M2 MacBook Air reviews – display, design, performance praised, but throttling is a concern

M2 MacBook Air reviews are out and they are exceptionally positive. Almost all of them praise the new design, display, and performance, and call it Apple’s best laptop yet due to its thin profile, lightweight, and performance. Read on for our round-up of some of the best reviews on the new laptop to help you make your purchase decision.

M2 MacBook Air

M2 MacBook Air reviews

Apple’s new M2 MacBook Air is a major update for one of the most popular laptops in the world. Not only does it feature the new M2 chip, an improved display, a better camera, amazing speakers, and sees the return of the MagSafe charging port, but it also features a brand new design, which was last updated almost a decade ago.

Here is what reviewers have said about the new M2 MacBook Air:

D. Hardawar from Engadget gave it a score of 96 out of 100 and praised the thin design, quad-speakers, 13.6-inch display, and M2 chip’s performance. However, he pointed out the lack of ProMotion, expensive price, and speed throttling during intensive tasks.

It’s remarkable to think how far the MacBook Air has come since 2008. It used to be overpriced and underpowered, a testament to Apple’s tendency towards style over substance. Since then, the entire PC industry jumped aboard the ultraportable bandwagon, and Apple found a way to pack a ton of power into a razor-thin case. Now, the MacBook Air is arguably Apple’s best laptop yet.

Dan Seifert from The Verge gave it a score of 9 out of 10 and praised the thin and light design, improved display and webcam, all-day battery life, MagSafe charging, and performance. In cons, he mentioned the expensive price, slower storage in the base model, display notch, midnight color smudging, “limited” port options, and throttling under intensive workloads. A common theme in the reviews has been that the M2 MacBook Air gets warm under intense workloads.

Compared to the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro, Dan called the MacBook Air a better choice for most users.

The new MacBook Air is a success on virtually every level. It’s got a better screen, thinner and lighter design, better speakers, a much-improved webcam, an excellent keyboard and trackpad, more convenient charging, and excellent build quality.

Jason Snell from Six Colors was all praises for the new Mac:

It’s got something old (MagSafe), something new (the M2), something borrowed (the design of the 2021 MacBook Pro), and something blue (if you choose the Midnight color option). It’s a new Air for a new era. It will almost certainly become Apple’s best-selling Mac, and with good reason. The definitive Mac of the 2010s has finally entered the 2020s, and not a moment too soon.

Brian Heater from TechCrunch called it “.. the Air you’ve been waiting for”. The review calls it a better Mac than the M2 MacBook Pro, due to the bigger screen, new design and colors, MagSafe, thin and lightweight profile, and upgraded camera.

The M2 Air, meanwhile, strikes a harmonious balance. It’s thin and light, has some of the line’s best new features and boasts enough power for most needs, without going overboard for daily use. It’s the right MacBook for most consumers and a warm reminder of why the Air struck a chord with so many users so many years ago.

Michelle Ehrhardt from Gizmodo said that the new laptop runs like a dream and looks good doing it. He gave it a 4.5 out of 5 and only called out the notch and “inconsistent speakers” in his list of cons.

I’m going to cut to the chase. The MacBook Air 2022 is, currently, the M2 Apple device to get. Not only does it boast the same internals as the MacBook Pro 13-inch, save for a fan, but it’s also got a redesigned look and feel that makes it stand out from prior Air devices and feel truly modern. Its biggest drawback is the lack of a fan, but that’s the norm for the ironically named Air series.

Jason Cross from MacWorld gave it a 4.5 out of 5 rating and praised the display, thin bezels, battery life, and performance. However, he did not like the webcam, storage performance on the base model, and increased price.

Apple’s new MacBook Air isn’t a revelation, but it’s a nice upgrade over the previous model. The larger, brighter display with thinner bezels is a nice improvement, MagSafe charging is back, and it’s got frankly incredible performance for a 2.7-pound computer that can do well over a full day of real work on a single charge.

Andrew E. Freedman from Toms Hardware gave it a 4 out of 5 rating and praised the new thin design, M2 chip performance, long battery life, webcam, display, and MagSafe. He called out the price increase, support for one external display, and display notch as cons.

The MacBook Air, with a thin redesign, powerful M2 chip, a 1080p webcam and a bright display breathes new life into Apple’s most popular laptop. But its $1,199 starting price is a lot for what’s become a mainstream laptop, and the M2 still only supports one external display.

The new MacBook Air is available for pre-order now. The shipping dates are already increasing which points toward the popularity of the new Mac.

The base model ships with 256GB SSD storage, and 8GB unified memory. It can be configured with up to 2TB SSD storage, and 24GB unified memory. To get the full M2 chip experience, with a 10-core GPU, the configuration costs $1,499, and ships with 512GB storage, 8GB unified memory and a 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter.

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