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A few days after the announcement of the new MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, the first press tests were published. We read them to understand what the 2023 vintage of Apple laptops has in store for us.

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On January 17, 2023, Apple announced the simultaneous launch of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, without a press conference. If the design does not change at all compared to the MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro or M1 Max, the interior of these machines has been improved a priori. To check this, we read several tests from the press that gave their verdict on these Apple computers:

The design hasn’t changed, but it’s still just as good

The shapes and combinations are the same as last year, it should be said that there is a completely new design introduced with the M1 Pro and M1 Max. However, this is not necessarily a problem as the finish is excellent with the aluminum body. The keyboard and trackpad are still level, and we’re still entitled to the power button used to use Touch ID, which is very practical.

Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Connectivity consists of three Thunderbolt 4 ports, a jack port, a MagSafe connector, an HDMI 2.1 port and an SD card reader, which is pretty complete. Also, there is a return of the notch on the screen, the main purpose of which is to create the identity of the car. No Face ID or proprietary technology that requires hook integration: it’s just for looks. On the other hand, what was praised was support for an external 8K display (at 60 Hz) or 4K (at 240 Hz) for the first time.

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The display is always the same: a Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED panel with a resolution of 3024×1964 pixels, offering an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The perfectly calibrated screen offers excellent brightness and a close contrast ratio. to the values ​​of OLED screens.

The arrival of Wi-Fi 6E

These Apple laptops have Wi-Fi 6E enabled, which promises better transfer speeds and lower latency thanks to the use of the 6 GHz band. Numbers said he was somewhat disappointed with the observed performance: “ The MacBook Pro M2 Pro achieves Ethernet-worthy speeds when it’s in the same room as its router (a Google Nest Wifi Pro here). On the other hand, as you move a little further away, the difference becomes even more limited. In some cases, the 5 GHz MacBook Air did better. »

Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Sometimes 5 GHz is faster, especially for larger files. for Tom’s GuideIThe MacBook Pro M1 Pro delivered similar results as the M2 Max in various locations “.

Performances

The consensus emerging in the press around the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips is that the power it provides is not really useful for the general public. What the MacBook Pro M1 or MacBook Air M2 can offer is quite a lot. Devindra HardawarEngadget talks about his feelings about the daily use of the computer: ” I didn’t notice any major performance advantages over previous models. This isn’t really a criticism of the new computer, but rather a testament to what Apple was able to do last time. » observation shared by MacWorld For whom the M1 Pro model and M2 Max model can do. But the media clarified that “ Apple also says the M2 Pro is twice as fast as the M2, but we didn’t see that on Geekbench. »

Version ” Pro more useful for creative people: video editors, animators, architects, etc. But these chips remain the main innovation of these MacBooks with the addition of additional cores, so they have been tested by the press for a long time. For example, ” The results of Numerama tests confirm the statements of Apple, which promises 20-30% profit compared to the previous generation. Not surprisingly, the single-core M2 Pro chip is the most powerful (it’s normal, it’s the latest). “. He confirmed a word Engadget. Tom’s Guide measured that ” The 14-inch MacBook Pro is about 9% faster in single-core performance and 17% faster in multi-core compared to the previous model. “.

As for the difference between the two new chips, The Verge note:” The M2 Max and M2 Pro are neck-and-neck in terms of synthetic CPU-related dimensions that we tested. In most cases, the M1 Max was slightly ahead, but within the margin of error. “Less unconfirmed differences in graphics” M2 Pro and M2 Max appear on different planets. The M2 Max is the most graphically powerful laptop chip Apple has ever released “.

Autonomy

It is also better on the autonomy side, the previous version of the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro or M1 Max chips was already excellent in this regard. Engadget noted a significant improvement: The previous MacBook Pro lasted 12 hours and 36 minutes during our tests, but the new model lasted 15 hours and 10 minutes. » Improvement also noted The VergeThe MacBook Pro 16 had 10 hours of battery life when running the M1 Max, and it increased to 14 hours on the M2 model.

But this is not a finding Tom’s Guide, compared to the M1 Pro version, evaluated a similar autonomy for the MacBook Pro M2 Pro (continuous web browsing and brightness 150 cd/m²) at just over 14 hours. The media still hails the consistency of autonomy accompanied by performance gains, and it remains a success. Apple touts up to 22 hours of movie playback through the Apple TV app: MacWorld took on the challenge and was able to watch a full-screen video for 27 hours (screen 150 cd/m²).

The filling was also tested: journalist MacWorld speak:” When I drained the MacBook Pro’s battery to test its life, I found that fast charging worked exactly as Apple advertised: it reached 50% in less than 30 minutes. »

MacBook Pro M2 Pro/Max is very expensive

The cheapest version of this new line of MacBook Pros is the 14-inch MacBook Pro M2 Pro, which has a price increase of 150 euros compared to the 14-inch MacBook Pro M1 Pro, bringing it to 2,399 euros. Regardless of chip or storage capacity, this new ” Pro The MacBook Pro M2 is very expensive, as it was a few months ago. Engadget recommends choosing the MacBook Air M2 on its side, and it’s interesting ” If you want to save some money, look out for the M1 Pro and Max machines » especially by adding RAM. an opinion shared by Tom’s Guide.

In conclusion, another consensus from the press: this new vintage version of the MacBook Pro is successful, but it is above all because of the success achieved with the MacBook Pro M1 Pro/M1 Max in the fall of 2021. The MacBook Pro M2 Pro/ M2 Max is essentially a significant evolution in performance, with a few nice new features as a bonus (Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, support for very high-definition external displays). The Verge going further he says: Performance aside, the MacBook Pro 16 is far ahead of most Windows laptops in areas such as screen quality, audio, touchpad size, and build. For media, if you can afford a MacBook Pro, go for it.


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