Macbook Air M1 chip (13.3 inch)
The MacBook air (M1) is definitely one of the hottest laptops on the market now, the renowned light weight mac beloved by everyone from students to travelers received a big processor and graphics upgrade thanks to the Apple designed M1 chip. Building on an already solid platform the new MacBook air has become a lot better. The key features include fan less design, all day battery life, retina display, improved butterfly keyboard and lightweight (2.8 pounds).
Is this as fast as the MacBook Pro ?
The MacBook air has the M1 chip which is the fastest chip apple has ever produced, it’s also the same chip used in iMac, Mac Mini and MacBook Pro. The only difference occurs in the entry level MacBook Air (the 256 Gb SSD model), that has one GPU core disabled, totaling 7 GPU cores instead of 8 cores in the MacBook Pro, However you get the full 8 cores if you opt for the 512 GB SSD model. The Performance on the 7 core GPU is not that different from the 8 core counterpart, giving in about 10 to 12 % difference that’s barely felt in day to day usage.
What about thermals and fan less design ?
Apple’s M1 chip is designed using the smallest process available (5 nm) this gives it a huge efficiency advantage over the old gen processors, which has enabled Apple to even use it in the iPad Pro. The M1 runs much cooler than the Intel predecessor and throttling is not an issue in most usage situations.
Is the 512 Gb upgrade worth it ?
It’s worth it if you need the space and are not willing to rely on cloud or external storage. You realistically can save some $250 get away with almost similar graphics performance and still be very satisfied with the 256 Gb model. The extra GPU core is not a deal breaker and it still has plenty of performance for video editing and even casual gaming .
- Phenomenal processing performance from the M1 chip
- Available in 7 or 8 core GPU configuration that are very capable
- All day battery life
- Retina Display
- Enhanced Keyboard
- Class leading Touchpad
- Fan less design
- Expensive storage upgrades