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MacBook Air M2 Review: Revolution in Performance and Design

Too good not to have it

In short:

  • Chip M2: Il MacBook Air M2 è alimentato dal nuovo chip M2 di Apple, che offre prestazioni molto superiori al chip M1 del modello precedente. È più veloce, più efficiente dal punto di vista energetico e supporta una maggiore quantità di memoria RAM.
  • Design: Il MacBook Air M2 mantiene lo stesso design elegante e leggero del modello precedente, ma aggiunge una nuova gamma di colori.
  • Display: Il MacBook Air M2 ha un bellissimo display Retina da 13,3 pollici, anche se non offre il tasso di aggiornamento di 120 Hz disponibile sul MacBook Pro M2.
  • Webcam e microfoni: Il MacBook Air M2 ha una webcam migliorata a 1080p per videochiamate più chiare e nitide, e microfoni di qualità studio per una migliore qualità del suono.
  • Durata della batteria: La durata della batteria del MacBook Air M2 è eccezionale, superando molti dei suoi concorrenti. Apple afferma che dovrebbe durare fino a 18 ore con una singola carica.
  • Prezzo: Il MacBook Air M2 è più costoso del modello precedente, ma offre anche molte più funzionalità e prestazioni migliori.

Let's dive deeper.

The MacBook Air M2 Midnight is The best design product ever made by Apple.

After years of recycling an outdated design, we finally have a product that is unique in its kind and that, surprisingly, also moves away from the old concept of “Air” and winks at the Pro models.

Basically the MacBook Air M2 It's a laptop bomb, powerful, solid and with a crazy design - especially the Midnight - that launches it at the speed of light into the Olympus of MacBooks.

Obviously, all of this comes at a cost, but we'll talk about that later.

Let's analyze together step by step this beautiful machine that is the MacBook Air M2.

Design

We couldn't have started from a better element.

The design of the new MacBook Air M2 has been totally revisited and presents consistent aesthetic changes - and ugly in some ways - that bring it totally closer to the Pro models with M1 Pro and M2 Pro chips.

The MacBook Air M2 It's so thin that you might mistake it for an iPad. It's really thin and light.

You can choose between four colors: Starlight (a type of gold), Midnight (dark blue), Silver or Space Gray.

But be careful, the Midnight color: it can get scratched easily and get dirty badly.

BUT IT'S WONDERFUL.

Ports

The MacBook Air M2 It has only two ports for connecting things and a connector for power. But it has an interesting feature: the power connector attaches to the computer with a magnet. So, if someone trips over the cable, the computer doesn't fall to the ground.

Compatibility and Connectivity

The MacBook Air M2 It is equipped with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, ensuring a fast and stable connection for all your online needs. Even if some ports such as HDMI or Ethernet are missing, the two Thunderbolt 4/USB4 ports are versatile and offer high data transfer rates.

Display and audio

The display of the MacBook Air M2 it's wonderful. It's like having a mega-quality monitor in the small size of a laptop.

You can see videos, photos and everything else very clearly and brilliantly. The audio is also very good, but it's not perfect.

It could be better, but it's still more than enough.

Battery life

The MacBook Air M2 has an impressive battery life.

The new Air easily exceeds 14 hours. Slightly better than MacBook Air M1, which reached 13 hours and 40 minutes.

The MacBook Pro M2 did even better, reaching nearly 16 hours, but it costs a lot more.

But in short, 14 hours to sail and work are a dream.

Performance: Up the road with the Apple Silicon M2 processor

The performance of MacBook Air M2 They are really impressive, thanks to the introduction of the new Apple Silicon M2 processor. The M2 chip, the successor to the already powerful M1, has really taken a leap forward, pushing performance to an extraordinary level while increasing energy efficiency. This is possible thanks to its 5-nanometer production process, which allows you to have a

greater number of transistors than the M1, translating into higher performance and a more efficient use of energy.

The heart of the M2 chip is a 10-core CPU, with 8 high-performance cores and 2 low-power cores, which work together with a 16-core GPU. This powerful combination makes the MacBook Air M2 able to seamlessly manage graphically demanding applications, such as video games and editing software. In addition, the M2 can support up to 32 GB of RAM, twice as much as its predecessor, the M1, allowing you to easily manage multitasking and large applications.

I tested its power, using many programs at the same time, browsing the Internet with numerous tabs open, editing photos, and much more. And the MacBook Air M2 withstood everything.

In short, the MacBook Air M2 it is an exceptional machine that will cope with any challenge. If you're looking for a powerful and efficient laptop, the MacBook Air M2 it's the right choice for you.

Camera and microphones

Apple has finally updated the webcam of MacBook Air M2, going from a 720p resolution to a 1080p webcam. Not only is the image sharper, but the M2 image processor also improves image quality with better white balance and noise reduction.

Security and Privacy

Apple has always put security and privacy first in its devices and the MacBook Air M2 is no exception. The M2 chip includes a Secure Enclave for secure and fast data encryption, and the secure boot function ensures that only Apple's trusted software is loaded at startup. In addition, the HD webcam has an LED indicator that alerts you when the camera is active, protecting you from any unwanted intrusions.

Prix

The MacBook Air M2 It starts at 1,529, a little more than MacBook Air M1 which is now around 800/900€.

But for that money, you get a much more powerful computer. Obviously you can add more memory or more space per file but we are up to 1800€.

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Differences between MacBook Air M2 and MacBook Pro M2

Both laptops are powered by the same M2 processor, but there are a few key differences between the two models. The MacBook Pro M2 has a slightly larger, brighter display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Air M2 has a standard 60Hz display. The Pro also has longer battery life and slightly better speakers. However, these additional features come at a higher price.

In short, if you need the extra features of the Pro and you don't mind spending a little more, then the MacBook Pro M2 might be the right choice for you. But for most users, the MacBook Air M2 offers a perfect balance between price, performance and functionality.

In-depth article with the real Pros: Macbook Air M2 VS Macbook Pro M2 Pro and Max: which one to choose?

Is it worth it?

Absolutely yes. The MacBook Air M2 represents a significant leap compared to its predecessor and, despite the higher price, the increase in performance, the quality of the design and the exceptional battery life make it an investment worth considering for everyone, from creative professionals to students.

With its excellent webcam and studio-quality microphones, it adapts perfectly to work or study from home, while theThe new M2 chip allows you to easily manage even the most demanding tasks.

Conclusions

The MacBook Air M2 it's a fantastic laptop. It offers a winning combination of elegant design, fast performance, an improved webcam, and exceptional battery life. And while the Air M2 is more expensive than the Air M1, I think the higher price is justified by the extra processing power and the webcam upgrade.

The MacBook Air M2 has few rivals when it comes to ultra-portable laptops. While Windows laptops like the Dell XPS 13 Plus and the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED offer an excellent user experience, they can't match the performance of Apple's M2 chip or the battery life of the MacBook Air.

However, the MacBook Pro M2 offers even better performance, longer battery life and a 120 Hz ProMotion display, albeit at a significantly higher price. If you need maximum power, the Pro might be a better choice. But for most people, the MacBook Air M2 will be more than enough.

Concluding this endless rant, the MacBook Air M2 improves in almost every way compared to its already excellent predecessor. It's an expensive investment, but if you're looking for a laptop that offers a balance between performance, portability, and battery life, the Air M2 is hard to beat.

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