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MacBook Air 15 (2023)
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Raider GE77Hx
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)
  • Excellent for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Very good portability
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the MSI Raider GE77Hx
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality

Key differences

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General Use

9.1
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
8.0
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
501.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
15.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
5.5 Hours
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
8.9/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
5.8/10
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is excellent for general use, while the MSI Raider GE77Hx is very good.

Gaming and AI

6.9
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
8.7
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The MSI Raider GE77Hx is very good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.9
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
8.7
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.7/10
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The MSI Raider GE77Hx is very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is good.

Content Creation

8.8
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
8.2
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.7/10
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) and MSI Raider GE77Hx are both very good for content creation, though the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is somewhat better.

Software Development

8.9
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
7.9
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.7/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is very good for software development, while the MSI Raider GE77Hx is good.

Screen Quality

7.8
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
8.4
15.3in
SIZE
17.3in
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1440
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
501.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
350.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Air 15 has a better screen than the MSI Raider GE77Hx for software development, and content creation, while the MSI Raider GE77Hx has a better screen for gaming and AI.

Battery

15.0 Hours
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
5.5 Hours
The Apple MacBook Air 15 has 15 hours of battery life. The MSI Raider GE77Hx has 5.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
Poor
15.3in
SIZE
17.3in
3.3 lbs
WEIGHT
6.3 lbs
0.4in
THICKNESS
1.0in
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) has very good portability, while the MSI Raider GE77Hx has poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
8.5
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) has best in class build quality, while the MSI Raider GE77Hx has very good build quality.

Cost

$1,999
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Raider GE77Hx
$2,126
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) has a price of $1,999 and the MSI Raider GE77Hx costs $2,126.
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How the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) and the MSI Raider GE77Hx compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)MSI Raider GE77Hx

GENERAL

Price
$1,999
$2,126
Release Date
June 1, 2023June 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
13.4'' x 9.4'' x 0.45''15.6'' x 11.2'' x 1.02''
Weight
3.3 lbs6.39 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2Intel i7-12800HX
Graphics
M2 (8C) RTX 3070 Ti (150 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
24 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours5.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
66.6 Wh99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.3"17.3"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2880 x 18642560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
60Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
501 nits350 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
9/105.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
10/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
10/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
03
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
13
Thunderbolt Version
34

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)

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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."

MSI Raider GE77Hx

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Sascha Mölck | July 2022
"The MSI Raider GE77 offers a lot of power for a lot of money. The main components consist of a Core i9-12900HX CPU, a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU (175 watts TGP, 16 GB VRAM), and 64 GB of RAM, which makes for a high overall performance level. The GeForce GPU in particular scores some of the highest scores we have seen from this chip. Both the CPU and the GPU are able to run at continuously high clock speeds. The relatively high heat and noise emissions match our expectations for this device class. With approximately 5.5 to 6.5 hours, the battery life is good for a powerful 4K laptop."

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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 MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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