the MacBook Air M1 256 GB combines power, silence and endurance for a crazy price! –LaptopSpirit

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Our opinion on the MacBook Air M1

A figure of the nomadic ultrabook since its release, the MacBook Air is gaining ground thanks to the arrival of the firm's very first in-house SoC, the Apple Silicon M1. And that’s saying something. By replacing its historic configurations based on Intel processors, Apple is giving the MacBook Air unsuspected power. Of course, all the attributes that make him one of the best companions in mobility are still there, like his aluminum case solid and elegant, its bright Retina screen and its huge Force Touch touchpad, not to mention a battery life that reaches new heights (15 hours).

From the outside, the MacBook Air M1 in no way denies its origins, Apple preferring to keep the design of the previous generation, successful and proven. If we would have welcomed thinner borders around the screen, for example, without sulking, we are not disappointed to come across this iconic design again, sober, solid and light (1.29 kg). Speaking of the screen, we are still dealing with a beautiful Retina screen (2560 x 1600 px) bright (400 nits) in 16:10 format particularly suitable for office automation. This year he won a wider color coverage (100% DCI-P3)a serious advantage for Youtubers and other videographers.

It's no surprise, the renewal is located within with the arrival of theApple M1a SoC (System on a Chip) that combines the CPU, GPU, RAM and storage, in addition to a multitude of other components in synergy. First observation, MacBook Air runs fast, even very quickly, enough to exceed the speed of a MacBook Pro 16 in its best configuration, or even an iMac, under native applications! And even when the program is not native, the Rosetta 2 emulator hardly limits performance. On this subject and taking into account the completely innovative design of this SoC, it would seem that configurations with 8 GB of unified memory (not to be confused with traditional RAM) are perfectly recommendable, even for extensive use. A word to the wise.

Of course, the attributes of the MacBook Air 13 go even further. It contains a precise and fast Magic Keyboard backlit keyboard, state-of-the-art connectivity (2 USB-C 4 Thunderbolt 3; Wifi ax) and an oversized Force Touch touchpad. This year, thanks to the efficiency of the M1 SoC, the MacBook Air does not integrate more active ventilation (fanless). Absolute silence is yours whatever the task involved. And then there is autonomy, another big winner in the adventure, which is now teasing the 15 hours web browsing and even 18 hours of video playback. That’s still more than 4 hours saved on the previous MacBook Air. But the MacBook Air is not without its flaws. These include its extremely limited connectivity which requires adapters or the impossibility of installing Windows on this new M1 chip.

Technical specifications of the MacBook Air 13 M1

Screen 13.3″ Retina 16:10 True Tone IPS 400 nits 100% DCI-P3 (2560×1600, brilliant)
Processor Apple M1 (8 cores)
RAM 8 GB or 16 GB of unified (soldered) memory
Storage space 256 GB or 512 GB SSD
Graphic card Apple M1 (7 cores)
Network Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.0
Connections 2 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 3
Weight / Dimensions 1.29 Kg / 304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1

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