Why you shouldn’t buy a MacBook Pro M2

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Due to its SSD speeds, the MacBook Pro M2 can’t compete with the MacBook Pro M1 in some tests.

Thanks to new disappointing performance test findings that suggest it can be slower than the prior MacBook Pro M1, the MacBook Pro M2 is demonstrating that modern laptops aren’t always the finest laptops.

We previously knew that the new MacBook Pro’s SSD runs at a slower pace than the previous one. The MacBook Pro with an M2 chip, however, now performs worse than its predecessor in more categories, according to additional testing by Max Yuryev of MaxTech(opens in new tab).

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Yuryev was put through a battery of tests that required him to multitask between numerous programs and Google Chrome tabs, export photographs and movies, and transfer data to external drives. The MacBook Pro M2 was significantly slower than the M1 model in each of these tests.

According to Yuryev, the reason for the poor performance here and the previously noted slow SSD read/write rates is probably the same. Instead of two 128GB chips working together as they did in the MacBook Pro M1, Apple now employs a single 256GB NAND flash chip for the base 256GB storage MacBook Pro M2. Despite the Apple M2 chip’s considerable advances, the 2022 MacBook Pro cannot keep up since two parallel chips result in a doubled maximum memory bandwidth.

When the MacBook Pro needs to construct virtual memory in the SSD space to complement the RAM (referred to as unified memory in Apple jargon) when multitasking or finishing intense software operations, this transfer speed cap subsequently has a knock-on impact. Since the SSD’s bandwidth limits limit the virtual memory’s speed, the single-chipped MacBook Pro M2 is once again slower than the dual-chipped MacBook Pro M1.

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The fact that these performance issues seem to be exclusive to the basic 256GB Macbook Pro M2 is a modest silver lining. We tested a 1TB model and discovered that its performance was on par with or better than the MacBook Pro M1.

Should you truly purchase one of these new MacBook Pro M2 laptops in light of this? It would appear that the answer is most likely no, or at least not the base model. It might be worthwhile if you’re willing to spend a little more money to obtain more RAM and storage. However, that will set you back at least $200/£200 more than the base pricing of $1,299/£1,349, which starts to approach the cost of a 14-inch MacBook Pro.

You would likely be better off waiting for the July release of the MacBook Air 2022, which will offer many of the same specifications as the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 for a bit less money and in a much nicer, more stylish body. Alternately, you might search for MacBook Pro M1 discounts if you prefer having active cooling and a more recognizable form. Since the M2 version emerged, they are hard to find in stock, but if you seek, you can locate savings.

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