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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3): Full Review

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air (M3) provides enhanced performance, a design slightly adjusted to avoid fingerprint marks ruining the aesthetics, and a more affordable starting price than its predecessor. It’s undoubtedly the top laptop choice for the majority, although we suggest upgrading the memory and storage capacity at the time of purchase. This increases the cost but significantly extends its longevity.

Advantages 

  • Superior performance
  • Design without fans
  • Impressive battery lifespan
  • Reduced cost

Disadvantages 

  • Initial specifications are somewhat inadequate
  • Support for external displays seems limited

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: In Brief

The MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) has been formally introduced by Apple, along with a 15-inch variant – while you’re here, you might also want to peruse our comprehensive review of the Apple MacBook Air 15-inch (M3). So, was the anticipation justified?

Apple’s announcement was unexpected – there was no event to declare the launch, merely a press release distributed to media agencies – but it wasn’t entirely unforeseen.

In addition to all the previously mentioned speculations about new MacBook Airs, Apple unveiled its M3 chip last year and simultaneously launched new M3-powered MacBook Pros and a new iMac. The absence of a MacBook Air in this initial M-series launch was noted – and many of us conjectured (or wished) that an M3-powered Air would emerge eventually. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long.

Priced from $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,799, the newest MacBook Air model immediately addresses one of my primary criticisms of the preceding M2 version: the steep initial price. The M2 MacBook Air was introduced in 2022 with a significantly higher price for its base model ($1,199 / £1,249 / AU$1,899), and while it remained the top laptop purchase due to its design and performance, it didn’t offer as much value as the earlier M1 MacBook Air model, which was priced at $999 / £999 / AU$1,599.

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3)
Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) (image credit: Apple)

Therefore, the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) presents a much more cost-effective option, and in a world where the cost of everything appears to be rising, it’s refreshing to see Apple defy this trend and release a laptop that’s less expensive than its predecessor. With the introduction of the M3 version, Apple has officially reduced the price of the M2 model to $999 / £999 / AU$1,599 and has ceased selling the M1 version altogether (it’s still momentarily available from third-party vendors, and will likely decrease further in price).

While the base price of the M3 model is pleasantly unexpected, what’s less astonishing – and less pleasing – is that this model retains the same 8GB of unified memory and a mere 256GB of SSD storage space as its antecedent. In 2024, these specifications are insufficient – particularly for a laptop that commences at just above $1,000.

The configuration I received from Apple boasts double the memory and storage at 16GB and 512GB, respectively, along with a minor enhancement to GPU cores in the M3 chip compared to the base model. It’s a much more comprehensive package that won’t feel obsolete after a year or so. However, this model is considerably more expensive, priced at $1,499 / £1,499 / AU$2,399. Apart from the transition to the M3 chip, the new MacBook Air 13-inch maintains essentially the same design as the M2 version, which isn’t a drawback, as that model continues to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing thin and light laptops available. I have a distinct preference for the 13-inch MacBook Air over the 15-inch model, as the smaller device is much more portable. The fact that the battery endured over 14 hours on a single charge in our battery life tests once again demonstrates the excellence of the 13-inch MacBook Air for individuals seeking a compact laptop they can utilize almost anywhere.

In terms of performance, the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) excels at everyday tasks such as web browsing and viewing TV shows, while also delivering an impressive performance when used for content creation. I utilized applications including Adobe Photoshop and Ableton Live 11, and even indulged in a few games, and the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) proved to be swift and reliable at all times. Even when testing this laptop’s limits by running a variety of apps (often simultaneously), the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) didn’t experience a single freeze or crash. The M3 model maintains its predecessor’s fan-less design, so it operates in near silence.

While the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) isn’t a radical redesign in the manner the M2 model was, it doesn’t need to be. This is a confident release from a company at the pinnacle of its industry, offering enhanced performance for a reduced price, which means I can confidently recommend the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) as the best laptop you can purchase at present.

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: Cost And Availability

Begins at $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,799
A lower introductory price than the M2 model is currently the most affordable
MacBook retailed by Apple

The MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) was unveiled on March 4, 2024, with pre-orders from Apple’s online store becoming available on the same day and the new MacBook reaching brick-and-mortar stores from March 8. Our guide on procuring the MacBook Air M3 includes all the latest deals and availability.

The basic model is priced at $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,799 and is equipped with an M3 chip with an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB of unified memory, and 256GB SSD storage. This is the identical M3 chip as found in the base iMac 24-inch (M3), which begins at $1,399 / £1,399 / AU$2,199. That’s a substantial price jump for the all-in-one PC.

You can also acquire the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) with an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB unified memory, and 512GB SSD storage. This model also includes a more potent 35W dual USB-C power adapter (the base model’s adapter maxes out at 30W) and is priced at $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$2,099.

Lastly, you can obtain a pre-configured MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) with the same M3 chip and other specifications, but with 16GB of unified memory and 512GB SSD storage for $1,499 / £1,499 / AU$2,399. This is the model I’m critiquing here.

As with prior models, you can further customize the new MacBook Air with up to 24GB of unified memory, 2TB SSD storage, and a 70W USB-C power adapter. This fully upgraded model is priced at $2,299 / £2,299 / AU$3,599.

In a somewhat unusual piece of good news, the M3 MacBook Air has been launched at a lower price for the base model than the M2 MacBook Air. When the MacBook Air was introduced back in 2022 the base model was priced at $1,199 / £1,249 / AU$1,899. Since then, it’s received an official $100 price reduction, but one of the few grievances I had about the M2 MacBook Air (which quickly topped our best laptops list) was that high price. It’s commendable to see Apple somewhat amend that with the M3 model, and while it’s still a costly laptop, it’s no better value for money – which is a crucial consideration these days.

Apple will also persist in selling the 13-inch MacBook Air with M2, lowering the price to a very attractive $999 / £999 / AU$1,599. This is a repetition of the strategy it employed when it launched the M2 MacBook Air, as it continued to retail the M1 model at the lower $999 price point.

It’s encouraging to see Apple repeating this, as the M2 model remains a superb laptop, especially at this new lower price. Regrettably, it means that the M1 model is no longer retailed by Apple. However, we’re already observing that model being offered for an even lower price at other retailers aiming to clear their inventory ahead of the arrival of the new MacBook Airs.

So, if you’re seeking the most affordable MacBook sold by Apple to enter Apple’s ecosystem, the M2 MacBook Air is the one to opt for, but the M3 model represents very good value for money – and it’s currently the most affordable M3-powered Mac on the market (until an M3-powered Mac mini appears at some point, which is probable).

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3)
Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) (image credit: Apple)

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: Specifications

The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) is available in three pre-set options, and you can further customize the memory and storage capacity before purchase. You’ll need to do this to align with the review and maximum configurations below.

MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) Base configurationMacBook Air 13-inch (M3) Review configurationMacBook Air 13-inch (M3) Max configuration
Price: $1,399 / £1,399 / AU$2,199Price: $1,499 / £1,499 / AU$2,399Price: $2,299 / £2,299 / AU$3,599
CPU: Apple M3 (8-core)CPU: Apple M3 (8-core)CPU: Apple M3 (8-core)
Graphics: Integrated 8-core GPUGraphics: Integrated 10-core GPUGraphics: Integrated 10-core GPU
RAM: 8GB unified memoryRAM: 16GB unified memoryRAM: 24GB unified memory
Screen: 13.6-inch, 2560 x 1664 Liquid Retina display (500 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, True Tone technology)Screen: 13.6-inch, 2560 x 1664 Liquid Retina display (500 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, True Tone technology)Screen: 13.6-inch, 2560 x 1664 Liquid Retina display (500 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, True Tone technology)
Storage: 256GB SSDStorage: 512GB SDDStorage: 2TB SDD
Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3
Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3Wireless: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD webcamCamera: 1080p FaceTime HD webcamCamera: 1080p FaceTime HD webcam
Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.24kg)Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.24kg)Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.24kg)
Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches (304 x 215 x 11.3mm)Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches (304 x 215 x 11.3mm)Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches (304 x 215 x 11.3mm)

The specifications of the new MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) are generally as anticipated. However, as noted above, in 2024 the base configuration with merely 8GB of memory and only 256GB SSD storage is appearing increasingly antiquated, particularly for the cost. With the 8GB of memory being allocated between compute tasks (essentially regular day-to-day operations) and graphics, it could begin to falter if you’re operating multiple apps concurrently.

The 256GB SSD will likely be consumed quickly as well, especially if you’re contemplating purchasing the new MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) for creative endeavors, such as photo or video editing. In typical fashion, Apple has made the MacBook Air as challenging as possible to disassemble, so you won’t be able to upgrade the memory or storage later. Factor in that the base model comes with a weaker integrated GPU in its M3 chip (eight cores as opposed to the 10-core GPU included in the other models), and I’d advise investing a bit more to acquire the review configuration that I evaluated, as the more potent GPU, 16GB of memory and 512GB SSD makes it far more future-proof.

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3)
Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) (image credit: Apple)

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: Structure

No significant redesign
The midnight hue has been enhanced to minimize fingerprints
More recycled materials than ever before

The design of the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) doesn’t introduce any novel elements – but it didn’t have to. While we admired the M1 MacBook Air, its design progressively felt antiquated, and when the M2 MacBook arrived in 2022, it brought with it a daring redesign that included a superior and larger screen, slimmer bezels around the display, and a much more contemporary appearance. I personally adored the redesign, so the fact that the M3 MacBook Air looks virtually identical doesn’t concern me.

This remains an impressively slender and lightweight laptop. The 13.6-inch LED display appears bright and vibrant, and the native 2560 x 1664 resolution provides 224 pixels per inch, resulting in a pleasingly sharp and detailed image. As with the previous generation of MacBook Airs, the 15-inch MacBook Air (M3), which launched alongside the 13-inch model, comes with a larger screen, but also a higher resolution, which means the pixels per inch number is very similar to the 13-inch model.

Essentially, you won’t compromise on image quality no matter which MacBook Air model you choose. For many individuals, the 13-inch model will be much more convenient as it’s lighter and smaller, yet still incredibly powerful. The keyboard once again feels comfortable to use, with a surprising amount of key travel for such a thin device. This means that typing on the MacBook Air’s keyboard feels tactile and responsive. It comes with a Touch ID button that powers on the MacBook and can quickly log you in by just using your fingerprint. The touchpad beneath the keyboard is spacious and performs well – just as it did with the previous model.

In terms of ports, the MacBook Air M3 maintains the same selection as the previous model, with two Thunderbolt 3/USB 4 ports that offer up to 40Gb/s data transfers, a MagSafe 3 port for charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The MagSafe 3 and Thunderbolt ports are all on the same side (the left) which can be a bit fiddly if you’re using them all at once, and it also means you don’t get a choice of which side of the laptop to plug the charger into (you can also use USB-C chargers from other manufacturers to top up the battery if you find yourself without the MagSafe connector).

None of the new MacBook Air models support Thunderbolt 4, which remains exclusive (in the Mac space) to Macs running M3 Pro and M3 Max chips.

The upgrade to M3 also enables the new MacBook Air 13-inch to support two external monitors at once, one with up to 6K resolution and 60Hz, and the other with up to 5K resolution. The previous M2 model could only handle one 6K external monitor.

There is a rather large caveat to this, however: you can only run two external monitors with the MacBook Air’s screen closed. Opening the lid turns off one of the screens – so don’t go thinking this new feature will let you work on three screens simultaneously. For office workers who usually use their laptop in a dock with the lid closed this may not be an issue, but it’s a curiously inelegant implementation. Interestingly, the MacBook Pro 14-inch with the M3 chip launched without this feature, but Apple will be enabling it in a future software update.

Overall, the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) is another fine-looking thin and light laptop from Apple, and while it looks almost identical to the previous model, it still feels like a stylish and modern device.

I say ‘almost identical’ as there is a tiny difference with the new MacBook Air. The model that comes in the Midnight color (essentially, a very dark blue) now benefits from a “breakthrough anodization seal to reduce fingerprints.” This seems to be a response to criticisms of the previous model in the same color due to how easily fingerprints, scratches and other marks showed up (and remained) on the body.

While the 13-inch MacBook Air that Apple sent me to review was in the Starlight color (four colors are available – Midnight, Starlight, Space Gray and Silver), I was also able to get my hands on a Midnight 13-inch MacBook Air for a few minutes at Apple’s headquarters in London, and from what I could see the new Midnight finish does indeed seem more resistant to fingerprints.

Apple is also keen to highlight the fact that the new MacBook Air is its first product to be made with 50% recycled materials. The body uses 100% recycled aluminum, and the main logic board uses 100% recycled copper. While I would like to see Apple be more flexible when it comes to allowing its customers to repair or upgrade its products, having any company use more recycled materials is always welcome.

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3)
Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) (image credit: Apple)

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: Performance

  • M3 chip delivers substantial improvements
  • Gaming is actually feasible on this MacBook
  • New emphasis on AI

The primary transformation for the new MacBook Air 13-inch is the integration of the M3 chip, Apple’s latest silicon, which made its debut at the end of the previous year alongside new MacBook Pros. Unlike last year’s MacBook Pros, the MacBook Air 13-inch only comes with the M3 chip, not the more potent M3 Pro or M3 Max versions. However, the MacBook Air is a much more mainstream device, so it’s unlikely that people will be using it for intensive creative tasks.

The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch is available with two versions of the M3 chip: a base model with an 8-core GPU, and a slightly more robust chip with a 10-core GPU. Both versions feature an 8-core CPU with four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores, which the MacBook Air alternates between depending on the type of tasks you’re performing. This allows it to strike a good balance between performance and battery life.

The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) can be configured with up to 24GB of unified memory and 2TB SSD storage, and the review sample the company sent for me to test comes with the 10-core M3 chip, 16GB of memory and 512GB storage. So, if you opt for the cheaper base model of the MacBook Air 13-inch, the performance might not quite match what I’ve experienced, though I’d be surprised if there was a significant difference.

However, I would recommend opting for a MacBook Air with more memory and storage if possible. In 2024, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD feels a bit stingy for a laptop, with the SSD especially likely to fill up quickly if you install lots of apps and store a lot of photos and video. Out of the box, the MacBook Air I tested had 30GB of space already used by macOS and pre-installed apps, and while this isn’t an issue with the 512GB model, it may be more of a concern with the 256GB model.

In day-to-day use, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) performs excellently. macOS Sonoma feels swift and responsive, and there’s now a large library of apps that have been built natively for Apple’s M series of chips, which means they can take full advantage of Apple’s latest hardware.

I used a variety of apps, including Safari, Garage Band, and Apple TV, and the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) kept pace with ease. Even when I was using more demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop, the MacBook Air performed really well. For the vast majority of users, the MacBook Air 13-inch with the M3 chip will be plenty powerful enough.

One of the best things about the efficiency of Apple’s M-series chips is that they produce less heat, and thanks to Apple’s thermal design of the modern MacBook Airs, it means the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) is completely fanless. So, even when it’s working hard, you’re not getting annoying fan noise in the background.

This is impressive, and a very pleasant change from many Windows laptops, which often fire up their fans at the drop of a hat. It’s also incredibly useful if you’re using the MacBook Air to record audio, as it means the built-in microphones (or any external ones you plug in) won’t pick up any background noise from the laptop.

Speaking of the built-in microphones, the new 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a three-mic array to help with clarity and minimize pick-up of ambient noise, and the FaceTime HD camera is again 1080p. In a world where many laptops at this price point still come with 720p webcams built-in, it’s good to see Apple include a high-quality camera for video calls and meetings that have become a regular feature of both work and social interactions since the pandemic.

According to Apple, the M3 chip also pitches in to improve video and audio quality, and while I couldn’t see any difference in quality compared to the M2 MacBook Air, which has the same webcam and mic array, the results are nevertheless crisp and clear.

The M3 MacBook Air also gets an upgrade to its Wi-Fi, as it supports Wi-Fi 6E (the previous model has Wi-Fi 6). This offers faster speeds and more reliable connections over larger distances, and during my time with the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3), I found its wireless connection to be excellent.

The MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) also makes a decent fist of playing modern games, even some rather graphically-intensive ones. I played a few titles, including a fast-paced racing simulation game, and while it’s never going to challenge the best gaming laptops out there, gaming on a thin and light MacBook Air is possible – something that until recently didn’t seem like a realistic prospect. And, while you won’t be able to crank up visual settings to the max, the games I tried looked very nice on the vibrant 13.6-inch screen. As a PC gamer, it’s also a real novelty to play games on a fan-less laptop – usually, gaming laptops are big and bulky beasts, with noisy fans that keep the powerful components cool, but which can also be distracting. Not so with the MacBook Air.

When Apple announced the new MacBook Air 13-inch (M3), a lot of people noted that the company made a big deal about its AI capabilities. Artificial intelligence, especially when it comes to generating content, is a hot topic at the moment, with many of Apple’s competitors, most noticeably Microsoft and Google, going in hard on the technology. You’ll certainly be hearing a lot about AI laptops this year – and it almost felt like Apple was being left behind.

So, Apple’s focus on the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3)’s AI performance was a pleasant surprise – especially as the M-series chips have actually been ahead of the game for quite a while for AI thanks to the Apple Neural Engine, which has been included since the original M1 chip, and which even back then was pitched as being able to help with machine learning tasks. While Apple’s chip-making rival Intel has only just put out new processors with NPUs (Neural Processing Units) dedicated to AI tasks, we’ve now had three generations of Apple silicon that have this capability – and Apple is now, understandably, making a big deal about it.

The M3 is equipped with an enhanced 16-core Neural Engine, which Apple asserts is “quicker and more efficient” than earlier versions, rendering this MacBook Air, in Apple’s terms, “the world’s premier consumer laptop for AI.” While it’s challenging to verify this, particularly until other laptops with AI-centric chips are released, I observed how the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) managed cloud-based AI in the form of Microsoft Copilot – which is incorporated in the Mac version of Microsoft Office and relies on an internet connection – as well as on-device AI in apps such as Pixelmator Pro and Photoshop. The on-device performance was particularly notable, as everything is processed by the M3 chip – so you can be offline and still utilize AI tools to automate repetitive tasks like photo sharpening, or generating content like text based on a simple prompt.

The display and speakers aren’t the finest you’re going to find in a MacBook – the considerably more expensive MacBook Pros offer mini LED technology for remarkable contrast and vibrancy, along with ProMotion features that provide faster refresh rates for smooth and responsive scrolling.

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3)
Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) (image credit: Apple)

The new 15-inch MacBook Air also boasts superior speakers – you get six speakers with force-cancelling woofers in the larger model, which deliver richer and deeper sounds.

The 13-inch MacBook Air (M3) settles for four speakers, which honestly is still substantial for a thin and light laptop, and while this model doesn’t feature Apple’s top-tier tech, it still performs admirably when you’re viewing or listening to media, or working on projects. The sound is loud and distinct – certainly a significant improvement from the often tinny speakers in most laptops. The screen is also bright and sharp, and as usual, comes with support for the P3 color gamut to help ensure colors are accurate. This means the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) continues to be a persuasive and affordable alternative to the MacBook Pro for content creators.

Benchmarks

Here’s how the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) fared in our suite of benchmark tests:

  • Geekbench 6.2.2 Single-Core: 3,148; Multi-Core: 11,893
  • Cinebench 2024 Single-core: 141; Multi-core: 615
  • Battery life: 14 hours and 19 minutes

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: Battery Duration

  • Endures over 14 hours
  • Recharges swiftly

The battery longevity of Apple silicon-powered MacBooks has consistently impressed me and is one of the reasons why I endorse them so wholeheartedly. The MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) perpetuates this – while the M3 chip introduces performance enhancements, it remains remarkably efficient, so the battery doesn’t seem to deplete significantly faster.

Apple asserts the 13-inch MacBook Air (M3) is capable of up to 18 hours of Apple TV and up to 15 hours of wireless internet browsing – this is the same theoretical battery lifespan that Apple cites for the 15-inch MacBook Air (M3). While the 15-inch model is equipped with a larger 66.5-watt-hour battery, compared to the 13-inch’s 52.6-watt-hour battery, the reason for the parity is most likely due to the larger 15.6-inch screen consuming more power.

In our battery life test, where we play a looped 1080p video until the battery depletes, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) achieved 14 hours and 19 minutes. That’s a decrease from the 16 hours and 6 minutes the M2 version achieved in the same test and may be evidence that the performance gains of the M3 chip have come at a cost to efficiency. Still, the decrease isn’t substantial, and over 14 hours is still very impressive – you should get through a full work or school day on a single charge, although the more intensive the tasks you perform, the quicker the battery will deplete. Even when gaming, the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) lasted for hours when usually gaming drains battery extremely quickly.

Another aspect I truly appreciate about the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) is that even when it’s unplugged there’s no impact on performance. Other laptops usually throttle performance when on battery power to extend battery life, but the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) doesn’t seem to do that – at least not in any noticeable way. That, combined with the long battery life, makes the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) an excellent laptop for people who want a device to work on when on the move. Using the included charger, the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) charged to over 50% in under an hour. As with other MacBooks, the new 13-inch MacBook Air also does a great job of conserving battery life when not in use, so you can leave it for several days, open it up and you’ll still have a battery. To prove this – and as a nice touch too – the MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) comes fully charged out of the box, so you can set it up and start using it straight away.

Apple Macbook Air 13-inch (M3) Review: Other Options To Consider

Dell XPS 13 PlusMacBook Air 15-inch M3 (2024)
Price:$1,299 / £1,399 / AU$2,339$1,299 / £1,399 / AU$2,199
Processor:Intel Core i7-1280P (14-core)Apple M3 (8-core)
Graphics:Intel Iris XeIntegrated 10-core GPU
RAM:16GB LPDDR58GB unified memory
Screen:13.4-inch, 3,456 x 2,160, 60Hz, OLED, Touch, Anti-Reflect, 400 nit15.3-inch, 2880 x 1864 Liquid Retina display, 500 nits brightness, wide color P3 gamut
Storage:512GB256GB SSD
Ports:2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C)2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3
Wireless:Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.3
Camera:720p, 30 FPS HD1080p FaceTime HD webcam
Weight:2.77 pounds (1.26kg)3.3 pounds (1.51kg)
Dimensions:11.63 x 7.84 x 0.60 inches (29.54 x 19.91 x 1.52 cm)13.40 x 9.35 x 0.45 inches (340 x 212 x 15.6mm)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (M3): Score Table By NewForTech

AspectScore (out of 10)Comments
Performance9The MacBook Air 13-inch (M3) offers improved performance.
Design9It has a slightly tweaked design to prevent fingerprints spoiling the look. It also has a slim, lightweight all-metal design.
Battery Life9It has a very good battery life and all-day battery goes and goes.
Price8It has a lower price of entry compared to the previous model. However, boosting the memory and storage space when ordering makes it more expensive.
Specs7The base specs are a bit weak. It has impressive blend of portability and power, capable graphics performance, and speedy and versatile Thunderbolt 4 ports.
External Monitor Support7External monitor support feels compromised. However, it has expanded support for external displays.

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