An excellent choice as a first Mac?

If we’re still waiting to receive the new MacBook Air M2 at Tom’s Guide editorial office (testing will arrive by the end of July), we already think it would be a good pick. As the first Mac.

MacBook Air M2 © Apple

The The MacBook Air M2 will be available for pre-order on Friday, July 8 from 2 PM.Available from 15th July. Apple announced it at WWDC 2022, with the M2 chip more efficient than the M1 chip, a revised design, and four new colors.

More expensive than the MacBook Air M1, we’ve already wondered if the standard model of the MacBook Air M2 is worth that much, especially in terms of the high-end model. Today we bring you another point of view, because we think it might be a good choice as your first Mac…

Fairly attractive design of a solid technical paper

Although it is thinner (1.13 cm high, 12.41 cm wide and 21.5 cm deep), the MacBook Air M2 will benefit Square and beveled edge design, similar to the MacBook Pro. Thus, this new MacBook Air marks the end of the asymmetric boundaries that have characterized the model, since the first release already in 2008. An option that is likely to displease some, but may rather tempt us during its presentation at WWDC 2022.

Good, but also light: the new MacBook Air will weigh just 1.24 kg on the scale. Attractive dimensions that are sure to appeal to many users who are looking for a laptop Especially light and delicate for carrying.

MacBook Air M2
MacBook Air M2 in midnight color © Apple

In addition to incorporating the latest Apple Silicon chip, MacBook Air M2 features include a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina displayIt’s 0.3 inches longer than the MacBook Air M1 thanks to its thinner edges. Note that it will inherit the notch from newer Macs, without taking advantage of any facial recognition system, which is a shame.

the notch calls itself on the MacBook Air
The notch calls itself on the MacBook Air © Apple

However, you will benefit from a 1080p webcam (instead of 720p in the current image), Three microphones With directional beam modulation and a Four-speaker audio system. sound group Best suited for video conferencing than its predecessor, so.

The new MacBook Air M2 will also be shipped MagSafe charging port 3. A system that protects your laptop from potential accidental damage because the power cable breaks on its own if pulled too hard. The current model is recharged with a USB Type-C cable which, if inadvertently pulled, fuses the computer into its fall.

MagSafe 3 MacBook Air M2
MagSafe 3 will be on MacBook Air M2 © Apple

If you’re wondering, the MacBook Air M2 will also “only” benefit from two Thunderbolt and USB 4 ports on the left side (and a 3.5mm mini-jack on the right). It will be possible to contact External display with resolution up to 6K and 60Hz.

In terms of autonomy, Apple announces video playback of up to 18 hours on the Apple TV app and Up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing Thanks to the 52.6Wh Li-Polymer battery. MacBook Air is the preferred choice of many students and mobile workers, and is famous for being especially durable. Hopefully, this model is not the exception that proves the rule.

To attract more users, MacBook Air 2022 will also be Available in four different colors : Silver, Starlight, Space Gray, Midnight. A particularly attractive dark color, which we won’t hide.

MacBook Air M2 © Apple
MacBook Air M2 © Apple

Like its predecessor, the MacBook Air M2 It also draws a line below the Touch Bar. A feature found on other Macs is far from unanimous. On the other hand, it retains the Magic Keyboard for MacBook Air M1, with Large and comfortable keysPlus a large touchpad. The Touch ID sensorthe process specifically for managing passwords for example, remains in place at the top right.

Read: MacBook Air M2: This cool feature will cost you more

Apple ecosystem, successful business

The new MacBook Air M2 will be especially interesting if you already own Apple products. The interoperability between Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods (and even Homepod) is what makes Apple’s ecosystem so efficient. If you already have an iPhone or iPad and an iCloud account, you can Navigate through your Mac to make calls and send messages Via your iPhone, enjoy your iCloud photos, etc. practical side.

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macOS Ventura © Apple

Despite its price, this MacBook Air M2 should make sense A good bet for the future. Cupertino’s next operating system, macOS Ventura, will be compatible with MacBooks dating back to 2017. In that logic, the MacBook Air M2 should benefit from the latest innovations for at least the next five years.

A price that would, however, confuse some

However, we will blame MacBook Air M2 price. For info, it will be offered at 1,499 euros as the standard model, or 350 euros more than the current model, the MacBook Air M1. That’s nothing, especially since the standard model will – always – be delivered with 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM.

Released in 2020, the MacBook Air M1 is still as attractive as ever in 2022, as well as being fairly inexpensive. They are now often found for less than 1000 euros, especially during the sale. As for which one will be more valuable, answer during our test of the MacBook Air M2 arriving in July.

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