7 reasons why the 15-inch M2 MacBook Air is far superior to its Windows laptop counterparts
Reason 1: The MacBook's keyboard is awesome
Apple's decision to forget about butterfly switches and use scissor switches in all of its latest product was the right one, but there is more to a good keyboard than solid feedback and decent key travel. It's just like we put it in our full review of the Air:
Apple has been the leader in white keyboard lighting for years, since the intensity is very finely tuned and automatically adjusted to the ambient light. In some Windows laptops, the keyboard is also activated via sensor, but there are usually only two or maximum three levels with hard transitions.
Reason 2: The MacBook actually is silent
Unlike many Windows laptops, the 15-inch Air is actually, really silent, meaning there is neither fan noise nor coil whine to harass the user's ears. Some forum users argue that coil whine is much more distracting than PWM screen flickering; with this Apple M2 MacBook Air laptop, there will be no need to worry.
Reason 3: It's got MagSafe
Barrel pin connectors employed by most Windows laptops are ugly, and the connection between the jack and the socket often becomes somewhat loose after a year or two of daily use. The MagSafe connector is free of those issues. It will also prevent the MacBook from falling in case the owner steps on the charging cable.
Reason 4: Superior battery life
In our testing, the 15-inch Air delivered more than 16 hours of watching movies offline. The same result was obtained in our Wi-Fi web-browsing test, and that was several hours more than what the average Windows laptop is good for. The caveat? One will have to keep the screen brightness at around 150 nits (that's comfortable enough for working indoors). Higher brightness levels, such as the maximum of slightly more than 500 nits, will cause the battery life to suffer significantly.
Reason 5: No PWM
Many Windows laptops exhibit PWM flickering - no matter the price point. The Air does not, meaning it's easier on the user's eyes and is thus more suitable for longer work sessions.
Reason 6: Its build quality is top-notch
As we noted in our full review, the M2 MacBook Air is on the heavier side for its size. In exchange, it's really well-built, with zero creaks heard when pressing down on it or squeezing it. So many Windows laptops can not boast of the same. The dispay lid in particular tends to be the weak point, flexing a lot more readily than we would like. Well-built things do not just last for longer - they are nicer to handle.
Reason 7: It will keep its resale value for longer
Mac computers and laptops can be easily sold for something close to 75% of the original purchase value one or even two years down the line, if used sparingly. The same can not be said of most Windows laptops because, one year after the purchase day, a Windows laptop is very likely to be in a much worse shape both internally (e. g. fan issues) and externally (scratches, missing keycaps and so on).