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MacBook Pro M2 or M3 – is it worth paying extra?
18/04/2024 13:05

MacBook Pro M2 or M3 – is it worth paying extra?

In 2023, Apple released the new MacBook Pro M2 (Pro, Max, Ultra), leaving users puzzled: is it worth paying extra for M3 if M2 handles everyday tasks perfectly? Let’s compare the two chips to understand which laptop to choose for a professional.

MacBook Pro M2: Power and Affordability

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M2 is an enhanced version of the M1 chip, which has already proven itself to be powerful and energy-efficient. Apple released the M2 in June 2022, and in January 2023 – the M2 Pro and M2 Max. The M2 Ultra chip was introduced in June 2023.

What are the advantages of the MacBook Pro M2 over previous models? Firstly, there’s an 18% increase in performance (CPU) and a 35% increase in performance (GPU) compared to the M1. Secondly, the M2’s Neural Engine works 40% faster than the M1’s Neural Engine. Thanks to its power, the MacBook M2 is suitable for a wide range of tasks, from everyday to professional: video editing, 3D rendering, gaming, and other resource-intensive tasks.

The MacBook Pro with M2 was recently released, so it will receive software/security updates and be supported by Apple for many years. The MacBook Pro M2 is an excellent choice for users who need a powerful, reliable, yet affordable MacBook.

MacBook Pro M3 – what are we paying 40% more for?

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M3 is Apple’s latest generation chip. It boasts a 30% increase in CPU performance and a 50% increase in GPU performance compared to the M1. However, the MacBook Pro with the M2 chip should not be underestimated, as it has sufficient power to handle the tasks of most users and professionals.

One of the key factors influencing the choice is the price. The MacBook Pro M3 is significantly more expensive than the M2. It’s important to compare your needs with the offered performance increase to determine whether the M3 justifies the additional expenses.

According to Gartner’s research, the MacBook Pro M2 remains a popular choice, especially for users who don’t need maximum performance. It can be assumed that after the release of the MacBook Pro M3, IT specialists didn’t feel a sharp need to switch from M2 to M3 since the M2 still performs well despite the release of a new chip version.

Furthermore, the battery life of the MacBook Pro M3 is lower than that of the MacBook Pro M2, at 18 and 20 hours, respectively.

MacBook Pro M3

  • Date of issue – 2023
  • CPU – +30% (in comparison with M1)
  • GPU – +50% (in comparison with M1)
  • Compatibility – May not be compatible with some programs
  • Price – Expensive
  • Battery life – 18 hours

MacBook Pro M2

  • Date of issue – 2022
  • CPU – +18% (in comparison with M1)
  • GPU – +35% (in comparison with M1)
  • Compatibility – Compatible with most programs
  • Price – Affordable
  • Battery life – 20 hours

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Application of MacBook Pro M2 and M3

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Depending on your needs, the MacBook Pro M2 or M3 could be your ideal choice:

Remember, there’s no need to chase top-notch features if you don’t need them.

Summing Up

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There’s no universal answer to the question of which MacBook Pro is better. The MacBook Pro M2 is a sensible choice that will save you money and get you an excellent laptop. The MacBook Pro M3 is suitable for professionals who need maximum performance for the most complex tasks.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the reviews and tests of the MacBook Pro M2 and M3 to make the right choice. For that you can visit us by the link\MacBookProM2, or contact us.

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