After 6 years of intensive use, I sold my beloved MacBook Pro 2015 and bought a MacBook Air M1 just a few months before the launch of the MacBook Air M2. Should I have waited a little longer? Definitely not, because in my opinion the MacBook Air M1 is still a good choice in 2022.
I don’t need to say much about the workmanship of the computers and the performance of Apple’s own chips. All current Macs are incredibly efficient and therefore perfectly designed for mobile computing.
For me, the MacBook Air is currently the best solution for working on a computer in the most mobile and minimalist way possible without having to sacrifice sufficient performance. By the way, I don’t sit in cafés or under palm trees.
Why is an M1 Mac still worthwhile?
Someone who (like me) surfs the web, writes texts, handles pictures and doesn’t edit extremely large videos won’t notice much difference from the M2. All the other innovations, such as the slightly better display and a slightly different design, are only minor improvements. I only miss the new (old) MagSafe adapter a little, but there are suitable solutions for this too*.
Both models only have 2 USB-C ports that you have to make do with, and I don’t get very far without an adapter. If you want to be minimalist on the road, you have to accept a few restrictions.
There is a noticeable difference
The MacBook Air computers were always affordable entry-level models, but now Apple is charging a staggering 1499€ for the cheapest MacBook Air M2. That’s what you used to get a Pro model for.
The MacBook Air M1 is sold by Apple for 1149€, in stores it is available for less than 1000€ and almost 500€ cheaper than the smallest M2. With such a price differential, the performance differences are ridiculously small.
Basically, Apple’s surcharges for memory are perverse rip-offs. I can’t describe it any other way. But if I had the choice between an M1 and M2 MacBook Air, I would currently buy an M1 with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. That’s because the computer is about the same price as the smallest M2 model and is perfectly equipped for the next few years in that configuration.
I am very happy with my MacBook Air M1 (8GB and 512GB SSD) and have never regretted buying it. What annoys me a little are the two USB-C ports, which force me to always lug around a few cables.