Apple MacBook Air (2022)

Apple MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air (2022)

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BEST RATING
Build Quality:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.1/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.7/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.2/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.1/10
PORTABILITY: Excellent9.4/10
BATTERY: Excellent9.3/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.4/10
SIZE: 13.6"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • High screen pixel density
  • Excellent battery life
  • Silent, fanless operation
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Strong general use performance
Cons
  • Not suitable for high-end gaming
  • Limited hardware upgrade options
  • Minimal port variety
  • No touchscreen available

Ratings by Category

Build Quality:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
5.0
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Keyboard Quality:
5.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Portability:
4.9
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
4.8
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use:
4.5
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) shines in general use thanks to its powerful Apple M2 processor and 16 GB of RAM for smooth multitasking, combined with a high-quality 13.6-inch screen that is both portable and has long battery life. It also benefits from being lightweight with silent operation, making it a comfortable choice for everyday tasks and mobility.
Software Development:
4.5
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Engineering & Design:
4.3
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is well-suited for engineering and design due to its Apple M2 processor and integrated GPU, which ensure robust performance for compute-intensive applications. Additionally, its high-resolution IPS display offers excellent color accuracy and brightness, contributing to a superior visual experience for design work, while the laptop's light weight and fanless design make it highly portable and silent in operation.
Gaming & AI:
3.5
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has an integrated Apple M2 GPU which may provide fair performance for 3D tasks but falls short compared to dedicated gaming or professional graphics cards. Additionally, with a maximum screen refresh rate of 60Hz, it might not be ideal for high-frame-rate 3D applications which benefit from faster refresh rates.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,210
Release Date
July 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.5'' x 0.44''
Weight
2.7 lbs
Width
11.97"
Depth
8.46"

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5
RAM Slots
0
Storage
256 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours
Battery Capacity
52.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1664
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
486 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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10/10
Portability Score
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9.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Premium Business Laptop
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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10/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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10/10
Speaker Quality Score
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10/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
0
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Version
3

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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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