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
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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
- All-Day Battery Life – Go longer than ever with up to 18 hours of battery life.
- Powerful Performance – Take on everything from professional-quality editing to action-packed gaming with ease. The Apple M1 chip with an 8-core CPU delivers up to 3.5x faster performance than the previous generation while using way less power.
- Superfast Memory – 8GB of unified memory makes your entire system speedy and responsive. That way it can support tasks like memory-hogging multitab browsing and opening a huge graphic file quickly and easily.
- Stunning Display – With a 13.3” Retina display, images come alive with new levels of realism. Text is sharp and clear, and colors are more vibrant.
- Why Mac – Easy to learn. Easy to set up. Astoundingly powerful. Intuitive. Packed with apps to use right out of the box. Mac is designed to let you work, play, and create like never before.
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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