Why do people say avoid the $1,199 MacBook Air

Apple’s latest MacBook Air with the new M2 chip is controversial, to say the least. The New MacBook Air It features an updated design and is the successor to the M1, Apple’s new M2 system.

But since the new M2 MacBook Air fell, tech reviewers, experts, and laymen say you should avoid the basic configuration of this new device due to some intrinsic performance issues. For a more affordable laptop, this is a frustrating association that potential MacBook Air buyers are put into.

For starters, the basic $1,199 configuration has an eight-core GPU, while the upgraded version has a full 10-core GPU. That’s not what Apple told us at WWDC when it showed off the new Air. Apple promised an 18% increase in graphic performance compared to the M1. What the company didn’t mention, however, is that the model it offered is the upgraded M2 MacBook Air, which retails for $1,499. A model with an eight-core GPU will have a much smaller performance advantage compared to a seven-core MacBook Air M1.

Then there is the problem of slow SSD. The base model comes with 256GB of SSD storage, which in itself is an insult to consumers for about $1,200. But the problem is bigger than storage space.

The SSD features one NAND chip instead of two, as usual. This is said to produce much slower read/write speeds than the 512GB model. In fact, the storage of the base model M2 MacBook Air is huge 50% slower Compared to the M1 MacBook Air of 2020, which included two flash chips.

Just look at these benchmarks posted by YouTuber Max Tech:

  • 2020 M1 chip read/write speed: 2900/2215
  • 2022 M2 chip read/write speed: 1446/1463

But wait, it gets worse. The combination of a slow SSD and 8GB of shared memory actually throttles performance so badly that, according to Max Tech, there can even be tasks like file transfers that stifle performance. Even slower than the M1 MacBook Air, which do not suffer from this same deficiency. Yikes. The problem was first discovered on the M2 MacBook Pro 13-inch, but it is completely applicable to the MacBook Air.

This wasn’t something we were able to verify at DT, as our review unit came with a 512GB SSD, which was plenty.

MacBook Air screen on a table.

Finally, there is no fast charger. Apple includes a 30W base charging unit with this model, while the upgraded version comes with a 35W dual charger. It’s not much faster, but at least it’s an improvement. With that, a $300 improvement? You can easily Buy 67W fast charger For less than $30 from the Apple Store. But you shouldn’t.

Don’t take this the wrong way. We love the new design language that Apple used in M2 MacBook Air. The simple, industrial, boxy look brings it in line with the rest of Apple’s hardware. The M2 chip also has great computing potential in general. Apple Silicon is changing the face of the computer world – there’s no doubt about that.

But Apple seems to be holding back with this base model M2 MacBook Air, and nearly everyone agrees. Maybe you want to upgrade to the better configurations or opt for the M1 MacBook Air.

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