The best laptop of 2023 is Apple’s MacBook Air – The Verge

The Verge’s pick for the best laptop of 2023 is Apple’s MacBook Air. Calling it “a device that does just about everything right,” The Verge says the MacBook Air “is a great pick for productivity, browsing, and even light gaming.”

Apple's M2 MacBook Air in Starlight
Apple’s current 13.6-inch M2 MacBook Air in Starlight

Monica Chin for The Verge:

Our current pick for the best laptop of 2023 is the MacBook Air…

The M2 processor inside isn’t as fast or powerful as the M1 Pro or M1 Max you get in the larger (and more expensive) MacBook Pro models, but it’s still mighty fast. In our testing, it was able to handle intense office workloads with little to no heat or slowdown. Given how thin and light this device is, it delivers a combination of power and portability that you’ll be hard-pressed to find in many other machines out there.

The M2 Air didn’t give us quite as much battery life as the 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook did in our rundown testing, but we would still expect it to last most people a full day of continuous use.

Apple is continuing to sell the M1 MacBook Air, which was released in 2020. If the M2 MacBook Air is out of your price range, we recommend that you consider the M1 model…

MacDailyNews Take: Amazon currently has Apple’s M1 MacBook Air (13″ Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID) in Space Gray or Gold for a RIDICULOUS $799 (20% off)! That sort of value is actually crazy for a beautiful machine that will give the vast majority of users many years of enjoyment.

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    1. At first, I was highly skeptical. But after watching the video, this looks like a pretty cool approach. Not sure I like how many separate pieces this set-up requires (laptop, stand, keyboard), but some of the scenarios demonstrated seem very useful and practical…

      1. You have to give them credit for designing a very versatile device. I’m typing this comment on my MacBook Pro, which is great, but I find myself automatically reaching for the screen from using my iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard so much. Of course there’s no touch support or anything else groundbreaking. The 2023 MBP is essentially what the 2017-2018 MBP should have been (minus Apple Silicon) had they not taken the butterfly-switch/TouchBar/USB-C-only detour. For the record, I’ve haven’t used the HDMI port yet, the SD card slot rarely and I only charge with USB-C since I use it for my iPad too so I don’t use MagSafe either

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