MacBook Air M1 Performance Review

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Let’s test the performance of the new MacBook Air M1 (Buy on Amazon) from Apple.

Apple MacBook Air M1 Performance Test Review

Let’s test a MacBook Air M1 head to head with a MacBook Pro Intel Core i5. This is M1 Versus Intel.

With an Apple designed “System on a Chip” the M1 custom silicon brings great performance, minimal heat, and great battery life.

To test this out, we’ll compare against a MacBook Pro 13″ from last year (Intel Core i5) and a Dell XPS 15 (Core i7) from 20202.

Apple MacBook Air M1 Gold Versus MacBook Pro Intel

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Here are some of the styles we are going to look at:

MacBook Air M1 – Video Review on our YouTube Channel

Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel:

Here’s a Handbrake race between the two machines.

We’re converting a 16 GB 4K 60 FPS mp4 file to HD (high quality):

As you can see, the M1 handily beat the Intel-based MacBook Pro – it also did it without the benefit of a fan (to cool things down) – and it generated less heat!

And that’s why we think the new Apple Silicon is a performance revolution for the future.

But, check this out – here’s the M1 beating a very high-end Dell XPS 15 9500, with a Intel Core i-7 10875H processor:

You can access the full GeekBench results here: https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/5650244

Find out more about this amazing notebook computer in our MacBook Air M1 Gold Review.

MacBook Air M1 – Overview

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Side by side testing.

2020 Apple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Silver
  • Apple-designed M1 chip for a giant leap in CPU, GPU, and machine learning performance
  • Go longer than ever with up to 18 hours of battery life
  • 8-core CPU delivers up to 3.5x faster performance to tackle projects faster than ever
  • Up to eight GPU cores with up to 5x faster graphics for graphics-intensive apps and games
  • 16-core Neural Engine for advanced machine learning

MacBook Air M1 Versus MacBook Pro 13″

Here’s a few shots comparing the MacBook Air 13″ to last year’s MacBook Pro 13″.

The MacBook Pro is not the latest model with the M1 – it has an Intel processor.

Apple MacBook Air M1 Gold Review - Size Comparison

As you can see – the dimensions are roughly the same.

The real difference between the two is the thickness, the MacBook Air tapers down to a very thin edge, as shown here.

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The MacBook Air tapers down to a very thin edge – and it’s quite lightweight as a consequence.

There’s no fan in the MacBook Air – that means you get silence at all times. (Although this means you may be thermally limited when performing processor-intensive work.)

Apple MacBook Air M1 Gold Review - Back to Back

Apple MacBook Air M1 Gold Versus Apple MacBook Pro 13″

Apple MacBook Air M1 Performance Test Review  From the Side

Apple MacBook Air M1 Performance Test Review

MacBook Air M1 Performance Review – In Summary

That’s our performance review of the new MacBook Air M1 (Buy on Amazon) from Apple.

Apple is setting the stage for the next great leap in laptop performance. The Apple Silicon based M1 delivers exceptional performance, with minimal heat, and great battery life.

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The M1 did very well, including against the Dell XPS 15.

Photo Credits

Some product photos on this page are property of Apple.

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Hard at work testing.

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Apple MacBook Air M1 Gold Review - 30 watt charger

Here’s another thing we like about this slim, streamlined computer – the 30W charger (included) does not take up a lot of space when you travel.

Last update on 2021-03-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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