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MacBook Air M1 : Fastest Laptop for Coding and Multitasking

After using the MacBook M1 for a while, I finally got the chance to write a review of the MacBook Air M1, which has been used as the main unit for almost two weeks now, with the MacBook Air M1 that I used to run an 8-Core GPU +. CTO orders to customize specifications higher than those sold at the store. Upgraded RAM to 16GB and SSD storage capacity to 1TB.it will be how strong and durable the battery is according to the specification or not. You can scroll down to read in the review.

One of the shocking things last year was that Apple announced at WWDC 2020 in mid-2020 that the Mac would shift its architecture from x86 to ARM, and of course it would mean abandoning the chip from Intel has been familiar with many Mac models over the past 15 years (the first Intel Base Mac was born in 2006) by the new Mac’s Apple Silicon chipset, which is ARM Base. Production of chips will be Apple itself.

So now the Mac M1 is a computer device that Apple manages from the chipset design. To design software such as MacOS Big Sur to work with Apple Silicon chips, the MacBook always uses the x86 architecture on the Intel chip, it does not perform as satisfactory in entry-level models. Including the management of energy and heat that is still not doing well as expected.

The advantage of Apple comes down to managing everything on its own. From the beginning of the river Leaning downstream like this, the MacBook M1 is both powerful and powerful. Along with excellent energy management And most importantly, the MacBook Air becomes a fanless laptop that I think will really work When using the M1 chip.

The M1 SoC is an ARM Base chipset with a 5nm process with an 8-core CPU | GPU up to 8-core and an additional 16-core Neural Engine. Specialized applications such as video editing with Final Cut Pro or imaging with Pixelmator Pro, as well as ML (Machine Learning) powered applications, will perform faster.

Another factor that made the M1 outperforming the Intel chips in the previous MacBook Air is its all-in-one SoC (System on Chip). It must be explained first that on an Intel base Mac, multiple chips are required to qualify. Whether it’s processor, I / O, security, and memory, with the M1 chip, all of these technologies come in a single System on Chip (SoC).

The M1 chip also comes with an integrated memory architecture or UMA (Unify Memory Architecure), which brings high-bandwidth memory. And low latency bundled together in a single package The end result is All technologies in a SoC can access the same information. Without having to copy data back and forth between multiple memory modules This resulted in a marked improvement in efficiency and energy savings. Running video apps will be smoother. Show more game details Or will process the image more quickly Plus the entire system is even more responsive as well.

The only downside of being the MacBook Air M1’s SoC is that it cannot add specs at all after purchase. Whether it’s adding RAM or even adding a built-in SSD. If to add specification CTO must be ordered first, but if you’re a long-time Mac user, you’ll know that Apple didn’t design MacBook and iMacs later in the day to add specs after purchase, especially the MacBook. Both the Air and the Pro models, where everything is embedded on the motherboard. As such, being the MacBook M1’s SoC does not make any difference in terms of purchase. Compared to the MacBook Intel, because if it increases the specification Must be added from when choosing to buy only.

Design

In terms of the design of the MacBook Air M1, MacBook Pro M1, and Mac Mini M1, in a nutshell, it is almost 100% identical to its predecessor, Intel chipsets. For example, the quality of the microphone on the MacBook Pro M1, or will it be the MacBook Air M1’s DCI-P3 color gamut screen, including the docking port. Even though it looks the same (USB Type-C), at least 2 ports are the same. But the controller is a Thunderbolt / USB 4 (it’s hardly possible to find a USB 4 device at the moment).

if anyone wants a little classic, they have to choose silver. Because it is a color that Apple has been using in MacBook for a long time until 2016 that started having options like Space Gray in MacBook Pro 2016. Recommended in gold color. And it should go with the gold iPhone 12 Pro Max very well.

The strengths of the MacBook Air follow its name. Is the thinnest and lightest among all MacBook models released With a body weight of just 1.29kg (MacBook Pro M1 weighs 1.4kg) and thinnest at 0.41cm, the overall dimensions, width and depth are the same as the MacBook Pro M1, so it can fit in the same Sleeve or bag.

In portability, I personally have no problem with taking the MacBook Air M1 review out of the box. Because of the very light weight of the device When wearing a shoulder bag or wearing a sleeve, it is very convenient to carry it out and use. I really think it is easier to carry than the iPad Pro 12.9-inch + Magic Keyboard that I used before. And it offers slightly more flexibility than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

For the MacBook Air M1 keyboard, Apple has been trying to use the Butterfly Mechanism keyboard since 2016 and many users have encountered dust problems. Or press and then double button Until having to release a modified version of the keyboard But it is still a problem that we encounter continuously. Even myself with the MacBook Pro Retina 13 2017 has had to make several claims for keyboard issues.

The MacBook Air M1’s Magic Keyboard uses a scissor mechanism that fixes dust issues. Typing feeling Compared to the Butterfly Mechanism keyboard on previous MacBook models, there is more space between the keys. Due to the smaller size of the button And the fun of typing will be slightly reduced. But in terms of the noise during typing, it is quieter Printing precision section I think the MacBook’s keyboard is positioned very well. Both about the width of the button Including the distance between the buttons That is conducive to touch typing as well

The touchpad of the MacBook Air M1 has not changed from its predecessor to the Intel chipset in terms of width, gesture, and usability. And the response is very accurate. If you are not using a specialized application or connecting a separate monitor, I think you may not need to connect a separate mouse.

Both sides of the keyboard on both sides of the MacBook Air M1 are stereo speakers for a good sound. Both in terms of loudness And details, if you look at the laptop’s built-in speakers, but if you want to add a lot of music or want the bass that hits. Separate speaker connection Or connect headphones to meet more, this model has a 3.5 mm port on the right side of the device.

The MacBook Air M1 review dock, as well as the MacBook Pro M1, will have only two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports on the left-hand side, giving the CTO the highest spec. It cannot increase the number of ports connected. Also charging Must be charged via one of the 2 ports that are provided This can be a problem for some users. That has many devices to connect, if you think easily, use 1 port to charge Will have only one port to connect to other accessories.

An alternative to MacBook M1 users would be inevitable to buy an accessory like a dongle, or, as some refer to as a USB HUB, to add a port to the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. In addition to the dongle accessories, if you want to connect the monitor separately, if you suggest, try to buy a monitor that supports USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 as well. Because of the advantages of this type of screen That is, when connected to the monitor Will be charging into the device as well as in the As I used the MacBook Air M1 review alongside the Thunderbolt 3 LG UltraFine 4K display, I did not experience any lag when connecting 4K images and still being able to use the display port. To connect with other accessories as well

However, in terms of the connection port To be honest, this is a very individual feature of use, and some people may not find it a problem. Or some people may hardly even use these ports. Because if using the Apple device is already full system You’ll find that the connection between devices such as transferring files, editing files, works is almost 100% wireless. SD Card only

Display

One of the important points I see that the MacBook M1 Series is very similar. Is about the display screen With almost 100% identical specs and Apple’s upgrading MacBook Air M1 display to support DCI-P3 wide color gamut, it turned out to be the difference between the MacBook Pro M1 and the MacBook Air M1. In terms of brightness, the MacBook Air M1 boosts brightness to a maximum of 400 nits, while the MacBook Pro M1 boosts brightness by 500 nits.

As for the screen resolution of the MacBook Air M1, including the Pro version. Has a Retina screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, aspect ratio 16:10, but in use. Display basic values Including working areas Will scale down to 1440 x 900 pixels for a clear display. Of course, during normal laptop usage, the sharpness is invisible to the pixels. The advantages of a sharp screen Makes it possible to use continuously for a long time to help save eyesight. Does not cause eye strain When compared to a normal Full HD resolution screen.

In the field of color display Retina displays of MacBooks typically display colors at a level that is already recognized by professional users. Can be used for photo making, video editing. But if it is a job that is serious about color accuracy, it is recommended to calibrate the screen with a specialized device again.

Processor and Performance

For processing power, the MacBook Air with M1 chip offers better processing power than the MacBook Air Intel in all aspects, be it in general use, opening tabs in Safari / Google Chrome, or working on Pages documents. , Keynote, Numbers Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Powerpoint, but Microsoft Excel is not found to be loaded. If you open a file with a lot of characters, but compared to the MacBook Intel that opened the same file, M1 is still faster.

In some more specialized applications such as video editing I tested it by editing a 4K file from a Sony A7 Mark III camera, rendering a 20-minute file with Adobe Premier Pro (Intel Base). The machine came out very little. (Compared to Intel chips) Although the MacBook Air M1 does not have a cooling fan. Unless the editing and rendering for a very long period of more than 30 minutes, the machine gets warm and the CPU starts to slow down the processing speed.

Overall for my review of the MacBook Air M1 in performance. Personally, I think that this model is designed for people who want a laptop that can be used in a variety of ways. For general use Office worker Or students who want a good laptop for their work Not focusing on specific applications in any area. With the performance of the M1 chip, it will be used in general work, document work or to make pictures, have some use for video editing. I think this model responds to the usability very well. It’s too good that the entry-level MacBook has been able to do it too.

Professional applications such as video editing are the main professions, cutting 4K files at hours-long footage. Or a photographer who has to make images from RAW files 500 or more at a time, maybe look at the MacBook Pro M1 with cooling fans Should be more suitable for long-term use

The battery is much more durable.

One of my impressions of my MacBook Air M1 review is power management. Continue charging to a full charge cycle 1 charge will say that this laptop battery is very tough. So much that I didn’t even think it was a laptop. When I was using my old MacBook Pro 13 that was able to work for 6-7 hours, it was a long battery. Still left And sometimes when I don’t use it very hard, I charge the battery for 2 days.

How many apps are supported by the MacBook Air M1?
Another issue that is equally important And affect the work efficiency Is an application that works If the app you are using has an Apple Silicon version, it will have an advantage over video editing. Editing with Apple Silicon version of Final Cut Pro will work better. Compared to editing with Adobe Premier Pro, an Intel Base app.

As for the use of applications, the MacBook Air M1 is Apple Silicon based on the ARM architecture, but in use with the most popular applications for Mac users today, the main applications. There are almost Apple Silicon versions such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, and Adobe’s apps are gradually releasing Apple Silicon Beta versions including Photoshop, Premier Pro and others.

Besides Mac Version apps or programs, one of the things that MacBook M1 can do is run iOS apps on iPhone, iPad as well, but not all apps available for download on the App Store have some. P only Most of them are apps that do not require a gyroscope or a specific application to work. For example, at the moment, it will be popular to use LumaFusion, an iPad app for video editing on the Mac M1.

With the M1 being the first chip And is considered a transitional model Who usually have problems with the app are compatible, but Apple has made the problem by putting Rosetta 2 wizard that makes the Mac M1 can run the same app on an x86 was the work of Rosetta 2 in. It is a binary conversion of apps originally designed to run on x86 to run on the ARM Base M1 chip, the name Rosetta is derived from the Rosetta Stone. Helping linguists understand the meaning of the ancient Egyptian alphabet itself

A limitation of Rosetta 2 is that it cannot translate Kernel Extensions and Virtual Machine apps, so not all x86 apps will run on the MacBook Air M1, but most of them are specialized apps. Especially in the programmer side Only with certain audio apps And then apps converted with Rosetta 2 on first install. It will take a long time than usual. But after that, I barely felt a difference whether this was an Intel Base app or a M1 Native.

Another key issue of the MacBook Air M1, as well as all M1 Macs now. In addition to being unable to run virtual machine apps, it is also unable to do Boot Camp to run Windows like a Mac with an Intel chip, so anyone who needs to run Windows along with Mac OS as well.

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