15" MacBook Air M2 Review: The Obvious Thing!



To the 15-inch MacBook Air review.

This laptop, thankfully, is exactly what you think it is.

It's a MacBook Air, but bigger.

This is the Tesla Model Y of laptops.

Tesla Model Y:

You see the Tesla Model 3 was the most important model for Tesla.They had other more expensive flagships, but this was the entry-level, attainable version for the masses, and it quickly became their most recommended and best-selling car.And it's the way that most people got into Tesla and formed their first Tesla experience.

But sneakily, bigger cars are more popular and in America especially, people can't help, but want a version that's a little bigger, a little higher off the ground.So they did the obvious thing and made the Tesla Model Y.

It's built on the same platform as a Model 3, but a little bigger and a little higher off the grounded pretty much instantly has rocketed up to the top of the lineup to the point where it's now the most popular new car on planet Earth.

See, the MacBook Air was the most important Mac for Apple.

I mean, they had other expensive flagships, but this was the most entry-level attainable model for the masses. And it quickly became their most recommended and best-selling Mac. And it's the first way most people got into the Mac and formed their first Mac OS experiences.

But sneakily, bigger screens are actually, the most popular and in America especially, People can't help but want a version with a little bit of a bigger screen.So, they did the obvious thing and made the 15-inch MacBook Air.It's built on the same platform as the 14-inch MacBook Air, but a little bit bigger screen,

And I predict it'll pretty much instantly rocket to the top of the lineup to the point where it is the most popular 15-inch laptop and the most popular Mac on planet Earth.

We kind of already know what the M2 MacBook Air is.

If you haven't already seen it, I'll link the review right below the light button that covers it.My only real questions going into the review of the bigger one were, one, is there any real benefit to the bigger screen?

How much better is it?

And two, are there any other benefits to get a bigger laptop?

The Bigger Screen.

So, I think the whole bigger screen thing is pretty clear.

There are millions of people who today go into stores and ask for a 15-inch laptop, and when they did, Apple would have to bring people over to the 16-inch MacBook Pro as their cheapest option, which starts at $2,500.

So, now they have this.

Now, is there a dramatically more information that can fit on the screen?

Not really.

Is it a dramatically better quality display Then the smaller one?

Nah, it mostly just feels bigger. Bigger videos, bigger movies, bigger texts, bigger windows, just a little more room for everything to be a little bit bigger. And you only pay for that really with a little bit of exercise as far as the laptop goes.

This thing is still 11 and a half millimeters thin and weighs 3.3 pounds. It's super slim. It's a quarter of a millimeter thicker and half a pound heavier than the smaller MacBook Air, which I kind of mentioned earlier, but I forgot that basically, already has 14-inch diagonal screens with its thinner bezels.

So, you can just measure out 1.3 extra inches diagonally to get to the proper 15.3-inch laptop size. Still, it has decently thin bezels, not the thinnest in the world, and still has the notch cutout for face ID. I mean, sorry, no face ID. It has just a webcam and a microphone.

It still just has touch ID on the keyboard and nothing else about The display itself has changed. It's the same tech, the same pixel density, the same brightness, 500 nits, 60 hertz. It's fine, the screen is fine. It's just bigger. So all right, now that the whole footprint.

The Bigger Build.

Of the laptop is also bigger, What more can you get out of that? First of all, sneaky, slightly bigger trackpad. So, the keyboard is the same size, But actually, the trackpad does get a little bit bigger, which is nice. Kind of matches the larger display. Also, there is more room inside for speakers. So, Apple's added not bigger speakers, but just actually, a second set of force-canceling woofers, which would theoretically make the sound a little punchier, maybe add some bass.

And I can say it is louder. It does get louder overall and have a bit more bass than the smaller MacBook Air, but it's not like game-changing. I'm impressed that they can get louder without distorting, but they are not close to the maybe unfair 16-inch MacBook Pro speakers. But just to give you an idea of the context.

Also, some people have noted it looks kind of weird to have like no speaker grills to the left and right of the keyboard, but the speakers are still in the same place as they were on the smaller one. up in the hinge of the MacBook Air. And then there's also more room inside for a bigger battery. And my experience lines up pretty well with what Apple said, which is, Look, it's the same chipset, very similar laptop, bigger screen and bigger batteries sort of cancel each other out.

And you end up with roughly the same battery life as a smaller machine. And that's to say it's quite good, full workday of battery life is pretty much guaranteed, multiple light days in a row.

No problem.

So, then the last thing I wanted to test is, Is there a difference in performance between the small M2 MacBook Air and the big one? Since theoretically, there's just a little more room inside for a little extra thermal headroom.


Like there's no way it's significant,

but these are very different-sized laptops

and the old one when it was torn apart,

didn't have a heatsink.

So maybe there's room for

a little passive heatsink in this one.

They're both fanless, but I had to check it.

So, in single-core bursty performance,

I never expected to see any difference and I didn't.

I ran off back-to-back Geekbench 6 benchmarks,

small drop-off after the first one for each,

but no noticeable difference.

But then I ran back to back

10-minute Cinebench multi-core benchmarks,

which kind of just runs continuously

to test some more reliable sustained workloads.

And there was a slightly bigger dip

on the smaller M2 Air.

And so potentially, yes, over time

this may add up to a bit more thermal throttling.

But my conclusion is, that you can see the numbers on paper,

but this difference is unlikely to be noticeable.

As I said, they're both running the M2 chip

and most behavior on laptops like this

is so bursty and short that

they perform identically.

But if you do happen to get into

those long multi-minute sustained workloads in a row,

like exporting a video, editing a video, gaming,

Then maybe you'd notice

a little bit more out of this bigger one over time.

But you'll notice a bigger difference

on the 14-inch MacBook Pro,

which is just a little bit above this one in price.

So, if you know you're gonna be doing workloads like that

Then you probably are looking at a Pro laptop.

Let's just talk about

what I think is the biggest X-factor with this laptop.

The biggest hurdle between this

and the Tesla Model Y of laptops is the price.

So, this baseline version, this a little Starlight one,

which kind of almost matches this a little bit,

little sand color, starts at 1,299.


And that is the base version,

which you can't upgrade these laptops over time.

So, you tend to wanna get as much as you can

out of the initial purchase.

This base version only has eight gigs of shared memory

and 256 gigs of storage

That can pretty quickly become a $1,700 laptop

with just a few clicks to upgrade those things.

And that's pricey.

So, there's a lot of Windows laptops that you can get

At that price that will probably do

One specific thing better than this one,

Whether it's the XPF 15 with a nicer display

or the ROG Zephyrus,

which is gonna be better for gaming and has more ports.

You can get flipping and folding laptops

that spin over backward and gaming laptops even.

But none of them will be quite the package that this is,

which is a thin and light

daily 15-inch screen laptop,

like this is kind of just

the ultimate baseline for most people's activities.

So, to have all those things sort of well-rounded into one,

the thinness and lightness, the nice display,

the great battery life,

The impressive performance of the M2,

That's what makes this the MacBook Air.

It's got the A1 build quality,

It's got the color-matching braided MagSafe cable,

which also connects to the 35-watt charging brick

with dual USB-C ports,

which you could swap out

for a slightly larger 70-watt brick

with a single port for faster charging.

That's a free swap on the Apple site.

And of course, you can't forget the ecosystem stuff,

the messages, the FaceTime, et cetera,

all the stuff that plugs into Apple's world.

Despite its potentially premium price,

People will pounce on this popular pick.

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