Hands-on experience with Apple’s MacBook Air M2

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Speed ​​tests and all that fun stuff will have to wait until we get one of those bad guys home. At the same time, it’s just nice to be back on the show after two years of social distancing. What do you have right here newfangled macbook air. A variation of M2, so to speak.

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This is probably the strongest design departure since the line was first introduced back in 2008. Fourteen years is certainly several lifetimes in the world of consumer electronics, but iconic design is iconic design. In the case of the Air, it’s a special wedge-shaped element that has been a fundamental part of a thin and light laptop ever since Steve Jobs first pulled it out of the manila envelope on stage with the MacBook.

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The new version removes this element and instead uses a design more similar to its larger M-chip brethren. Basically, it’s a slightly scaled down version of the square aesthetic. Slim, lightweight, comfortable to hold in one hand. Having just driven across the country to get here (not to mention lugging a few giant camera lenses back and forth through Apple Park for our last few days), he seems like the perfect travel companion if you don’t mind 13.6 inch display. (a subtle update from the latest version 13.3).

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The displays have the same resolution (goes up from 2560 x 1600 to 2560 x 1664 due to the small extra real estate), but IPS has been upgraded to Liquid Retina. Brightness has also increased from 400 to 500 nits.

Adding MagSafe is great. Yes, this is one of those features that Apple should never have given up. Funny enough that the company mentioned that the device still has a headphone jack – I guess you can’t take anything for granted these days. Plus, you’ll have a pair of USB-C ports on the same side as Magsafe.

The M2 chip is, of course, a thing. Along with that, it brings extra power and battery life. The system is rated for 18 hours on a single charge – two hours less than the new Pro, but should be more than enough to get you through any flight with headroom.

The new Air starts at $1199 for the eight-core model and $1499 for the ten-core model. The colors are nice and subtle – there’s nothing flashy or flashy here. I especially like Starlight and Midnight – maybe because they are new?

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