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 ?(19.9, 22.1)
48 ?(18.8, 29.2)
-14%
31 ?(14, 17)
26%
3.6 ?(2, 1.6)
91%
4 ?(2, 2)
90%
44.8 ?(22, 22.8)
-7%
2.2 ?(1.2, 1)
95%
Response Time Black / White *
27.8 ?(14.1, 13.7)
25.2 ?(8.4, 16.8)
9%
26.1 ?(14.9, 11.2)
6%
3.2 ?(2, 1.2)
88%
2 ?(1, 1)
93%
22.8 ?(10.4, 12.4)
18%
2.2 ?(1, 1.2)
92%
PWM Frequency
117780 ?(56)
122000 ?(49)
4%
118000 ?(49, 155)
0%
240.4 ?(53)
-100%
61 ?(90)
-100%
9804 ?(20, 47)
-92%
240.4 ?(51)
-100%
Screen
-6%
-16%
74%
10%
-43%
-173%
Brightness middle
514
510
-1%
417
-19%
336
-35%
399
-22%
468
-9%
384
-25%
Brightness
497
491
-1%
395
-21%
338
-32%
403
-19%
450
-9%
387
-22%
Brightness Distribution
93
94
1%
91
-2%
99
6%
98
5%
92
-1%
97
4%
Black Level *
0.31
0.29
6%
0.39
-26%
0.02
94%
0.07
77%
0.23
26%
Contrast
1658
1759
6%
1069
-36%
16800
913%
5700
244%
2035
23%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
1.3
-18%
1.12
-2%
1.8
-64%
1.35
-23%
2
-82%
4.56
-315%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.3
3
-30%
2.71
-18%
3.8
-65%
2.77
-20%
5.5
-139%
7.27
-216%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.6
0.77
-28%
1.8
-200%
1.35
-125%
1.5
-150%
4.52
-653%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
2
-11%
1.7
6%
0.9
50%
2.35
-31%
2.6
-44%
1.5
17%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.23 99%
2207 0%
2.22 99%
2.21 100%
2.17 101%
2.26 97%
CCT
6764 96%
6933 94%
6870 95%
6580 99%
6824 95%
6511 100%
6219 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.3
87.1
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -4%
-2% / -8%
35% / 51%
14% / 12%
-31% / -35%
-47% / -85%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (target color space P3)

We analyzed the screen with the professional CalMAN software and the X-Rite i1 Pro 2 spectrophotometer. Apple displays are traditionally very well-calibrated out of the box and the 2022 MacBook Pro 13 is no exception. The grayscale only shows a minor color cast towards blue/green in combination with a slightly too cool color temperature, but this is not really visible with the naked eye. The color deviations on the other hand are already clearly below the important mark of 3.

We managed to improve the performance of the display even further with our own calibration and also eliminate the slight color cast (the calibrated profile can be downloaded in the display box above). The MBP 13 almost covers the full P3 gamut, so it is not problem to use the MacBook for picture/video editing in this color space.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.1 ms rise
↘ 13.7 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 62 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19.9 ms rise
↘ 22.1 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 57 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 117780 Hz ≤ 56 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 117780 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 56 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 117780 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21792 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

The viewing angle stability of the IPS screen is excellent and the outdoor capabilities are also decent. Apple uses glossy panels, but they are just not as reflective as many competitors. The high brightness also helps to see the display content even in very bright environments. There will obviously be some reflections, but you should be able to find a suitable position and the MBP 13 just has the edge over many glossy rivals in this regard.

Performance - Apple M2 with 16 GB RAM

The 2022 model of the MacBook Pro 13 is always equipped with the faster version of the new M2 processor with 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores. The entry-level model gets 8 GB RAM, but you can also select 16 GB and now even 24 GB unified RAM, which is now faster as well (LPDDR5-6400 vs. LPDDR4x-4266 in the M1 MacBook). The entry-level model of the new MacBook Air M2 on the other hand is equipped with a slower 8-core GPU.

Processor - Apple M2

Apple M2 SoC (Image: Apple)
Apple M2 SoC (Image: Apple)

The CPU part of the new Apple M2 SoC did not really change that much and Apple just tweaked the existing chip. We will cover all the changes in a detailed analysis later, but it is still an 8-core CPU with two clusters and slightly higher clocks than before. The efficiency cluster with four cores reaches up to 2.424 GHz (previously 2.064 GHz), while the four performance cores now reach up to 3.48 GHz (previously 3.204 GHz). The manufacturing process was tweaked (now TSMC N5P instead of TSMC N5), but it is still a 5 nm chip and Apple cannot beat the physics, so the higher clocks require more power. The M1 consumes around 15W during multi-core load, the new M2 consumes 19W in the same scenarios. Apple has the same fundamental challenges as the rivals: The comparatively small clock increase requires a lot of additional power.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2 Apple M2: Ø1229 (1226.62-1232.55)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB) Apple M1: Ø1066 (1062.05-1069.6)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1; Rosetta 2: Ø843 (817.01-1020.12)
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED AMD Ryzen 7 6800U: Ø1607 (1576.98-1742.1)
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE Intel Core i5-1240P: Ø878 (859.75-883.65)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H Intel Core i5-11300H; Standard: Ø922 (913.26-969.84)
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H Intel Core i5-11300H; Performance: Ø958 (953.54-961.86)
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø695 (607.28-765.86)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry Apple M1 Pro 8-Core; Rosetta 2: Ø1311 (1303.74-1319.74)

Our Cinebench R15 Multi loop clearly shows that the CPU performance is completely stable under sustained workloads, but we will focus on native benchmarks like Geekbench and Cinebench R23 for the performance comparison. Geekbench Multi shows the biggest performance gains of 18%, which is also advertised by Apple, and the M2 is actually just 10% slower than the small M1 Pro with 8 CPU cores. The advantage over the M1 is a little bit smaller in the other benchmarks (12-15%).

The single-core tests only show a small advantage, but we also saw a maximum consumption of 3.3 GHz in our tests instead of the advertised 3.48 GHz. The overall performance is still very good and also ahead of the new Ryzen 7 6800U, for example. Intel’s current Alder Lake chips offer more performance (see Core i7-1260P in the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14), but they also consume much more power (the i7 requires five times more power for 13% more single-core performance – 5 vs. 26W). At comparable power levels (see Galaxy Book 2 Pro 13), the Core i5-1240P does not stand a chance against the Apple M2 though.

The CPU performance is completely stable on battery power. Please see our tech section for more CPU benchmarks.

Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
10735 Points ∼100% +23%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
10468 Points ∼98% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9581 Points ∼89% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
8745 Points ∼81%
Average Apple M2
 
8745 Points ∼81% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
7811 Points ∼73% -11%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7409 (6401.39min - 7409.31max) Points ∼69% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (965 - 12181, n=79, last 2 years)
5961 Points ∼56% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
5680 Points ∼53% -35%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
5186 Points ∼48% -41%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5013 (4398.92min - 5012.66max) Points ∼47% -43%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
1793 Points ∼100% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1581 Points ∼88%
Average Apple M2
 
1581 Points ∼88% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1531 Points ∼85% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
1513 Points ∼84% -4%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1496 Points ∼83% -5%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1488 Points ∼83% -6%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1457 Points ∼81% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (409 - 1663, n=77, last 2 years)
1331 Points ∼74% -16%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
1218 Points ∼68% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
640 Points ∼36% -60%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
4060 Points ∼100% +73%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
4048 Points ∼100% +72%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
2349 Points ∼58%
Average Apple M2
 
2349 Points ∼58% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
2178 Points ∼54% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (376 - 4704, n=97, last 2 years)
2164 Points ∼53% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
2109 Points ∼52% -10%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
1982 Points ∼49% -16%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1873 Points ∼46% -20%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1863 Points ∼46% -21%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
657 Points ∼100% +72%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
564 Points ∼86% +48%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
556 Points ∼85% +46%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (157 - 633, n=98, last 2 years)
493 Points ∼75% +29%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
431 Points ∼66% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
406 Points ∼62% +7%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
401 Points ∼61% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
381 Points ∼58%
Average Apple M2
 
381 Points ∼58% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
251 Points ∼38% -34%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
1805 (1600.9min - 1805.05max) Points ∼100% +47%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1742 Points ∼97% +42%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1320 (1307min - 1320max) Points ∼73% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1229 (1226.62min, 1226.74P1 - 1232.55max) Points ∼68%
Average Apple M2
 
1229 Points ∼68% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
1070 (1060min - 1070max) Points ∼59% -13%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1020 (817min - 1020max) Points ∼57% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (223 - 2041, n=103, last 2 years)
982 Points ∼54% -20%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
970 (913.26min - 969.84max) Points ∼54% -21%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
961 Points ∼53% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
884 (859.75min - 883.65max) Points ∼49% -28%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
766 (607.28min - 765.86max) Points ∼42% -38%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
243 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
237 Points ∼98% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
223 Points ∼92%
Average Apple M2
 
223 Points ∼92% 0%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
221 Points ∼91% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
210 Points ∼86% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
208 Points ∼86% -7%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
208 Points ∼86% -7%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
208 Points ∼86% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (70.1 - 239, n=96, last 2 years)
192.2 Points ∼79% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
91.8 Points ∼38% -59%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
710 Seconds * ∼100% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (253 - 2650, n=96, last 2 years)
652 Seconds * ∼92% -10%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
637 Seconds * ∼90% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
595 Seconds * ∼84%
Average Apple M2
 
595 Seconds * ∼84% -0%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
559 Seconds * ∼79% +6%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
509 Seconds * ∼72% +14%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
310 Seconds * ∼44% +48%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
300 Seconds * ∼42% +50%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
10321 Points ∼100% +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9942 Points ∼96% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
8962 Points ∼87%
Average Apple M2
 
8962 Points ∼87% 0%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
7613 Points ∼74% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
7590 Points ∼74% -15%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7578 Points ∼73% -15%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5771 Points ∼56% -36%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
5402 Points ∼52% -40%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1024 - 9639, n=94, last 2 years)
5253 Points ∼51% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
4819 Points ∼47% -46%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1937 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2
 
1937 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1769 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1260P
1764 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1
1740 Points ∼90% -10%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1727 Points ∼89% -11%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1541 Points ∼80% -20%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1514 Points ∼78% -22%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H
1430 Points ∼74% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (293 - 1937, n=94, last 2 years)
1326 Points ∼68% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P
672 Points ∼35% -65%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The previous MacBooks with the Apple M1 processors have already been very snappy devices and this does not change with the new M2 SoC. You cannot really notice a performance difference in everyday situations, which is also confirmed by the similar CrossMark test results, but the M2 performs noticeably better in browser benchmarks we performed with Safari 15.5.

We once again performed the PugetBench tests for the two Adobe apps Photoshop and Premiere Pro. However, the benchmarks only support the emulated Intel versions of the apps, which are subjectively noticeable slower than their macOS optimized counterparts. We already noticed that the results shifted a bit compared to previous M1 MacBook reviews in our review of the Mac Studio, so the PugetBench results are not really representative and should be considered with some caution.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Live Playback | Export | GPU
Photoshop PugetBench: Filter Score | General Score | GPU Score
Jetstream 2: Total Score
WebXPRT 3: ---
Speedometer 2.0: Result
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1507 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
1507 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1490 Points ∼99% -1%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1481 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1355 Points ∼90% -10%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1352 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (926 - 1507, n=19, last 2 years)
1276 Points ∼85% -15%
CrossMark / Productivity
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1476 Points ∼100% +7%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1424 Points ∼96% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1382 Points ∼94%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
1382 Points ∼94% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1305 Points ∼88% -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (962 - 1555, n=19, last 2 years)
1299 Points ∼88% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1274 Points ∼86% -8%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1915 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1841 Points ∼96%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
1841 Points ∼96% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1593 Points ∼83% -13%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1554 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (957 - 1841, n=19, last 2 years)
1315 Points ∼69% -29%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1261 Points ∼66% -32%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
1425 Points ∼100% +33%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1293 Points ∼91% +21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (746 - 1501, n=19, last 2 years)
1124 Points ∼79% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1069 Points ∼75%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
1069 Points ∼75% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1044 Points ∼73% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1004 Points ∼70% -6%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
133 fps ∼100% +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
85 fps ∼64%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
85 fps ∼64% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (55 - 85, n=2, last 2 years)
70 fps ∼53% -18%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
24 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
24 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
21 fps ∼88% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17 - 24, n=2, last 2 years)
20.5 fps ∼85% -15%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
837 Points ∼100% +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
537 Points ∼64%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
537 Points ∼64% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (156 - 537, n=3, last 2 years)
339 Points ∼41% -37%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
323 Points ∼39% -40%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
806 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
806 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
667 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (374 - 806, n=3, last 2 years)
580 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
560 Points ∼69% -31%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Live Playback
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
177.7 Points ∼100% +117%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
81.8 Points ∼46%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
81.8 Points ∼46% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (14.7 - 81.8, n=3, last 2 years)
45.1 Points ∼25% -45%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
38.8 Points ∼22% -53%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Export
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
48 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
48 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
38.9 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16.4 - 48, n=3, last 2 years)
30.1 Points ∼63% -37%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
25.8 Points ∼54% -46%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
31.6 Points ∼100% +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
26.2 Points ∼83%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
26.2 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 26.2, n=3, last 2 years)
14.9 Points ∼47% -43%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
14.3 Points ∼45% -45%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
81.9 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
81.9 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
64.8 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (42.7 - 81.9, n=3, last 2 years)
61.9 Points ∼76% -24%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
61 Points ∼74% -26%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
79.3 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
79.3 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
68.5 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.1 - 79.3, n=3, last 2 years)
54.1 Points ∼68% -32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
51 Points ∼64% -36%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
83.8 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
83.8 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
75.9 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
60.6 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.2 - 83.8, n=3, last 2 years)
59.5 Points ∼71% -29%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
227.4 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
227 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
211 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
207.9 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
191.3 Points ∼84% -16%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
178.7 Points ∼79% -21%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
183.8 Points ∼81% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
177.5 Points ∼78% -22%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
173.3 Points ∼76% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (50 - 227, n=40, last 2 years)
166.5 Points ∼73% -27%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
379 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
379 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
343 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
304 Points ∼80% -20%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
281 Points ∼74% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
281 Points ∼74% -26%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
270 Points ∼71% -29%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
250 Points ∼66% -34%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
233 Points ∼61% -39%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (80.1 - 379, n=92, last 2 years)
229 Points ∼60% -40%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Samsung PM991a MZVLQ256HBJD
119.2 Points ∼31% -69%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
407 runs/min ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
406.6 runs/min ∼100%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
265 runs/min ∼65% -35%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
213 runs/min ∼52% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
262 runs/min ∼64% -36%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
213 runs/min ∼52% -48%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
190 runs/min ∼47% -53%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (42.9 - 407, n=23, last 2 years)
184.7 runs/min ∼45% -55%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
176 runs/min ∼43% -57%

Storage Devices

Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark

Apple still uses PCIe-3.0-SSDs for the MacBook Pro 13 and the maximum transfer rates are ~3.2 GB/s. This is more than fast enough for everyday tasks, but a PCIe 4.0 drive, which is used in the MacBook Pro 14 for example, would be even faster. Our unit is equipped with a 1 TB SSD and you can use 956 GB for your own apps and files after the initial set-up. The base model is once again shipped with a 256 GB drive, but you can select up to 2 TB SSD storage. More SSD benchmarks are listed here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
100 pt ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
59.9 pt ∼60%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
 
59.9 pt ∼60%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
55 pt ∼55%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
52.5 pt ∼53%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple SSD AP0256
50.3 pt ∼50%
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
5448 MB/s ∼100% +93%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2819.3 MB/s ∼52%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
 
2819 MB/s ∼52% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple SSD AP0256
2798 MB/s ∼51% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2728 - 2819, n=4, last 2 years)
2775 MB/s ∼51% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
2756 MB/s ∼51% -2%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
4463 MB/s ∼100% +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3036.1 MB/s ∼68%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
 
3036 MB/s ∼68% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2194 - 3036, n=4, last 2 years)
2639 MB/s ∼59% -13%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
2431 MB/s ∼54% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple SSD AP0256
2194 MB/s ∼49% -28%

GPU Performance

While the performance gains of the CPU part are moderate, we can see a much bigger improvement for the graphics performance of the new M2 SoC, which gets two additional cores (M1: 7 or 8 GPU cores). The M2 GPU should have a maximum consumption of 15W, but we only saw up to 13.5W during our tests with up to 1.398 MHz (the M1 with the 8-core GPU consumes ~10W in the same scenarios). This means the power consumption increase is pretty small for two additional cores.

The benchmark results are very good for this power level and we can see big improvements over the Apple M1 GPU. The performance advantage is around 40% over the 8-core M1 GPU in almost all benchmarks, which is impressive. The new M2 GPU cannot rival the smaller 14-core GPU of the M1 Pro though, which is still between 25-40% faster.

The GPU performance is once again completely stable, both under sustained workloads and on battery power. More GPU benchmarks are available here.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9089 Points ∼100% +35%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6728 Points ∼74%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
6728 Points ∼74% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
4950 Points ∼54% -26%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
4487 Points ∼49% -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1816 - 9727, n=9, last 2 years)
4236 Points ∼47% -37%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1260P
4103 Points ∼45% -39%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
3827 Points ∼42% -43%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
24875 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
24875 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
17731 Points ∼71% -29%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
17731 Points ∼71% -29%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
16159 Points ∼65% -35%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
14403 Points ∼58% -42%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5964 - 24875, n=8, last 2 years)
14052 Points ∼56% -44%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9267 Points ∼100% +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6823 Points ∼74%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
6823 Points ∼74% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
4997 Points ∼54% -27%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
4515 Points ∼49% -34%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
3793 Points ∼41% -44%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2000 - 6823, n=8, last 2 years)
3581 Points ∼39% -48%
Geekbench 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
35173 Points ∼100% +27%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
31996 Points ∼91% +16%
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
31115 Points ∼88% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27602 Points ∼78%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
27602 Points ∼78% 0%
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 2022 i7-1260P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1260P
20391 Points ∼58% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
19078 Points ∼54% -31%
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1185G7
18831 Points ∼54% -32%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
18352 Points ∼52% -34%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1594 - 64697, n=95, last 2 years)
17238 Points ∼49% -38%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
17029 Points ∼48% -38%
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-11300H
15303 Points ∼44% -45%
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1240P
15269 Points ∼43% -45%
Metal Score 5.3
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
37319 Points ∼100% +24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30166 Points ∼81%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
30166 Points ∼81% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (19064 - 30166, n=4, last 2 years)
22898 Points ∼61% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
21951 Points ∼59% -27%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
20411 Points ∼55% -32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
19064 Points ∼51% -37%
GFXBench
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
147 fps ∼100% +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
109.8 fps ∼75%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
109.8 fps ∼75% 0%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
81.2 fps ∼55% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
78.2 fps ∼53% -29%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
72.4 fps ∼49% -34%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10 - 109.8, n=10, last 2 years)
54.9 fps ∼37% -50%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
394 fps ∼100% +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
295 fps ∼75%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
295 fps ∼75% 0%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
214.4 fps ∼54% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
207 fps ∼53% -30%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
192 fps ∼49% -35%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (27 - 295, n=10, last 2 years)
145.5 fps ∼37% -51%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
316 fps ∼100% +37%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
230 fps ∼73% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
229.9 fps ∼73%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
197 fps ∼62% -14%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
176.6 fps ∼56% -23%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
162 fps ∼51% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (24 - 230, n=6, last 2 years)
147.2 fps ∼47% -36%

Gaming Performance

Witcher 3 (via CrossOver) suffers from graphics issues
Witcher 3 (via CrossOver) suffers from graphics issues

The gaming situation is slowly getting better on the Mac, but the number of available titles is still very limited compared to Windows. In addition to emulated titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, there are also more native games like World of Warcraft, which runs very well on the new MacBook Pro 13 M2 with high settings. There will also be a Mac version of No Man’s Sky in fall, for example. CorssOver is another method to use Windows titles, which allowed us to install the Steam version of Witcher 3. However, we noticed some graphics issues compared to the tests on M1 machines, so you cannot really play it very well (even though the subjective performance impression is much better compared to the M1 MBP 13). You can obviously also use titles from Apple’s Arcade collection, which run perfectly on the MacBook.

We noticed some additional issues during our review, and the game Borderlands 3 always crashed in the menus. The benchmark we were able to perform once again show big improvements of 40-50% over the M1 GPU, especially with higher details. The GPU of the M1 Pro (with 14 GPU cores) is still considerably more powerful though.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider / Medium Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
58 fps ∼100% +49%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
39 fps ∼67%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
39 fps ∼67% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
25 fps ∼43% -36%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10.7 - 39, n=16, last 2 years)
22.1 fps ∼38% -43%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1, Apple M1 7-Core GPU
22 (16min) fps ∼38% -44%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider / High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps ∼100% +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
36 fps ∼68%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
36 fps ∼68% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16 - 36, n=7, last 2 years)
24.3 fps ∼46% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
23 fps ∼43% -36%
Total War: Three Kingdoms / High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
36 fps ∼100% +24%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
29 fps ∼81%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
29 fps ∼81% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.5 - 36, n=8, last 2 years)
22.4 fps ∼62% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
20.6 fps ∼57% -29%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1, Apple M1 7-Core GPU
17.4 (15min) fps ∼48% -40%
Total War: Three Kingdoms / Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
27 fps ∼100% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
21 fps ∼78%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
21 fps ∼78% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.6 - 21, n=4, last 2 years)
14.6 fps ∼54% -30%
low med. high ultraQHD
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 39 36 31 20
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 89 47 29 21

Emissions - MBP 13 is often silent, but the fan can be annoying

System Noise

The single fan of the MacBook Pro 13 is often completely deactivated when you just perform your daily tasks and the lowest fan speed at 1200 rpm is not audible, either, so you can enjoy a silent device in many situations. The fan curve is very defensive in general and Apple accepts high chip temperatures. Short peak load is usually compensated without the use of the fan, which was also the case during many of our benchmarks (a single run of Cinebench R23 Multi, for instance).

The following table shows the noise levels with different fan speeds. Emulated apps tend to result in more fan activity compared to native apps, but it will only be loud when you really stress the CPU and the GPU at the same time. We measured up to 49 dB(A) during the stress test, which is a lot for such a compact device.

Fan speed (rpm) Fan noise (dB(A)) Application
2300 24.5 -
2800 25.7 Cinebench R23 Multi after 2 minutes
3200 28 Blender 3.2
3600 29.4 Cinebench R23 Multi after 5 minutes
4000 32 -
4400 34.6 Shadow of the Tomb Raider (emulated), Witcher 3 (via CrossOver)
4800 37.2 World of Warcraft
5200 40 Cinebench R15 Multi loop (emulated)
5600 42.7 Premiere Pro Puget Bench (emulated), sometimes also full fan speed
6000 44.5
6400 45.7
6800 47.4
7200 49 Stress test

We also noticed that the fan creates a rather unpleasant noise in the range between 2800-3200 rpm, which is a bit annoying. It is covered by the fan murmur at higher speeds though. All in all, the active cooling solution of the MacBook Pro 13 is not ideal. It can be really loud, but there are still scenarios where the cooling performance is insufficient, which we will see in the next review section.

We did not notice an increased fan activity in combination with an external screen. Our review unit did not show any other electronic sounds like coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
23.9 / 23.9 / 23.9 dB(A)
Load
23.9 / 49 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 23.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.534.433.330.131.336.732.829.933.530.933.52534.835.129.432.131.536.526.731.333.231.734.83126.229.12624.323.726.521.223.531.124.126.24029.22932.326.628.629.328.525.630.925.329.25028.827.828.129.42827.326.227.130.426.528.86323.122.124.220.820.525.12020.825.521.323.18022.623.322.620.320.124.218.62224.519.922.610022.121.822.818.620.520.118.519.622.116.622.112529.319.920.117.717.819.716.21822.21729.316021.223.218.716.317.117.314.518.722.214.421.220024.721.118.215.917.316.715.717.122.213.524.725030.522.318.116.517.715.71519.221.113.230.531526.12016.714.916.414.513.619.521.112.526.140029.323.218.216.114.814.212.922.124.112.129.350032.625.219.916.616.715.21324.225.810.832.663034.326.920.517.816.816.314.925.225.910.934.380033.125.419.616.816.414.413.123.624.311.433.1100032.724.519.717.416.414.412.52324.611.432.7125031.924.418.415.914.71311.422.924.111.131.9160036.328.321.918.91613.511.325.725.810.736.3200037.730.52319.71713.411.428.428.81137.7250041.933.925.422.22114.611.830.931.911.541.9315036.42718.916.713.812.111.624.625.81236.4400037.329.216.113.312.412.412.325.126.312.337.3500040.128.115.713.512.512.512.522.824.312.640.1630038.922.413.712.812.512.612.517.919.312.538.9800031.818.113.112.812.612.712.615.216.312.631.8100002714.412.712.612.612.712.713.714.112.7271250027.413.912.512.412.412.412.513.113.712.427.4160002012.21211.911.811.811.912.813.111.920SPL494032.129.42825.724.537.238.223.949N6.331.410.90.70.62.32.60.56.3median 31.9median 23.2median 18.4median 16.3median 16.4median 14.2median 12.6median 22.1median 24.1median 12.3median 31.9Delta4.93.12.11.81.71.41.13.22.80.64.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Samsung PM991a MZVLQ256HBJD
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-11300H, Phison Electronics PS5012
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Noise
-18%
-10%
-10%
-8%
-0%
off / environment *
23.9
29.2
-22%
24
-0%
24.6
-3%
24.5
-3%
24.8
-4%
Idle Minimum *
23.9
29.2
-22%
24
-0%
24.6
-3%
24.5
-3%
25
-5%
Idle Average *
23.9
29.2
-22%
24
-0%
24.6
-3%
24.5
-3%
25
-5%
Idle Maximum *
23.9
29.2
-22%
24
-0%
26.3
-10%
28
-17%
25
-5%
Load Average *
23.9
32.1
-34%
33.1
-38%
38.4
-61%
35.9
-50%
25.3
-6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
34.6
47
-36%
35.9
-4%
35.8
-3%
Load Maximum *
49
41.9
14%
47
4%
38.7
21%
38.6
21%
35.8
27%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The aluminum chassis of the MacBook Pro 13 does not have any temperature issues and it only gets noticeably warm when you really stress the CPU as well as the GPU at the same time. Still, up to 43 °C at the bottom mean that you can put it on your lap without any problems, even under maximum load (let alone common workloads). The keyboard also gets warmer, but there are no limitations, either.

We can see a maximum package power of 35W for the M2 SoC during combined CPU/GPU load. However, this value can only be maintained for a couple of seconds before there is a drop to around 25W while the fans speed is slowly increasing. The package power will stabilize at 28-30W once the fan has reached its maximum speed, but the chip temperature is still very high at 98 °C. This means the cooling solution cannot utilize the full potential of the M2 chip, despite the fan.

Max. Load
 41.9 °C
107 F
44.9 °C
113 F
41.6 °C
107 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
45.1 °C
113 F
40.1 °C
104 F
 
 33.5 °C
92 F
30.5 °C
87 F
33.6 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 45.1 °C = 113 F
Average: 39.3 °C = 103 F
43 °C
109 F
42.4 °C
108 F
39.8 °C
104 F
40 °C
104 F
42.2 °C
108 F
39.4 °C
103 F
33.8 °C
93 F
34.9 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.9 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.3 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.1 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.4 to 58.4 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 39.4 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.6 °C / 92.5 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-5.3 °C / -9.6 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1, Apple M1 7-Core GPU
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, AMD Radeon 680M
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 13 NP930XED-KA1DE
Intel Core i5-1240P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Huawei MateBook 13s i5 11300H
Intel Core i5-11300H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Dell XPS 13 9310 OLED
Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Heat
7%
-3%
-12%
-14%
-2%
-8%
Maximum Upper Side *
45.1
41
9%
44
2%
47.9
-6%
47.9
-6%
42.8
5%
46.6
-3%
Maximum Bottom *
43
40.4
6%
44
-2%
56.1
-30%
51.3
-19%
46.9
-9%
46
-7%
Idle Upper Side *
25.2
23.6
6%
27
-7%
26.8
-6%
28.5
-13%
25.2
-0%
26.6
-6%
Idle Bottom *
25.4
23.6
7%
27
-6%
27.3
-7%
29.6
-17%
26
-2%
29.2
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The MacBook Pro 13 is still equipped with stereo speakers, which sound very good and better compared to many other Ultrabooks and subnotebooks. Compared to Apple systems with more speakers (like the MacBook Pro 14), the sound lacks a bit of power and spatial awareness. We are already eager to test the new MacBook Air with the new four-speakers sound system.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.935.22531.734.13124.132.94025.334.45026.534.26321.337.38019.941.410016.651.81251757.216014.45220013.556.625013.260.131512.563.840012.165.950010.86763010.966.880011.467.3100011.470.5125011.172.7160010.771.720001173.1250011.57031501268.1400012.370.8500012.668.9630012.568.5800012.665.11000012.762.61250012.462.91600011.962.8SPL23.981.8N0.553.8median 12.3median 66.8Delta0.63.930.235.431.734.925.834.932.236.927.535.924.544.323.154.723.365.121.966.320.164.521.566.818.869.817.671.914.9