Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2022) Review: Light Delight | MarketingwithAnoy

I 2012, I went into an Apple Store to buy a MacBook for college with all the money I made on my summer job. I set a budget of less than $ 1,000 and was on a mission to find the perfect laptop for an upcoming journalism major. A store employee pointed me at the 11-inch MacBook Air and said, “It’s light! It’s portable! It’s perfect for writing stories on the go!” He was right, it drove me through four years of teaching, internships, and a stay on my college assignment.

I would be lying if I said I was not jealous every time I saw another student carrying around a MacBook Pro. I have always felt that I was content with the air – and sacrificed some features that I thought I needed for portability. But a decade later, I could not feel more different. The new 2022 MacBook Air actually offers more than the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, including a sleek new design, a larger and brighter screen, MagSafe support (yes, it’s back!) and a 1080p webcam.

With these upgrades comes the inevitable price increase. The base MacBook Air now starts at $ 1,199 (you can still get the 2020 M1 MacBook Air for $ 999). There is still no MacBook Pro that has a nicer selection of ports and more raw power, but after all these years, the Air is still light, portable and perfect for writing stories on the go.

A fresh breath

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The time for the distinctive wedge design of the MacBook Air is over. The new model now has the same boxy chassis as the latest high-end MacBook Pro models, which in my eyes gives it a more sophisticated look. But it is much lighter. At just 2.7 pounds, I tend to lift it with too much force because I’m not used to carrying around such a lightweight machine. (It’s also thinner and lighter than the 2020 MacBook Air!)

It may have a similar look, but unfortunately you do not get the same connectivity upgrade. The new MacBook Air has only two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and – thankfully – a MagSafe charging port. (No HDMI or SD card slot.) As someone who mainly uses a MacBook for writing, emails, video calls, and Netflix, the lack of ports did not bother me, but it would have been nice.

If you come from an older Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro, you will probably most appreciate the new screen. In a way. It’s still an LCD panel stuck at 60 Hz, but Apple has dimmed the brightness a bit and I had no trouble reading the screen as I was working outside in my backyard. The screen size also goes from 13.3 to 13.6 inches thanks to slimmer edges around the screen. It sounds like a small boost, but I noticed (and appreciated) the larger property. Annoyingly, this MacBook can still only connect to one external monitor (also a limitation on the M1 MacBook Air). Not great if you want to reap the benefits of a multiscreen setup.

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Like on the 14-inch MacBook Pro, a notch is cut into the center of the top of the screen, which houses the 1080p webcam, but that does not bother me. You can use a dark background to hide it, and it also disappears when you have a full-screen app. If the notch is what made Apple finally upgrade the webcam, I’m all for it. It’s finally 1080p, so I look sharper in my video calls, though I’ve noticed that Apple adds a skin-smoothing effect.

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