I spent a month with the 15-inch MacBook Air — it made me give up Windows for good – LSB

The 15-inch M2 MacBook Air just converted me – and I’m never going back.

I’ve been a Windows supporter for nearly two decades, but after testing both PCs and MacBooks over the years, it’s clear which is the best—and it’s not something Microsoft offers.

My first Mac was the 14-inch MacBook Pro. After the 16-inch MacBook Pro, this is one of the most powerful mobile Macs you can get. However, after Apple loaned me the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air last month, it’s clear that I’ve been missing out on the M-series chip party. For those who don’t know, Apple ditched Intel processors in 2020 and started equipping its laptops with its new proprietary M-series processors – and MacBooks were lit from how.

After spending weeks with the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air, I’m now certain that my Mac adoration isn’t just a short-lived love affair. Sayonara, computers! Now I’m a Mac fan.

Which 15-inch MacBook Air did I test?

The MacBook Air I’m holding in my hand has the following features:

This configuration costs $1,899, but if that’s too expensive, other configurations start at $1,299. We’ve also seen some Black Friday deals drop the price of the 15-inch MacBook Air.


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What do I like about the 15-inch MacBook Air?

Trust me when I say this – most Windows laptops will keep you plugged in for the rest of the day. However, MacBooks, thanks to their energy-efficient M-series chips, can last until the next day without having to recharge.

The 15-inch MacBook Air is energy-efficient AF

I’ll dive into the exact runtimes we got for the 15-inch MacBook Air later, but like my 14-inch MacBook Pro, the Air has a surprising amount of endurance on a single charge. My workflow consists of Slack, Google Meet, Google Docs, Gmail, heavy use of Google Chrome in tabs, Asana, basic photo editing, and massive file downloads. When I’m not working, you’ll find me shopping Amazon and other popular retailers before browsing YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and Peacock for some entertainment.

To my surprise, I’d charge my 15-inch MacBook Air to 100 percent, an hour later it’s at 99 percent—barely a needle moved. This gives you an idea of ​​the Air’s incredible energy efficiency.

The extra screen is great

You complained. Apple was listening.

A 15-inch MacBook Air placed on a wooden surface

The screen size of the 15-inch MacBook Air is just right in the sweet spot.
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Most people like the MacBook Air, but the problem is that if you want more screen real estate — more than the 13-inch displays Apple used to offer — you’ll have to pay more for a Pro model. And for some, the professional is overpowered for what they do on a daily basis.

This year, however, Apple finally decided to deliver the best of both worlds: a larger display with enough power for core workflow users. I’ve never been a fan of 13-inch displays — they’re too narrow. Somewhere between 14 inches and 15 inches is the sweet spot that Apple nailed with the 15.3-inch panel on the air.

Cute display

MacBook Air is equipped with a 15.3-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 2880 x 1864 pixels — it’s a total visual treat.

While looking at For Argy trailer on YouTube, the display is so clear that I could make out the extremely small pores on Dua Lipa’s skin, as well as the fine freckles on Bryce Dallas Howard’s neck.

Booming speakers

Aside from my 14-inch MacBook Pro, the 15-inch MacBook Air has the best speakers I’ve ever heard. It has a six-speaker sound system as well as force-cancelled speakers. I played the Hot Hits USA playlist on Spotify, which launched Tate McRae’s “greedy.” This tune is probably one of the most annoying songs of the year due to its overuse on TikTok, but on the 15-inch MacBook Air it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time.

It sounds crisp, clear and warm – even at maximum volume (and it gets pretty loud).

Massive touchpad

The touchpad on the 15-inch MacBook Air is massive. Just like that one line Step Brothersthere is so much space to do activities!

15-inch M2 MacBook Air on a bench

The touchpad on this thing is huge.
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Takes up almost half of the deck. It’s highly responsive, facilitating my quick hand gestures. Plus, it strikes the perfect balance of resilience and smoothness.

macOS Sonoma is elegant

When I first heard that macOS Sonoma was introducing new lock screen screensavers, I yawned. Boring! However, when you actually interact with these animated backgrounds, they are really bad.

In macOS Sonoma, you can now choose from a variety of stunning screensavers—from an eye-catching Manhattan cityscape to the jagged cliffs of Iceland—with immersive, 3D aerial views.

One of my favourite What makes macOS Sonoma special is the fact that you can easily share passwords, whether it’s a Netflix account or your Amazon Prime credentials, with a group of trusted people (eg your immediate family). That way, you don’t have to get the ever-annoying “What’s your Netflix password again?” text.

Finally, I love that you can now use gestures—including the thumbs up and hand signal—to prompt fun animations to appear on the screen while you’re in FaceTime and other video conferencing apps like Zoom.

What’s the “a” about the 15-inch MacBook Air?

Sometimes I come across aspects of a laptop that I neither love nor hate—I’m indifferent. In the case of the 15-inch MacBook Air, this immersion in the display is not visually pleasing, but I’m not worried about it either.

This slot is not that

Many MacBook users, just like iPhone owners, will tell you that they don’t notice the notch.

M2 MacBook Air 15-inch on a table

The notch might distract from that beautiful display, but it’s not the end of the world.
Credit: Kimberly Gedeon / Mashable

I can say the same for myself – uh, well, sometimes. Every now and then I take a moment to admire the MacBook Air’s display and my eyes fall on the notch and I’m like, “God, what an eyesore.” And then I just go about my day and forget about it.

Not very airy

MacBook Air is known for being thin and light – hence the word “Air” in its name. However, if you’re looking for one of the lightest and thinnest laptops on the market, I wouldn’t put the MacBook Air in that category. It’s not heavy by any means, but it’s not light enough to carry in one hand without tiring out in seconds.

For example, my LG SuperSlim, a 15.6-inch Windows laptop, weighs just 2.18 pounds and is only 0.43 inches thick. The MacBook Air weighs 3.3 pounds and is 0.45 inches thick.

Apple has reportedly settled on the M2 chip

Rumor has it that the 15-inch MacBook Air was supposed to be packed with the next generation M3 chip, however, Apple has reportedly abandoned that plan. The M2 is “so last year,” but that’s not a big deal because it squeezes enough performance for its audience of casual workflow users.

What I don’t like about the 15-inch MacBook Air

If you’re prone to OCD like me, the 15-inch MacBook Air might drive you crazy for one particular reason.

The chassis collects too many fingerprints

The MacBook Air has excellent build quality. Its recycled aluminum chassis feels cool to the touch—and it’s tough, durable, and strong.

M2 MacBook Air 15-inch on a table

The 15-inch M2 MacBook Air cover attracts fingerprints and smudges.
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My review unit is the midnight variant, a rich, inky navy blue color. However, the body attracts fingerprints and grease like a moth to a flame, so make sure you have a microfiber cloth handy at all times.

Squeezed at ports

You won’t find legacy ports on the MacBook Air, which means you have to rely on a dongle for peripherals that require USB Type-A and HDMI. On board, however, you’ll find MagSafe 3 (for charging your MacBook Air), two Thunderbolt ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

15-inch MacBook Air Geekbench

In the Geekbench 6 benchmark, which tests CPU performance, the M2 chip in the 15-inch MacBook Air delivered a multi-core score of 10,146. That’s pretty damn good. For context, we recently reviewed Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2laptop that costs $1,400 more and produces a less impressive score of 9,613.

If you need a laptop that can handle more demanding workloads (eg 3D modeling), look for one of the Pro models. The 15-inch MacBook Air has no fans, so pushing it too hard will slow down your performance.

15-inch MacBook Air battery life

We ran the PCMark 10 Modern Office battery life test on the 15-inch MacBook Air. This test doesn’t run natively on macOS, so we used Parallels—software that lets you run other operating systems like Windows—to run it.

Keep in mind that Parallels is a power-hungry virtual machine, and yet the 15-inch MacBook Air managed to blow us away with incredible uptime from 19 hours and 4 minutes.

15-inch MacBook Air webcam

The MacBook Air’s 1080p webcam is nothing to write home about.

Webcam selfie on 15-inch MacBook Air

A selfie taken with the 15-inch MacBook Air webcam.
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Like countless other laptop webcams on the market, the MacBook Air’s shooting performance is pretty lackluster. It has decent color reproduction, but lacks clarity and too much noise for my taste.

Is the 15-inch MacBook Air worth it?

The 15-inch MacBook Air is energy efficient a beast I got tired of seeing the “low battery” errors on my Windows laptops, so I switched to macOS. After spending a month with the 15-inch MacBook Air, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat. It has the durability of the Energizer Bunny, a smooth display, a sturdy chassis, and more than enough performance for the average user.

It’s official. After spending some time with the 15-inch MacBook Air and using the 14-inch MacBook Pro as a daily driver, my Windows days are behind me.

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