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The 2 Best Apple Laptops of 2022 Reviews

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Best Apple Laptops

Founded in 1976, Apple is one of the world's largest manufacturers of consumer electronics, with instantly recognizable products like the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBooks. Apple has a small laptop lineup compared to other brands like Dell, HP, Lenovo, and ASUS, as they only make premium productivity-focused laptops. However, MacBooks are consistently among the most well-built and premium laptops you can find. Since Apple started making laptops with their in-house SoC, the M1, MacBooks are among the best for performance and battery life.

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Best Apple Laptops


  1. Best Apple Laptop

    The best Apple laptop we've tested is the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021). It's the smaller of the two 'Pro' laptops with Apple's new design and an M1 Pro or M1 Max SoC. Don't worry; you can hide the notch if it bothers you! Its Mini LED screen displays deep blacks, gets incredibly bright, and covers the entire DCI P3 color space, making it suitable for viewing and producing HDR content. Plus, its factory calibration is superb, and it supports ProMotion, meaning it can dynamically adjust the refresh rate up to 120Hz to make motion smoother or lower it to extend battery life. Unlike the MacBook Air, it has an outstanding port selection that includes three USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI, a full-size SD card reader, and a high-output headphone jack for difficult-to-drive cans.

    Performance-wise, Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs have more than enough processing power to handle demanding tasks like video editing and 3D animation. You can get up to 64GB of memory and 8TB of storage; however, they aren't user-replaceable, so it's best to get enough to suit your needs upfront. The battery lasts around 12 to 13 hours of light use, although it's much shorter if you perform intensive tasks.

    The Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) is the obvious choice if you need more screen space. It's almost identical to its 14-inch sibling but with better-sounding speakers and longer battery life. Naturally, it isn't as compact, so you'll need a bigger bag to carry it. You still get a great keyboard, an even larger touchpad, and a 1080p webcam with outstanding video quality.

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  2. Best Apple Laptop For Light Use

    If you only perform light tasks like text formatting, web browsing, and video playback, get the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020), Apple's entry-level laptop. It's a very portable 13-inch device with a battery that lasts easily through a typical day of light use. It has a sharp and bright display, a comfortable keyboard, and a large and responsive haptic touchpad, arguably one of the best on the market. Its in-house M1 SoC (System on Chip) can handle everyday tasks with ease, and it does so without fans for cooling, so you don't need to worry about loud fan noise in a quiet classroom or office. There's a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, allowing you to log in quickly or authorize purchases in the Apple App Store. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks, as it only has two USB-C ports and only supports one external display.

    At this time, Apple has already released the M2 MacBook Air, which has a new design with thinner bezels, a better 1080p webcam, and a more powerful M2 SoC. However, Apple still sells the M1 MacBook Air as a cheaper option, so it's up to you whether the design changes and improvements on the newer model are worth the price increase. We haven't tested this model yet; we'll update this article once we do.

    The Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022) is another Apple laptop that we haven't tested but worth mentioning. The latest model was released at the same time as the M2 MacBook Air. However, aside from an SoC upgrade to the M2, it didn't get a redesign, meaning it has the same design as the M1 MacBook Pro with thicker bezels and the controversial Touch Bar. Despite having 'Pro' in its name, this model is more of a MacBook Air with active cooling (fans) than a true 'Pro' device, as it lacks the processing power and the high-end features of the MacBook Pro 14 and 16, like Apple's Mini LED ProMotion display. It's a good option if you want slightly more processing power than the M2 MacBook Air for the occasional intensive workload, but it comes with an older design as a tradeoff.

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Compared to other brands


  • Exceptional build quality. Apple laptops usually feel exceptionally well built, even entry-level devices like the MacBook Air.
  • High-quality speakers. Apple MacBooks usually have high-quality speakers that sound well-balanced and full.
  • Large haptic touchpad. Apple MacBooks have arguably the best touchpads on the market. They're usually large and smooth and use haptic feedback to simulate clicks, meaning you can click anywhere on the touchpad.
  • Distinct lineup. Apple usually has a small but distinct lineup, making it less confusing for consumers.
  • Bright, colorful, and well-calibrated displays. Apple MacBooks usually have a high-resolution 'Retina' display with outstanding factory calibration.
  • Integration with Apple ecosystem. MacBooks have deep integration with other Apple products, like the iPhone and iPad, adding various features like the ability to send and receive phone messages on your laptop and using your iPad as a second display.
  • MacBooks are usually expensive. MacBooks tend to be expensive as Apple doesn't make any budget models.
  • Not ideal for gaming. Apple MacBooks aren't ideal for gaming as there aren't many games optimized for macOS running on Apple silicon.
  • No 2-in-1 or touchscreen option. Apple doesn't make any 2-in-1 convertibles or laptops with a touchscreen.
  • Poor serviceability. Apple laptops usually have soldered memory and storage, making it impossible to upgrade later on.

Apple is one of the best laptop makers in the world. MacBooks usually feel premium and exceptionally well built, and they have among the best performance and battery life. As Apple also makes the operating system, MacBooks also have a level of integration with other Apple products that's hard to find on devices from other manufacturers. However, MacBooks are generally expensive and aren't as ideal for gaming.

Lineup

In 2022, Apple has five laptops in its lineup:

  • Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020)
  • Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13 (M2, 2022)
  • Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M1 Pro/Max, 2021)
  • Apple MacBook Pro 16 (M1 Pro/Max, 2021)

Conclusion

If you're looking for a productivity laptop, Apple MacBooks are among the best available options, whether you're already in the Apple ecosystem or not. They feel incredibly well built, have long battery life, and provide a premium user experience. However, if you want more versatility, like a 2-in-1 convertible or a laptop with wider game compatibility, you're better off with a Chromebook or a Windows device.

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