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Nitro 16
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Advantages of the Acer Nitro 16
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (2022)
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good for content creation
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Excellent portability
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

8.0
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
6.5
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.5/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
7.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
10.0/10
The Acer Nitro 16 is very good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

8.2
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
7.5
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.6/10
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.5/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Acer Nitro 16 is very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is good.

Software Development

7.7
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
8.2
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
10.0/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is very good for software development, while the Acer Nitro 16 is good.

Screen Quality

8.3
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
7.6
16.0in
SIZE
13.6in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
494.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
486.0 nits
The Acer Nitro 16 has a better screen than the Apple MacBook Air for general use, and gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air has a better screen for content creation, and software development.

Battery

9.0 Hours
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
15.0 Hours
The Acer Nitro 16 has 9 hours of battery life. The Apple MacBook Air has 15 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
Excellent
16.0in
SIZE
13.6in
5.9 lbs
WEIGHT
2.7 lbs
1.1in
THICKNESS
0.4in
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has excellent portability, while the Acer Nitro 16 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.4
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
10.0
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has best in class build quality, while the Acer Nitro 16 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.8
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
8.1
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
494.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
486.0 nits
9.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
15.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
10.0/10
6.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.4/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Air (2022) to be very good for general use, while the Acer Nitro 16 is good.

Content Creation

7.8
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
8.1
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
6.6/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1664
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Air (2022) to be very good for content creation, while the Acer Nitro 16 is good.

Cost

$1,153
Nitro 16
MacBook Air (2022)
$1,099
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$1,000

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$1,800

The Acer Nitro 16 has a price of $1,153 and the Apple MacBook Air (2022) costs $1,099.

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How the Acer Nitro 16 and the Apple MacBook Air (2022) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Nitro 16Apple MacBook Air (2022)
Acer Nitro 16Apple MacBook Air (2022)

GENERAL

Price
$1,153
$1,099
Release Date
May 1, 2023July 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 11'' x 1.1''12'' x 8.5'' x 0.44''
Weight
5.95 lbs2.7 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HSApple M2
Graphics
RTX 4070 (140 W)M2 (8C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
9 Hours15 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh52.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"13.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1664
Refresh Rate
165Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
494 nits486 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.4/1010/10
Portability Score
6.1/109.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesNo
Fan Noise Score
7/1010/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/1010/10
Speaker Quality Score
7.5/1010/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
30
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Version
N/A3

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Acer Nitro 16

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Sascha Mölck | June 2023
"Video editing, rendering and, of course, gaming represent the Nitro 16's core competencies with a Ryzen 7 7735HS and GeForce RTX 4070 providing the necessary power. Both chips run at consistently high clock speeds. A fast PCIe 4 SSD (1 TB) provides the required storage space and ensures short loading times. With the Nitro 16 AN16-41, Acer has a well-specced, mid-range gaming laptop in its portfolio."

Apple MacBook Air (2022)

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Andreas Osthoff | July 2022
"The Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry is a very good, but too expensive daily MacBook. The new MacBook Air M2 is undoubtedly once again a very good mobile companion, but we are still a little bit disappointed on a very high level, which is definitely connected with the increased price point. The new chassis is extremely slim and the front edge is no problem during typing, but the bezels are pretty wide for a modern device and in addition with the vertical space required for the notch, the new Air has larger footprint than some Windows rivals."

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About Acer

Acer is a prominent Taiwanese electronics brand which makes a wide range of laptops, with multiple product lines catering to personal use, gaming, and business use. They are renowned for having exceptional value for money, as they frequently offer good specifications at a lower price than other manufacturers.

About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

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