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: Good7.4/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.9/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.0/10
PORTABILITY: Excellent9.4/10
BATTERY: Excellent9.3/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Good7.0/10
SIZE: 13.6"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best-in-class build quality
  • Silent operation with fanless design
  • High-resolution, bright screen
  • Portable and lightweight
Cons
  • No touchscreen or high refresh rate
  • Only USB-C/Thunderbolt ports available
  • Limited performance for 3D/machine learning
  • Expensive compared to rivals

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:
4.4
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) shines in general use with its powerful Apple M2 processor and ample RAM, ensuring smooth multitasking and efficient performance, while the high-quality IPS screen provides crisp visuals with excellent color accuracy.
Software Development:
4.4
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:
4.2
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) is equipped with Apple's M2 processor and a 10-core GPU, ensuring robust performance for engineering software and design applications, along with a high-quality, color-accurate screen that is vital for design work. Additionally, its lightweight, thin design and silent operation make it suitable for work in quiet environments and on the go.
Gaming & AI:
3.5
The Apple MacBook Air (2022) has only a moderate GPU, which limits its 3D rendering capabilities and performance in graphics-intensive tasks, and its screen supports a standard refresh rate that's not optimized for high-frame-rate 3D applications.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,049
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
Graphics
M2 (10C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
8 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

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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