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MacBook Air (2022)
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MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (2022)
  • Excellent portability
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Excellent overall display quality

Key differences

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Screen Quality

7.6
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
9.2
13.6in
SIZE
14.2in
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
3024 x 1964
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Mini LED
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
486.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
489.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Air has a better screen than the Apple MacBook Pro 14 for software development, while the Apple MacBook Pro 14 has a better screen for general use, AI, and engineering and design.

Battery

15.0 Hours
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
13.5 Hours
The Apple MacBook Air has 15 hours of battery life. The Apple MacBook Pro 14 has 13.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Excellent
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
Very Good
13.6in
SIZE
14.2in
2.7 lbs
WEIGHT
3.5 lbs
0.4in
THICKNESS
0.6in
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has excellent portability, while the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) has very good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$1,599
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
$1,850
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has a price of $1,599 and the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) costs $1,850.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.7
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
8.5
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
3024 x 1964
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Mini LED
486.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
489.0 nits
15.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
13.5 Hours
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.5/10
9.4/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.5/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) are both very good for general use.

Gaming and AI

6.8
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
7.0
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.6/10
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
3024 x 1964
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
8.7/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) to be good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.8
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
8.0
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.8/10
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
3.6/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) to be very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Air (2022) is good.

Content Creation

8.5
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
8.5
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.8/10
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
3024 x 1964
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Mini LED
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) and Apple MacBook Air (2022) are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

8.7
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
8.4
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.8/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1664
RESOLUTION
3024 x 1964
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.5/10
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) are both very good for software development.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Air (2022)
MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
10.0
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) and Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) both have best in class build quality.

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How the Apple MacBook Air (2022) and the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Air (2022)Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
Apple MacBook Air (2022)Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$1,599
$1,850
Release Date
July 1, 2022January 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.5'' x 0.44''12.3'' x 8.7'' x 0.61''
Weight
2.7 lbs3.5 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2Apple M2 Pro (10C)
Graphics
M2 (10C) M2 Pro (16C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
24 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours13.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
52.6 Wh69.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.6"14.2"
Display Technology
IPSMini LED
Resolution
2560 x 16643024 x 1964
Refresh Rate
60Hz120Hz
Display Brightness
486 nits489 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/1010/10
Portability Score
9.4/108.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
10/108.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
10/109.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/1010/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
00
USB-C ports
23
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
12
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."

Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)

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Andreas Osthoff | January 2023
"In the Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023, the M2 Pro is slowed down. From the improved 5nm process, the new M2 Pro is a very solid upgrade. Graphics performance has increased by about 25% in tandem with a clear improvement in efficiency. The processor has also seen a performance leap of up to 20%, but this is accompanied by an increase in consumption of up to 25%. Fundamentally, Apple its maintaining its advantage over AMD and Intel, particularly in optimized applications where the results are very good in view of the comparatively low power consumption."

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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.

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