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MacBook Air (2022)
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Prestige 13 AI Evo
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (2022)
  • Very good for software development
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Excellent portability
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo
  • Very good overall display quality

Key differences

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General Use

8.8
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
8.0
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
486.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
415.0 nits
15.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
8.0 Hours
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
9.4/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.5/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo are both very good for general use, though the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is somewhat better.

Software Development

8.4
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
7.9
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.9/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is very good for software development, while the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo is good.

Screen Quality

7.6
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
8.2
13.6in
SIZE
13.0in
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
486.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
415.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Air has a better screen than the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo for software development, and content creation, while the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo has a better screen for general use, and gaming and AI.

Battery

15.0 Hours
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
8.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Air has 15 hours of battery life. The MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo has 8 hours of battery life.

Portability

Excellent
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
Very Good
13.6in
SIZE
13.0in
2.7 lbs
WEIGHT
3.5 lbs
0.4in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has excellent portability, while the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo has very good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
7.4
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has best in class build quality, while the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

6.7
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
6.8
2.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.6/10
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.5/10
The MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo and Apple MacBook Air (2022) are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

7.7
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
7.7
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.9/10
2.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo are both good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

8.6
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
8.1
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.9/10
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2880 x 1800
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo are both very good for content creation.

Cost

$1,256
MacBook Air (2022)
Prestige 13 AI Evo
$1,200
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$600

$800

$1,000

$1,200

$1,400

$1,600

$1,800

$2,000

The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has a price of $1,256 and the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo costs $1,200.

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How the Apple MacBook Air (2022) and the MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Air (2022)MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo
Apple MacBook Air (2022)MSI Prestige 13 AI Evo

GENERAL

Price
$1,256
$1,200
Release Date
July 1, 2022February 1, 2024
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.5'' x 0.44''11.8'' x 8.3'' x 0.67''
Weight
2.7 lbs3.53 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
Graphics
M2 (8C) Arc 8-Cores
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
52.6 Wh73 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.6"13"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16642880 x 1800
Refresh Rate
60Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
486 nits415 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/107.4/10
Portability Score
9.4/108.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/107.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
01
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
13
Thunderbolt Version
34

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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 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.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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