Apple MacBook Air M2 Reviews, Pros and Cons
The 2022 version of the Apple MacBook Air gets a fresh look and a more powerful M2 processor, making it Apple’s best ultraportable laptop.
By Tom’s equipment
With a subtle redesign, powerful M2 processor, 1080p webcam and vibrant display, MacBook Air breathes new life into Apple’s most popular laptop. But its $1,199 starting price is a lot for what has become a mainstream laptop, and the M2 still only supports one external display.
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) is Apple’s sequel to the best laptop it’s ever made, and while it’s close, it doesn’t quite outperform the previous model. It has a fantastic design, big screen and incredibly long battery life, but it comes with a much higher price tag. Think of it more like a 13-inch MacBook Pro replacement and it starts to make a lot more sense.
I personally lean towards the M2 Air – the thinner design and better screen are very attractive to me – but only if I’m willing to spend $1,500 or more to get at least 512GB of storage and maybe 16GB of RAM. If that’s too much for your budget, then the M1 Air remains a great option.
It’s amazing how far the MacBook Air has come since 2008. It used to be too expensive and not powerful enough, a testament to Apple’s focus on style over substance. Since then, the entire PC industry has picked up on the popularity of ultraportables, and Apple has found a way to pack a ton of power into a slim package. Now the MacBook Air is arguably Apple’s best laptop.
The M2 Air, meanwhile, strikes a harmonious balance. It’s thin and light, has some of the best new features in the line, and boasts enough power for most needs without going beyond everyday use. It’s the right MacBook for most consumers, and a warm reminder of why the Air resonated with so many users years ago.
I bought a more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro when it was released last year because it has more ports, better speakers, and an even nicer display, but it has way more processing power than I’ll ever need. The new MacBook Air with M2 is about half the price, lighter, has a great screen, speakers, and a processor that will last for years. I would buy this instead if it was launched at the same time.
By Pocket Lint
Hands up: As a design object, the MacBook Air fits the bill: it’s light, very light, has a strong and durable design, and certainly shares the same design spirit and design approach as the 2021 MacBook Pro.
By I more
Hands up: We’ll need more time to put the M2 to the test – and see if the new design remains as reliable a travel companion as the last MacBook Air was – but given that the MacBook Air is supposed to be Apple’s entry-level laptop, it’s hard to imagine more impressive first sight; even if the price increase makes it a little more difficult to get!
By Tom’s Guide
Hands up: Based on our initial impressions, the new MacBook Air 2022 could be one of the best laptops of the year. The design is delightfully portable and the display is simply amazing. I also like the powerful sound system and the potential of the powerful M2 chip.
Apple M2 review: Undoubtedly, the best area of performance is achieved when all of Apple’s accelerators can be used in tandem, and this is usually the case in video production, where the M2 excels. We think it’s hard for video creators to beat, with features like ProRes hardware acceleration, a fast GPU, and relatively low power consumption, allowing for near-silent editing.