THE MacBook Air has never been better—in fact, it’s in a class of its own.
I tested Apple’s new 2022 model and it’s really stunning.
It was announced earlier this year at WWDC 2022 and is about to land in customers’ hands.
There’s so much to talk about, but the headline is that it features Apple’s new M2 chip.
But that’s not all: Apple has changed a lot about this powerhouse.
The big surprise is how stunning it looks.
After all, the MacBook Air has been around for years.
And it’s Apple’s most popular notebook, so you see it all the time.
But the new design is very chic and the midnight color option on the model I tested is beautiful.
There’s also a Starlight option that looks similarly pretty in flesh (or rather, metal).
Of course, you can still opt for the more traditional silver and space gray options.
It’s also spectacularly slim, measuring 11.3mm thick and weighing just 2.7 pounds.
According to Apple, it’s 20% smaller overall than the previous MacBook Air.
The display is large (even larger than the entry-level 13.6-inch MacBook Pro), colorful, bright, and very sharp.
The performance is spectacular – especially considering the tiny design.
This is thanks in large part to the new M2 chip.
If you’re an Apple fan, you know that the company recently turned its back on Intel processors – and started making their own.
The M2 is the second generation of Apple chips and it’s damn fast.
There’s a beefed-up 8-core CPU, as well as GPU options up to 10 cores.
It offers truly breathtaking speed and performance: you can run multiple heavy apps – including Photoshop and Final Cut Pro – simultaneously, even with heavy 4K and 8K workstreams.
And if you only do math occasionally, you’ll basically never encounter a power lock.
For most students and professionals, the MacBook Air is well suited.
But you can always invest a few hundred to upgrade to the more powerful MacBook Pro if needed.
One of the best things about the new MacBook Air is the switch to MagSafe charging.
Longtime MacBook fans will remember the magnetically attached fast chargers of yesteryear.
They were dropped for a while but are finally back.
That means you won’t drag your MacBook off the table if you accidentally tug on the cable.
You also get two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, as well as a headphone jack.
The keyboard is as good as you’d hope: it’s easy to type on for long periods of time (handy if you’re writing gadget reviews).
It also benefits from a full-height row of function keys, as well as Touch ID fingerprint scanning for authenticating purchases and signing in.
On the front is a 1080p FaceTime HD camera and a surprisingly impressive four-speaker sound system.
The battery life is really impressive.
The official promise is 18 hours, and I struggled to get it down in a day.
Even as a power user, you can easily use it as a work machine.
It’s not a gaming laptop – certainly not for hardcore gamers who want the latest titles – but the Mac always battles Windows in that regard.
But over time, more and more titles support Mac, so it’s a good option for casual gamers.
And in general, macOS trumps Windows in most cases – I use both on a daily basis, and the Mac experience is just smoother.
This is especially true if you have other Apple gadgets like an iPhone or iPad.
The MacBook Air has always been a crack machine.
And Apple somehow found a way to improve it in the two most important ways: performance and design.
It has never looked or performed better, which is amazing for such a sophisticated device.
And it’s still very affordable at $1,199 / £1,249.
If you are a student you can discount this price by an additional $100/£100.
The sun says: MacBook Air is the greatest thing ever – a brilliant device that looks good and delivers where it counts. 5/5
- MacBook Air at Apple for $1,199 / £1,249 – Buy here
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing but may have changed since then.
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