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MacBook Air (2022)
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Alienware m15 R7
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (2022)
  • Excellent 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
Advantages of the Dell Alienware m15 R7
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality

Key differences

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General Use

9.2
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
7.5
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
486.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
300.0 nits
15.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
5.0 Hours
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
9.4/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.4/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is excellent for general use, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Gaming and AI

6.7
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
7.8
4.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
8.7/10
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is only fair.

Content Creation

8.8
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
7.5
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is very good for content creation, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Software Development

8.7
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
7.3
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.5/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is very good for software development, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 is good.

Screen Quality

7.6
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
8.2
13.6in
SIZE
15.6in
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
486.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
300.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Air has a better screen than the Dell Alienware m15 R7 for software development, and content creation, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 has a better screen for gaming and AI.

Battery

15.0 Hours
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
5.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Air has 15 hours of battery life. The Dell Alienware m15 R7 has 5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Excellent
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
Fair
13.6in
SIZE
15.6in
2.7 lbs
WEIGHT
5.9 lbs
0.4in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has excellent portability, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
8.5
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has best in class build quality, while the Dell Alienware m15 R7 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Engineering and Design

8.2
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
8.2
6.7/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
8.5/10
4.3/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
8.7/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and Dell Alienware m15 R7 are both very good for engineering and design.

Cost

$2,199
MacBook Air (2022)
Alienware m15 R7
$2,200
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has a price of $2,199 and the Dell Alienware m15 R7 costs $2,200.

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How the Apple MacBook Air (2022) and the Dell Alienware m15 R7 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Air (2022)Dell Alienware m15 R7
Apple MacBook Air (2022)Dell Alienware m15 R7

GENERAL

Price
$2,199
$2,200
Release Date
July 1, 2022May 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.5'' x 0.44''14'' x 10.7'' x 0.94''
Weight
2.7 lbs5.93 lbs
Width
11.97"14.02"
Depth
8.46"10.73"

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
RAM
24 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55
RAM Slots
02
Storage
2048 GB512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours5 Hours
Battery Capacity
52.6 Wh86 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16642560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
60Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
486 nits300 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
9.4/106.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Premium Business Laptop
YesNo
Fan Noise Score
10/107/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
03
USB-C ports
21
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
12
Thunderbolt Version
3N/A

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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."

Dell Alienware m15 R7

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Tom's Hardware

Brandon Hill | October 2022
"The Alienware M15 offers solid gaming and leading endurance. It makes the most of its CPU and GPU while delivering stellar battery life for a gaming laptop. Opening the lid presents a full-size keyboard with honeycomb cutouts above it on the deck. An oblong RBG lightning element surrounds the entire rear panel and can be color-synced with the other lights on the laptop. There’s not a lot to dislike about the M15 Its productivity performance lagged in some areas, particularly in the storage benchmark, and it’s a bit heavy. Alienware has a clear winner here with the M15 based on its strong overall performance and endurance."

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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 Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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