With the refresh of the MacBook Air fashions in March, Apple now has M3 variations of the 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌, 14-inch MacBook Professional, and 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌, all with the identical chip inside. For these making an attempt to determine between the MacBook Professional and the ‌MacBook Air‌, we did a comparability video to spotlight what you are getting with every machine.

Whereas the ‌MacBook Air‌ and the 14-inch MacBook Professional have the identical M3 chip, there’s a distinction with the low-end ‌MacBook Air‌. On the entry-level $1,099 value, the 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ has an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. The costlier $1,299 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ has an 8-core CPU and upgraded 10-core GPU, with all 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ and 14-inch MacBook Professional fashions additionally beginning with the upgraded 10-core GPU.

So you may get a ‌MacBook Air‌ for as little as $1,099, however at that value level, the GPU is downgraded. That will not matter for common day-to-day use, nevertheless it’s one thing to remember. The 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ is priced beginning at $1,299, and the 14-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ is priced beginning at $1,599, so there’s a main value distinction.

The 14-inch MacBook Professional is priced increased as a result of it begins with a 512GB SSD as an alternative of 256GB just like the ‌MacBook Air‌, and since it has a greater show. Apple makes use of a mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR show that has ProMotion with refresh charges as much as 120Hz and as much as 1,600 nits peak brightness. The ‌MacBook Air‌ has an LCD show with as much as 500 nits brightness, so the actual notable distinction between the machines is the show high quality.

Mini-LED provides deeper blacks, extra vivid colours, and it general simply appears to be like higher, particularly for work the place coloration is necessary like picture enhancing and for watching films or different HDR content material. There are not any followers contained in the ‌MacBook Air‌, whereas the MacBook Professional has followers for lively cooling. In principle, you can see higher efficiency out of the M3 with the lively cooling when utilizing very system intensive duties. Ports are one other distinction, with the MacBook Professional that includes an HDMI 2.1 port and an SDXC card slot along with two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports. The ‌MacBook Air‌ would not have the additional ports, and is proscribed to the 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Each variations of the ‌MacBook Air‌ are thinner and lighter than the 14-inch MacBook Professional, so the ‌MacBook Air‌ wins out relating to portability, however the MacBook Professional has longer battery life (18 hours for the ‌MacBook Air‌ vs. 22 hours for the MacBook Professional. Different specs are largely the identical, although there are some variations in speaker and microphone high quality.

Mainly, the 14-inch MacBook Professional is costlier however has higher show high quality, whereas the ‌MacBook Air‌ wins out relating to portability and value. Selecting one will depend upon workload, however the ‌MacBook Air‌ is the pc that we suggest for most individuals. You will wish to go along with the MacBook Professional if show high quality is necessary or if there are particular ports you want.

Be sure that to observe our video up above for a full comparability of the 2 machines, and we also have a comparison guide that features the M3 Professional and M3 Max chips.