Let’s test the performance of the new MacBook Air M1 (Buy on Amazon) from Apple.
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.
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
- 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.
The real difference between the two is the thickness, the MacBook Air tapers down to a very thin edge, as shown here.
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.)
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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