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MacBook Air M2 vs MacBook Pro M2: Which Should You Buy?

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If you’re interested in one of Apple’s new MacBook M2s but don’t know which one you should buy, don’t worry—it’s confusing. The two devices are very similar, but they have a few important differences.

To avoid disturbing one large group of people, if you use this device for work on a full-time basis and your work is mainly related to something more intense than Chrome (for example, any program that has Adobe in its name), you should buy a 14″ MacBook Pro with M1 Pro or M1 Max instead of one of these computers. These laptops are much faster, with larger screens and a lot of a more useful selection of ports, and those upgrades will cost extra money.

But if you don’t fall into that category and are looking to purchase an M2 machine, here’s how to approach your decision. (And of course, before making any buying decision, you need to know exactly why you’re looking for a new computer, what doesn’t work on your current computer, and what you’re looking for in a new one.)

MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Price

The price difference between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is small.

The Air starts at $1,199 for an octa-core processor, octa-core GPU, 8GB of memory, 256GB of memory, and a 30W power adapter and goes up to $2,499 for an octa-core processor, 10-core GPU, 24GB of unified memory. memory, 2 TB of memory and a 67 W adapter.

The Pro starts at $1,299 for similar specs to the base Air model – an octa-core processor, an octa-core GPU, 8GB of memory, a 256GB SSD, and a 67W adapter (no 30W option here). However, it also tops out at $2,499 (with similar specs to the top Air: eight cores/10 cores, 24GB storage, 2TB storage, same charger).

The exact prices of the configurations and the differences between them vary. Generally speaking, the difference in price between the two models with the maximum similarity of their characteristics will be within $100.

MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Chassis Differences

Here is a list of differences between the M2 MacBook Pro and the M2 MacBook Air, some of which may be relevant to you and some of which may not.

  • The MacBook Pro is slightly heavier at 3 pounds (1.4 kg) while the Air is 2.7 (1.24 kg). I would say the difference is noticeable, but not life changing, although the Air seems to be much thinner.
  • Both MacBooks come in space gray and silver, while the Air also comes in midnight (navy blue) and starlight (gold). Beware of the Midnight color – it picks up fingerprints very easily.
  • The MacBook Air has a larger screen – 13.6 inches versus 13.3 inches for the Pro. (This means the Air’s resolution is technically slightly higher, but it’s not really noticeable.) Both have the same brightness and color gamut, but the Air has a Liquid Retina display, while the Pro has the same LED-backlit IPS panel as In the past year. It was about.
  • The MacBook Air has a camera cutout and your cursor will disappear when it passes under it. So while you’ll have extra screen real estate for your on-air experience, the notch may interfere with some apps in the menu bar.
  • The MacBook Pro has a strip of OLED touchscreen (Touch Bar) at the top of the keyboard, while the MacBook Air has a row of physical function keys. People on the Internet have strong feelings for the Touch Bar. If you’re unfamiliar, TL; The DR is that the touchpad gives users access to features like brightness, volume, emoji selection, Siri activation, and other toggles in one place, but it’s also slower for most people. use than physical keys and easy to accidentally knock.
  • The MacBook Pro only charges via USB-C, while the MacBook Air also has a MagSafe power port. This essentially gives you an extra port on your MacBook Air since one of the Pro’s ports will be occupied whenever it’s plugged in (both models have two Thunderbolt/USB-4 ports). The MagSafe connectors also slide out of their slots very easily, meaning the Air is less likely to be ripped off your desk if someone trips over your cord.
  • The MacBook Air has a better webcam — 1080p versus 720p on the Pro. I don’t find any of them amazing, but Air makes me look sharper and less blurry.
  • MacBook Air has several power adapter options, including a 30W USB-C adapter, a 35W USB-C dual port adapter, and a 67W fast charging adapter. The Pro only comes with the 67W version.
  • The MacBook Air has a “four-speaker sound system” while the MacBook Pro only has “high dynamic range stereo speakers.” They sound the same to me as far as I can tell.

Here is the air – you see that notch over there?
Photo by Becky Farsace/The Verge

Webcam Apple MacBook Pro 2022 close-up.

Here’s Pro – without a notch.
Photo by Amelia Holovaty Krales / The Verge

MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Performance Difference

Pro and Air have the same M2 processor and run the same macOS operating system. But that doesn’t mean they’ll perform the same, because the Pro has something the Air doesn’t: a fan.

Machines must keep their processors from overheating when they are working very hard. The Pro does this by turning on the fan. Since Air can’t do this, it needs to limit its CPU performance to below that of Air. In practice, this means that if you run heavy loads over the air for an extended period of time, you will see performance degradation. In our testing, the Pro was able to run Cinebench R23 for 30 minutes with no performance degradation, while the Air’s performance began to drop shortly after launch.

The Air also gets hotter than the Pro, though I’ll stress that it does. No enjoy Zoom calls, Chrome tabs, and most web downloads you’ll have. But you might feel some warmth on the bottom of the Air or on the keyboard if you run heavier programs on it for an extended period of time. On the contrary, I never once felt the slightest amount of heat in the Pro case, even when shooting video (and I never heard noise from its fan).

When it came to graphics performance, our testing showed a 26 percent increase in performance. Shadow of the Tomb Raider performance and more than two minutes of difference in export time to Premiere Pro 4K.

The Pro also has a larger battery and delivered longer battery life in our tests. I usually get an average of 16 and a half hours of continuous use of the M2 Pro and an average of 13 hours and 15 minutes without air. Your results may certainly vary depending on the work you do, but based on my findings and those of other people on the internet, I expect you to get a couple extra hours from the Pro.

Here is Air.
Photo by Becky Farsace/The Verge

Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022, top view on a lilac background.

Here is Pro.
Photo by Amelia Holovaty Krales / The Verge

Okay let’s try some scenarios

I often work with video, music, graphics, virtualization, visual effects, or other complex use cases, but I can’t afford the 14″ model: Buy Pro. If I use the device for these purposes and intend to use it all day, I would prefer the Pro. That said, if you’re a Mac hardcore, I’d save up for an M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook (or Mac Studio) if you can. They will save you a lot of time.

I am coding: If you mainly work on tasks like web design, the Air is fine. Having MagSafe in the office can save you a lot of stress, and that probably outweighs the productivity gains you’ll see. If you often compile complex things, Pro will probably save you some time. The Pro beat the Air by 10 seconds in the Xcode Benchmark test.

I don’t use these fancy programs, but I use a very large Chrome download and I’m afraid Air won’t be enough: I would still take the Air if you really don’t think any of the other benefits of the Air will make a difference in your life. I work with fairly large documents and spreadsheets and the performance difference between the Pro and Air is barely noticeable.

I only use my computer for Netflix and email on my couch: Buy air. A better screen and less weight will be more beneficial to you than the extra performance.

I usually only use my computer for Netflix and email, but sometimes I make YouTube videos: Buy the Pro if you work on your YouTube videos every day, or if you often have to do that job on battery power – the Air gets pretty hot if you press it hard all the time. Otherwise Air should be fine.

I’m a student who needs to walk all day and I mostly work on Google Docs, Word or whatever.: Buy air. You won’t notice much of a difference in performance, and the battery life should last a whole school day. The Pro’s large battery outweighs its extra size and weight; a thin laptop is a huge advantage when your backpack is packed.

I want to run games on my MacBookA: First, good for you. I support you and your dreams. Don’t let the haters confuse you. Second, get a Pro. You’ll see higher frame rates, you’ll have more gaming time on battery, and the Air gets uncomfortably fried if you’ve been playing for a while.

I travel a lot: This one is tough. I think the question is what’s more important to you: extra battery life or a thinner and lighter device: if it’s battery life, Pro; if it’s mobility, Air.

i hate jagged: Pro.


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