The MacBook Air M2 feels truly worthy of the Air name. And I’m not saying that the previous MacBook Air M1 wasn’t good — it helped introduce the world to the power of Apple silicon. It’s just that cramming revolutionary performance in the same old chassis didn’t feel (or look) like a leap forward to me.
The new MacBook Air (from $1,199, tested at $1,899) is a breath of fresh you-know-what, and that’s because Apple paired an even faster M2 chip with a design that’s markedly thinner and lighter. Carrying this 2.7-pound notebook around and using it, this is a laptop that reminds me of the iconic original Air that Steve Jobs pulled out of a manilla envelope 14 years ago. Something this light can’t be that powerful — can it? Yes it can.
As you’ll see in my full MacBook Air M2 review, the new Air has an unbeatable combination of portability, performance, display quality and overall comfort. Its over 14 hours of battery life in our testing is also very impressive. In fact, despite a few drawbacks, I’d argue this is the best laptop overall for the money.