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russell_314

macrumors 603
Feb 10, 2019
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"A very good, but too expensive daily MacBook"

*A very good, but too expensive (Insert Apple product name here). They can just reuse this same headline for every Apple product.

If you're just counting what you pay for the hardware you're getting Apple products are more expensive. I think everyone not living under a rock knows it. You're paying for support and if something turns out defective with the product they will likely fix it.

The review was pretty good though.
 

turbineseaplane

macrumors G5
Mar 19, 2008
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Great review!

Excellent summary also:

"Verdict - The base price of the MacBook Air M2 is too high"

"Initially, we raised the question whether the price of the new MacBook Air M2 is justified. We think it is not, at least as long as you can still get the MacBook Air M1."
 

Mcdevidr

macrumors 6502a
Nov 27, 2013
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Actually there are plenty of windows machines that are in this price range that have similar heat issues. Xps 13 plus which I owned is actually closer to $1900 in the version I bought. The zenbook s 13, Samsung galaxy book pro 2.
As far as the review the performance per watt seems to be quite a bit lower in m2. Gaming at least with the two tested improves ever so slightly to m1 (sadly for me).
 

m1maverick

macrumors 65816
Nov 22, 2020
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IMO people should watch multiple reviews, especially if they're going to use them to make a purchasing decision sight unseen. Include reviews that hold opinions different than yours to ensure you are given all different perspectives. Try not bias those reviews that agree with your point of view as more valid, be objective. Doing so will lead to being better informed and therefore better decision making.
 

Love-hate 🍏 relationship

macrumors 68030
Sep 19, 2021
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"A very good, but too expensive daily MacBook"

*A very good, but too expensive (Insert Apple product name here). They can just reuse this same headline for every Apple product.

If you're just counting what you pay for the hardware you're getting Apple products are more expensive. I think everyone not living under a rock knows it. You're paying for support and if something turns out defective with the product they will likely fix it.

The review was pretty good though.
Actually ,the mba m1 wasn’t too expensive for what it provided don’t I think
 

jdb8167

macrumors 601
Nov 17, 2008
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That seemed like a pretty balanced review. The biggest complaint I have is their choices of benchmarks. Unfortunately they probably don't have a lot of options for cross-compatible benchmarks to choose from. Cinebench is fine as a comparison within the same architecture but is not really valid cross-platform since it uses Intel optimized libraries that aren't available to Apple silicon (I've read that Apple is working on them but they aren't being used in the latest Cinebench version.)

It would be nice if they actually tested the 10 core GPU before drawing conclusions like, "However, the GPU performance is not stable, either, and the optional 10-core GPU just does not make such sense since the performance advantage drops to less than 10 % compared to the base model under sustained workloads like gaming." It sounds like they tested a 10 core GPU but then they don't have any other numbers to go along with it. Seems fishy. Did they test with a 10 core version or not? If they did, can we have power and battery numbers please?

I don't think many people will quibble with the conclusion that the M2 MacBook Air is priced too high. Who wouldn't want to be able to buy for less but that "feature" of Apple products isn't likely to ever change.
 
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oneMadRssn

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Sep 8, 2011
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Skimmed it but it seemed good. Does Anandtech still review MBAs?
Anandtech does review laptops time to time, but they're more likely to focus on the M2 itself rather than the specific form factor laptop it's in.
 

adamlbiscuit

macrumors 6502a
Sep 22, 2008
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South Yorkshire, UK
With so much in the cloud these days, is it fair to call a 256GB SSD "meager?"

Depends how much you want to store locally. Sure, you can put everything in the cloud but what happens if your internet connection fails you, if you find yourself locked out of the cloud, or otherwise unable to access it?

iCloud isn't really a solid backup solution either as it's more a 'syncing' service than anything else. Therefore you might want to store your most important stuff like photo and music libraries, so you can get a local backup. These can easily take up almost 250 GB if you're an avid music listener or take a lot of photos.
 

erikkfi

macrumors 65832
May 19, 2017
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The new M2 chip shows that the basic potential of the M1 or M2, respectively, is exhausted, because Apple follows Intel’s example and just increases the frequency of the cores, which requires more energy.
I look forward to Apple proving this wrong in the future.
 
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Toratek

macrumors 6502a
Oct 10, 2019
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Unfortunately, they have given up their position as reliable reviewers with their endorsement of the Grifter silicone pad “solution” video- which was based on a machine that was torn down and reassembled, damaging the Graphite heat spreader.

Talk about jumping the shark.
 
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macdaddy43

macrumors member
May 5, 2021
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IMO people should watch multiple reviews, especially if they're going to use them to make a purchasing decision sight unseen. Include reviews that hold opinions different than yours to ensure you are given all different perspectives. Try not bias those reviews that agree with your point of view as more valid, be objective. Doing so will lead to being better informed and therefore better decision making.
You could make this statement in just about everything in life. Always good advice!
 

Eso

macrumors 68020
Aug 14, 2008
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You're paying for support and if something turns out defective with the product they will likely fix it.
How many multimillion-dollar settlements for unaddressed hardware issues are we at by now? One on the front page at this very moment.
 
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