MacBook Air 15-inch M2 review: Bigger Screen for Lightweight Laptop

The MacBook Air product line has been a favorite among Apple enthusiasts for years, and the latest addition to the line, new M2 chip MacBook Air 15-inch, is no exception. This laptop has been eagerly anticipated by tech enthusiasts and consumers alike, and it’s easy to see why. With a larger screen, improved sound, and a fanless experience, the MacBook Air 15-inch. But does it live up to its hype? here’s reviews take a closer look at the MacBook Air 15-inch and see if it’s worth your investment, and compare it to its sibling, the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip.

Appearance and Design

The MacBook Air 15-inch is essentially an enlarged version of its 13-inch counterpart. The new model has a larger screen size, measuring 15 inch, compared to the 13 inch air of the previous model. The overall design is similar to the 13-inch version.

The keyboard area on both sides of the MacBook Air 15-inch is more spacious than the 13-inch version, and the power button in the upper right corner of the keyboard area integrates Touch ID. The MacBook Air 15-inch has only one MagSafe 3 magnetic charging port and two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side of the machine. Additionally, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the right side of the machine.

The MacBook Air 15-inch is lightweight, weighing only 1.51kg, and its dimensions are 34.04×23.76×1.15cm. The package includes a manual, a woven charging cable, and a 35W dual USB-C port mini power adapter.

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Performance and Heat Generation

The MacBook Air 15-inch is equipped with the same M2 chip as the 13-inch version, and it delivers excellent performance. The laptop hardly heats up during daily use, and even the palm rest can feel slightly cool during use. This is a laptop experience that can only be found on MacBook Air series equipped with Apple Silicon.

When using the MacBook Pro, there are scenarios where the overall heat generation of the computer is significant, and you need to manually raise the fan speed to control the temperature. The fanless MacBook Air doesn’t need this, and as long as heavy workloads are avoided, it remains cool.

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The maximum heat output of the MacBook Air 15-inch can be reached in about 15 minutes when playing multiple 4K videos while rendering podcasts at full CPU and GPU loads. But overall, the MacBook Air 15-inch is impressive when it comes to heat generation and performance.

SSD Speed

The SSD speed of the MacBook Air 15-inch is around 2900 MB/s for write speed and around 2800 MB/s for read speed. This is a significant improvement over the previous model and delivers a faster and smoother experience when it comes to storage.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the MacBook Air 15-inch is better than the 13-inch version, thanks to its two additional speakers and similar vibration-cancelling bass unit as the Pro series. The larger size of the 15-inch Air provides a larger resonance and reflection area for sound, resulting in a stronger sense of immersion when listening to music or watching movies.

If you’re purchasing the MacBook Air series to consume multimedia content, the difference in the sound system is an important difference between the 13-inch and 15-inch versions.

Final, MacBook Air 15-inch with its larger display, improved sound quality, well worth the consideration for anyone in search of a lightweight yet capable Macbook laptop.

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