MacBook Air (15-inch) Review: The Big Apple

Design of the MacBook Air 15-inch

If you’ve seen Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air with M2, this is that, but bigger. In fact, from afar, you might confuse the two. The 15-inch MacBook Air is a 13-inch MacBook Air, but bigger. That will be a trend throughout this review.

Ultimately, that’s not a bad thing. You still get the sturdy recycled aluminum chassis (we tested it in the “midnight” color, a beautiful dark blue with a tendency to collect fingerprints), and a tone-on-tone Apple logo. It’s sparse, but recognizable.

A 15-inch MacBook Air seems obvious. I’ve been told over and over again by industry insiders that 15-inch laptops are among the most popular on the market, and yet Apple hasn’t made a notebook for this group of large-screen lovers that wasn’t prohibitively expensive or designed for a pro. The Air was always considered one of the best ultrabooks, but sat at 13 inches.

After years of fans clamoring, that obvious laptop is here. The MacBook Air 15-inch is indeed exactly what Apple has promised: a bigger MacBook Air for most people. It’s familiar: The keyboard is the same, the notch is still there, and it’s still pretty thin (albeit noticeably heavier). The display is bigger, at 15.3-inches, and the six-speaker system is a noticeable improvement.

But mostly, it’s a bigger MacBook Air. It’s completely familiar, but aimed at the massive group of people who prioritize a bigger screen and don’t want to spend $2,000 on their laptop. That’s one way to raise interest among people considering a new machine.

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