The New M2 MacBook Air Is Here, but Is It Worth the Hype?

The new M2 MacBook becomes the first of the MacBook lineup to receive a dark colored model along with three other color options (silver, space gray, starlight, and midnight).
The new M2 MacBook becomes the first of the MacBook lineup to receive a dark colored model along with three other color options (silver, space gray, starlight, and midnight).

As with most gadgets, Apple’s M2 MacBook Air has received some significant improvements that position it as one of the most prospective gadgets on the market.

Since the original MacBook was discontinued over a decade ago, the MacBook Air has become Apple’s entry-level laptop.

Rather than giving it low-end features over the Pro models, the MacBook Air has seen significant upgrades.

M2 MacBook Air Specs

  • Brand: Apple
  • Memory: 256 GB
  • 8 GB of memory
  • Operating system: macOS
  • Battery: 18 hours
  • Processor: M2
  • Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches
  • Display size and resolution: 13.6 inches, 2560 x 1664
  • Price: $1,199
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Connections: 1 x MagSafe, 2 x ThunderBolt 4, 1 x 3.5mm jack

Design

For 2022, Apple has decided to redesign the MacBook Air.

The laptop measures 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches with a 13-inch screen, making it slightly larger than the iPad Pro.

The Air’s thickness is measured at 0.44 inches, a slight jump from the iPhone 13 Pro. The new Air also has an angular design with raised keyboards compared to older models.

Meanwhile, its notch is one of the most noticeable changes to the MacBook Air. As with recent iPhone models, the notch gives the Air more screen real estate.

Finally, the MacBook Air is one of the lightest devices on the market, weighing in at 2.7 pounds or 1.24 kg, making it one of the most portable laptops for those who want to work on the go.

Color options

Apple recently added more color options to its devices. While the MacBook series has always maintained a silver colorway, the MacBook Air adds more variants this year, such as Starlight, Space Gray, Silver and Midnight.

Although Midnight is the first dark-colored Mac, many reviewers have found that the back collects more fingerprints than other models.

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Screen resolution

The MacBook Air M2 has a Liquid Retina display with a resolution of 2560 x 1664 and a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which means that the ProMotion at 120 Hz of the Pro models is lost.

Without the notch in the screen, it would measure 13.6 inches, which is larger than any previous MacBook Air model. Additionally, the 2022 model has the brightest screen, with a brightness of 500 nits.

Apple’s display technology allows Air to support one billion colors and P3 Wide Color. In addition, the True Tone function also optimizes the white balance on the screen.

Camera and sound

While Apple’s iPhones have the best cameras, MacBooks have received mixed reviews.

For the Air, Apple gave it the 1080p webcam from last year’s MacBook Pros.

However, image processing doesn’t offer the same high image quality as the Pro, as images often have a grainy look that only worsens in low light.

Meanwhile, Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio support have greatly improved the speakers.

Although the effects don’t work, the Air has better speakers than previous models.

Read also: Leaked Patent Reveals Apple’s Initial Plans to Integrate a Camera to the Apple Watch

Ports

The MacBook Air has a MagSafe connector on the left side of the model that allows users to magnetically connect the cable to charge the device.

It also has two ThunderBolt 4 ports for accessories added by MagSafe, which opens one of the ThunderBolt cables while charging. On the right is a 3.5mm headphone jack.

And while the left side offers enough room for an SD card slot or an HDMI port, those two features are still exclusive to the Pro models.

M2 Chip

The most important feature of the MacBook Air M2 is its M2 chip.

The second-generation M2 chip is the first of 2022 and has an 18% increase in CPU performance and a 35% increase in GPU performance.

Additionally, Apple estimates that the M2 chip is 1.4 times faster than the M1 Air and 15 times faster than the latest Intel Air.

Pros

  • portability
  • New design
  • MagSafe functionality
  • Improved screen display
  • Faster M2 chip
  • Battery life
  • speaker

Cons

  • It supports an external display
  • Reserved port
  • Midnight color is a fingerprint magnet
  • Heats up faster thanks to the fanless function

Verdict

Given the pros and cons, it’s up to the buyer to decide whether the MacBook Air M2 is worth buying.

The new Air is lightweight and perfect for working on the go.

The M2 also allows users to use it for everyday use, from multiple tabs/apps open to photo/video editing.

While the new price tag can be intimidating, the design and performance justify the price.

References:

MacBook Air M2 review (2022): Apple’s near-perfect Mac

Marques Brownlee: M2 MacBook Air Review: More Than a Refresh!

M2 MacBook Air Review: A Soaring Entry-Level Mac Machine


Opinions expressed by The Chicago Journal contributors are their own.

Edward Anderson

A loving father of three and currently runs his business in San Francisco. He graduated with a degree on Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Public Administration. His dedication to marketing and human resource pushes him to be a freelance writer and, motivational speaker and an educator.

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