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Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 review: The everyday MacBook now in 15 inches

Is bigger better? It took a long time, but Apple has finally created a larger MacBook Air. Apart from the larger display, however, there are no major changes compared to its smaller sibling, the MacBook Air 13, including last year's M2 SoC.

Apple has finally introduced the large MacBook Air, thus filling a large gap in its product portfolio, because anyone who previously wanted a large MacBook had to go for the MacBook Pro 16. This offers a lot of performance, but many users do not need it at all and, above all, the MBP 16 is comparatively bulky and expensive. With the new MacBook Air 15, Apple is now offering a larger MacBook for everyday use, which technically is an almost perfect copy of the smaller MacBook Air 13. This essentially means that you have to do without a new processor and get the familiar M2 SoC from last year, which is again passively cooled. The display is of course larger at 15.3 inches, but the specs remain the same, i.e. there is no HDR support or ProMotion (120 Hz).

The starting price is US$1299.00 and, in contrast to the smaller 13-inch model, the Air 15 is only available with the faster M2 SoC that offers 10 GPU cores. The remaining specs are sobering, however, as there is only 8 GB of RAM and a small 256 GB SSD. The second basic model offers 512 GB SSD storage, but costs a whopping US$200 more at $1499.00. Today's test device houses a 1 TB SSD and 16 GB RAM for a grand total of EUR 2289 (~US$2500). In the next few days we'll also take a closer look at the base model with 8 GB and the 256 GB SSD.

Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB (MacBook Air 15 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M2 8 x 2.4 - 3.5 GHz, 20 W PL2 / Short Burst, 9 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, 13.5 W TDP
Memory
16 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, Dual-Channel, onboard
Display
15.30 inch 16:10, 2880 x 1864 pixel 224 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP1024Z, 1024 GB 
Connections
2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.5 x 340.4 x 237.6 ( = 0.45 x 13.4 x 9.35 in)
Battery
66.5 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Six-speaker system, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.516 kg ( = 53.48 oz / 3.34 pounds), Power Supply: 186 g ( = 6.56 oz / 0.41 pounds)
Price
2289 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91.8 %
06/2023
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.5 kg11.5 mm15.30"2880x1864
84.3 %
04/2023
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.6 kg14.7 mm15.00"2496x1664
85.9 %
12/2022
LG Gram 15Z90Q
i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.1 kg17.4 mm15.60"1920x1080
83.2 %
02/2023
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
R7 6800H, Radeon 680M
1.9 kg18.8 mm15.60"1920x1080
92 %
08/2022
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.2 kg11.3 mm13.60"2560x1664

Case - A larger MacBook Air

Apple has kept the design of the small MacBook Air 13 unchanged for its 15-inch model; only the footprint is slightly larger. Then again, the overall height is practically identical at 11.5 mm, and due to the larger case, the new MBA 15 appears even thinner than its smaller sibling. Stability is very good and neither the base unit nor the display lid can be warped in any way. The maximum opening angle is, as usual, around 130 degrees.

The display edges are relatively narrow, although there are Windows devices with even thinner edges. Of course, the recess for the webcam in the upper area is still noticeable, which does not have any drawbacks, at least not functionally. However, we still think it doesn't look particularly good, but this is naturally a matter of taste. The front edge of the base unit is quite sharp, but since the base itself is so thin, this does not cut into the wrists.

Qualitatively, the MacBook Air leaves no room for criticism. The workmanship is perfect and the metal case simply feels very high-end. Three of the four available colors (Silver, Space Gray & Starlight) are very resistant to dirt and fingerprints overall. The Midnight color variant (dark blue), on the other hand, looks good upon unpacking, but constantly needs to be cleaned afterwards.

The regular MacBook Air 13 itself is no lightweight, and the metal body of the larger Air 15 takes its toll here as well. Weighing a little over 1.5 kg, it feels surprisingly heavy when held for the first time. The LG Gram 15 (~1.1 kg) is a real lightweight in comparison, and the Surface Laptop 5 is a little lighter but also a little thicker. The dual USB-C power supply with 35 watts is very compact and weighs 186 grams, including the MagSafe cable.

Size comparison

359 mm / 14.1 in 233 mm / 9.17 in 18.8 mm / 0.74 in 1.9 kg4.17 lbs356 mm / 14 in 223 mm / 8.78 in 17.4 mm / 0.685 in 1.1 kg2.45 lbs355.7 mm / 14 in 248.1 mm / 9.77 in 16.8 mm / 0.661 in 2.2 kg4.75 lbs340 mm / 13.4 in 244 mm / 9.61 in 14.7 mm / 0.579 in 1.6 kg3.48 lbs340.4 mm / 13.4 in 237.6 mm / 9.35 in 11.5 mm / 0.4528 in 1.5 kg3.34 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 in 221.2 mm / 8.71 in 15.5 mm / 0.61 in 1.6 kg3.54 lbs304.1 mm / 12 in 215 mm / 8.46 in 11.3 mm / 0.4449 in 1.2 kg2.71 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment - MagSafe and USB 4.0

With two USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3, USB 4.0) as well as MagSafe on the left side and a 3.5 mm jack, the port distribution is the same as that of the smaller model. So, Apple didn't put in any additional work here, leaving the additional space on the case unused. Another USB-C port on the right side and perhaps an SD card reader (like in the Pro models) would have been nice. Also, only one external display can be connected to the larger MacBook Air (max. 6K @60 Hz).

Left: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 (Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort ALT mode, Power Delivery)
Left: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 (Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort ALT mode, Power Delivery)
Right: 3.5mm audio
Right: 3.5mm audio

Communication

The Wi-Fi module is also the same as in the small MacBook Air M2 and not the Pro models. Wi-Fi 6 is only supported at 80 MHz, which limits the transfer rates to around 900 Mbps. With our reference router from Asus, the transfer rates are on the expected level and there are no restrictions in everyday use, but it is still not quite up to date for a premium notebook. The MacBook Air also supports Bluetooth 5.3.

Networking
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
920 (min: 862) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
858 (min: 810) MBit/s ∼52%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1649 (min: 1563) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1623 (min: 1587) MBit/s ∼99%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1514 (min: 739) MBit/s ∼92%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1640 (min: 1605) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
MediaTek MT7921
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
720 (min: 674) MBit/s ∼44%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
709 (min: 702) MBit/s ∼43%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AX12
772 (min: 748) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
760 (min: 404) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
766 (min: 698) MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
874 (min: 522) MBit/s ∼53%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1777 (min: 1685) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1741 (min: 1650) MBit/s ∼100%
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Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø920 (862-953)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø858 (810-880)

Webcam

Face ID is still not available on the MacBooks, but the 1080p webcam offers good quality and is also good for video calls. The same is also true of the microphones.

ColorChecker
21 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
13 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB: 12.45 ∆E min: 3.94 - max: 23.81 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom cover is secured with a few pentalobe screws, but there are still some retaining clips in the middle. Here you have to use some force (and preferably a suction cup) to loosen the clamps, after which the cover can be pulled forward. The internals (which are dominated by the battery) also appear good, but there is nothing the user can do here. In an emergency, components can be replaced, such as the battery (which is held in place with screws and several pull tabs).

Internal structure
Internal structure
Bottom cover
Bottom cover
Retaining clips
Retaining clips

Input Devices - Huge trackpad

The input devices have also been copied over unchanged. The black keyboard is on a good level and the normal scissor keys are also pleasant to type on, but there are undoubtedly even better keyboards, especially in the business sector. The additional width has neither been utilized for a numpad nor speaker covers - just more case surface. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner still works flawlessly. 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.

The large TrackPad still sets the bar in the mobile sector and the integration into macOS is excellent. Thanks to Force Touch, the clicks are uniform and not too loud, and gestures are implemented perfectly. As usual, the MacBook Air does not offer a touchscreen.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard backlight
Keyboard backlight

Display - Liquid Retina in 15.3 inches

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix
Minimal halos at the lower edge (amplified by camera)
Minimal halos at the lower edge (amplified by camera)

The MacBook Air 15 uses a 15.3-inch, 60 Hz IPS panel. The resolution is a somewhat crooked 2880 x 1864, which is caused by the camera notch in the upper display frame. The actual 16:10 panel has a resolution of 2880 x 1800 and the 64 additional vertical pixels were simply added on top. The notch does not take any space away from the 16:10 display.

Apart from the higher resolution, nothing has changed in technical specifications compared to the 13-inch model and we can confirm the advertised brightness of 500 cd/m² (it is actually 501 cd/m² on average). The illumination of 93% is also very homogeneous. The SDR brightness is thus on par with the MacBook Pro models, but the lack of HDR support means the Air will not be able to display HDR content in all of its glory.

The black value of the IPS panel is on the higher side at 0.39 cd/m², which is why the contrast ratio is "only" ~1300:1. Slight halos can be seen at the bottom edge on a dark background, but they appear enhanced in our photos (due to the camera). The response times are perfectly fine for an everyday device, and we didn't notice any PWM flickering on the IPS panel either. Both the brightness and the color temperature are controlled automatically, which no Windows laptop can do satisfactorily. However, the Air has to do without the 120 Hz ProMotion technology.

485
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
517
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
501
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 517 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 500.7 cd/m² Minimum: 1.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 513 cd/m²
Contrast: 1326:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.2 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97, calibrated: 0.8
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
87.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
98.7% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
IPS, 2880x1864, 15.3"
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
LQ150P1JX51, IPS, 2496x1664, 15"
LG Gram 15Z90Q
LG LP156WFC-SPZ2 (LGD0706), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6"
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Samsung SDC4161, OLED, 1920x1080, 15.6"
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
IPS, 2560x1664, 13.6"
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Liquid Retina XDR, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.2"
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.2"
Display
-18%
-22%
4%
0%
0%
1%
Display P3 Coverage
98.7
68.1
-31%
63.5
-36%
99.9
1%
98.4
0%
99.1
0%
99.2
1%
sRGB Coverage
99.9
97.3
-3%
95
-5%
100
0%
99.9
0%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
87.9
70.3
-20%
65.1
-26%
98.6
12%
87.6
0%
88
0%
Response Times
-67%
-36%
93%
-23%
-217%
-31%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28.8 ?(14.2, 14.6)
52.4 ?(24.4, 28)
-82%
48.4 ?(21.6, 26.8)
-68%
0.74
97%
32.9 ?(17.8, 15.1)
-14%
42.8 ?(19.6, 23.2)
-49%
35.2 ?(12.8, 22.4)
-22%
Response Time Black / White *
18.9 ?(8.5, 10.4)
28.7 ?(13, 15.7)
-52%
19.6 ?(8, 11.6)
-4%
2 ?(1, 1)
89%
24.9 ?(10.4, 14.5)
-32%
91.6 ?(76, 15.6)
-385%
26.4 ?(11.2, 15.2)
-40%
PWM Frequency
22000 ?(50)
59 ?(50)
14880
14880 ?(100, 500)
Screen
12%
-44%
-63%
-2%
235%
235%
Brightness middle
517
397
-23%
420
-19%
378
-27%
526
2%
514
-1%
500
-3%
Brightness
501
399
-20%
399
-20%
378
-25%
486
-3%
497
-1%
489
-2%
Brightness Distribution
93
85
-9%
88
-5%
98
5%
87
-6%
95
2%
94
1%
Black Level *
0.39
0.29
26%
0.32
18%
0.38
3%
0.02
95%
0.02
95%
Contrast
1326
1369
3%
1313
-1%
1384
4%
25700
1838%
25000
1785%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.2
0.8
33%
2.51
-109%
2.2
-83%
1.3
-8%
1.4
-17%
1.2
-0%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.5
1.4
44%
6.64
-166%
4.87
-95%
2.7
-8%
2.8
-12%
2.6
-4%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.8
0.89
-11%
2.68
-235%
0.7
12%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
1.1
39%
3.3
-83%
1.43
21%
2
-11%
2.3
-28%
1.7
6%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.18 101%
2.052 107%
2.47 89%
2.25 98%
2.27 97%
2.24 98%
CCT
6705 97%
6921 94%
6464 101%
6858 95%
6792 96%
6791 96%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-24% / -7%
-34% / -38%
11% / -20%
-8% / -4%
6% / 111%
68% / 165%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (target color space P3)

The MacBook Air is already very well calibrated out of the box. We measured the panel using professional CalMAN software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2). Both the deviations of the grayscale and the colors compared to the P3 reference color space are already below 3, so the human eye cannot distinguish any differences to the reference colors. However, there is a minimal blue cast in conjunction with a color temperature that is a little too cool. We were able to eliminate these minor flaws and improve the display a little more overall with our own calibration (profile is available for free download above). The sRGB and P3 color spaces are completely covered.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3
vs. Adobe
vs. Adobe

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.5 ms rise
↘ 10.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
28.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.2 ms rise
↘ 14.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17567 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

In the shade
In the shade
In the sun
In the sun

The display of the MacBook Air is glossy, but not as glossy as many other Windows laptops. Of course, reflections can still occur outdoors, but with the good brightness, you can always find a suitable position. The viewing angle stability is very good.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Apple M2 with 10 GPU cores

The MacBook Air 15 is exclusively available with the faster M2 chip, which is equipped with 10 GPU cores. The device can be configured with up to 24 GB of RAM and a 2 TB PCIe SSD, although the surcharges are huge as usual and the most expensive version costs EUR 2979 (~US$3250).

Processor

Geekbench: system information
Geekbench: system information

As mentioned at the beginning, only the stronger M2 SoC with 10 GPU cores is used in the larger MacBook Air. The processor offers 8 cores, divided into two clusters with 4 cores each. The four performance cores reach a maximum of ~3.5 GHz and the four efficiency cores a maximum of 2.4 GHz. The M2 can consume up to 20 watts for short periods of time, but only 9 watts under sustained load.

So the processor is already a year old, which is why there are no surprises in terms of performance here. The only question is whether the passive cooling benefits from the larger case and whether the performance remains stable for longer. The answer here is no, although the currently very summery temperatures (up to 30°C/80°F) may have a minor influence here. Overall, both the results in short benchmarks and long-term load are on par with the smaller MacBook Air M2. The Surface Laptop 5 with its Core i7-1255U is only marginally faster in native benchmarks, such as Cinebench R23, but the Core i5-1240P in LG's Gram 15 is slower.

CPU performance does not drop in battery mode. More benchmarks are available in our tech section.

Cinebench R15 Multi Sustained Load

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Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB Apple M2: Ø1063 (973.83-1209.85)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U Intel Core i7-1255U: Ø1257 (1212.27-1577.22)
LG Gram 15Z90Q Intel Core i5-1240P: Ø974 (718.44-1478.52)
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W AMD Ryzen 7 6800H: Ø1970 (1926.5-2121.45)
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU Apple M2: Ø994 (917.47-1212.01)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro Apple M1 Pro: Ø1681 (1674.55-1690.12)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry Apple M2 Pro 10-Core: Ø1658 (1642.58-1664.45)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Blender: v3.3 Classroom CPU
CPU Performance Rating
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
85.3 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro -1!
Apple M1 Pro
81.7 pt
Average of class Subnotebook
 
79.9 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
78.3 pt
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
72.8 pt
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
64.2 pt
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
63.4 pt
Average Apple M2
 
62 pt
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
61.7 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
12570 Points +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11811 Points +38%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2485 - 17077, n=68, last 2 years)
10937 Points +28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
8930 Points +4%
Average Apple M2
  (8517 - 8772, n=5)
8654 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
8569 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
8517 Points -1%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
8337 Points -3%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
1673 Points +5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (598 - 1934, n=68, last 2 years)
1650 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1643 Points +3%
Average Apple M2
  (1580 - 1638, n=5)
1595 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1589 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
1580 Points -1%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
1547 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points -3%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
1501 Points -6%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
4839 Points +108%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (810 - 6575, n=65, last 2 years)
4262 Points +83%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
3440 Points +48%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
3235 Points +39%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
3175 Points +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2721 Points +17%
Average Apple M2
  (2231 - 2416, n=5)
2325 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
2324 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
2306 Points -1%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
644 Points +49%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 738, n=65, last 2 years)
629 Points +46%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
603 Points +40%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
572 Points +33%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
449 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
431 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
393 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
380 Points -12%
Average Apple M2
  (216 - 446, n=5)
371 Points -14%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
2121 (1926.5min - 2121.45max) Points +75%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (514 - 2731, n=70, last 2 years)
1880 Points +55%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points +40%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1664 (1643min - 1664max) Points +38%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
1577 (1212.27min - 1577.22max) Points +30%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
1479 (718.44min - 1478.52max) Points +22%
Average Apple M2
  (1210 - 1243, n=5)
1222 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
1212 (917min - 1212max) Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1209.9 (973.83min, 974.802P1 - 1209.85max) Points
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
243 Points +9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (149.7 - 280, n=64, last 2 years)
242 Points +9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
239 Points +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
231 Points +4%
Average Apple M2
  (222 - 229, n=5)
224 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
223 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
222 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
209 Points -6%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
209 Points -6%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
616.7 Seconds * -3%
Average Apple M2
  (549 - 713, n=5)
614 Seconds * -3%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
597 Seconds *
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
477 Seconds * +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
415 Seconds * +30%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
383 Seconds * +36%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (193 - 1600, n=67, last 2 years)
361 Seconds * +40%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
252 Seconds * +58%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
183.3 Seconds * +69%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
12189 Points +36%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4274 - 13137, n=65, last 2 years)
9557 Points +7%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
9263 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
8991 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
8961 Points
Average Apple M2
  (8491 - 8994, n=8)
8812 Points -2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
8770 Points -2%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
8747 Points -2%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1926 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
1925 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1917 Points
Average Apple M2
  (1887 - 1953, n=8)
1914 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1348 - 2350, n=65, last 2 years)
1738 Points -9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
1662 Points -13%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
1598 Points -17%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
1568 Points -18%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P
883 Seconds * -49%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U
720 Seconds * -21%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
645 Seconds * -9%
Average Apple M2
  (540 - 702, n=4)
620 Seconds * -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (314 - 1548, n=63, last 2 years)
604 Seconds * -2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
594 Seconds *
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
435 Seconds * +27%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
425 Seconds * +28%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1209.9 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
132.33 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
222 Points
Help

System Performance

The subjective performance impression is excellent, especially in native applications. Even extensive apps such as Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Pro pose no issue for the passively cooled Air. Thanks to Rosetta 2, the Air can emulate programs made for x64 Macs, which works well in practice. However, the performance can be noticeably worse than with native apps, especially with complex apps (like Photoshop).

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
WebXPRT 3: Overall
WebXPRT 4: Overall
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1772 Points +17%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
1590 Points +5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (718 - 1971, n=63, last 2 years)
1574 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1556 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1520 Points
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (1437 - 1585, n=8)
1517 Points 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
1497 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1496 Points -2%
CrossMark / Productivity
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
1566 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1543 Points +9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (685 - 1875, n=63, last 2 years)
1525 Points +8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
1460 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1418 Points
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (1319 - 1441, n=8)
1391 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1377 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1342 Points -5%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2239 Points +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
2054 Points +16%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (1765 - 1967, n=8)
1838 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1819 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1777 Points
Average of class Subnotebook
  (776 - 2210, n=63, last 2 years)
1711 Points -4%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
1708 Points -4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
1630 Points -8%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Average of class Subnotebook
  (652 - 1899, n=63, last 2 years)
1359 Points +16%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
1340 Points +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1329 Points +13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
1250 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1171 Points
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (1008 - 1182, n=8)
1109 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1065 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1055 Points -10%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
391 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
382 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
375 Points -2%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (342 - 387, n=7)
365 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
342 Points -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (128.3 - 448, n=65, last 2 years)
291 Points -24%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
277 Points -27%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
274 Points -28%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
263 Points -31%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
256 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
250 Points -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (67.2 - 325, n=59, last 2 years)
243 Points -5%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (223 - 256, n=7)
239 Points -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
232 Points -9%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
229 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
225 Points -12%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
223 Points -13%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps +176%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
159 fps +169%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
80 fps +36%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (59 - 85, n=4)
70.8 fps +20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (59 - 80, n=4, last 2 years)
68 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
59 fps
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
34 fps +36%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (24 - 32, n=4, last 2 years)
28.3 fps +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
25 fps
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (24 - 26, n=4)
24.8 fps -1%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
24 fps -4%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (166.4 - 478, n=40, last 2 years)
276 Points +16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
248.5 Points +4%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
242.56 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
238.9 Points
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (220 - 257, n=8)
236 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
234.8 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
226.8 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
213.5 Points -11%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
428 runs/min
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
395 runs/min -8%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
392 runs/min -8%
Average Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (437 - 445, n=9)
364 runs/min -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (186 - 674, n=30, last 2 years)
335 runs/min -22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
299 runs/min -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
276 runs/min -36%

Storage Devices

The SSD is the AP1024Z, which we already know from the smaller model. It is a PCIe 3.0 SSD with a storage capacity of 1 TB, of which 968 GB is available upon starting up for the first time. The transfer rates are on the expected level and, even if the PCIe 4.0 SSDs of the Pro models are faster, there are no limitations in everyday use. More SSD benchmarks are available here. 

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousMemoryMark
AmorphousMemoryMark
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
100 pt
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
 
58.5 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
54.4 pt
Average of class Subnotebook
 
51 pt
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
49.7 pt
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
49 pt
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
26.7 pt
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s +88%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
  (2797 - 4860, n=5)
3240 MB/s +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2901.3 MB/s +2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2797 - 2948, n=4, last 2 years)
2874 MB/s +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2847.5 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2796.5 MB/s -2%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1475.8 MB/s -48%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +122%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
  (2873 - 6126, n=5)
3609 MB/s +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3489.5 MB/s +21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2873 - 3243, n=4, last 2 years)
3088 MB/s +7%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3017.3 MB/s +5%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2873.2 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1652.8 MB/s -42%

Graphics

3DMark Wildlife Extreme Stress Test
3DMark Wildlife Extreme Stress Test

The graphics adapter of the Apple M2 SoC offers 10 cores that work at a maximum of 1.4 GHz. The performance of the iGPU is still very good and well ahead of the current iGPUs from Intel and AMD. In everyday life, the iGPU easily copes with all tasks, including the playback of high-resolution videos.

However, as with the small MacBook Air M2, performance does not remain constant, but drops by around 25 percent after a few minutes under sustained load. But there is no further performance reduction in battery mode. More GPU benchmarks are listed here.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11224 Points +63%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points +51%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6869 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6824 Points -1%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (5328 - 6987, n=8)
6533 Points -5%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 14ARP G8
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
4455 Points -35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1255U
3658 Points -47%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
78.7 fps +64%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
71.7 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
48.6 fps +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
47.9 fps
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (35.6 - 48.6, n=7)
43.9 fps -8%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
181.1 fps +68%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps +54%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
110 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
107.7 fps
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (68 - 110, n=8)
96 fps -11%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
42483 Points +53%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points +37%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7 14ARP G8
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
34368 Points +24%
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
31564 Points +14%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27696 Points
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (27489 - 27965, n=4)
27688 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27489 Points -1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1255U
18173 Points -34%
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1240P
15648 Points -44%
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
46834 Points +55%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points +40%
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (30149 - 33465, n=5)
30921 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30269 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30149 Points
Blender - v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
237 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
  (205 - 237, n=2)
221 Seconds * +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
132 Seconds * +44%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

After last week's WWDC, the gaming landscape on MacBooks may soon change massively. In addition to native titles such as No Man's Sky or Death Stranding, which should be available in the future, Apple has presented the "Game Porting Toolkit", which allows developers to port DirectX 12 games to macOS relatively easily. Demos for titles such as Cyberpoint 2077 already run relatively well on Apple hardware. The technology is based on CrossOver's source code, which we also use to run Windows titles such as Witcher 3 on the current MacBooks. The gaming performance here is on par with the small MacBook Air M2.

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 34 28
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 76 31 27 23
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 136 39 22 16
Borderlands 3 (2019) 66.8 34 22 15

Emissions - Silent operation; better speakers

Noise

Since the MacBook Air 15 does not have a fan, it is absolutely silent at all times. No electronic noises, such as coil whine, were detected in our test device.

Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1240P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
Radeon 680M, R7 6800H, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Noise
off / environment *
23.3
25
26
24.7
23.6
Idle Minimum *
23.3
26
26
24.7
23.6
Idle Average *
23.3
27
26
24.7
23.6
Idle Maximum *
23.3
28
28.1
24.7
23.6
Load Average *
35
37
56.9
26.1
24.2
Witcher 3 ultra *
38.1
37
Load Maximum *
38.1
37
62.6
37.4
47.5

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Apple has the surface temperatures of the MacBook Air 15 well under control and there are no restrictions in everyday use or during less demanding tasks. The hotspot is in the upper-middle area of the base unit, where the processor is located. We measured up to 45 °C during high load and gaming, which is of course noticeable with the fingers, but not problematic. The underside stays a little cooler at a maximum of 42 °C. The Air 15 can be placed on the thighs at any time.

Max. Load
 42.7 °C
109 F
45.1 °C
113 F
39.1 °C
102 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
39.9 °C
104 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 34.5 °C
94 F
31.8 °C
89 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 45.1 °C = 113 F
Average: 38.1 °C = 101 F
40 °C
104 F
42.5 °C
109 F
41.5 °C
107 F
37.7 °C
100 F
39.9 °C
104 F
40.2 °C
104 F
33.8 °C
93 F
34.7 °C
94 F
34.5 °C
94 F
Maximum: 42.5 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.8 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 23.7 °C = 75 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.1 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 30.8 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.1 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.9 °C / 97 F, ranging from 21.4 to 59 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.5 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 39.4 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.6 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.8 °C / 87 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the device average of 30.8 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.5 °C / 94.1 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-6.2 °C / -11.2 F).
Heat distribution in stress testing (top)
Heat distribution in stress testing (top)
Heat distribution in stress testing (bottom)
Heat distribution in stress testing (bottom)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
LG Gram 15Z90Q
Intel Core i5-1240P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H, AMD Radeon 680M
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
Heat
3%
1%
-22%
0%
8%
6%
Maximum Upper Side *
45.1
44.6
1%
46
-2%
50.2
-11%
44.7
1%
41
9%
47
-4%
Maximum Bottom *
42.5
47.4
-12%
45
-6%
50.2
-18%
44.6
-5%
39
8%
42.8
-1%
Idle Upper Side *
25.9
22.6
13%
25
3%
32.1
-24%
25.1
3%
24
7%
22.3
14%
Idle Bottom *
25.8
23.3
10%
24
7%
34.6
-34%
25.3
2%
24
7%
21.7
16%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

In the stress test, the behavior of the SoC is again comparable to that of the smaller MacBook Air. During the runs of Cinebench R23 and the 3DMark Wildlife Extreme stress test (which is of course an extreme scenario for the Air), the consumption of the M2 chip settles at around 8.5-9 watts after a short time. The larger Air has a slight advantage here, but you cannot really perceive this in practice.

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Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø5.23 (3.794-13.405)
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø4.28 (3.27-13.289)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø5 (3.802-18.05)
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø4.04 (3.269-17.596)

Speakers

For the sound system, Apple has increased the number of modules from 4 to 6, which is also noticeable in our audio analysis and there is a slight advantage over the smaller MacBook Air M2. The sound system of the larger MacBook Pro 16 packs a little more punch, but this is hairsplitting. Overall, the performance of the speakers is very good and often you won't need external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs205046.52535.536.73134.334.94043.939.25036.133.26329.739803049.210031.355.11252561.91602160.720020.465.825020.769.731517.271.940014.771.650012.270.263012.470.580011.868.4100011.268.112501170.9160010.873.8200011.272.6250011.871.531501270.6400012.474.7500012.575.7630012.776.1800012.674.81000012.674.11250012.571.61600011.965.4SPL25.285N0.768.4median 12.5median 70.9Delta3.22.626.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.42.227.828.528.427.522.324.327.93122.128.821.524.718.132.716.950.718.556.91851.916.456.915.56014.365.312.968.612.270.911.969.211.567.111.868.211.167.911.369.311.57111.671.612.172.412.671.912.471.612.972.113.169.412.771.712.872.113.660.824.482.70.658.3median 12.7median 69.21.34.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GBApple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 ProApple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 3% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Power Management - Air 15 with even longer battery life

Power Consumption

The MacBook Air 15 is very efficient, but the consumption is significantly influenced by the screen brightness, with the difference between very low brightness and maximum brightness being around 7-8 watts. In our stress test, the 35 watt power supply limits the power consumption: for example, we measured up to 57 watts with a 65 watt power supply and 38 watts for some time afterwards. In the course of the stress test, consumption levels off at 26 watts. The 35-watt power supply is thus too weak, but since the SoC throttles quite quickly when the CPU and GPU are stressed at the same time, the effect in everyday use is rather small.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.17 / 0.29 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.2 / 10 / 10.1 Watt
Load midlight 33.6 / 37.2 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP1024Z, IPS, 2880x1864, 15.3"
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, SK Hynix BC711 512GB HFM512GD3GX013N, IPS, 2496x1664, 15"
LG Gram 15Z90Q
i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6"
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
R7 6800H, Radeon 680M, WD PC SN735 SDBPNHH-512G, OLED, 1920x1080, 15.6"
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP1024Z, IPS, 2560x1664, 13.6"
Average Apple M2 10-Core GPU
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
-36%
-37%
-72%
3%
23%
-45%
Idle Minimum *
2.2
3.8
-73%
4
-82%
4.4
-100%
1.9
14%
1.93 ?(1.1 - 2.54, n=8)
12%
Idle Average *
10
8.2
18%
7
30%
5.1
49%
9.6
4%
7.94 ?(3.6 - 11.2, n=7)
21%
Idle Maximum *
10.1
8.4
17%
13
-29%
9.3
8%
9.7
4%
Load Average *
33.6
50.1
-49%
45
-34%
67
-99%
32.4
4%
21.6 ?(9.1 - 33.6, n=8)
36%
Witcher 3 ultra *
27.8
38.8
-40%
35.2
-27%
66.4
-139%
30.8
-11%
Load Maximum *
37.2
69.6
-87%
66
-77%
93.5
-151%
35.7
4%
30.1 ?(10.2 - 56, n=8)
19%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption Witcher 3 / Stress test

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Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; Witcher 3 ultra: Ø27.8 (23.7-31.5)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; 1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25: Ø31 (25.6-37.2)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø5.32 (4.98-5.62)

Power consumption with an external monitor

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Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; Cinebench R23 Single (external Monitor): Ø11 (10.5-12.2)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; Cinebench R23 Multi (external Monitor): Ø25.9 (23-31.1)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor): Ø25.1 (21.7-26.3)
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB; Idle 1min (external Monitor): Ø3.98 (3.89-4.34)

Battery Life

The larger case was mainly used for a larger battery; instead of 52.6 Wh in the 13-inch model, the Air 15 has 66.5 Wh. In both the video and WLAN tests at a brightness of 150 cd/m² (the brightness was reduced by 7 large & 2 small levels), the Air 15 achieves extremely long battery runtimes of around 16.5 hours. This puts it at least an hour ahead of the small MBA 13 and is only just beaten by the larger MacBook Pro 16, which is equipped with a significantly larger battery (99.6 Wh). In the WLAN test at full brightness, we measured a solid runtime of just over 7 hours; under load (and at maximum brightness), the battery goes flat in 3:15 hours.

Apple's 70-watt power supply was not available to us during our review. A complete recharge with the included 35-watt supply takes around 2:50 hours when the device is turned on, and this is reduced to around 2 hours with a normal 65-watt power supply (USB-C).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Safari 15.6)
16h 33min
WiFi Websurfing max. Brightness (Safari 15.6)
7h 10min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 45min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 17min
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, 66.5 Wh
Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 15, i7-1255U
i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 47.4 Wh
LG Gram 15Z90Q
i5-1240P, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 80 Wh
Asus VivoBook S15 M3502RA-L1029W
R7 6800H, Radeon 680M, 70 Wh
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, 52.6 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 10-Core, M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, 70 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
-40%
-20%
-41%
-9%
3%
-12%
-31%
H.264
1005
584
-42%
766
-24%
946
-6%
1048
4%
982
-2%
WiFi v1.3
993
517
-48%
716
-28%
692
-30%
884
-11%
1016
2%
774
-22%
Load
197
138
-30%
173
-12%
59
-70%

Pros

+ high quality and thin case
+ good input devices
+ silent operation
+ brighter display with P3 and without PWM
+ very good speakers
+ long battery life at 150 nits
+ good system performance
+ MagSafe

Cons

- neither Thunderbolt 4 nor Wi-Fi 6 with 160 MHz; only one external display possible
- PCIe 3.0 SSD only
- power supply too weak
- significant power reduction at high load
- high entry price and expensive upgrades

Verdict - MacBook Air 15 is boringly good

In review: Apple Macbook Air 15 M2. Test device provided by Apple Germany.
In review: Apple Macbook Air 15 M2. Test device provided by Apple Germany.

The new MacBook Air 15 is a very good, but also boring device, because apart from the larger screen and the higher price, there are no differences compared to the smaller MacBook Air M2 from last year. No new processor, no additional ports, just the usual basic hardware - but the overall package is extremely good and it simply works. Above all, the lack of fans is an aspect that should not be underestimated in everyday use. In our opinion, the Air could be a lot better, but Apple goes easy on itself here.

The case looks even flatter in the 15-inch model, but the Air 15 is by no means a lightweight at more than 1.5 kg. The display is very good and the quality is also comparable to the smaller Air. Of course, there are some disadvantages compared to the MacBook Pro, but there is no PWM, which is certainly an important factor for some users. The speakers have two additional modules and are a little better overall, but still not quite as powerful as the MacBook Pro 16. On the other hand, Apple has also been able to improve the battery life compared to the smaller sibling.

Apple gives customers exactly what they want: a larger MacBook Air. Although one year later, the new MacBook Air 15 differs from its smaller sibling only in the display size. All other pros and cons have been simply copied over. No innovation here, but that doesn't change the fact that this is also a very good laptop overall.

We suspect that Apple originally planned to launch the big MacBook Air 15 with the new M3 SoC, but it simply isn't ready yet. Honestly, this isn't really a problem because the passively cooled M2 SoC still offers more than enough performance for most users. Even the old 2020 MacBook Air with the M1 chip can still be recommended without hesitation. However, Apple is attempting to maximize profits, especially with the RAM, which can also be seen in the two basic models (256 or 512 GB SSD) that are only equipped with 8 GB RAM. These basic models are often reduced in price (even the new Air 15 is already available for much less), but those who want more RAM usually have to pay the high surcharge. And EUR 230 (US$200) for 8 GB RAM is outrageous, to put it bluntly. You should also keep in mind aspects such as the non-existent maintenance and upgrade options. If these play an important role in the purchase decision, the big Air 15 disqualifies itself from the start.

The biggest competitor from the Windows camp is probably Microsoft's Surface Laptop 5, but this lags behind in practically every respect and is also somewhat neglected by Microsoft. The LG Gram 15 is considerably lighter at just over 1.1 kg, but performs worse than the Air 15 in most other categories.

With a view to the price-performance ratio, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is naturally the much better option, because the street price is now around EUR 2050 (US$1999.99), which is pretty much on par with the new MacBook Air 15 with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage. In addition, the Pro comes with a mini-LED panel and significantly more performance. But the truth is that the two devices do not compete with each other and Apple is addressing a different target group with the Air 15, who simply want a bigger MacBook Air. And if you consider macOS with the extensive preinstalled software (complete office suite, video editing etc.), the MacBook Air M2 (regardless of whether 13- or 15 inches) is simply an extremely good overall package with a long battery life.

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Price and Availability

In the US, the two configurations of the new MacBook Air 15 are currently sold out on Amazon, but are available for $1299.00 (256 GB) or $1499.00 (512 GB) in all four colors at Best Buy:

Prices and availability are as of 19.06.2023 and are subject to change.

Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB - 06/19/2023 v7 (old)
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
88 / 98 → 90%
Keyboard
91%
Pointing Device
100%
Connectivity
62 / 75 → 82%
Weight
69 / 20-75 → 89%
Battery
91%
Display
91%
Games Performance
66 / 78 → 85%
Application Performance
93 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
88%