Apple MacBook Air 15-inch M2 (2023) review

Apple's most popular laptop is now available in large

Apple MacBook Air 15 M2 (2023)
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The MacBook Air 15 is an easy decision for any creative who wants a larger beautiful screen, enough power to comfortably run the latest editing software, and in a lightweight package that can easily slip into a backpack. Whilst it might not be the most powerful Apple option out there, for most people, the M2 chip that resides in the Air 15 will allow you to fly through your editing. The MacBook Air 15 does have a slightly disappointing number of ports and lacks the SD card slot that most creatives crave, which holds it back from true perfection as an on-the-go editing machine.


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    M2 chip is all most people will need

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    Light stylish design

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    Gorgeous screen


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    All that extra space and still only two ports

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    No SD card slot

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Apple's MacBook Air 13 has for the last decade at least been the default MacBook to recommend for the widest range of users. The cheapest model in the MacBook family, it was the best laptop for students, work, casual browsing, entertainment, and even some light photo and video editing. 

With the introduction of Apple Silicon starting with the M1 chip, Apple really kicked the MacBook Air up a notch and made it a serious contender as the best laptop for photo editors who wanted the most portable machine possible that also had the power to get things done.

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Header Cell - Column 0 MacBook Pro 14 (M2 Pro)MacBook Air (M2)MacBook Pro 13 (Intel i7, Iris Plus)
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score1,9741,9361,261
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score14,8318,9174,908
GeekBench 5 OpenCL score45,92227,5589,190
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score1,6461,5971,130
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score14,7688,0985,031

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.