Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) vs Air (M2, 2022)

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Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) and Air (M2, 2022) important characteristics
System and application performance
Performance in popular 3D games
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 120 versus 60 Hz
  • Can run popular games at about 40-55% higher FPS
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 2
  • Around 45% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Features a much bigger (~33%) battery – 70 against 52.6 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 3% higher screen-to-body ratio
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
  • Easier to carry: weighs 360 grams less (around 0.79 lbs)

Value for money

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs


Weight 1.6 kg (3.53 lbs) 1.24 kg (2.73 lbs)
Dimensions 312.6 x 221.2 x 15.5 mm
12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches
304.1 x 215 x 11.3 mm
11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches
Area 691 cm2 (107.2 inches2) 654 cm2 (101.3 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~84.6% ~82%
Side bezels 3.4 mm 5.6 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue
Material Aluminum Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 130°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Passive
Vapor chamber No -
Liquid metal - No
Number of fans 2 -
Max. fan speed (RPM) 6241 RPM -
Noise level (max. load) 49.5 dB -


Size 14.2 inches 13.6 inches
Refresh rate 120 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 254 ppi 225 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 3024 x 1964 pixels 2560 x 1664 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, HDR10
Sync technology No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Screen space comparison
MacBook Pro 14 (2021)
14.2″ (16:10 ratio) = 90.6 in2
MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
13.6″ (16:10 ratio) = 83.1 in2
~9% more screen space
Display tests
Contrast 48900:1 1384:1
sRGB color space - 99.9%
Adobe RGB profile - 87.6%
DCI-P3 color gamut 99.3% 98.4%
Response time 49 ms 29 ms
Max. brightness


Full charging time 2:30 hr 2:30 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left, Right Left
Charge power 67 / 96 W 30 / 35 / 67 W
Cable length 2 meters 2 meters
Weight of AC adapter 274 grams 174 / 189 / 250 grams


CPU name
Base frequency 3.2 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores 10 (8P + 2E) 8 (4P + 4E)
Threads 10 8
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core) Apple M2 GPU
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm


Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 30 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 450 MHz 500 MHz
GPU boost clock 1296 MHz 1456 MHz
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory bus 256 bit 128 bit
Memory speed 6.4 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2048 1024
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 128 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 64 32
GPU performance


RAM size
Channels 4x4 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 6400 MHz 6400 MHz
Upgradable No No


Storage size
Bus Custom Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable No No
NVMe Yes -


Speakers 4.2 (4 tweeters and 2 woofers) 2.2 (2 tweeters and 2 woofers)
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness ~84.9 dB ~82.7 dB
Microphones 3 3


Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Infrared sensor No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 2x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 No
DisplayPort No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes


Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1 mm 1 mm
Size 13.2 x 8.1 cm -
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision No No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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Total votes: 1042


Write your opinion about the comparison of Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022) and Pro 14 (2021) or ask any questions
Myk 30 April 2023 05:17
Excellent comparison!
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Yashiro 23 January 2023 19:36
Got the Refurbished MBA M2 16/512 for $1200, such an amazing laptop. If you do not need the extra power that the MBP has to offer, the Air is a tremendous laptop if you can get it for a discounted price. I do not do video editing and I don't watch HDR content on my laptop (OLED TV at home), so the portability and power the MBA offers are just fantastic.
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Rod 16 December 2022 08:46
2 days ago my MBA M2 16GB 512GB just arrived. But after 1 day of usage, I just figured out the screen was faulty. There was a white smudge on the screen, very annoying. I returned it to the store and upgraded to the MBP M1. Now I have no regret at all!
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Kishor 27 November 2022 09:40
I am using MacBook Air 2020 and planning to upgrade to Air M2 or Pro M1 now I decide to go for 14Pro M1 Even not waiting for the upcoming.
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Nigel Poulter 20 July 2022 22:27
I have already placed an order for the MacBook Air M2 but after reading this excellent article am now having second thoughts! Will reflect overnight and decide in the morning! Thank you.
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Nigel Poulter 21 July 2022 23:15
Decided to offset the slightly greater weight, and additional cost of under £200 against the impressive powerhouse qualities and purchased the MacBook Pro M1 2021 Very pleased that I have done so. Thanks, guys!
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Debtech 26 August 2022 08:31
Nigel Poulter, How is the battery life on the MacBook Pro 14?
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Sheldon 29 October 2022 16:54
Debtech, It is excellent so far for me, I recently purchased it.
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Cannon 14 July 2022 04:15
Was planning on the M2 air, but after more research and would upgrade to 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, the price was much closer. Then today, Best Buy had a sale for the base MBP 14 for $1799 so paying 180 bucks more for it was a no-brainer. Love the look of the new air, but if the 13 M2 MBP has cooling problems with a fan, I think the air will too without a fan lol.
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Allen 15 July 2022 21:28
I was thinking the same thing but then I want a terabyte of storage then the difference in price between the Air and 14 is $300.
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Ernest Cooper 12 July 2022 13:04
So unless portability is a consideration the 14" mac book pro with as much spec as you can afford, with better screen/display, connectivity, and air cooling, is so very obviously the one to go for with the price for the base configuration not all that much more for the mac book pro!
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Joe Rye 02 July 2022 10:22
Great article and it really helped me out in deciding to purchase the MacBook Pro 14! Even though I may not need the additional power the pro has over the air now, but there may be a time where I will need to use it. The difference between both of them in size or weight being critical is a joke to me as the difference between them is not like it’s going to be 20lbs or so. So, after this weekend, I’ll go select my 14 Mackbook Pro…..oh, by the way, I can still carry the 14 MbP in my various cases, backpacks that can carry the 13 MacBook Pro!
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