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Apple MacBook Air 15 M3 review - Apple’s large everyday MacBook gets a power up

Fast and expensive. Around 8 months after the launch of the MacBook Air 15, Apple has updated its large, everyday MacBook and, thanks to the new M3 processor, it performs even better than before. On top of that, the Wi-Fi performance has improved. The price, however, remains just as high.

In the middle of last year, Apple launched the larger MacBook Air 15 and it was exactly what we expected: A bigger MacBook Air with more screen space and comparable performance due to the same implementation of passive cooling. The big Air is now getting the first update to the new M3 processor as well as the installation of a new Wi-Fi module but, apart from that, it's pretty much as you were.

The RRP hasn't changed and Apple continues to charge a whopping $1,299 for the entry-level model with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. There is now an additional preconfigured model (our review device) with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD for $1,699. The advantage of this is that in many shops the preconfigured model is often reduced in price. 

Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Processor
Apple M3 8 x 2.7 - 4.1 GHz, 21 W PL2 / Short Burst, 12 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
16 GB 
, LPDDR5 6400, dual-channel, onboard
Display
15.60 inch 16:10, 2880 x 1664 pixel, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP0512Z, 512 GB 
, 465 GB free
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
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), 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
Operating System
Apple macOS 14 Sonoma
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Six speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, 35W PSU dual USB-C, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.501 kg ( = 52.95 oz / 3.31 pounds), Power Supply: 184 g ( = 6.49 oz / 0.41 pounds)
Price
2059 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91.6 %
03/2024
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3, M3 10-Core GPU
1.5 kg11.5 mm15.60"2880x1664
84.9 %
02/2024
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
i9-13900H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.6 kg19 mm15.60"2880x1620
88.1 %
12/2023
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Ultra 7 155H, Arc 8-Core
1.6 kg19.1 mm16.00"2560x1600
86.6 %
06/2023
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
i7-13700H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.6 kg19 mm16.00"3200x2000
86 %
06/2023
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
i9-13900H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
2 kg17.8 mm16.00"2560x1680
85 %
07/2023
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
990 g10.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
80.7 %
06/2023
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
i5-1335U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.5 kg15.4 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case - The Midnight MacBook now comes with a new coating

When it comes to the MacBook Air 15's design and case quality, basically nothing has changed. As with the predecessor, the larger Air is even thinner than the MBA 13 and this is why the device's weight (1.5 kg) will surprise you the first time you pick it up. In practice, the hard front edge isn't a problem since the base unit is too flat to cause discomfort to your wrists. The build quality continues to be excellent and this also applies to the stability. The maximum opening angle sits at 135 degrees.

Apple has stuck with its four familiar color variants (Silver, Space Gray, Polar Star & Midnight). The dark blue Midnight variant looked particularly good in product photos, however, it very quickly revealed itself to be a fingerprint magnet and it was difficult to impossible to keep its surfaces clean. With the new M3 model (Midnight), we now have the same anodized coating at work as the one found on the black version of the MacBook Pro 14/16. This helps make fingerprints much less of a problem and this is something we observed with the new MacBook Air 13. Nevertheless, the lighter versions such as our Polar Star review sample have an advantage in this regard. 

With its 1,5 kg, the Air 15 comes second only to the LG Gram (990 grams) but Apple's laptop is the thinnest device by quite some margin. The 35-watt power adapter brings another 184 grams to the scales.

Size comparison

358 mm / 14.1 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 19.1 mm / 0.752 inch 1.6 kg3.43 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 231 mm / 9.09 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.6 kg3.62 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 246 mm / 9.69 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.6 kg3.62 lbs356.6 mm / 14 inch 229.1 mm / 9.02 inch 15.4 mm / 0.606 inch 1.5 kg3.4 lbs351 mm / 13.8 inch 254.9 mm / 10 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2 kg4.39 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 227.45 mm / 8.95 inch 10.9 mm / 0.4291 inch 990 g2.18 lbs340.4 mm / 13.4 inch 237.6 mm / 9.35 inch 11.5 mm / 0.4528 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)

We took some additional comparison photos of the new Samsung Galaxy Book4 Pro 16 (our review will follow shortly) which is one of the current M3 MacBook Air 15's competitors. The Galaxy Book4's 16-inch OLED is a touch bigger but, in direct comparison, it's easy to see that a lot of space is wasted due to the thick, bottom screen bezel. This also makes the Samsung laptop significantly deeper; in addition, its base unit is considerably thicker than Apple's.

MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)
MacBook Air 15 (left) vs. Galaxy Book4 Pro (right)

Features - Now you can control two displays

There are no changes when it comes to the ports. In addition to the MagSafe connector for the power adapter, there are still two USB-C ports (4.0) on the left-hand side, which continue to only support Thunderbolt 3. On the right-hand side, there is only the 3.5 mm audio jack and we would have liked to have seen another USB port. The unused space is even more noticeable with the 15-inch model. 

Controlling two external monitors (here is an MBA 13 M3 example).
Controlling two external monitors (here is an MBA 13 M3 example).

However, there is one new feature. Up to now, the MacBook Air 15 M2 could only control one external monitor in addition to the internal panel. The M3 SoC's hardware requirements are identical meaning it's only possible to control two displays but, when the display lid is closed, two external monitors can now be used (1x up to 6K/60 Hz, 1x up to 5K/60 Hz). That is, of course, still not perfect but it's definitely an improvement and it can make all the difference if you wish to use two monitors. 

We tried out this new function with the MBA 13 as well as two external displays (one via USB-C and one via a USB-C/HDMI adapter) and it worked flawlessly. The MacBook Pro 14 M3 will also receive this functionality at some point in the future, likewise, via a software update. 

Communication

Apple has updated the Wi-Fi module and it now supports Wi-Fi 6E at 160 MHz as well as Bluetooth 5.3. Paired with our Asus reference router, the results are immediately evident since the new MacBook Air M3 is now twice as fast as its predecessor and is on par with the bigger MacBook Pro models.

Networking
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1698 (min: 1601) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1756 (min: 1717) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
954 (min: 866) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
911 (min: 468) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1274 (min: 787) MBit/s ∼80%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1391 (min: 670) MBit/s ∼90%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 7 BE1750W 320 MHz (BE200NGW)
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1144 (min: 654) MBit/s ∼67%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1317 (min: 915) MBit/s ∼75%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1210 (min: 747) MBit/s ∼76%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1111 (min: 866) MBit/s ∼72%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1459 (min: 796) MBit/s ∼86%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1553 (min: 1528) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1583 (min: 1034) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1337 (min: 676) MBit/s ∼86%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1498 (min: 704) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1476 (min: 1300) MBit/s ∼84%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1442 (min: 1087) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1539 (min: 1497) MBit/s ∼99%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1551 (min: 796) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1580 (min: 1553) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1580 (min: 1112) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1551 (min: 1516) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1649 (min: 1353) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1720 (min: 1676) MBit/s ∼98%
05010015020025030035040045050055060065070075080085090095010001050110011501200125013001350140014501500155016001650170017501800Tooltip
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø1698 (1601-1722)
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø1756 (1717-1808)

Webcam

Under good lighting, the 1080p webcam continues to take good pictures and there are no complaints either when it comes to the microphones. Optionally, you can also use an iPhone as a webcam.

ColorChecker
18.8 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
22.9 ∆E
15 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
14 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Air 15 M3: 11.86 ∆E min: 3.18 - max: 22.95 ∆E

Maintenance

As was previously the case, the lower case cover can be removed as long as you use a suitable pentalobe screwdriver. At the end of the day, however, you can save yourself the effort since there are no fans and all of the components are soldered. If desired, the glued battery can be replaced but it's a bit of a hassle and should only really be done by qualified service personnel. 

Internal layout
Internal layout
Lower case cover
Lower case cover

Input devices - A wonderful trackpad

Compared to the MacBook Air M2, there are no changes to the input devices. The keyboard quality doesn't quite hit the heights of high-level business laptops but, all in all, keystrokes are implemented accurately and typing on the device is comfortable. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner still works impeccably and, for years now, Apple has remained the company to catch when it comes to white keyboard backlighting due to its multi-level brightness settings and ability to automatically adapt to ambient light.  

The large trackpad is still the reference in the mobile segment and its integration with macOS is also excellent. With Force Touch, clicks are the same everywhere, they're not too loud and, additionally gestures are implemented perfectly. As usual, the MacBook Air doesn't come with a touchscreen.

Display - IPS with P3 coverage

Reflections can also prove annoying indoors
Reflections can also prove annoying indoors

For the Air, Apple has still opted to use a 15.6-inch IPS screen. The resolution is a somewhat odd 2,880 x 1,864 pixels. The additional 64 vertical pixels are used for the area next to the notch. This still doesn't look particularly good but it doesn't eat into any of the 16:10 panel's actual space.

The panel's subjective image quality remains very good. The colors are vivid, the content is sharp and macOS also still doesn't suffer from scaling problems. However, in terms of the refresh rate, we would like to see an update to 120 Hz since we're still dealing with a 60 Hz panel. The response times are unremarkable and, in everyday use, you'll not see any evidence of ghosting. PWM is absent and both the screen brightness as well as the color temperature can automatically adapt to the ambient light.  

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure
No light bleed
No light bleed

We measured a maximum brightness of 525 cd/m² in the middle of the display and an average of slightly over 500 cd/m². However, at 0.37 cd/m², the black value is very high and this is why dark content never appears completely black compared to OLED or mini LED panels. That is noticeable when it comes to the contrast which sits at ~1.400:1. Unlike the MacBook Air 13, light bleed is not a problem the larger Air 15 suffers from.

490
cd/m²
493
cd/m²
487
cd/m²
509
cd/m²
526
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
527
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 527 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 506.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 525 cd/m²
Contrast: 1422:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5, calibrated: 0.6
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
87.8% 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: 2.23
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
IPS, 2880x1664, 15.60
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Samsung SDC4180, OLED, 2880x1620, 15.60
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
AU Optronics B160QAN03.R, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Samsung SDC418D ATNA60BC03-0, OLED, 3200x2000, 16.00
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
BOE0BB0 TV160DKT-NH1, IPS, 2560x1680, 16.00
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Samsung ATNA56YX08-0, OLED, 1920x1080, 15.60
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
BOE 18 NE156FHM-NS0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Display
3%
-2%
5%
-22%
4%
-47%
Display P3 Coverage
98.7
99.93
1%
96.7
-2%
99.91
1%
63
-36%
99.8
1%
43.17
-56%
sRGB Coverage
99.9
100
0%
99.8
0%
100
0%
94.9
-5%
100
0%
65.03
-35%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
87.8
95.52
9%
84.6
-4%
98.87
13%
65.1
-26%
98.09
12%
44.6
-49%
Response Times
91%
-79%
91%
-3%
91%
36%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35.3 ?(16.4, 17.9)
2 ?(1, 1)
94%
49.4 ?(22.6, 26.8)
-40%
2 ?(1, 1)
94%
34 ?(16, 18)
4%
2 ?(1, 1)
94%
20 ?(3, 17)
43%
Response Time Black / White *
15.6 ?(5.2, 10.4)
2 ?(1, 1)
87%
33.9 ?(15.6, 18.3)
-117%
2 ?(1, 1)
87%
17 ?(7, 10)
-9%
2 ?(1, 1)
87%
11 ?(2, 9)
29%
PWM Frequency
240
227 ?(50)
26 ?(10)
Screen
81%
-99%
-92%
-23%
-70%
-188%
Brightness middle
526
370.4
-30%
473.6
-10%
370
-30%
448
-15%
395
-25%
308
-41%
Brightness
506
376
-26%
456
-10%
371
-27%
436
-14%
392
-23%
290
-43%
Brightness Distribution
92
96
4%
87
-5%
98
7%
93
1%
97
5%
83
-10%
Black Level *
0.37
0.02
95%
0.19
49%
0.35
5%
0.1
73%
0.425
-15%
Contrast
1422
18520
1202%
2493
75%
1280
-10%
3950
178%
725
-49%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
1.51
-8%
5.9
-321%
2.77
-98%
1.6
-14%
2.2
-57%
5.27
-276%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2
2.89
-45%
9.37
-369%
4.08
-104%
4.44
-122%
4.43
-122%
16.43
-722%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.6
3.36
-460%
0.89
-48%
2.83
-372%
0.64
-7%
4.65
-675%
2.58
-330%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.1
2.1
-0%
7.3
-248%
2.58
-23%
2.78
-32%
1.78
15%
6.38
-204%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.2 100%
1.9 116%
2.46 89%
2.39 92%
2.4 92%
CCT
6865 95%
6536 99%
7260 90%
6241 104%
6582 99%
6284 103%
7784 84%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
2.43
Total Average (Program / Settings)
58% / 66%
-60% / -75%
1% / -38%
-16% / -20%
8% / -31%
-66% / -126%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN Gray scales
CalMAN Gray scales
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Gray scales calibrated
CalMAN Gray scales calibrated
CalMAN Saturation calibrated
CalMAN Saturation calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

Out-of-the-box, the panel is decently calibrated and the DeltaE 2000 deviations (compared to the P3 reference) for both the gray scales and colors sit lower than 3. However, as with the smaller model, our professional CalMAN software analysis (X-Rite i1 Pro 2) recorded a slight blue tint together with a cool color temperature that verges on being too cool. With our calibration (the free download profile is available above), we got both of these things under control and the deviations were then also significantly lower. However, the maximum brightness is around 20 cd/m² lower. The P3 color space is 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
15.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 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. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 17.9 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (33.7 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 17803 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Outdoors (overcast sky)
Outdoors (overcast sky)
In sunlight
In sunlight

Although the Macbook Air's display is glossy, it is not as reflective as most of the Windows laptops which come with an OLED panel or touchscreen. This means you can still work reasonably successfully in bright environments as long as the sun doesn't shine directly onto the screen. The viewing angle stability is very good. 

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - The Air 15 always has the faster M3 SoC

Unlike the smaller MacBook Air 13, the 15-inch model is only offered with the M3 SoC and its faster 10-core graphics. In addition, you can have either 8, 16 or 24 GB of soldered RAM and an SSD that tops out at a maximum of 2 TB. The choice of power adapter (35 or 70 watts) doesn't influence the MacBook Air M3's performance.

Prozessor - Apple M3 in 3 nm

Apple M3 SoC (source: Apple)
Apple M3 SoC (source: Apple)

The Apple M3 SoC is Apple's first chip to be manufactured using a 3 nm process. The core configuration corresponds to the old M2 SoC but Apple was able to increase the clock speed thanks to its improved manufacturing process - without consuming considerably more power. The four performance cores now reach a maximum of 4.056 GHz (or ~3,6 GHz when all cores are stressed) and the four efficiency cores, have a maximum of 2.748 GHz. In the multi-core tests, the processor is briefly allowed to draw ~21 watts, before dropping and finally settling to ~12 watts (R23 Multi: 9,085 points means ~12 % less). This makes the performance drop lower than the MacBook Air 13. In short tests, performance is comparable to the MacBook Pro 14 M3 where, of course, the performance remains stable thanks to the active cooling.

Compared to the old M2 SoC, the performance is around 20 % higher on average. The result is that in multi-core tests, the M3 SoC is generally slower than its 16-inch competitors where the CPUs consume four times as much power.

In the single-core tests, Apple has also managed to increase the performance by a solid 20 % compared to the M2, thereby closing the gap to both Intel and AMD. Only some Core i9 CPUs still have an advantage. These are impressive results, especially when you consider the low single-core consumption of a little over 5 watts. We already took a look at the M3 SoC's efficiency in our analysis article. In battery mode, the MacBook Air 15 M3's CPU performance remains consistent. Additional CPU benchmarks can be found here.

Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Cinebench 2024: CPU Multi Core | CPU Single Core
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H
17754 Points +72%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H
15591 Points +51%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15106 Points +47%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
15013 (14365.6min - 15012.9max) Points +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points +44%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H
14099 Points +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
13315 Points +29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2485 - 16201, n=65, last 2 years)
10439 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
10298 Points
Average Apple M3
  (10074 - 10454, n=3)
10275 Points 0%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P
9494 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U
8915 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
8569 Points -17%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H
2037 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
1977 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
1942 Points +2%
Average Apple M3
  (1900 - 1904, n=3)
1901 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
1900 Points
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H
1891 Points 0%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H
1772 Points -7%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P
1760 Points -7%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
1749 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U
1685 Points -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (598 - 1934, n=65, last 2 years)
1652 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1589 Points -16%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15480 Points +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
14412 Points +19%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
12727 Points +5%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H
12611 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
12066 Points
Average Apple M3
  (11863 - 12066, n=4)
11982 Points -1%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P
11402 Points -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6796 - 13217, n=28, last 2 years)
11317 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
10093 Points -16%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
3138 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
3130 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
3113 Points -1%
Average Apple M3
  (3026 - 3130, n=4)
3083 Points -2%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H
2716 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
2593 Points -17%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P
2564 Points -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2003 - 3130, n=28, last 2 years)
2501 Points -20%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
2418 Points -23%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15298 Points +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points +41%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H
13768 Points +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
13312 Points +26%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
12499 Points +18%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H
11831 Points +12%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H
11817 Points +12%
Average Apple M3
  (10570 - 10774, n=3)
10697 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
10570 Points
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P
9967 Points -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4274 - 12580, n=62, last 2 years)
9258 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
8961 Points -15%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U
8044 Points -24%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
2350 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
2331 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
2327 Points -1%
Average Apple M3
  (2256 - 2350, n=3)
2316 Points -1%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H
2003 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points -17%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H
1949 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1917 Points -18%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H
1861 Points -21%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P
1830 Points -22%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
1749 Points -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1348 - 2350, n=62, last 2 years)
1735 Points -26%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U
1672 Points -29%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
1059 Points +77%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
908 Points +52%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
848 Points +42%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (366 - 902, n=11, last 2 years)
684 Points +14%
Average Apple M3
  (576 - 712, n=3)
629 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
598 Points
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
513 Points -14%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Single Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
144 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
143 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3
142 Points
Average Apple M3
  (140 - 142, n=3)
141 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
121 Points -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (90 - 142, n=11, last 2 years)
109.8 Points -23%

System performance

Amorphous Memory Mark
Amorphous Memory Mark

In everyday situations, the old MacBook Air 15 M2 was already a fast device and that is also the case with the M3 SoC. Above all, in native applications, the performance is very good and, in the synthetic benchmarks, the new MacBook Air 15 M3 almost always manages to be ahead of the Windows competition pack. 

Applications for Intel-based Macs can be emulated via Rosetta 2 and this works very well. Although there is a speed difference (especially when it comes to complex applications) this also works flawlessly. The subject of AI is currently very trendy and, with its Neural Engine, Apple has also had an NPU installed since the M1 chips and uses these, for example, for word prediction in messages. Anyone who likes using Microsoft's Office Suite including Copilot won't have to worry about this since this functionality is provided via the Cloud meaning there is no difference to Windows devices. 

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
WebXPRT 3: Overall
WebXPRT 4: Overall
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total
Jetstream 2: Total Score
CrossMark / Overall
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
2146 Points +16%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1868 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1857 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (1847 - 1857, n=3)
1850 Points 0%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1811 Points -2%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1769 Points -5%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1670 Points -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (718 - 1876, n=59, last 2 years)
1565 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
1450 Points -22%
CrossMark / Productivity
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
2064 Points +19%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1787 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1728 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (1716 - 1729, n=3)
1724 Points 0%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1722 Points 0%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1693 Points -2%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1634 Points -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (685 - 1829, n=59, last 2 years)
1517 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
1428 (1479min - 1268max) Points -17%
CrossMark / Creativity
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
2224 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2210 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (2183 - 2210, n=3)
2197 Points -1%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
2041 Points -8%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
2009 Points -9%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1928 Points -13%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1708 Points -23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (776 - 2210, n=59, last 2 years)
1706 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
1528 Points -31%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
2171 Points +59%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1715 Points +25%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1666 Points +22%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1556 Points +14%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1474 Points +8%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1367 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (1364 - 1367, n=3)
1366 Points 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (652 - 1899, n=59, last 2 years)
1338 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
1299 Points -5%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
448 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (423 - 448, n=3)
439 Points -2%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
339 Points -24%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
321 Points -28%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
303 Points -32%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
299 Points -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (128.3 - 448, n=61, last 2 years)
290 Points -35%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
263 Points -41%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
254 Points -43%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
315 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (313 - 315, n=2)
314 Points 0%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
295 Points -6%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
271 Points -14%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
263 Points -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (67.2 - 325, n=52, last 2 years)
241 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
230 Points -27%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
228 Points -28%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Average of class Subnotebook
  (363 - 1913, n=65, last 2 years)
570 ms * -57%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
562 ms * -55%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
525 ms * -45%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
502 ms * -38%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
498 ms * -37%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
491 ms * -35%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
456 ms * -26%
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (363 - 373, n=3)
366 ms * -1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
363.1 ms *
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
317.5 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (305 - 318, n=3)
313 Points -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (166.4 - 478, n=39, last 2 years)
267 Points -16%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
258.579 Points -19%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
235.539 Points -26%

* ... smaller is better

Mass storage

Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark

Unlike the Pro models, Apple has stuck with PCIe 3.0 SSDs for its Air. Our review device comes with a 512 GB version (AP0512Z) installed and its transfer speeds are on an expected level of a maximum of ~3,5 GB/s. In everyday use, this means there are no limitations. Once again, we expect the 256 GB model to have significantly lower performance (~50 %) and this is something we will check as soon as possible. After the first start-up, the user has an available 465 GB at their disposal. The Air M3 can be configured with an SSD with a maximum capacity of 2 TB. Additional SSD benchmarks are listed here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
100 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
77.2 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
76.1 pt
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
 
59.4 pt
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple SSD AP0512Z
52.7 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
50.3 pt
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
49 pt
Average of class Subnotebook
 
46.8 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 +82%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4756.4 MB/s +61%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4645.3 MB/s +58%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (2896 - 4756, n=7)
3422 MB/s +16%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2947.8 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2876.6 MB/s -2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2847.5 MB/s -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1476 - 2948, n=6, last 2 years)
2632 MB/s -11%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1475.8 MB/s -50%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +99%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4198.7 MB/s +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4192.9 MB/s +30%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (3123 - 4199, n=7)
3517 MB/s +9%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3217.8 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2992.9 MB/s -7%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2873.2 MB/s -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 3243, n=6, last 2 years)
2840 MB/s -12%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1652.8 MB/s -49%

Graphics card

3DMark Wildlife stress test
3DMark Wildlife stress test

Our review device has the 10-core M3 GPU which we are already familiar with from the MacBook Pro 14 M3. The maximum power consumption sits at ~15 watts and the performance is basically on the same level as the MacBook Pro. However, under continuous load, the Air also has to drop a little. In the 3DMark WildLife Extreme stress test, the result dropped by around 17 % after 20 runs making it more stable than the smaller MBA 13. When it comes to the GPU performance, we also observed a 20 % advantage compared to the old 10-core M2 GPU. In battery mode, the graphics performance remained constant and additional benchmarks are available here.

Gaming on the MacBook is slowly picking up speed and titles such as Total War: Pharao or also Baldur's Gate 3 run natively on the MacBook. But, Baldur's Gate 3 at high details is too demanding meaning you will have to activate FSR. Doing this will allow you to hit around 35fps even in 1080p/high. However, with FSR, you should at least choose the Quality setting, otherwise the graphics quality suffers visibly. Emulated games such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Witcher 3 also run on the MacBook but, depending on the title, there can be some limitations and the performance is also somewhat paired back.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
14545 Points +76%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points +57%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
12094 Points +46%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
8286 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (8239 - 8302, n=3)
8276 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6869 Points -17%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
6558 Points -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2438 - 9340, n=25, last 2 years)
5576 Points -33%
Tuxedo Pulse 14 Gen3
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
5556 Points -33%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
97.8 fps +86%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps +75%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
79 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
52.6 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (51.8 - 52.6, n=3)
52.2 fps -1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
47.9 fps -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12 - 52.6, n=9, last 2 years)
39.5 fps -25%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
219.7 fps +83%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps +75%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
178.7 fps +49%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
120 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (114.4 - 121, n=3)
118.5 fps -1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
107.7 fps -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 120, n=9, last 2 years)
94.2 fps -21%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
436 fps +68%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
434.4 fps +67%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
376.3 fps +45%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (259 - 269, n=3)
263 fps +1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
260 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (79 - 260, n=8, last 2 years)
194.6 fps -25%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
136 fps -48%
Geekbench 5.5
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
55240 Points +59%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points +49%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
46145 Points +33%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
34823 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (34398 - 34823, n=3)
34608 Points -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (26079 - 34823, n=6, last 2 years)
31015 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30149 Points -13%
OpenCL Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
52441 Points +62%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
45348 Points +40%
Tuxedo Pulse 14 Gen3
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
35623 Points +10%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
32496 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
32440 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (31647 - 32540, n=3)
32209 Points -1%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
30010 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27696 Points -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10477 - 61067, n=63, last 2 years)
24402 Points -25%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
20872 Points -36%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i9-13900H
20846 Points -36%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
20433 Points -37%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i9-13900H
20293 Points -37%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1335U
14435 Points -56%
Geekbench 6.2
GPU Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
78324 Points +64%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
68043 Points +43%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
47699 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (47494 - 47699, n=3)
47626 Points 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (45460 - 47699, n=3, last 2 years)
46948 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
45460 Points -5%
GPU OpenCL
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
50373 Points +65%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
42798 Points +40%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
35606 Points +17%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
32096 Points +5%
Tuxedo Pulse 14 Gen3
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
31025 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
30470 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (30414 - 30506, n=3)
30463 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27920 Points -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10340 - 52427, n=28, last 2 years)
26278 Points -14%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i9-13900H
17221 Points -43%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
16207 Points -47%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
237 Seconds * -84%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (129 - 237, n=3, last 2 years)
166.7 Seconds * -29%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
129 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (121 - 134, n=3)
128 Seconds * +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
73 Seconds * +43%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
69 Seconds * +47%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1335U
676 Seconds * -38%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
645 Seconds * -31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (336 - 1548, n=56, last 2 years)
617 Seconds * -26%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
594 Seconds * -21%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (491 - 761, n=3)
590 Seconds * -20%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
491 Seconds *
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
452 Seconds * +8%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i9-13900H
380 Seconds * +23%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
374 Seconds * +24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
355 Seconds * +28%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i9-13900H
336 Seconds * +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * +33%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
314 Seconds * +36%

* ... smaller is better

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
57 fps +58%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
54.1 (48min) fps +50%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.2 (33min, 33P1) fps +3%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (36 - 38, n=3)
36.7 fps +2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (11.2 - 92, n=54, last 2 years)
36.1 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
34 fps -6%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
28.2 (21min) fps -22%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
27.9 fps -22%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.6 fps -29%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
23.1 fps -36%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
51 fps +113%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps +79%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
39 fps +63%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
28 fps +17%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (24 - 28, n=3)
25.3 fps +5%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
25.2 (22min) fps +5%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
24 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 44.2, n=55, last 2 years)
19.4 fps -19%
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
18.1 (10.9min) fps -25%
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
17.3 fps -28%
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16.8 (16min, 16P1) fps -30%
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.1 (12min) fps -37%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
13.6 (12min, 13P1) fps -43%
Total War Pharaoh
1920x1080 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
77 fps +75%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
67 fps +52%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
44 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (43 - 45, n=3)
44 fps 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16.2 - 45.6, n=5, last 2 years)
36.9 fps -16%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
58 fps +66%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps +51%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
35 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (28 - 36, n=3)
33 fps -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (28 - 35.5, n=4, last 2 years)
31.7 fps -9%
Baldur's Gate 3
1920x1080 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
53 fps +141%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
42 fps +91%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
24.1 fps +10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20.6 - 26.1, n=7, last 2 years)
22.7 fps +3%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
22 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (21 - 22, n=2)
21.5 fps -2%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps +126%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
39 fps +105%
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
23.4 fps +23%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (19 - 25.7, n=7, last 2 years)
21.3 fps +12%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
19 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (19 - 19, n=2)
19 fps 0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps +89%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
65 fps +71%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
60 fps +58%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
38 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (34 - 41, n=3)
37.7 fps -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (24 - 50, n=10, last 2 years)
31.4 fps -17%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
27 fps -29%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps +97%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
57 fps +78%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps +66%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (30 - 36, n=3)
32.7 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
32 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 42, n=9, last 2 years)
27.4 fps -14%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
23 fps -28%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 36 24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 113 44 38 32
Baldur's Gate 3 (2023) 32 26 22 19
Total War Pharaoh (2023) 133 83 44 35

Emissions - Silent and good speakers

Noise emissions

The huge advantage of the MacBook Air 15 compared to comparably fast Windows devices continues to be its passive cooling. It doesn't matter what you do with the device (also when using two external monitors), it is always silent and there are no electronic noises of any kind. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highshearing rangehide median Fan Noise
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i9-13900H, 321JN1024GB-TX01
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1335U, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
Noise
off / environment *
25.3
24.5
25.7
25.7
25.2
25.2
Idle Minimum *
25.3
24.5
26.1
25.7
25.2
25.2
Idle Average *
25.3
26.3
26.1
28.4
25.2
25.2
Idle Maximum *
25.3
26.3
27.2
28.4
25.2
31.6
Load Average *
43.5
36.5
44.2
45.3
43.1
45.4
Load Maximum *
50.75
52.9
47.5
45.6
43.3
45.4
Witcher 3 ultra *
46.3

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Despite the passive cooling, Apple continues to have the case temperatures under control and, running idle or when undertaking undemanding tasks, the laptop hardly heats up. After our one-hour stress test, we measured a hotspot in the upper middle area of almost 44 °C on both the upper and lower sides of the base unit. This is noticeable, of course, but it doesn't cause any limitations when using the device. 

Max. Load
 41.8 °C
107 F
44.3 °C
112 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 38.5 °C
101 F
39.3 °C
103 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
29.2 °C
85 F
31.5 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 44.3 °C = 112 F
Average: 36.5 °C = 98 F
40.2 °C
104 F
43.4 °C
110 F
41.8 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
40 °C
104 F
39.2 °C
103 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33.4 °C
92 F
32.7 °C
91 F
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.4 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.3 °C / 112 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 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 39.4 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.8 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.7 °C / 90.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-4.4 °C / -8 F).
Surface temperature stress test (upper side)
Surface temperature stress test (upper side)
Surface temperature stress test (lower side)
Surface temperature stress test (lower side)
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
Intel Core i9-13900H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
Intel Core i9-13900H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
Intel Core i5-1335U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Heat
-50%
-7%
-22%
-17%
-33%
-19%
Maximum Upper Side *
44.3
51.5
-16%
48.8
-10%
44.4
-0%
43.2
2%
43.9
1%
45.9
-4%
Maximum Bottom *
43.4
62.4
-44%
47.6
-10%
48
-11%
44.7
-3%
50.4
-16%
43.5
-0%
Idle Upper Side *
23.1
41.7
-81%
24.2
-5%
31.9
-38%
32.1
-39%
35.8
-55%
31.1
-35%
Idle Bottom *
23.3
37.2
-60%
23.6
-1%
31.9
-37%
30.1
-29%
37.5
-61%
31.6
-36%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

With combined loads, the new MacBook Air 15 M3 performs a little better than its predecessor and the bigger model can also maintain this performance for longer periods than its smaller brother. As with the MacBook Air 13 M3, the MacBook now priortizes the GPU performance whereas its predecessor had more of a balanced relationship between the CPU and GPU.

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Apple MacBook Air 15 M3 M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø3.02 (2.13-17.607)
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø2.45 (1.806-16.677)
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 15 M3 M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø9.82 (7.515-15.154)
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø8.15 (6.38-15.743)
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)

Speakers

The large MacBook Air continues to offer a 6-speaker sound system and the sound is still both very spacious and good. The bulkier MacBook Pro 16 offers better results in this area but, given how slim the Air's base unit is, its sound is very good.  

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.240.5253231.93129.831.74031.932.25025.330.36324.8408020.849.610020.454.512520.157.816015.757.420017.4632502066.231515.268.840013.572.350011.172.563010.77080010.867.9100010.567.5125010.372.8160010.374.2200010.572.5250011.171315011.572.3400011.775.8500012.274.8630012.775.8800012.474.91000012.469.81250012.469.91600011.861.6SPL2485.1N0.567.8median 12.2median 70Delta2.23.52120.22123.924.723.926.225.726.22020.12027.629.527.630.318.130.348.413.148.457.916.457.963.822.563.861.814.561.855.311.655.351.612.151.660.111.560.168.110.668.167.31067.366.79.266.770.510.170.575.810.275.875.910.275.976.810.576.873.910.773.971.411.171.468.912.368.967.812.167.867.113.267.173.21873.281.617.681.684.620.984.675.416.275.463.812.163.887.72687.7710.771median 68.9median 12.1median 68.95.82.85.837.937.731.732.529.633.128.933.425.533.125.845.5205519.360.319.765.617.56617.172.417.374.613.675.111.572.710.472.29.872.59.674.59.772.59.874.310.570.910.873.711.174.811.7721270.312.268.612.469.112.569.812.668.312.468.712.169.623.784.30.567.8median 12.1median 722.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Air 15 M3Huawei MateBook 16s i9Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (8.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% 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, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Huawei MateBook 16s i9 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 6% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.2% 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 (2.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (5.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 99% 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%

Energy management - Long runtimes

Power consumption

At full brightness, the power consumption is a touch higher compared to the old model (~1 watt at full brightness), although the maximum brightness is only minimally higher. Once again, under load, the 35-watt power adapter is the limiting factor and, at the start of the stress test using a more powerful power adapter, we initially measured a consumption of 66 watts which then steadily dropped. When using a 35-watt power adapter, the battery has to compensate for the difference. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.17 / 0.31 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.15 / 11.2 / 11.5 Watt
Load midlight 35.8 / 37.2 Watt
 color bar
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 M3
M3, M3 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512Z, IPS, 2880x1664, 15.60
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP1024Z, IPS, 2880x1864, 15.30
Asus VivoBook S15 K5504
i9-13900H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00, OLED, 2880x1620, 15.60
MSI Prestige 16 B1MG-001US
Ultra 7 155H, Arc 8-Core, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Acer Swift Go SFG16-71
i7-13700H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM, OLED, 3200x2000, 16.00
Huawei MateBook 16s i9
i9-13900H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 321JN1024GB-TX01, IPS, 2560x1680, 16.00
LG Gram SuperSlim (2023)
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N, OLED, 1920x1080, 15.60
Samsung Galaxy Book3 15, Core i5-1335U
i5-1335U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
6%
-92%
-67%
-67%
-104%
-29%
-2%
-2%
-39%
Idle Minimum *
2.15
2.2
-2%
5.73
-167%
3
-40%
5.8
-170%
5.8
-170%
4.2
-95%
3.5
-63%
Idle Average *
11.2
10
11%
14.5
-29%
9.5
15%
6
46%
7.7
31%
8.9
21%
7
37%
10.6 ?(8.7 - 12, n=3)
5%
Idle Maximum *
11.5
10.1
12%
15.6
-36%
12
-4%
6.9
40%
10.6
8%
10.3
10%
7.6
34%
Load Average *
35.8
33.6
6%
40.5
-13%
68.3
-91%
59
-65%
76.9
-115%
47
-31%
33
8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
29.6
27.8
6%
74.9
-153%
59.8
-102%
61.1
-106%
76.7
-159%
43.8
-48%
32.7
-10%
Load Maximum *
37.2
37.2
-0%
94
-153%
104.8
-182%
92
-147%
118
-217%
49
-32%
44
-18%
46.4 ?(35.4 - 66.7, n=3)
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption Witcher 3 / stress test

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Apple MacBook Air 15 M3; Witcher 3 ultra: Ø29.6 (29.2-30.7)
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3; 1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25: Ø36.9 (35.9-37.3)
Apple MacBook Air 15 M3; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø4.7 (4.59-4.89)

Power consumption with an external monitor