The greatest 15-inch laptop on the market is the Apple MacBook Air.

Larger is preferable.

The new MacBook Air 15-inch M2 is a larger version of the 13-inch model, and it has the same impressive processing power, extraordinary battery life, and stunning display as its smaller sibling. For the price, it’s hard to find a better 15-inch laptop.

Although the MacBook Air 15-inch M2 (beginning at $1,299) is just a larger version of last year’s MacBook Air 13-inch M2, it’s still a very competitively priced notebook in the 15-inch category.

The 15-inch MacBook Air shares the same potent Apple M2 CPU, stunning Liquid Retina display, and streamlined design as its 13-inch sister, which debuted with the MacBook Pro in 2021. The 15-inch MacBook Air may not have the power of the Pro computers, but it has more than enough for most people. This is one of the thinnest and lightest laptops available, despite its considerable size. The battery life is exceptional, as is typical of Apple hardware.

When it comes to mobility, battery life, and performance, the MacBook Air 15-inch M2 is hard to beat. Our best laptops and best MacBooks rankings wouldn’t be complete without it. In this review, I’ll explain why this Apple laptop is among the very finest of its kind.

Pros

  • +Bright and vivid 15-inch display
  • +Sleek, elegant design
  • +Extremely portable
  • +Blazing-fast performance
  • +Better speakers than 13-inch

Cons

  • Skimpy port selection
  • Supports just one external monitor

Review, Pricing, and Availability of the MacBook Air 15-inch M2
Prices begin at $1299
Modular memory and storage expansion
On June 13, Apple will begin selling the MacBook Air 15-inch M2 at a starting price of $1,299. When it was first released, the 13-inch MacBook Air M2 priced $100 more than this. This smaller version is now available for only $1,099. The new 15-inch Air is available in the same four colours as its predecessor: Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and Space Grey.

This base model has a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), 8GB of Unified Memory (RAM), and an Apple M2 processor with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU. You can get as much as 24GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage by upgrading, but the price will rise to $2,499 if you do. The M2 chip’s 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU are standard across all models.

Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) Full Specifications

General

BrandApple
ModelMacBook Air 15 (2023)
Price in India
Release date6th June 2023
Launched in IndiaYes
Model NameMacBook Air (2023)
SeriesMacBook Air
Dimensions (mm)11.50 x 340.40 x 237.60
Weight (kg)1.51
ColoursMidnight, Silver, Space Gray, Starlight
MaterialAluminium
Operating systemmacOS
Battery Life (up to hours)18
Battery Capacity (WHR)66.5
Battery CellLithium‑polymer

Display

Size15.30-inch
Resolution1864×2880 pixels
Touch ScreenNo
Refresh Rate60Hz

Processor

ProcessorApple Apple M2 2nd Gen

Memory

RAM8GB
Expandable RAM up to (GB)24GB

Graphics

Dedicated GraphicsNo

Storage

Hard diskNo
SSD512GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth version5.3

Inputs

Web CameraYes
Pointer DeviceTrackpad
Backlit KeyboardYes
Internal MicYes
Finger Print SensorYes

Ports and slots

Number of USB Ports2
Thunderbolt 4 (Type C)2
Headphone and Mic Combo JackYes

The Apple review unit we were provided is a 512GB model with 16GB of RAM and costs $1,699.

Review on the Design of the 15-Inch MACBOOK AIR M2
Identical style to the 13-inch version
Lightweight and thin
Not to beat a dead horse, but the 15-inch MacBook Air is simply a more capacious version of the 13-inch model. This super-sized notebook, like its smaller sister, has a flat, homogenous chassis with flat sides. I’m relieved Apple didn’t try to completely reimagine the laptop design language with this bigger form factor.

The New M2 15-inch MacBook Air


This is still one of the smallest and lightest laptops available, measuring 13.4 by 9.3 by 0.45 inches (HWD) and weighing 3.3 pounds (including battery). We think Apple is telling the truth when they declare this is the thinnest 15-inch laptop on the market. The thickness of the Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 (0.5 inches) and the Dell XPS 15 OLED (2023) (0.7 inches) are two examples.

MacBook Air 15-inchMacBook 13-inchDell XPS 15 OLED (2023)
Nits (brightness)473489371
sRGB111.4%110.9%194.7%
DCI-P378.9%78.6%137.9%
Delta-E0.170.220.24

The new 13-inch Air weighs 3.3 pounds, making it more than the previous 2.7-pound model. However, I had no trouble juggling the laptop in one hand. I put that down to the optimal distribution of mass. Unlike the big MacBook Pro 16-inch 2023, the smaller Air was nearly invisible in my backpack. When it comes to portability, Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Air still deserves the “Air” designation.

The New M2 15-inch MacBook Air


The machined aluminium chassis gives the impression that this laptop will last a long time. The 15-inch MacBook Air’s sleek design makes it a pleasure to hold. The Midnight colour of the review unit I received gave the laptop an edgy vibe that I found appealing.

The sturdy hinge makes opening and shutting the Air’s lid a breeze, even with one hand. I never experienced any lid jiggling or creaking due to movement of the laptop. The machine’s construction is solid, and it has a sleek design to boot.

Review of the 15-inch Macbook Air M2 Ports
A pair of Type-C USB connectors
MagSafe Power Adapter
The new 15-inch laptop, like the 13-inch MacBook Air, offers a small selection of connectors. On the left side, you’ll find a MagSafe power connector and two Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 connections.

If you prefer wired headphones or if your wireless ones run out of charge, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a headphone port over on the right side.

The choice of ports leaves me with mixed feelings. I like that this laptop is still MagSafe compatible, but the lack of a right-side USB-C connector is unfortunate. After all, there’s plenty of room in this laptop for a couple more ports. I’m not really shocked, though, because it’s essentially a 13-inch model with a larger screen.

Review of the Keyboard and Touchpad on the MacBook Air 15-Inch, Model 2
Space-saving keyboard and mouse
One of my favourite aspects of the 15-inch MacBook Air is the spacious and snappy keyboard. The responsiveness of the keys is great, and I found the range to be just right. This laptop’s keyboard allowed me to type nearly as quickly as I could on a premium mechanical keyboard.

The New M2 15-inch MacBook Air


The larger size of the touchpad compared to the 13-inch Air is a huge plus in terms of use. The extra room facilitates common movements like swiping and pinching to zoom. Although it is very large, I have never once touched the touchpad by accident while typing.

Review of the Apple MacBook Air M2 Display
Exhibit full with vibrant colours
Perfect for films and TV shows
The 15.3-inch Liquid Retina screen is the laptop’s key selling feature. Its inherent resolution of 2,880 by 1,864 pixels produces vivid, high-definition pictures. From what I’ve seen, it works wonderfully for media consumption, internet use, image manipulation, and more.

The New M2 15-inch MacBook Air


Watching the Hidden Strike clip, I was struck by how realistic the depiction of post-apocalyptic seemed. Everything about the rundown structures, rusting cars, and dirt roads was clear to me. Jackie Chan wreaking havoc on villains amidst explosions and fast-paced action sequences looked fantastic.

Our laboratory findings confirm what I saw on the panel. We measured the colour output of the screen and discovered that it covers 111.4% of the sRGB spectrum and 78.9% of the more stringent DCI-P3 gamut (100% coverage in both cases is ideal). Comparatively, that falls short of the XPS 15 OLED’s vivid colours (194.7% / 137.9%) but is on par with the 13-inch MacBook Air M2 (110.9% / 78.6%, respectively).

Macbook Air 15-inch, MacBook 13-inch, Dell XPS 15 OLED (2023), and Apple’s own Header Cell – Column 0
Brightness (in nits): 473, 489, 371.
sRGB 111.4% 110.9% 194.7%
DCI-P3 78.9% 78.6% 137.9%
Delta-E 0.17 0.22 0.24
The 15-inch MacBook Air had a Delta-E score of 0.17 (where 0 is optimum) for colour accuracy, whereas the 13-inch model only managed a score of 0.22. When compared to the XPS 15 OLED (0.24), both laptops have lower Delta-E values.

The screen brightness of a MacBook Air may be adjusted to a respectable level. The maximum brightness of the laptop was 479 nits while showing HDR video on 10% of the screen and 480 nits when displaying HDR content over the entire screen. These numbers are somewhat less than what was achieved by the 13-inch model, which came within one nit of HDR brightness of 500. The average brightness of the panel was 473 nits, which is higher than the brightness of the XPS 15 OLED (371 nits) while not using HDR.

Review of the 15-inch Macbook Air M2 (Sound)
Superbly audible sound quality
Powerful low end
This laptop’s 6-speaker audio system is a significant improvement over that of its 13-inch predecessor. The former’s four-speaker setup was decent, but the new laptop’s speakers are far better. This laptop virtually matches the quality of the current MacBook Pros’ 6-speaker audio system.

Playing Dream Theater’s “Alien” at top volume, with all its time signature shifts and frenetic soloing, was a revelation in terms of the song’s overall clarity. There was no miscommunication between any of the various parts. The bass was forceful, but not as strong as on the 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro. Overall, the sound is better than on the 13-inch Air.

PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF THE NEW 15-INCH MACBOOK AIR M2
Strong M2 functionality
Able to deal with intensive tasks
The 15-inch MacBook Air’s robust Apple M2 CPU ensures it can perform virtually any task. In my experiments, I ran a YouTube video alongside as many as 20 simultaneously open tabs. The laptop ran well without slowing down, and it never became hot to the touch.

Handbrake (Video transcoding)
Single-core scoreMulti-core score
MacBook Air 15-inch1,9088,932
MacBook Air 13-inch1,9118,965
MacBook Pro 13-inch M21,8988,911
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 3601,7828,250


We put Apple’s newest laptop through its paces to see how it stacks up. The 15-inch MacBook Air achieved a single-core score of 1,908 and a multi-core score of 8,932 in the CPU benchmark Geekbench 5. The 13-inch MacBook Air (1,911 / 8,965) and the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 (1,898 / 8,911) both use an M2 chip with 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores, therefore the results are very similar.

Compared to the 15-inch MacBook Air, the Geekbench results (1,782 / 8,250) for the Windows laptop we tested, the Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360 (with its 13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700P CPU and 16GB of RAM), were quite close. In contrast to the $1,699 MacBook Air Apple supplied us, this setup costs $1,899.

Handbrake (Video transcoding)
Time (min:sec)
MacBook Air 15-inch7:36
MacBook Air 13-inch7:52
MacBook Pro 13-inch M26:51
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 3607:59

The M2-powered MacBook Air 15-inch was able to convert a 6.5GB 4K film to 1080p in 7 minutes and 36 seconds, which is quicker than the MacBook Air 13-inch (7 minutes and 52 seconds) but slower than the MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 (6 minutes and 51 seconds). A bit slower than the others, at 7:59, was Samsung’s Galaxy Book 3 Pro 360.

Photoshop test
ScoreTime (min:sec)
MacBook Air 15-inch8665:04
MacBook Air 13-inch7065:36
MacBook Pro 13-inch M28174:54

The 13-inch MacBook Air only managed a score of 706 and a time of 5:36. The MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 has identical results to the 15-inch model: 817 and 4:54. The latter’s superior performance in this test might be due to the fact that it has active cooling provided by its fans.

Premiere Pro results
Score
MacBook Air 15-inch326
MacBook Air 13-inch452
MacBook Pro 13-inch M2552


A total of 12 clips from four different cameras were added to a 4K clip in a multi-camera sequence, and the MacBook Air 15-inch scored 326 on the PugetBench Premiere Pro test. Interestingly, the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 (553) and the 13-inch MacBook Air (452) both performed better.

BlackMagic SSD test (in MBps)
Score
MacBook Air 15-inch2,793 / 3,145
MacBook Air 13-inch2,800 / 2,210
MacBook Pro 13-inch M22,794 / 2,953

Finally, we checked the 15-inch MacBook Air’s SSD performance using the Blackmagic disc speed test. It was able to reach a read speed of 2,793 MBps and a write speed of 3,145 MBps. With those numbers, it outperforms both the 13-inch MacBook Air (2,800) and the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 (2,794 and 2,953).

Macbook Air M2 Graphics and Gaming Review
The 15-inch MacBook Air is fantastic for basic office work and amateur film and picture processing. The absence of third-party developer support, however, means that it is currently lacking in the gaming category. However, games that have been optimised for Apple hardware, such as Resident Evil Village, work wonderfully on this computer.

The New M2 15-inch MacBook Air

A 16-inch MacBook Pro equipped with an M1 Max CPU and 64GB of RAM produced stunning visuals when I played Resident Evil Village. On the 15-inch Air, which has a lesser M2 processor, I was not able to get such incredible framerates. With MetalFX turned off, the frame rate fluctuated between the high 50s and the low 60s, whereas with the option on, it never dropped below 60. Sure, that’s a lot fewer frames per second than what you’d see on the aforementioned MacBook Pro, but it’s the most you can expect for given that the MacBook Air’s display maxes out at 60.

Gaming results
Shadows of the Tomb RaiderCivilization VI
MacBook Air 15-inch (1,200p)26 fps40 fps
Dell XPS 15 OLED (1080p)67 fps114 fps

Our internal testing has shown that games that don’t use MetalFX perform poorly. Shadow of the Tomb Raider averaged 26 frames per second at 1,920 x 1,200 and a dismal 12 at 2,880 x 1,864. The results were better for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, which averaged 43 and 29 frames per second at the same settings.

What is the relationship between that and a 15-inch Windows laptop? While not designed specifically for gaming, the review unit’s Nvidia RTX 4070 laptop GPU, 13th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and 32 GB of RAM made Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Civilization VI playable at high settings. Keep in mind, though, that this particular setup will set you back $2,499.

BATTERY LIFE AND HEAT IN THE NEW 15-INCH MACBOOK AIR M2 REVIEW
The 15-inch MacBook Air, according to Apple, has a battery life of up to 18 hours. Although we did not find the laptop to be particularly durable, it is still among the most long-lasting models available.

The new 15-inch Air lasted an average of 14 hours and 59 minutes on the Tom’s Guide battery life test, which entails continuous web browsing at 150 nits of screen brightness. That’s fantastic for a laptop of this size, and it beats the 13-inch Air’s average battery life by over an hour and a half. Neither of them, however, can compete with the 18 hours and 20 minutes of battery life of the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

Battery life results
Time (hours:mins)
MacBook Air 15-inch14:59
MacBook Air 13-inch M214:06
MacBook Pro 13-inch M218:20


Apple included a 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter with the MacBook Air 15-inch they supplied us. This adapter is amazing since it allows you to use two devices at once. A 70W charger is available at no extra cost, but this converter only has a single charging connection.

The lack of a fan in the 15-inch MacBook Air has prompted some to worry about the device overheating. The laptop doesn’t overheat, which is a relief. The underside of the gadget, just opposite the W key, reached a maximum temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit on our normal heat test, which entails passing a heat gun over the device after streaming 15 minutes of full HD video on it.

When the thermometer climbs above 95 degrees, most of us start to feel uneasy. Keeping a 15-inch MacBook Air on your lap for long periods of time is perfectly safe, as its hottest point does not even come close to hitting that temperature.

M2 MACBOOK AIR REVIEW: WEBCAM FEATURE
The 1080p camera on the 15-inch MacBook Air may not be as excellent as the greatest webcams, but it’s more than adequate for video chats and even selfies, in my opinion.

Review of the 15-inch Macbook Air M2: Conclusion
The 15-inch MacBook Air may not be innovative, but it is one of the best 15-inch laptops on the market. Its 15-inch screen makes it great for viewing movies and surfing the web, and its M2 CPU provides reliable performance for typical computer tasks. The MacBook Air 15 is a steal at its current price of $1,299 because to its sleek appearance and long-lasting battery life of up to 15 hours.

If you’d want a smaller MacBook with comparable performance to the 15-inch model, you can have one for $1,099 with the MacBook Air. The base model MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 costs $1,999 for those who are willing to spend more for increased performance. No Apple fan here. Another fantastic option (with prices beginning at $1,299) is Dell’s XPS 15 OLED.

In conclusion, the 15-inch MacBook Air is a great option. At the moment, no other laptop can compete with this Apple model in terms of price and power.

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