Apple MacBook Pro 15 (2018) vs Macbook Air (M1, 2020)

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Review

Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 15 (2018) and Macbook Air (M1, 2020) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability

Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 15 (2018)
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 4 versus 2
  • Features a much bigger (~66%) battery – 83 against 49.9 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 3% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Provides 25% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 400 nits
Advantages of the Apple Macbook Air (M1, 2020)
  • Can run popular games at about 321-438% higher FPS
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 540 grams less (around 1.19 lbs)
  • Supports next-generation Wi-Fi 6 wireless networks
  • Around 24% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Much smaller footprint: 23% more compact case (100.1 vs 130.3 square inches)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 1.83 kg (4.04 lbs) 1.29 kg (2.84 lbs)
Dimensions 349.3 x 240.7 x 15.5 mm
13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches
304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1 mm
11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches
Area 841 cm2 (130.4 inches2) 646 cm2 (100.1 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~81.8% ~79.4%
Side bezels 8.8 mm 8.8 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Silver, Gold, Gray
Transformer No No
Opening angle - 130°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Passive
Vapor chamber No Yes
Number of fans 2 -
Max. fan speed (RPM) 6500 RPM -
Noise level 47 dB -

Display

Size 15.4 inches 13.3 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 221 ppi 227 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 2880 x 1800 pixels 2560 x 1600 pixels
HDR support Yes, HDR10 Yes, HDR10
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 1333:1 1069:1
sRGB color space 99.9% 99.8%
Adobe RGB profile 86.6% 85.9%
DCI-P3 color gamut 98.7% 98.6%
Response time 35 ms 35 ms
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Voltage 11.4 V 11.4 V
Full charging time 2:00 hr 2:23 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 87 W 30 W
Cable length 2 meters 2 meters
Weigh of AC adapter 369 grams 172 grams

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.1 GHz -
Cores 6 8 (4P + 4E)
Threads 12 8
L3 Cache 9 MB -
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630 Apple M1 GPU
Fabrication process 14 nm 5 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 15 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 14 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 350 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 1000 MHz 1278 MHz
FLOPS 0.38 TFLOPS 2.6 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type DDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory bus - 128 bit
Memory speed 2.4 Gbps 4.27 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 192 1024
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 24 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 3 32
GPU performance
0.38 TFLOPS
2.6 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x8 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 2400 MHz 4266 MHz
Type DDR4 LPDDR4X
Upgradable No No
Total slots 2 -

Storage

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

Sound

Speakers 2.0 2.0
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 85 dB 79.6 dB
Microphones 3 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v5 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A No No
USB Type-C 4x USB 3.1 2x USB 3.1
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 3
HDMI No No
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port No No

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 0.7 mm 1 mm
Touchpad
Size 16.0 x 9.9 cm 12.1 x 8.1 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision No No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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