MacBook Pro M2 vs MacBook Air M2: comparison and differences

Comparatif MacBook Pro M2 vs MacBook Air M2

Differences between screens

To begin, let’s look at the case of screens. The first difference that strikes the naked eye is obviously the notch of the MacBook Air M2 that does not include the design of the MacBook Pro M2. The result is a slightly larger panel on the MacBook Air M2, which offers 13.6 inches where the MacBook Pro M2 is content to 13.3 inches. Quite logically, the definition is also different with 2,560 x 1,664 pixels for the MacBook Air M2 against 2,560 x 1,600 pixels for the MacBook Pro M2, which is entitled to IPS technology.

MacBook Air M2 vs MacBook Pro M2 review (screen) : overall, the differences between the two screens are minimal and should not be considered as a purchase criterion for us. If you are really looking for a larger screen, it is better to dwell on the MacBook Pro 2021 comparison.

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MacBook Air M2 © Apple

Performance: MacBook Air M2 vs. MacBook Pro M2

The MacBook Pro M2 and the MacBook Air M2 are therefore both powered by the same processor. The M2 is made up of an eight-core CPU and a 16-core Neural Engine for artificial intelligence. The only difference here is actually that the MacBook Air M2 may only offer an eight-core graphics cardwhile the MacBook Pro M2 comes standard with its ten-core version.

If we now compare the amount of RAM under the hood, it is at least 8 GB but can climb to 16 GB for an additional 230 euros or 24 GB for an additional 460 euros. The configuration here is identical on MacBook Pro M2 and on MacBook Air M2.

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MacBook Air M2 vs MacBook Pro M2 review (performance) : unsurprisingly, the MacBook Pro M2 is the most powerful in our comparison. But the performance gap with the MacBook Air M2 is relatively small and only concerns imaging, which is quite surprising. The difference between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air ranges is therefore becoming more and more fine, and here again you should turn to other MacBook Pros if you really want to get a good deal compared to the MacBook Air M2.

Design

Now let’s compare the format of the MacBook Pro M2 and that of the MacBook Air M2. The dimensions The exact numbers provided by Apple are as follows for the MacBook Pro M2:

  • thickness: 1.56cm
  • length: 30.41cm
  • width: 21.24cm
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MacBook Pro M2 © Apple

And here are the official dimensions for the MacBook Air M2:

  • thickness: 1.13cm
  • length: 30.41cm
  • width: 21.5cm

For the weight, the difference is minimal although noticeable on this scale: 1.24 kg on the meter for the MacBook Air M2 vs MacBook Pro M2 with 1.4 kg. On the aesthetic side, you will also notice the narrower edges around the screen of the MacBook Air M2 compared to those of the MacBook Pro M2, thanks to the notch of course. The colors are also different: the MacBook Pro M2 is only offered with Space grey Where Silverwhile the MacBook Air M2 is entitled to Midnight, starlight, Space grey Where Silver.

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MacBook Air M2 © Apple

MacBook Air M2 vs MacBook Pro M2 review (design) : more focused on professionalism, the MacBook Pro M2 has overlooked some undeniable physical advantages of the MacBook Air M2 such as its more interesting size / screen ratio. The MacBook Air M2 is also Apple’s best portable laptop, as it is the lightest but also the thinnest. When traveling by plane, it will therefore take up less space in your bag and save you a possible additional cost of luggage.

MacBook Pro M2 vs. MacBook Air M2: battery life

While the 14-inch MacBook Pro was surprisingly less durable than the MacBook Air M1, the MacBook Air M2 does less well than the MacBook Pro M2 in this regard. Count up to fifteen hours in a row of wireless web browsing for the MacBook Air M2 against seventeen hours maximum for the MacBook Pro M2. Measures to be considered obviously with some caution, given that Apple offers us here figures obtained with very specific laboratory tests. We imagine for example that to reach this score, the sound was at a minimum and no video was played in Wi-Fi.

Going even further, Apple speaks of twenty hours of autonomy on Apple TV + with the MacBook Pro M2 against eighteen hours with the MacBook Air M2.

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MacBook Air M2 © Apple

MacBook Pro M2 vs MacBook Air M2 review (battery) : the difference of two hours of autonomy when comparing MacBook Pro M2 and MacBook Air M2 is important, especially when you know that the screen of the MacBook Air is larger while this component is the most power-hungry. Another big argument for those who travel regularly.

Other Key Differences

Before finishing with the prices, let’s take a look at the audio and video capabilities of the new MacBook M2s. For the camera, surprise: MacBook Air M2 sensor is better with 1080p HD resolution, while the MacBook Pro M2 is content with 720p. For a range above, it goes pretty badly, obviously.

The sound is also different. Compared to those of the MacBook Air M2 which are not entitled to it, the three microphones of the MacBook Pro M2 are thus announced as being “studio quality with high signal-to-noise ratio“. The speakers are more stereo and high range.

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MacBook Pro M2 © Apple

Let’s finish this part with the keyboard, which preserves the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro M2 while it is unavailable on MacBook Air M2. It’s up to you to see an advantage or a disadvantage: it’s quite practical, especially with third-party apps, but it’s far from essential. Not enough to justify a higher price in any case, but this is the case here.

Price comparison

In effect, the MacBook Air M2 starts at 1,499 euros while the MacBook Pro M2 costs 1,599 euros at least. The MacBook Pro M2, however, has a lower repairability index than the MacBook Air M2 (5.6/10 against 6/10), so you risk spending more on spare parts in the event of a problem.

MacBook Pro M2 vs MacBook Air M2 review (price) : one point for the MacBook Air M2.

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MacBook Air M2 © Apple

Our opinion

To conclude this comparison, we can only advise you the MacBook Air M2 which clearly has little to envy to the MacBook Pro M2. Indeed, it is almost as powerful and can also last more than a day on (on paper). Some key features are also to its advantage, including its light weight and best price that make it a brand choice for beginners on Mac. The difference in camera quality is also worth noting, especially at a time when video calls have become the norm in many telecommuting companies.

If you want a “Pro” MacBook, the real difference will therefore be played out on the side of the models released at the end of 2021 which are much more efficient with their M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. As for small purses, they can also opt for the MacBook Air with M1 chip which is still available: it starts from 1,199 euros, or 300 euros less than its successor.

Macbook Air M2

€1,499

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