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Apple MacBook Air 15 M3

Specifications

Apple MacBook Air 15 M3
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

 

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Average Score: 90.93% - very good
Average of 19 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 89%, features: 66%, display: 83% mobility: 92%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Air 15 M3

91.6% Apple MacBook Air 15 M3 review - Apple’s large everyday MacBook gets a power up | Notebookcheck
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.
Apple MacBook Air (15″, M3) review – Big Screen Power in a Thin and Light Package
Source: Laptop Media English
Well, folks, most of the things that we said about the 13-inch model also apply to the Apple MacBook Air (15″, M3) in front of us. This machine is super thin for a 15-incher, and the weight is low as well. Just like most Apple machines, the design is clean and modern. No complaints regarding the build quality, the aluminum chassis is solid. The keyboard with its good key travel and clicky feedback is great for usage and the same can be said for the sizable and smooth touchpad. Pick your configuration carefully because the memory and the SSD are soldered. Here, even the base configuration features 16GB of unified memory which should be enough for most people. If you plan to use this laptop until it gets obsolete in terms of hardware power, the 24GB RAM configuration isn’t a bad idea if money isn’t a problem.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/22/2024
86% 15-inch M3 MacBook Air review: Read this before you even think about buying
Source: Mashable English
The 15-inch M3 MacBook Air may seem like a simple refresh, but as someone who owns the M2 MacBook Air, I’d definitely trade it in for the new-generation model. Our testing shows that the M3 MacBook Air is about 20% faster, give or take, than the M2 MacBook Air, particularly when it comes to creator-focused workflows. In other words, expect zippier performance, whether you’re a fledgling video editor or a photo-editing hobbyist. The 15-inch M3 MacBook Air continues to blur the line of the Air and Pro models, providing ample “oomph” for creatives, professionals, and students who need robust performance that can handle their multifaceted workflows.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2024
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 90%
90% MacBook Air 15-inch (M3) review: More than just a big MacBook Air
Source: Laptop Mag English
After having spent the last two weeks with the MacBook Air 15 M3, it's safe to say that this is another excellent laptop from Apple. While I can see a clear performance difference between the M3 Air 15 and my M2-powered daily driver, I would still caution that most M2 owners can likely hold out for an M4 upgrade in the future. If money is no object, then by all means, go ahead, but realistically a couple of seconds shaved off opening an app isn't worth the cost. However, I think this is an easy upgrade recommendation for anyone on an M1 or Intel-based MacBook Air. You are looking at not only a massive performance boost but also stepping into the more modern Air design, which crucially includes MagSafe 3, allowing you to use both Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports while charging.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2024
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% Apple MacBook Air 15-inch (M3, 2024) review: the big Mac adds more muscle
Source: T3 English
With a 15.3-inch display, the 'Big Air' in Apple's MacBook line-up has a simple sales pitch: it's a MacBook Air, embodying everything typically slim, light and portable about that, except it's got a bigger screen. And now it's got more power, too, thanks to the M3 chip inside for this 2024 release. So what are the compromises? Well, it costs more than a 13-inch model, as you'd expect. I've also seen minor battery life decreases in my tests compared to the previous model. And that in-screen notch may continue to divide the crowd. But the more I use the 15-inch model, the more I want it as a desktop replacement. Happy as a long-time MacBook Air 13-inch user, which is great for portability, the larger-screen MacBook Air still maintains a small footprint and lightweight design all considered – truly delivering on that 'Air' name.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/17/2024
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Apple M3 MacBook Air 15-inch review: The sweet spot laptop
Source: Tom's Guide English
The fact that it's hard to find something wrong with the MacBook Air 15-inch M3 tells you a lot about Apple's mid-range laptop. You get very strong performance from the M3 chip paired with super long battery life, a great display, and a sturdy, lightweight design. Competing Windows laptops with Intel Core Ultra 7 processors offer a bit more raw processing power, but they're not in the same league as the 15-inch Air when it comes to endurance. As for AI, I think the Neural Engine inside the 15-inch MacBook Air has a lot of potential to make you more productive using a new wave of AI tools — especially when it comes to generative AI photo editing and creation. But the M3 is not that much of a leap over the M2 in this department.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/14/2024
Rating: Total score: 90%
96% 15-inch MacBook Air (M3) review: Simply the best, but better
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
The MacBook Air is a great laptop, especially for users who prioritize mobility. Thanks to Apple silicon, it can handle whatever task you need to do, whether it’s as simple as using a word processor while being online with a gazillion Safari tabs open, or a bit more complex with iMovie and GarageBand, or pro-level work with a video production tool or software development. If you are still(!) using an Intel MacBook, I enthusiastically encourage you to upgrade to an M-Series laptop. If you upgrade to the M3 MacBook Air, you’re going to love-love-love the performance and perhaps even kick yourself for waiting so long. I realize that some users are in a position where their dependence on Intel is based on tools that are an absolute necessity, but if you can find an alternative that’s M-series friendly, see what you can do to adopt it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/11/2024
Rating: Total score: 96%
97% 15-inch MacBook Air (M3) review: Apple’s best laptop gets better
Source: PC World English
The MacBook Air is a great laptop, especially for users who prioritize mobility. Thanks to Apple silicon, it can handle whatever task you need to do, whether it’s as simple as using a word processor while being online with a gazillion Safari tabs open, or a bit more complex with iMovie and GarageBand, or pro-level work with a video production tool or software development. If you are still(!) using an Intel MacBook, I enthusiastically encourage you to upgrade to an M-Series laptop. If you upgrade to the M3 MacBook Air, you’re going to love-love-love the performance and perhaps even kick yourself for waiting so long. I realize that some users are in a position where their dependence on Intel is based on tools that are an absolute necessity, but if you can find an alternative that’s M-series friendly, see what you can do to adopt it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/11/2024
Rating: Total score: 97%
MacBook Air M3 | Buy or Skip?!
Source: Tom's Guide English
The new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air laptops have arrived with the latest Apple M3 processor. Not only are these notebooks the most powerful MacBook Airs yet, but they’re also the most affordable M3 MacBooks. As great as these devices are, however, you might not need one — especially if you own or price out the previous M2 models. Let’s look at reasons to buy or skip based on my MacBook Air M3 review.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 03/08/2024
M3 MacBook Air 15 Hands-On: The Ideal MacBook Size
Source: ben's gadget reviews English
The MacBook Pro 15-inch is in my opinion the perfect blend of portability and power of all of Apple's laptops. The M3 silicon keeps things speedy and efficient.
Hands-On, online available, Long, Date: 03/07/2024
M3 MacBook Air Review: A Better Reason to Upgrade?
Source: CNet English
If you’re on an older MacBook Air or even a MacBook Pro, the M3 MacBook Air continues Apple’s impressive performance streak, especially if you’re in need of a graphics boost.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 03/07/2024
100% Apple MacBook Air 15-inch (M3) review: Bigger, bolder, faster, better
Source: Techradar English
Sometimes I struggle to explain why someone might choose a larger, heavier MacBook Air 15-inch over the super-light and thin 13-inch version. It's an especially difficult conversation because, aside from size, there are no functional differences between the new Apple MacBook Air 15-inch (M3) and equally-new 13-inch M3 model – and while you're here you'll also want to check out our in-depth Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) review. Aesthetically, they have the same design. MacBook Air left the wedge look behind a couple of years ago (and officially canceled it this year with the removal of the M1 MacBook Air) and now sports a flat and still pleasing slab look. Both MacBook Airs are made of recycled aluminum and an anodized midnight black finish that does a decent if imperfect job of repelling fingerprints (space black on the MacBook Pro hides the prints a little better).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/07/2024
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 90% performance: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
MacBook Air 15-inch (M3) hands-on review: More than just a big MacBook Air
Source: Laptop Mag English
While I am withholding my final score until we complete the rest of our lab tests and I have spent a little more time with the MacBook Air 15 M3, it's safe to say that this is another excellent laptop from Apple. While I can see a clear performance difference between the M3 Air 15 and my M2-powered daily driver, I would still caution that most M2 owners can likely hold out for an M4 upgrade in the future. If money is no object, then by all means, go ahead, but realistically a couple of seconds shaved off opening an app isn't worth the cost. However, I think this is an easy upgrade recommendation for anyone on an M1 or Intel-based MacBook Air. You are looking at not only a massive performance boost but also stepping into the more modern Air design, which crucially includes MagSafe 3, allowing you to use both Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports while charging.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/07/2024
80% Apple MacBook Air 15-Inch (2024, M3) Review
Source: PC Mag English
Apple’s second slash at its larger MacBook Air finds itself in a different environment than the first did during its 2023 launch. The Windows-loyal competition gets increasingly faster at catching up every year, and this year it appears to be nipping at Apple’s heels, thanks largely to Intel Core Ultra. The new 15-inch MacBook Air is still an excellent deal that scales well in price for more multitasking capability or storage space, but key rivals have proved to be competitive on performance and price, namely systems like the MSI Prestige 16 AI Evo. Of course, Apple’s go-to defenses against such comparisons are build quality and reliability, and those hold up here. However, this was a missed opportunity to shore up those defenses with some design tweaks, like an SD card reader or more USB ports, at the very least.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/07/2024
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

86% Treffer, versenkt!
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/24/2024
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 80% features: 70% display: 80% ergonomy: 90%
100% MacBook Air M3
Source: PCtipp.ch German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2024
Rating: Total score: 100%
Klare Kaufempfehlung, wenn Windows nicht Trumpf ist
Source: Computerbase German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2024
90% Test: Apple MacBook Air 15 Zoll 2024 M3 – schnell dank neuem Chip
Source: Computerbild German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/16/2024
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Danke, Apple, für diese eine Sache!
Source: Nextpit Germany German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/07/2024
Rating: Total score: 90%
89% MacBook Air M3 de 15 pulgadas, análisis: es tan bueno que resulta una pesadilla decidirse por él
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/09/2024
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 93% display: 80% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 93%
88% Recensione MacBook Air 15 M3: Apple aveva ragione
Source: Smart World Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/28/2024
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 65% display: 85% mobility: 90% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
Recensione MacBook Air 15 con M3 (2024)
Source: Corriere Italian IT→EN
Positive: Attractive price; powerful hardware; high mobility; excellent battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/06/2024
94% Test du MacBook Air 15 pouces M3 (2024) : un peu plus fort, encore meilleur
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/25/2024
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 100% mobility: 100%
80% Test de l'Apple MacBook Air M3 15 pouces : le modèle qu’on aurait dû avoir dès le départ ?
Source: Clubic French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/15/2024
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
100% Apple MacBook Air 15 pouces (M3)
Source: Les Numeriques French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/07/2024
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100%
80% Recenze notebooku Apple MacBook Air 15" (M3). Osvědčený recept okořeněný pár novými vychytávkami
Source: Zive CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/07/2024
Rating: Total score: 80%
Trên tay MacBook Air 15 M3: Nâng cấp CPU AI mới, thiết kế y hệt bản cũ, giá từ 27.99 triệu đồng
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; excellent performance; big screen; beautiful display.
Hands-On, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/18/2024

Comment

Apple M3 10-Core GPU: An integrated graphics adapter designed by Apple that features 10 cores. This iGPU is built into the Apple M3 SoC; it uses the unified memory architecture and has support for new technologies such as mesh shading and ray tracing. In our testing, the M3 GPU (10 cores) mostly was 5% to 20% faster than the 10-core M2 GPU depending on the task. Just like the rest of the Apple M3 chip, the graphics adapter is manufactured on a 3 nm TSMC process (possibly N3B).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


M3: System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that integrates 8 CPU cores (4 performance cores with up to 3.5 GHz and 4 efficiency cores at up to 2.4 GHz), 16 + 4 MB Level 2 cache and unified memory controller that supports up to 24 GB LPDDR5-6400 RAM (100 GB/s throughput). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.60":

15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


Apple: Apple is a US company founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company is known for its innovative products such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, and manufactures computers and consumer electronics as well as operating systems and application software. Apple is also a leading provider of software and services such as the App Store, iTunes and iCloud.

Apple has earned a reputation as a company that focuses on design and ease of use. As for their notebooks, they are mostly in the high-priced segment, have their own operating system, but also run Windows on the newer Macbooks.

Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world and has a loyal following of customers and fans. The company also has a strong presence in the entertainment industry, with services like Apple Music and Apple TV+. In 2023, Apple had an approximate 8% market share of global PC sales, ranking it 4th after Lenovo, HP, and Dell.


90.93%: There are not very many models that are rated better. Most of the assessments are in percentage ranges below that. The tested product is not considered perfect, but the sources give a clear purchase recommendation.


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Stefan Hinum, 2024-03-23 (Update: 2024-03-23)