Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)

Apple MacBook Air 15

Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)

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BEST RATING
Build Quality:
5.0
GENERAL USE: Excellent9.1/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.9/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.9/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.9/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.8/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.9/10
BATTERY: Excellent9.3/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.0/10
SIZE: 15.3"








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Pros
  • 15-hour battery life
  • Silent, fanless operation
  • Lightweight at 3.3 pounds
  • Powerful Apple M2 chip
  • High-resolution, color-accurate screen
Cons
  • Limited ports, only USB-C
  • No touchscreen available
  • Moderate 3D and machine learning performance
  • No hardware ray tracing or DLSS

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.
General Use:
4.8
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) boasts a robust Apple M2 processor and ample RAM which assures smooth performance for a variety of applications, complemented by a high-quality IPS display with excellent color accuracy that enhances visual tasks. Additionally, its long battery life, lightweight, and silent, fanless design contribute to its exceptional portability and user comfort, making it a top choice for general use.
Battery Life:
4.8
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Software Development:
4.7
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:
4.7
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.
Portability:
4.7
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
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:
4.4
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is well-suited for engineering and design due to its powerful Apple M2 processor paired with a high-performance GPU, substantial RAM, and a high-resolution IPS display that accurately covers color spaces, essential for design tasks.
Gaming & AI:
3.9
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,999
Release Date
June 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
13.4'' x 9.4'' x 0.45''
Weight
3.3 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2
Graphics
M2 (8C)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
24 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours
Battery Capacity
66.6 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2880 x 1864
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
501 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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10/10
Portability Score
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9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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10/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
White
Warranty Period
1 year

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 | June 2023
"The Apple MacBook Air 15 is boringly good. The new MacBook Air 15 is a very good, but also boring device, because apart from the larger screen and the higher price, there are no differences compared to the smaller MacBook Air M2 from last year. No new processor, no additional ports, just the usual basic hardware - but the overall package is extremely good and it simply works. Above all, the lack of fans is an aspect that should not be underestimated in everyday use. In our opinion, the Air could be a lot better, but Apple goes easy on itself here."

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