Another Reason Not To Buy The M2 13″ MacBook Pro… The SSD Is SLOW

Frequent readers of this blog know that I wrote a story about why nobody should buy the 13″ M2 MacBook Pro. Besides everything that I mentioned in that article, there’s a brand new reason that people who have gotten their hands on this computer from Apple have found.

The SSD’s are slower than the ones in the M1 13″ MacBook Pro.

YouTube channels such as Max Tech and Created Tech tested the 256GB model with Blackmagic’s Disk Speed Test and found the SSD’s are about 30% slower than the M1 versions. This is due 256GB model is equipped with only a single NAND flash storage chip. The M1 version had two NAND chips that were likely 128GB each. This creates a RAID like setup that resulted in better performance. The only reason why I can think that Apple did this to save a few bucks so that they can have higher margins on the computer. And what makes that worse is that Apple raised the price this time around. What’s even more interesting is that reviewers who got the new computer early didn’t note this. But they were apparently supplied with 1TB models. That implies that either they have a pair of 512GB NAND chips or any speed differences were glossed over because Apple doesn’t hand over computers for review to just anyone. They only hand over computers to reviewers that are friendly to Apple.

The bottom line is this, the 13″ MacBook Pro was a bad deal before. It’s a worse deal after this revelation. My advice is to avoid this model altogether. And in a bonus piece of advice, I would also suggest waiting for the first reviews by Max Tech and Created Tech of the M2 MacBook Air to see if Apple pulled the same stunt. Because it wouldn’t surprise me if they did. Which means that you need to be aware of that if you plan on putting down your hard earned money on one.

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