The MacBook Air may not look any different to its predecessor, but it’s what’s on this inside that counts.
Offering a significant boost compared to the 10nm Intel CPU that powered earlier MacBook Air models, the 5nm M1 chipset is blisteringly fast in operation, handling light video editing and gaming via Apple Arcade without breaking a sweat.
It’s faster than many Intel-based Windows alternatives, offering great bang for your buck from Apple’s entry-level ultralight laptop. There’s also a big jump in battery life and the display is top-notch, as are the keyboard and trackpad.
It’s fanless, which brings the benefit of silent running, but it also means that the laptop will throttle performance to keep things cool. But that’s not an issue unless you plan on gaming or video editing for hours.
The MacBook Air has now had a 2022 refresh, but it’s $200/£200 more expensive than the original and introduces a notch. With frequent discounts, this original model is where you’ll find the best value for money.