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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

Apple’s M2 is a Great Value

I was watching the Hardware Unboxed performance analysis of the new 13” MacBook Pro with an M2 processor and this performance chart stood out to me:

This shows the M2 performing quite well compared to these other processors, but it wasn’t top of the pack, so I was curious what the cost was to get into these different processors.

Processor Best Buy Price Range
Core i9-12900HK $2,100-3,000
Core i7-12700H N/A ($1,100-$2,100 on B&H)
Core i7-1260p $1,000-2,000
Ryzen 6900HS $1,500-2,500
M2 $1,300-1,500

Now of course prices fluctuate, but the 13” MacBook Pro is decidedly on the lower end of the price range here. This is even more impressive when you look at power consumption, which translates into battery life. Here’s their results for power usage, and I’ve circled the top 5 performers shown in the chart above.

Yeah, the difference is massive, with the M2 using 1/6 the power of one of those chips, which is just insane.

If raw power is important to you then sure, you may like to have one of these Intel chips that can reach slightly higher than Apple’s entry-level chip, but Apple has tried to strike a balance of leading-edge performance in a small and silent device with incredible battery life, even when under load, and I think that results in awesome products for consumers.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.