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Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Giriş İncelemesi: Apple M1 CPU, Intel ve AMD'yi alt üst ediyor

Apple through and through. Apple'ın dizüstü bilgisayar dünyasına yeni giriş, yerleşik kasadaki yeni şirket içi M1 ARM işlemcisiyle birlikte geliyor. Yeni giriş seviyesi sürümün nasıl ortaya çıktığını ve Apple'ın Windows-on-ARM cihazları gibi yazılım uyumluluğuyla mücadele etmek zorunda olup olmadığını kapsamlı incelememizde öğrenin.

Yıllarca süren söylentiler ve Haziran ayında yapılan bir duyurudan sonra nihayet zaman geldi: Yeni MacBook Pro 13 ve MacBook Air ile Apple M1 işlemcili iki dizüstü bilgisayarı test ediyoruz. Yeni Air özellikle heyecan verici. Pro modeliyle aynı güçlü M1 SoC'yi sunarken, fansız soğutmasıyla sessizdir ve önemli ölçüde daha az maliyetlidir. Apple, sekiz grafik çekirdeğinden birini devre dışı bıraktığından, yalnızca en uygun fiyatlı sürümde tümleşik grafik kartının bir sınırlamasını kabul etmeniz gerekir. Bununla birlikte, GPU ve CPU'nun maksimum saat hızları karşılaştırılabilir ve gerekirse, daha büyük SSD'li daha pahalı Air modelinde sekizinci grafik çekirdeğini elde edebilirsiniz. Ağır bir prim için, Apple M1 SoC'yi 16 GB RAM ile sipariş edebilirsiniz. RAM, SoC'nin hemen yanında aynı panoya yerleştirildiği için yükseltilemez. Doğrudan rakiplerin ikisi Apple'ın kendi kampından geliyor: MacBook Pro 13, sürekli yük altında daha iyi performans için bir fan, bir Touchbar, daha büyük pil (ve ayrıca kasa) ve biraz daha parlak bir ekran. Air'in altında isteğe bağlı klavye kapağı / Magic Keyboard bulunan iPad'ler bulunur. Örneğin, Magic Keyboard ile yakın zamanda güncellenen iPad Air 4, kendisini daha kompakt bir alternatif olarak sunuyor. Bununla birlikte, 256 GB sürümü ile zaten benzer bir fiyat aralığındasınız ve klavyeli bir iPad Pro daha da pahalı. Ancak isteğe bağlı kalem operasyonu avantajına sahiptir. Daha ucuz bir Apple alternatifi olarak klavye kapaklı iPad 4'ten de bahsedebiliriz. Windows dizüstü bilgisayarlar arasında çok sayıda rakip var. MacBook Air'in en iyi rakiplerinin sürekli güncellenen bir listesini burada bulabilirsiniz. En çok bilinen cihaz, en yeni 9310 sürümü Tiger Lake ile birlikte sunulan Dell XPS 13'tür. Test ünitemizi normal ticari kaynaklardan satın aldık ve yedi çekirdekli bir GPU'ya sahip en uygun giriş seviyesi sürümüne karar verdik. Gümüş renkli 256 GB SSD ve 8 GB RAM.

Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry (MacBook Air Late 2020 Seri)
İşlemci
Apple M1 8 x 2.1 - 3.2 GHz
Grafik kartı
Apple M1 7-Core GPU
Bellek
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4X
Görüntü
13.30 inç 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 227 PPI, IPS, parlak: evet, 60 Hz
Harddisk
Apple SSD AP0256Q, 256 GB 
Bağlantılar
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, Ses çıkışları: headset, Brightness Sensor
Network
Apple AirPort Extreme M1 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Boyut
yükseklik x genişlik x derinlik (mm): 16.1 x 304.1 x 212.4
Batarya
49.9 Wh, 4380 mAh Lithium-Ion, Batarya kullanım süresi (üreticiye göre): 15 h
İşletim sistemi
Apple OS X 11.0 Big Sur
Camera
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Ek özellikler
Hoparlörler: stereo, 12 Ay Garanti, fanless
Ağırlık
1.272 kg, Güç kaynağı: 172 g
Fiyat
1129 Euro
Bağlantılar
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison of possible competitors

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91 %
01/2021
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.30"2560x1600
88 %
12/2020
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg14.8 mm13.40"1920x1200
88 %
02/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg15.95 mm13.30"1920x1080
89 %
10/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.30"1920x1080
90 %
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.3 kg16.9 mm13.30"1920x1080
91 %
12/2020
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
458 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
89 %
06/2020
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU
641 g5.9 mm12.90"2732x2048
85 %
10/2019
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU
483 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620

Durum

Hemen konuya gelmek gerekirse: dava açısından yeni bir şey yok. Apple yalnızca iç değerlerle ilgileniyordu ve MacBook Air'in 2020 yenilemesine kıyasla hiçbir harici değişiklik yok. Sadece büyük ekran çerçeveleri eskimiş olarak karşımıza çıkıyor. Windows dünyasında, bunlar zaten önemli ölçüde küçüldü (bkz. XPS 13). Ayrıca, Big Sur'un ayarlamaları ve IOS uygulamalarının uyumluluğu nedeniyle oldukça faydalı olabilecek bir dokunmatik ekran için boşuna bakacaksınız. Öte yandan alüminyum yekpare kasanın olumlu özellikleri devam ediyor. Çok sağlam, yüksek kaliteli ve sade tasarımı ile çekicidir. Air hiçbir şey için bir stil ikonu olarak görülmedi ve çok sayıda üretici tarafından taklit edildi. Kasanın daha ince hale gelmesi nedeniyle, Pro modellerin aksine öndeki keskin kenarlar sorun olmaktan çıkıyor.Yandaki küçük bir ayrıntı: Testimizdeki ikinci MacBook Air (sekiz çekirdekli GPU ve 512 GB ile daha pahalı model) SSD) menteşeyi hareket ettirirken hafif bir gıcırtı üretir. Giriş seviyesi test ünitemiz bu davranışı göstermiyor ve önceki nesillerin birçok test ünitesinde de hiç karşılaşmadık.

Rakiplere bakıldığında MacBook Air'in 2020'de artık boyut ve ağırlık açısından yeni standartlar belirlemediği aşikar. Bazı önemli ölçüde daha ince ve daha küçük dizüstü bilgisayarlar var. Karşılaştırılabilir bir ağırlıkta, Dell XPS 13 tüm bu ölçümlerde puan alabilir.

Boyut Karşılaştırması

312 mm 217 mm 16.9 mm 1.3 kg311.9 mm 217.2 mm 16.9 mm 1.3 kg310.4 mm 219 mm 15.95 mm 1.3 kg304.1 mm 212.4 mm 16.1 mm 1.3 kg296 mm 199 mm 14.8 mm 1.3 kg280.6 mm 214.9 mm 5.9 mm 641 g250.6 mm 174.1 mm 7.5 mm 483 g247.6 mm 178.5 mm 6.1 mm 458 g

Bağlantı Ekipmanları

TB3 network bridge to an MBP16 reached 15.4 Gbit/s
TB3 network bridge to an MBP16 reached 15.4 Gbit/s
Icy Box 20gbits with TS2TMTE220S USB-C SSD
Icy Box 20gbits with TS2TMTE220S USB-C SSD

Her zamanki gibi, MacBook Air, bağlantılar açısından yalnızca yetersiz ücretler sunuyor. Neyse ki sol taraftaki iki USB-C bağlantı noktası Thunderbolt 3'ü destekliyor. Ancak uyumluluk, Intel tabanlı dizüstü bilgisayarlardan alıştığımız düzeyde değil. Birincisi olumlu: her iki bağlantı noktası da şarj için kullanılabilir ve çeşitli şarj cihazlarıyla (MBP16, Anker, Philips USB-C Monitör) testimizde kusursuz bir şekilde çalışabilir. Her iki bağlantı noktası da DisplayPort olarak kullanılabilir, ancak MacBook Air'deki M1 yalnızca tek bir ek monitörü destekler. Testimizde, 60 Hz'de 4K, Philips Brilliance 329P9H ve ayrıca bir LG 4K monitör ile mükemmel bir şekilde çalıştı. Bununla birlikte, bir Asus PB287Q yalnızca 4K'da 30 Hz'de çalışıyordu ve ayrıca internette bazı izole sorunları duyabilirsiniz. Bu noktada, harici Thunderbolt aksesuarları henüz güvenilir bir şekilde kullanılamıyor. Harici grafik kartları henüz desteklenmiyor (görünüşe göre, Mantiz Venus ile test edilen AMD'den bir ARM sürücüsü yok) ve Mantiz Titan TB Dock da en iyi ihtimalle yalnızca parçalar halinde çalıştı ve güvenilmezdi. USB 3.2 Gen 2 cihazlarının veri hızları da Intel tabanlı Thunderbolt cihazlarınkilerle karşılaştırılamaz. Görünüşe göre USB 4 yalnızca 10 Gbit / sn'lik en düşük sürümde destekleniyor, ancak Thunderbolt 3 ile daha yüksek veri hızlarına (örneğin, ağ testinde 15,4 Gbit / sn) ulaşabilirsiniz. Ayrıca kulaklık bağlantı noktasından bahsetmeyi de unutmamalıyız. sağ tarafta, çekici kalitesini beğendik (bundan sonra daha fazlası).

Left: 2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 (10 Gbit/s)
Left: 2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 (10 Gbit/s)
Right: headset
Right: headset

İletişim

Only 80 MHz and therefore 1200 Mbit/s via WiFi 6
Only 80 MHz and therefore 1200 Mbit/s via WiFi 6

Apple M1'e geçişle birlikte nihayet WiFi 6 olarak da bilinen 802.11ax desteği geldi. Ancak, Netgear Nighthawk Stream RAX120 yönlendiricimizle yapılan testte, Air yalnızca 80 MHz ve maksimum 1200 Mbit / s hızda bağlanabildi. Bu, testimizde bir WiFi 6 cihazı için çok zayıf veri hızlarına yol açtı. Karşılaştırmamızda, Asus PCE-AX58BT WiFi 6 kartı (Intel AX200 Çipini kullanan) bundan hemen sonra 1.5 Gbit / s elde etti. Rakip dizüstü bilgisayarlar karşılaştırıldığında, örneğin XPS 13 önemli bir avantaja sahipti. Önceki modele (yalnızca Wifi 5) kıyasla neredeyse hiçbir avantajı olmasa da, en azından MacBook Air iPad Air 4'ü biraz geride bırakabiliyor (muhtemelen daha iyi antenler nedeniyle).

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1439 (1386min - 1504max) MBit/s ∼100% +114%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (240 - 1658, n=89, last 2 years)
868 MBit/s ∼60% +29%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
672 (614min - 682max) MBit/s ∼47%
Average Apple AirPort Extreme M1
 
672 MBit/s ∼47% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
612 (576min - 636max) MBit/s ∼43% -9%
Apple iPad Air 2020
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
541 (500min - 571max) MBit/s ∼38% -19%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
975 (786min - 1026max) MBit/s ∼100% +77%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (49.8 - 1614, n=89, last 2 years)
779 MBit/s ∼80% +41%
Apple iPad Air 2020
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
645 (569min - 750max) MBit/s ∼66% +17%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple AirPort Extreme M1
552 (257min - 620max) MBit/s ∼57%
Average Apple AirPort Extreme M1
 
552 MBit/s ∼57% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
550 (546min - 561max) MBit/s ∼56% 0%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650678671674672676676668680682679671668682681675673674668677670671614670674675674671665673670678671674672676676668680682679671668682681675673674668677670671614670674675674671665673670257545519550518528527518555520517515564523535522543579590532586620593598609551598581576536Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø672 (614-682)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø544 (257-620)

Web kamerası

Ne yazık ki, web kamerası açısından da pek bir şey değişmedi. Apple, zayıf 720p çözünürlükte aynı vasat kamera modülünü kullanmaya devam ediyor. En azından Apple M1 çipi, gelişmiş görüntü işleme sunarak renklerin ve kontrastın da daha iyi olmasını sağlıyor. Duruma bağlı olarak bu oldukça belirgin olabilir.

Artificial light - very bright
Artificial light - very bright
Artificial light - very dark
Artificial light - very dark
Natural light
Natural light
Outdoor image
Outdoor image
Resolution distribution
Resolution distribution
Sharpness of the measurement points
Sharpness of the measurement points
ColorChecker
9.9 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
11 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry: 10.47 ∆E min: 1.76 - max: 16.57 ∆E

Bakım

Dizüstü bilgisayarın alt kısmı Pentalobe vidalarla sabitlenmeye devam ediyor. Bununla birlikte, sadece batarya nispeten kolay bir şekilde değiştirilebildiğinden, iç kısımlara erişmek için neredeyse hiçbir neden yoktur. Bakıma ihtiyaç duyan bir fan yoktur ve CPU, GPU, SSD, RAM ve WLAN kartı gibi tüm bileşenler doğrudan ana karta lehimlenmiştir. İFixit'teki kolejlerimiz cihazı çoktan parçalara ayırdı ve eski Air ile olan farklarını gösterdi.

Only the battery can be replaced in the MacBook Air with M1 CPU (image: iFixit)
Only the battery can be replaced in the MacBook Air with M1 CPU (image: iFixit)

Garanti

Apple, telefon yardım hattı dahil (ayrıca yazılım sorunları için) tüm ürünleri için bir yıllık garanti sunmaktadır. Daha uzun bir garanti süresi için, Apple Care adlı pahalı garanti uzatmasını satın alma seçeneğiniz vardır (yardım hattı dahil).

Giriş cihazları

Klavye Klavyenin mekaniği önceki modele göre değişmedi. Apple, kullanıcıların çoğunluğu tarafından çok daha fazla takdir edilen ve aynı zamanda daha güvenilir olduğu varsayılan iyi makas anahtarları kullanır. Hızlı tip testinde 89 WPM'de, yazar kendini tanımak için herhangi bir zaman olmadan çok iyi bir sonuç elde etti (eski kelebek anahtarlarının hayranı olmasına rağmen). Dolayısıyla, çizgi, boyut ve düzen Apple kullanıcıları için ideal olmaya devam ediyor. Daha önce olduğu gibi, Windows kullanıcılarının yeniden ayarlama yapması gerekiyor ve bazı özel tuşlardaki etiketlerin olmaması (Almanca düzenindeki parantezler [] {} gibi) can sıkıcı olmaya devam ediyor. MacBook Pro 13 ile karşılaştırıldığında, Air bunu yapmak zorunda Touchbar olmadan, bunun yerine geleneksel F1 - F12 işlev tuşlarını sunar. Widget'lar için Touchbar'ı kullanmak istemediğiniz sürece, bu büyük bir dezavantaj değildir.

Dokunmatik yüzey

Burada da değişiklik yok, ancak burada neleri geliştirebileceğinizi bilemeyiz zaten. Titreşim motorlu cam dokunmatik yüzey köşelere kadar mükemmel çalışır. Dokunmatik yüzey, Windows dünyasında eşi benzeri olmayan olmaya devam ediyor. Daha büyük dizüstü bilgisayar modellerinde, Apple yalnızca izleme dörtgeninin boyutunu değiştirir, ancak iPad serisinin Magic Keyboard'una kıyasla çok daha iyidir.

Görüntüle

Subpixel grid, no matte surface
Subpixel grid
Hardly any backlight bleeding
Hardly any backlight bleeding

Apple'a göre ekranda bazı küçük değişiklikler de var. Hala 2560 x 1600 piksel ile aynı 16:10 çözünürlüğü kullanırken, şimdi biraz artırılmış maksimum parlaklık ve daha geniş bir renk alanı sunuyor. Daha yüksek parlaklığı onayladık. Rakiplerimizle karşılaştırmamızda, iPad'ler önemli ölçüde daha parlaktır ve XPS 13 ayrıca fark edilir şekilde daha yüksek bir maksimum parlaklık üretebilir. Her zamanki gibi, ThinkPad'ler maalesef bu disiplinde yeniliyor. Nispeten yüksek siyah değeri maalesef yalnızca ortalama 1000: 1 kontrastına yol açar.

391
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
Parlaklığın yayılımı
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maksimum: 417 cd/m² Ortalama: 394.7 cd/m² Minimum: 4.4 cd/m²
Aydınlatma: 91 %
Batarya modunda parlaklık: 417 cd/m²
Kontrast: 1069:1 (Siyah: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.12 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6, calibrated: 0.77
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2207
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
N133HCG-GR3, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
LP133WF7-SPB1, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
B133HAK01.1, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.30
Apple iPad Air 2020
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
Liquid Retina Display, IPS, 2732x2048, 12.90
Apple iPad 7 2019
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Response Times
-64%
-44%
-50%
-49%
-25%
-31%
4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31 (14, 17)
52 (27.6, 24.4)
-68%
56 (26.8, 29.2)
-81%
55 (26, 29)
-77%
56.8 (29.2, 27.6)
-83%
46.8 (23.6, 23.2)
-51%
46.8 (18.4, 28.4)
-51%
38 (19, 19)
-23%
Response Time Black / White *
26.1 (14.9, 11.2)
33.2 (19.2, 14)
-27%
28 (11.2, 16.8)
-7%
32 (18, 14)
-23%
30 (16.8, 13.2)
-15%
25.6 (12.4, 13.2)
2%
24.4 (8.4, 16)
7%
18 (7, 11)
31%
PWM Frequency
118000 (49, 155)
2475 (20)
-98%
58820 (13)
-50%
Screen
-56%
-12%
-46%
-110%
3%
10%
11%
Brightness middle
417
543.3
30%
401
-4%
356
-15%
331
-21%
509
22%
625
50%
499
20%
Brightness
395
524
33%
383
-3%
336
-15%
315
-20%
486
23%
599
52%
470
19%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
91
0%
88
-3%
90
-1%
93
2%
87
-4%
87
-4%
Black Level *
0.39
0.38
3%
0.16
59%
0.16
59%
0.21
46%
0.39
-0%
0.47
-21%
0.49
-26%
Contrast
1069
1430
34%
2506
134%
2225
108%
1576
47%
1305
22%
1330
24%
1018
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.12
3.02
-170%
2.6
-132%
3.6
-221%
6.1
-445%
1.3
-16%
1.3
-16%
0.97
13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.71
7.61
-181%
4.2
-55%
5.5
-103%
10
-269%
2.8
-3%
2.7
-0%
1.98
27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.77
1.23
-60%
0.9
-17%
1.11
-44%
1.2
-56%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.7
5
-194%
3.3
-94%
4.7
-176%
6.3
-271%
2.2
-29%
1.8
-6%
0.9
47%
Gamma
2207 0%
2.02 109%
2.01 109%
2.92 75%
2.77 79%
2.21 100%
2.23 99%
2.135 103%
CCT
6870 95%
6550 99%
6076 107%
6222 104%
6938 94%
6833 95%
6765 96%
6571 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
66.8
62.7
61
60.7
99.3
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.6
98.1
96
95.4
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-60% / -58%
-28% / -18%
-48% / -46%
-80% / -99%
-11% / -3%
-11% / -1%
8% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

Panelin renk doğruluğu testlerimizde mükemmel. Renk testleri ve gri tonlama, Windows rakiplerinden önemli ölçüde daha iyidir. Bu nedenle ekran, fotoğrafçılar ve renk doğruluğuna bağlı uygulamaları kullanan diğerleri için çok uygundur. Bununla birlikte, ekranlarını düzenli olarak test etmeli ve yeniden kalibre etmelidirler. Bu bağlamda, daha sonra, örneğin, eski donanımın artık desteklenmediğini ve M1 ile bazı uyumluluk sorunları olabileceğini öğrendik. SRGB renk alanı pratik olarak tamamen kaplanmıştır ve DCI P3 (daVinci Resolve altında) % 98.2. Her zamanki gibi, MobileForge veya tarayıcı üzerinden yapılan testler yalnızca sRGB renk alanında çalışır. İ1pro'nun i1Profiler kalibrasyon yazılımı şu anda M1 Mac'lerle uyumlu değildir, bu nedenle ekranı kalibre etmek için SyperX'i kullandık (ölçümler hala i1pro ile yapılır).

ColorChecker (MobileForge)
ColorChecker (MobileForge)
Grayscale (MobileForge)
Grayscale (MobileForge)
Gamut sRGB (MobileForge)
Gamut sRGB (MobileForge)
Gamut DCI P3 (MobileForge)
Gamut DCI P3 (MobileForge)
Gamut via DisplayCal (browser)
Gamut via DisplayCal (browser)
Creating a display profile with the SpyderX
Creating a display profile with the SpyderX
Grayscale (calibrated with SpyderX)
Grayscale (calibrated with SpyderX)
ColorChecker (calibrated with SpyderX)
ColorChecker (calibrated with SpyderX)

The display is protected by reflective glass as usual. There is, however, a special layer on top that is supposed to reduce annoying reflections. But you should definitely still avoid bright light sources from behind. The brightness is also only sufficient for shady conditions, and things become difficult in direct sunlight.

Outdoors in winter
Outdoors in winter
Direct reflection of the sun
Direct reflection of the sun

To save energy, Apple uses PWM at a very high frequency of 117 kHz for brightness up to about 50% (about 160 cd/m2). Above that, we measure some slight flickering at 60 Hz, but this only shows some very small brightness variations (with or without the charger). Neither should lead to any difficulties for more than very few users.

The response times of the display are good for an IPS display, but only average when considering all the displays we tested. However, there are no limitations at all in everyday operation.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26.1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.9 ms rise
↘ 11.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 118000 Hz ≤ 49 % brightness setting
≤ 155 cd/m² brightness

The display backlight flickers at 118000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 49 % (155 cd/m²) and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 118000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

Flickering occurs even at high brightness setting and may have an effect on the user during everyday use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9716 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 151500) Hz was measured.

Thanks to the IPS panel, the image remains stable even from extreme viewing angles, maintaining the brightness relatively well.

Performance

The most important innovation is of course the Apple M1 SoC. With this, Apple integrates its own processor and graphics units also in notebooks for the first time. Because the architecture has changed from x86 to ARM, old programs have to be emulated (Rosetta 2) under MacOS, causing some loss in performance. On the other hand, you gain compatibility to IOS programs, which run without emulation. Unfortunately, some manufacturers lock their apps for usage under MacOS, so that the whole software library of the iPads will not be available. The lack of a touchscreen is also a point here. Directly integrated into the chip, you can also find the LPDDR4X-4266 main storage as Unified Memory with either 8 or 16 GB. An advantage of the Unified Memory architecture is the fact that the CPU and GPU are able to access the memory simultaneously without the need of copying shared elements (as was the case until now).

Processor

MHz in Cinebench R23 10min loop
MHz in Cinebench R23 10min loop

The integrated processor in the M1 SoC is the most important innovation. It offers four fast and large Firestorm cores with a clock speed of up to 3.2 GHz (P Cluster) and four energy saving cores with the codename Icestorm (up to 2.1 GHz, E Cluster). While all eight cores can be used simultaneously, only the Icestorm cores run under low loads, ensuring a long battery life. In contrast to the MacBook Pro, there is no fan in the Air but only a passive cooling block instead. This has a significant effect under longer loads. We therefore have to differentiate in our tests now: either native execution or Rosetta 2 emulation and short or longer loads.

In the Cinebench loops, the throttling of the M1 immediately becomes apparent. After the first run, the performance in Cinebench R23 drops by 8%, and then levels out at a 12% reduction after six runs. For passive cooling and the high level of performance, this really isn't bad. The MacBook Pro 13 is able to maintain its performance thanks to the active fans. In the comparison with the Intel competitors, the M1 is even able to perform in Rosetta 2 emulated benchmarks at the level of a Tiger Lake i7-1165G7. Compared to the old MacBook Air (even with a Core i5), the M1 plays in a different league - very impressive!

Cinebench R15 loop (emulated via Rosetta 2)

05511016522027533038544049555060566071577082588093599010451020.12933.47885.66869.13860.59844.68847.04844.02838.64838.5836.94830.03823.32825.05820.65817.01851.61842.28842.62848.23847.1844.26844.76842.74844.11838.57841.59841.2838.45841.34836.96835.75834.55834.65831.84837.59835.25834.2836.33833.92837.21834.64834.34830.1824.69834.08832.57831.01830.31832.5830.74833.35827.22825.05825.61829.07741.3725.23748.83755.4752.79761.08753.38760.95760.02753.74760.24759.84760.59761.24761.21760.14759.5762.01762.56755.56764.82763.59760.53759.79760.36761.69765.86760.64765.89766.2757.35766.12766.17766.31766.17765.14767.31768.15767.75766.31764.96763.45767.42767.19764.161065.021016.881036.241010.941036.24997.851031.861002.361018.771003.241005.081005.11005.181001.351006.061006.641003.761007.841002.281005.381006.341001.21001.281000.451004.191000.93997.531001.28990.79986.92986.63981.07962.5110571014102810581033104310341040103910351037102310381037102210341033103410301035103610331034103210331017104610361037103510171009101710201039103410161029103510111012102110411034103410201034102410351024103610251039103310271040971955970941934912941893904892919901927890901887885887878882882871877863867869872894872940849867839830844845838836787803872840831844822825837809812851828831826850805807824835834833848831773800822448.1396.01397.55405.26412.84413.5411.51413.07413.1410.68409.27408.36383.89416.18415.63415.82417.2417.65416.01415.02394.63363.09369.4380.05389.36392.81393.22392.86394.57393.85393.74394.71395.16394395.49395.25395.64397.77396.82396.42389.87332.83292.93294.94298.39297.27301.18300.21299.71299.24298.47297.14298.03297.83298.61298.26298.1297.12295.83296.91296.89297.11297.34295.93296.02294.92295.37295.27295.06294.45295.01295.67294.6294.84293294.47294.79295.19293.78293.41293754.55866.1858.13856.49855.78855.85858.44856.16857.36860.18858.59860.44858.9857.16857.82857.06859.57857.63855.25854.32858.92849.98858.02856.37855.18Tooltip
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1, Apple M1; Rosetta 2: Ø843 (817.01-1020.12)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen Intel Core i5-1038NG7, Intel Core i5-1038NG7: Ø761 (725.23-768.15)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Intel Core i7-8850H, Intel Core i7-8850H; macOS Software Update: Ø1006 (962.51-1065.02)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Intel Core i7-8850H, Intel Core i7-8850H; macOS Software Update 2: Ø1031 (1009-1058)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Intel Core i7-8850H, Intel Core i7-8850H; macOS Catalina 10.15.5: Ø901 (863-971)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X) Intel Core i7-8850H, Intel Core i7-8850H; macOS: Ø832 (773-940)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5 Intel Core i5-1030NG7, Intel Core i5-1030NG7; macOS 10.15: Ø401 (363.09-448.1)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3 Intel Core i3-1000NG4, Intel Core i3-1000NG4: Ø297 (292.93-332.83)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø853 (754.55-866.1)

Cinebench R23 loop (native)

02505007501000125015001750200022502500275030003250350037504000425045004750500052505500575060006250650067507000725075007750800082508500875090009250950097507409.3056786.1466682.2236606.5246559.8946539.5186506.0166505.5896491.8616495.1026484.1716475.1786458.2666452.7536448.146452.3336441.8076453.4356428.9726435.3836436.0096431.2646430.0136424.7566429.5976401.3876433.2976417.8476411.476426.8375097.0614967.2344935.6364935.1454927.0884910.3844898.2924929.4444899.3514926.5074910.934915.9198746.7428690.1458681.1168715.7198709.0258697.9548727.7955919.2225919.9285784.3745841.6765646.525906.765737.965743.275759.945741.115746.225730.255711.495724.475697.595708.375702.465707.1457115704.315711.4956965687.515685.595705.875698.295700.8756965698.615694.575703.95692.245678.965704.685705.175682.385677.745684.535665.385680.755689.555663.125696.985681.695691.915669.515676.615674.255683.485665.345662.555674.465672.225677.345676.289762.0649479.3378743.378462.2258483.9348699.5758693.6678957.4929173.3449164.879168.9999155.1449134.2839095.6589014.2589092.1159115.0879116.3439097.2229075.7939104.631Tooltip
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1, Apple M1: Ø6512 (6401.387-7409.305)
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14ITL5 Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø4938 (4898.292-5097.061)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H, Intel Core i9-9880H; macOS 11.0.1: Ø8710 (8681.116-8746.742)
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5 AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: Ø5822 (5646.52-5919.928)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-056US Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø5701 (5662.55-5906.76)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Ryzen 7 4800U: Ø9038 (8462.225-9762.064)
Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Performance Rating
Average Apple M1
 
80.4 pt ∼80%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
79.7 pt ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
79.7 pt ∼80%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W -2!
Intel Core i7-1185G7
77.6 pt ∼78%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
75.7 pt ∼76%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
74.1 pt ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
55.6 pt ∼56%
Average of class Subnotebook
 
54.5 pt ∼55%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
40.8 pt ∼41%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
34.4 pt ∼34%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
580 Points ∼100% +45%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
569 Points ∼98% +42%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
559 Points ∼96% +39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
475 Points ∼82% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
415 Points ∼72% +3%
Average Apple M1
  (401 - 406, n=2)
404 Points ∼70% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
401 Points ∼69%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 583, n=85, last 2 years)
396 Points ∼68% -1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
375 Points ∼65% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
330 Points ∼57% -18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
348 Points ∼60% -13%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
2935 Points ∼100% +58%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2214 Points ∼75% +19%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2025 Points ∼69% +9%
Average Apple M1
  (1863 - 2109, n=2)
1986 Points ∼68% +7%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1913 Points ∼65% +3%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1863 Points ∼63%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 3839, n=86, last 2 years)
1463 Points ∼50% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
1239 Points ∼42% -33%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
987 Points ∼34% -47%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
764 Points ∼26% -59%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
587 Points ∼20% -68%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
224 Points ∼100% +8%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
219 Points ∼98% +5%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
218 Points ∼97% +5%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
208 Points ∼93%
Average Apple M1
  (208 - 208, n=2)
208 Points ∼93% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
184 Points ∼82% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
171 Points ∼76% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 221, n=94, last 2 years)
160 Points ∼71% -23%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
141 Points ∼63% -32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
140 Points ∼63% -33%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1287 (1057.08min - 1287.21max) Points ∼100% +26%
Average Apple M1
  (1020 - 1070, n=2)
1045 Points ∼81% +2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1020 (817min - 1020max) Points ∼79%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
966 Points ∼75% -5%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
866 (754.55min - 866.1max) Points ∼67% -15%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
824 (791.78min - 824.28max) Points ∼64% -19%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
818 Points ∼64% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (82.3 - 1674, n=99, last 2 years)
661 Points ∼51% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
529 (524.76min - 529.32max) Points ∼41% -48%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
448 (363min - 448max) Points ∼35% -56%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
333 (293min - 333max) Points ∼26% -67%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1814 Seconds * ∼100% -375%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
1310 Seconds * ∼72% -243%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=70, last 2 years)
984 Seconds * ∼54% -158%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
838 Seconds * ∼46% -119%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
632 Seconds * ∼35% -65%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
575 Seconds * ∼32% -51%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
545 Seconds * ∼30% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
403 Seconds * ∼22% -5%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
382 Seconds * ∼21%
Average Apple M1
 
382 Seconds * ∼21% -0%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
5441 MIPS ∼100%
Average Apple M1
 
5441 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5368 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5283 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5217 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
4542 MIPS ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4438 MIPS ∼82% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=72, last 2 years)
4274 MIPS ∼79% -21%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
3472 MIPS ∼64% -36%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
3438 MIPS ∼63% -37%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
37081 MIPS ∼100% +7%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
34614 MIPS ∼93%
Average Apple M1
 
34614 MIPS ∼93% 0%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
25086 MIPS ∼68% -28%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
23460 MIPS ∼63% -32%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
20843 MIPS ∼56% -40%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3267 - 44827, n=72, last 2 years)
18663 MIPS ∼50% -46%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
16330 MIPS ∼44% -53%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
10924 MIPS ∼29% -68%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
7921 MIPS ∼21% -77%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Apple M1
  (1727 - 1745, n=4)
1736 Points ∼100% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
1727 Points ∼99%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1551 Points ∼89% -10%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1547 Points ∼89% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
1209 Points ∼70% -30%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
1167 Points ∼67% -32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
1010 Points ∼58% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1157 Points ∼67% -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1740, n=74, last 2 years)
1114 Points ∼64% -35%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1096 Points ∼63% -37%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Apple M1
  (7570 - 7710, n=4)
7612 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
7578 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5682 Points ∼75% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
5600 Points ∼74% -26%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5586 Points ∼73% -26%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 7590, n=74, last 2 years)
3930 Points ∼52% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
3637 Points ∼48% -52%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
2881 Points ∼38% -62%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
2539 Points ∼33% -66%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2028 Points ∼27% -73%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
0.922 sec * ∼100% -26%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Intel Core i5-1030NG7
0.909 sec * ∼99% -24%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
0.918 sec * ∼100% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.554 - 2.21, n=64, last 2 years)
0.792 sec * ∼86% -8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1
0.732 sec * ∼79%
Average Apple M1
 
0.732 sec * ∼79% -0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
Intel Core i7-10510U
0.679 sec * ∼74% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.613 sec * ∼66% +16%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.586 sec * ∼64% +20%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.571 sec * ∼62% +22%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.568 sec * ∼62% +22%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
208 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
90 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1020 Points
Yardım

System Performance

Since there are no classic system benchmarks such as the PCMark from UL under Mac OS X, we use the browser benchmarks here. Apple's own Safari browser offers an outstanding Javascript performance, and in combination with the fast M1 SoC, RAM, and SSD, the MacBook Air produces top values here. 

If we consider the WebXPRT 3, which is often used by Intel for comparisons, we can see that even the fast Core i7-1185G7 and also i7-10900K processors (desktop) are left behind. Ahead of the M1, we can only find the new Zen 3 based desktop CPUs with high clock speeds (such as the Ryzen 9 5950X). 

In well-optimized apps, the M1 SoC is also able to take advantage of the additional dedicated functional units (video decoding, AI acceleration, encryption). In this way, it is able to process 4K videos (of the correct format) smoothly in Final Cut X from Apple, for example.

WebXPRT 3 - ---
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Radeon RX 6800 XT, R9 5950X, Intel Optane 905P
288 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
281 Points ∼98%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 28W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
260 Points ∼90% -7%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
253 Points ∼88% -10%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-056US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
249 Points ∼86% -11%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
248 Points ∼86% -12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
205 Points ∼71% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
205 Points ∼71% -27%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
195 Points ∼68% -31%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (52.1 - 281, n=64, last 2 years)
181 Points ∼63% -36%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
140 Points ∼49% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Adreno 680, SD 8cx, 256 GB NVMe
116 Points ∼40% -59%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
111 Points ∼39% -60%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Adreno 680, SD 8cx, 256 GB NVMe
1464.2 ms * ∼100% -199%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (489 - 4105, n=89, last 2 years)
1132 ms * ∼77% -131%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
1115.9 ms * ∼76% -128%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
846 ms * ∼58% -73%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
822 ms * ∼56% -68%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
818 ms * ∼56% -67%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
645.9 ms * ∼44% -32%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
641 ms * ∼44% -31%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-056US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
637 ms * ∼44% -30%
Intel Reference Design Laptop 15W
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
618 ms * ∼42% -26%
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Radeon RX 6800 XT, R9 5950X, Intel Optane 905P
581 ms * ∼40% -19%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
489 ms * ∼33%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
464.2 ms * ∼32% +5%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
62227 Points ∼100%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-056US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
61254 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
58568 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
50438 Points ∼81% -19%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
43057 Points ∼69% -31%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
36619 Points ∼59% -41%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (9070 - 62899, n=51, last 2 years)
35748 Points ∼57% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Adreno 680, SD 8cx, 256 GB NVMe
29364 Points ∼47% -53%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
27900 Points ∼45% -55%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
213 runs/min ∼100%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
198 runs/min ∼93% -7%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-056US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
162.9 runs/min ∼76% -24%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
135 runs/min ∼63% -37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12.6 - 213, n=23, last 2 years)
92.2 runs/min ∼43% -57%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
66.4 runs/min ∼31% -69%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Adreno 680, SD 8cx, 256 GB NVMe
59.3 runs/min ∼28% -72%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
178.7 Points ∼100%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-056US
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
170.456 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
166.551 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
143.168 Points ∼80% -20%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic GPU, A12Z Bionic, 256 GB NVMe
126.1 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (39.3 - 179, n=27, last 2 years)
125 Points ∼70% -30%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
76.172 Points ∼43% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Book S
Adreno 680, SD 8cx, 256 GB NVMe
73.5 Points ∼41% -59%
Youtube - 2160p60 CPU Load
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5 - 100, n=44, last 2 years)
15.4 % ∼100% +3%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (5)
15 % ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ (68, 2)
10 % ∼65% -33%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ (66)
6 % ∼39% -60%
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV (31, 2)
4 % ∼26% -73%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Solution

The Air also achieves a huge jump ahead with the SSD, almost catching up with the current MacBook Pro 16 - note that this is the entry-level model with 256 GB versus the 1 TB SSD for an additional premium.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
2788 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
2756 MB/s ∼99%
Average Apple SSD AP0256Q
 
2756 MB/s ∼99% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Apple SSD AP0512
2424 MB/s ∼87% -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Apple SSD SM0512F
2049 MB/s ∼73% -26%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Apple SSD AP0256
1884.3 MB/s ∼68% -32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Apple SSD AP0256
1316.3 MB/s ∼47% -52%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Apple SSD AP0512
1259 MB/s ∼45% -54%
Apple Macbook Air 2019
Apple SSD AP0256
1007 MB/s ∼36% -63%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
2880 MB/s ∼100% +18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
2431 MB/s ∼84%
Average Apple SSD AP0256Q
 
2431 MB/s ∼84% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 2GHz i5 10th-Gen
Apple SSD SM0512F
2314 MB/s ∼80% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
Apple SSD AP0512
1674 MB/s ∼58% -31%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Apple SSD AP0512
1328 MB/s ∼46% -45%
Apple Macbook Air 2019
Apple SSD AP0256
1320 MB/s ∼46% -46%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Apple SSD AP0256
1008.3 MB/s ∼35% -59%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Apple SSD AP0256
930.7 MB/s ∼32% -62%

Graphics Card

Unfortunately, you won't get the full graphics performance of the M1 chip in the entry-level model of the MacBook Air, but you have to make do without one of the eight cores. This also makes the performance noticeably slower than that of the more expensive devices. Despite that, the performance is still excellent compared to the predecessor devices and also the iPads. The performance is at a comparable level as that of the Radeon Pro 5300M in the most affordable MacBook Pro 16. 

GFXBench
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
94.7 fps ∼100% +31%
Asus TUF FX705DT-AU068T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
87.1 fps ∼92% +20%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
81.2 fps ∼86% +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
78.2 fps ∼83% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
72.4 fps ∼76%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Apple A14 Bionic GPU, Apple A14 Bionic
32.9 fps ∼35% -55%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.4 - 81.2, n=12, last 2 years)
30.5 fps ∼32% -58%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic GPU, Apple A14 Bionic
30.1 fps ∼32% -58%
Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
20 fps ∼21% -72%
Apple iPad 7 2019
Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, Apple A10 Fusion
10.8 fps ∼11% -85%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
254 fps ∼100% +32%
Asus TUF FX705DT-AU068T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
225.5 fps ∼89% +17%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
214.4 fps ∼84% +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
207 fps ∼81% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
192 fps ∼76%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Apple A14 Bionic GPU, Apple A14 Bionic
105.6 fps ∼42% -45%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic GPU, Apple A14 Bionic
84.8 fps ∼33% -56%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (9 - 214, n=12, last 2 years)
80.7 fps ∼32% -58%
Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
54 fps ∼21% -72%
Apple iPad 7 2019
Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, Apple A10 Fusion
29.1 fps ∼11% -85%
3DMark - Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
17731 Points ∼100% +10%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
17731 Points ∼100% +10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16159 - 17731, n=3, last 2 years)
17207 Points ∼97% +6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
16159 Points ∼91%
Apple iPad Air 2020
Apple A14 Bionic GPU, Apple A14 Bionic
8955 Points ∼51% -45%
Apple iPhone 12
Apple A14 Bionic GPU, Apple A14 Bionic
7100 Points ∼40% -56%
Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
3826 Points ∼22% -76%

Gaming Performance

Graphics errors in the "Total War: Three Kingdoms" benchmark
Graphics errors in the "Total War: Three Kingdoms" benchmark
3DMark stress test: no throttling
3DMark stress test: no throttling

In the gaming performance, macOS isn't able to keep up with Windows devices. Most of the games are only ports of their Windows version, so they already lose some of their optimizations and performance in this process. In better optimized games such as "Borderlands 3," the M1 GPU achieves about the performance of a GeForce MX350 under Windows. It is, however, able to leave the integrated Intel graphics cards significantly behind.

Despite the very good performance, we still see many compatibility problems with the new graphics chip. At 8x AA, Unigine Valley displays only a black screen, "Borderlands 3" leaves a black screen after closing it (sometimes even requiring a reboot), "Counter-Strike: GO" doesn't start, and "Total War: Three Kingdoms" has some texture errors and we noticed several more details in the test.

In addition, numerous IOS games can also run. But you won't find popular and demanding games such as "Call of Duty Mobile" or "PUBG Mobile" in the App Store at this point. Since the theoretical raw performance (see GFXBench and 3DMark) lies significantly above that of the fastest iPads, you shouldn't have any performance problems here, and the architecture is also the same. In our test, this is proven by "World of Tanks Blizz," for example, which runs smoothly at maximum details (high incl. 4x AA) and in native resolution, and even on an external 4K monitor at 60 fps.

In terms of throttling and performance in battery operation, we can also reassure you: During 20 minutes of stress test, the 3DMark Wild Life measurements did not show any performance drops (99% stability), and the GFXBench Metal Manhattan test also ran with stable frame rates in battery operation (unfortunately at limited 60 fps).

Borderlands 3
1920x1080 High Overall Quality (DX11)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
41.4 fps ∼100% +134%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (35.7 - 41, n=5)
39.2 fps ∼95% +121%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1, Apple M1 7-Core GPU
17.7 fps ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (16.9 - 17, n=2)
17 fps ∼41% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (7.73 - 34.7, n=8, last 2 years)
16 fps ∼39% -10%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13 - 15.9, n=3)
14.8 fps ∼36% -16%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
12.7 fps ∼31% -28%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
12.6 fps ∼30% -29%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (11.5 - 13.7, n=2)
12.6 fps ∼30% -29%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
 
10.6 fps ∼26% -40%
1920x1080 Medium Overall Quality (DX11)
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
  (50.5 - 64.3, n=5)
59.3 fps ∼100% +112%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1, Apple M1 7-Core GPU
28 fps ∼47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (26.3 - 27.3, n=2)
26.8 fps ∼45% -4%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (19.7 - 26.4, n=3)
23.7 fps ∼40% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.1 - 52.6, n=10, last 2 years)
23.3 fps ∼39% -17%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
 
22.9 fps ∼39% -18%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
20.6 fps ∼35% -26%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
  (18.3 - 22.5, n=2)
20.4 fps ∼34% -27%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
  (15.8 - 17.1, n=3)
16.3 fps ∼27% -42%
düşük orta yüksek ultraQHD4K
Batman: Arkham City (2011) 86 47 fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 109 69 44.4 fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 47.6 35.3 19 fps
Civilization VI (2016) 80.3 30.1 27 15.8 fps
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III (2017) 43.9 32.5 fps
F1 2017 (2017) 60 54 43 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 65 22 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 95 small graphical problems (smog not perfect) 26 severe graphical problems (black squares) 17 severe graphical problems fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 45.2 28 17.7 fps
Hearthstone (2020) 58 fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

The cooling of the small MacBook Air is fully passive, and its operation is therefore completely silent. Our test unit did not produce any audible coil whine or transistor noises either.

Temperature

The passive cooling and excellent performance gives rise to some apprehension about the surface temperatures. However, we can also reassure you here. Even though the hotspot above the computing unit can become quite hot during longer-lasting load, all the important places where the notebook is touched remain comfortably cool. In regular load situations, the Air even remains particularly cool, which is a sign of the great efficiency of the Apple M1. 

As is typical for Apple, the internal temperatures often approach the limits. The GPU in particular reaches 87 °C (189 °Fin "Mankind Divided," for example, with the speed leveling out at 790 MHz and a consumption of 2.8 watts. The whole SoC reports 87 °C (189 °F). In the extreme load test with Cinebench R15 and Unigine Valley, the GPU even reaches 97 °C (207 °F), with the SoC again reporting 87 °C and the SSD, 52 °C (126 °F).

Maksimum yük
 41 °C44 °C38 °C 
 36 °C39 °C36 °C 
 31 °C32 °C31 °C 
Maksimum: 44 °C
Ortalama: 36.4 °C
43 °C44 °C37 °C
36 °C38 °C34 °C
34 °C35 °C34 °C
Maksimum: 44 °C
Ortalama: 37.2 °C
Güç kaynağı  36 °C | Oda sıcaklığı 22 °C | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) // Fluke 62 Mini
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.4 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 39.5 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.8 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32 °C / 89.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.4 °C / 83.1 F (-3.6 °C / -6.5 F).
Heatmap bottom, the measurements shown are slightly too high
Heatmap bottom, the measurements shown are slightly too high
Heatmap top, the measurements shown are slightly too high
Heatmap top, the measurements shown are slightly too high

Speaker

Our audio measurements produce a minimally better result than for the old MacBook Air, but whether the difference is caused by the new components inside (no fan, more resonance space) or our new, improved microphone for the measurements, is not clear. What remains is the excellent impression - particularly considering the build. While the more expensive MacBooks are able to achieve a better result, the Air strikes a great figure in the comparison of the competitors.

The headset port also received a welcome and significant improvement with the M1 upgrade. The results of the measurement are very good, and the subjective audio quality using JBL Club headphones (on loan from Intel Tiger Lake) is also flawless.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.436.62521.721.8312020.6402223.55022.434.26325.730.48022.435.710017.747.112522.457.916021.161.620015.859.7250156231513.462.440016.168.150013.169.263011.463.180010.766.9100010.165.5125010.468.316001168.720001167.1250011.266.8315011.567.5400011.670.6500011.967.1630011.968.7800011.965.51000012.162.81250011.862.4160001160.6SPL23.979.6N0.547.3median 11.9median 65.5Delta23.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Air 2020 M1 EntryApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 7.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (6.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management

Power Consumption

The MacBook Air shows very good values in the power consumption from the outlet for the class of subnotebooks. We are seeing values here that are all comparable across the board to those of the Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-z1Y7 with the Ice Lake i7-1065G7, for example. The values are also very similar to those from the old Intel based MacBook Air notebooks that still had to be cooled actively, and only weak devices with the Pentium N5000 or Celeron SoCs and small screens show significantly better values. Only the Samsung Galaxy Book S with an ARM based Snapdragon 8cx is much more efficient. While the Intel Lakefield version also consumes less power, it is not to the same extent as the 8cx.

Using the included small 30-watt charger, the battery is completely recharged from 0 to 100% in 2h 40min. If you use the more powerful charger of the MacBook Pro 16, the time it takes to recharge is shortened by 17 minutes, since it initially delivers significantly more power (see chart below).

Cinebench R23 CPU, GPU, and SoC overall power consumption
Cinebench R23 CPU, GPU, and SoC overall power consumption
Charging the battery from 0 to 100%
Charging the battery from 0 to 100%
Charging with the MBP16 charger is faster
Charging with the MBP16 charger is faster
Borderlands 3 in mains operation at maximum brightness
Borderlands 3 in mains operation at maximum brightness
Unigine Valley power consumption
Unigine Valley power consumption
Stress test CB15 + Valley
Stress test CB15 + Valley
Anlık tüketim
Kapalı / Bekleme modudarklight 0.03 / 0.04 Watt
Boştadarkmidlight 1.9 / 6.4 / 7 Watt
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Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0256Q, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Samsung Galaxy Book S Intel
i5-L16G7, UHD Graphics G7 (Lakefield GT2 64 EU), 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Samsung Galaxy Book S
SD 8cx, Adreno 680, 256 GB NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-71Y7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 2256x1504, 13.50
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.40
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
16%
33%
9%
-41%
-43%
Idle Minimum *
1.9
2.5
-32%
1.61
15%
1.8
5%
3.9
-105%
3.69 (1.67 - 10.7, n=93, last 2 years)
-94%
Idle Average *
6.4
4.8
25%
4.3
33%
4.6
28%
5.9
8%
6.82 (4.6 - 13.6, n=93, last 2 years)
-7%
Idle Maximum *
7
6
14%
5
29%
6.1
13%
6.3
10%
8.76 (4.4 - 15.7, n=93, last 2 years)
-25%
Load Average *
25
14.9
40%
13.2
47%
27.4
-10%
39.7
-59%
34.4 (8.6 - 79.2, n=94, last 2 years)
-38%
Load Maximum *
30.3
20.1
34%
18.3
40%
27
11%
47.5
-57%
46.1 (14 - 101, n=93, last 2 years)
-52%
Witcher 3 ultra *
34.8

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The small subnotebook with the M1 processor is able to score in terms of the battery life. It clearly surpasses the old MacBook Air based on the Core i5 in the browsing test at 150 cd/m² of brightness, and in the subnotebook class there are really only the new MacBook Pro 13 and the Asus ExpertBook B9450FA that are better. Surprisingly, the battery life with Safari in full-screen mode is not significantly longer anymore, but it even got slightly shorter. 

At maximum brightness, we only measure 8.5 hours in our WLAN script test. The efficient SoC matters less here, and the bright display demands its due. However, the test still shows that you can easily last through a working day without a charger under moderate load.

Things look worse if you want to play games while on the road. With the Unigine Valley Extreme (with 4x AA) benchmark, it lasted only 2 hours and 23 minutes at maximum brightness. While there are several notebooks in the Windows world that last longer, none of them offer a comparable graphics performance.

Batarya ömrü
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 00min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Fullscreen)
15h 14min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness
8h 28min
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1, M1 7-Core GPU, 49.9 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9310 Core i7 FHD
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 52 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Yoga 20SX0004GE
i7-10510U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X395
R3 PRO 3300U, Vega 6, 48 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X13-20UGS00800
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, 48 Wh
Apple iPad Air 2020
A14, A14 Bionic GPU, 28.6 Wh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2020
A12Z Bionic, A12Z Bionic GPU, 36.71 Wh
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU, 32.4 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
i5-1030NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 49.9 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
960
657
-32%
491
-49%
655
-32%
522
-46%
702
-27%
905
-6%
707
-26%
617.7
-36%
600 (262 - 1223, n=100, last 2 years)
-37%

Artılar

+ hayran olmamasına rağmen sakin kalıyor
+ işçilik ve ikonik tasarım
+ hoparlörler
+ yerel uygulamaların performansı

Eksiler

- Sınırlı Thunderbolt
- büyük ekran çerçeveleri
- 720p web kamerası
- Rosetta öykünmüş uygulamalarda kararlılık
- Daha uzun yük altında CPU kısma
- sadece 80 MHz'de nispeten yavaş WiFi 6

Verdict

MacBook Air M1 - A successful Apple chip debut
MacBook Air M1 - A successful Apple chip debut

The new M1 processor with ARM architecture makes an impressive debut in the MacBook Air. In CPU as well as GPU performance, comparable chips from Intel and AMD are surpassed in terms of the theoretical raw performance - and this is the entry-level configuration of the Air. The passive cooling hardly impacts the everyday performance, the graphics performance does not drop noticeably over time, and only during demanding tasks for the processor there is a noticeable drop after several minutes. But at 11%, this also remains within limits. We can also reassure you about the surface temperatures, with only the internals getting very hot, as is typical for Apple. A huge advantage of the lack of a fan is the silent operation of the notebook, which is perfect in quiet surroundings. The new Apple M1 also has a positive effect on the battery life. With its energy-saving cores, it is able to save a lot of power in our WLAN battery test, and it can even last through a full work day at maximum display brightness.

However, the change to the Apple in-house chips does not only bring advantages. Many older apps have to run via Rosetta 2 emulation and significantly lose in performance. On the other hand, the emulation is fast enough to still get better results than when using the old entry-level processors from Intel. Unfortunately, not everything works perfectly yet. From stuttering interfaces and longer load times up to app crashes, there are many open problems. So you have to hope for native versions of the software or updates from Apple. Buyers should find out in advance whether the software they use could run into trouble or whether there are alternatives. However, any limitations in the app selection from this are balanced by the numerous newly added iOS apps that will run perfectly thanks to the ARM chip.

The new Apple chips celebrate a successful debut in the MacBook Air. With maturing software, probably no one will miss the Intel chips in the Mac in the future

The case and the display remained practically unchanged. Here we would have wished at least for a touchscreen - particularly because of the iOS compatibility - and smaller display bezels. Otherwise there are no reasons for complaint at all in terms of the case, input devices, and speakers.

In terms of its price, the entry level is particularly attractive, especially since there are always some good offers from vendors over the years. The additional charge for the octa-core GPU and 16 GB of RAM are not necessarily worthwhile, and the fast 8 GB of Unified RAM should be completely sufficient for most users. The 256-GB SSD represents more of a limitation, and the premiums for more storage space are very hefty. The additional charge for the MacBook Pro 13 with active cooling is also only worthwhile for very few users. Active cooling, a larger battery, a slightly brighter display, and a Touchbar only really matter to very few people. And power users should better wait anyway for the M1X in more powerful models, where you can also hope for more than only 2 TB3 ports.

Price and Availability

The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip is already available starting from about 1,000 USD from Amazon (free shipping), among other places.

Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry - 12/18/2020 v7
Klaus Hinum

İşcilik
89 / 98 → 90%
Klavye
92%
Mouse
100%
Bağlanılabilirlik
50 / 75 → 67%
Ağırlık
72 / 20-75 → 94%
Batarya
91%
Görüntü
92%
Oyun performansı
65 / 78 → 83%
Uygulama performansı
93 / 85 → 100%
Isınma
90%
Ses
100%
Audio
86 / 91 → 95%
Camera
36 / 85 → 42%
Ortalama
81%
91%
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Klaus Hinum, 2021-01- 1 (Update: 2021-01- 1)
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