Apple Macbook Air M2 (2022) review

The Macbook Air M2 may be fast on paper, but how does it perform in real-world image editing workloads?

Apple MacBook Air M2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Incredibly impressed by its speedy performance, we’re astounded that this little laptop can keep up with our most demanding image processing requests and not break a sweat. There are no fans to whir and it doesn’t seem to heat up under pressure. A crystal clear display and comfortable trackpad and keyboard are complemented by a Magsafe power connector and two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack for a minimal but utilitarian finish.


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    Stylish and sturdy design

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    Fast processing speeds for photographers

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    Utterly silent and cool

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    Magsafe & 3.5mm headphone jack standard


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    Midnight black color loves fingerprints

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    No SD card slot

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    Costly to spec up

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    Not user-upgradable in the future

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The Macbook Air released in 2022 is the direct replacement to the Macbook Air of 2020 and, while it looks incredibly similar to its predecessor, it has been redesigned and is now powered by a more powerful M2 CPU chip (rather than 2020’s M1).

The base package includes an Apple M2 chip with 8‑core CPU, 8‑core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine powerbox which can be upgraded to a 10-core GPU for an additional cost. It also ships with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage as standard, but photographers and other creatives will almost certainly want to get at least 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage, with the option to then run libraries of images off an external hard drive via USB-C.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.