M1 MacBook Air vs M1 MacBook Pro - Full Comparison!

21 nóv 2020
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Is Apple's new M1 MacBook Pro worth $300 more than the fan-less M1 Macbook Air?
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Apple's new M1 chip is incredibly powerful and efficient.. and Apple packed it into the Mac Mini, the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro.
In this video, we compare the base $999 M1 MacBook Air to the $1299 M1 MacBook Pro to see if it's worth spending the extra $300.
The MacBook Air is completely fanless and silent, so let's see if it throttles and performs significantly worse than the MacBook Pro.
We test various things like the design, the speaker quality, the webcam and microphone quality, the displays, and of course, performance in various tasks like CPU and graphics benchmarks and real-world tasks like video editing in Final Cut Pro and photo editing in Lightroom Classic.
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Timestamps ⬇️
M1 MacBook Air vs M1 MacBook Pro - 00:00
Physical Differences - 0:41
Keyboards & Trackpads - 1:55
Speaker Comparison - 2:48
Webcam and Mic Comparison - 3:43
Display Quality Comparison - 4:10
Geekbench 5 CPU - 5:40
Geekbench 5 GPU Metal - 6:15
GFXBench Metal - 7:08
Thermal Throttling - 7:56
Cinebench R23 CPU Stress Test - 8:26
Blackmagic SSD Speed Test - 10:51
Lightroom Classic Photo Editing - 11:08
Logic Pro Music Production - 13:49
Final Cut Video Editing Performance - 15:45
Which M1 MacBook Should YOU Buy? - 17:34

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    Max TechMax TechMánuði síðan
    • Any update on when the 16GB test will be?

      tjwinsctjwinsc14 dögum síðan
    • The M1 MBA display does not play HDR on ISpast. I know because when I search for HDR content on ISpast, the MBA does not show HDR options. My 2019 MBP shows HDR options. The quality difference is significant you can see without putting them side by side. I am not sure about the other streaming services or if it is ISpast fault for not enable HDR for the MBA. Another point M1 MBP battery is significantly more than the M1 MBA around 4 hours more from what I gather from testers, contradict to what Apple claim of 2 hours differences. MBP also has the slightly better chip, no throttle no worry about longevity since it has a fan. It is up to you if these worth the $300 difference.

      super herosuper hero15 dögum síðan
    • I don't know who, but someone actually needs to hear this, you've got to stop saving all your money. Venture into investing some, if you really want financial stability

      NancyNancyMánuði síðan
    • Max tech pls giveaway me the pro macbook plss

      Aruthe NOOBAruthe NOOBMánuði síðan
    • @AVIRAL KHANDUJA ur lying

      Aruthe NOOBAruthe NOOBMánuði síðan
  • looks like air's mic is better? louder and more clear than pro's?

    Yuhao ZhangYuhao ZhangDegi Síðan síðan
  • Was the Pro heating up the Air, or was the Air blocking the Pro’s vent ?

    Safety SteveSafety SteveDegi Síðan síðan
  • A lot of work definitely went in to making this video, extremely detailed. Great video, just subscribed.

    Javier MoralesJavier Morales2 dögum síðan
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  • I know you guys are more inclined with video and photo editing, but can you also test out some Architectural/engineering softwares too? Like AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Sketchup (with plugins like enscape) if possible... 3ds max, Maya, Blender, Lumion too if these are possible, 😭

    M TM T2 dögum síðan
  • The difference between Pro and Air Price +around 20% Function +around 10% with touch bar and fan

  • This m1 chip making the intel eating dust.

    Rozely LindimRozely Lindim4 dögum síðan
  • Hi there, excellent video and you helped me decide which one to buy! Macbook Air , thanks

    Girish SolankiGirish Solanki4 dögum síðan
  • For html/css/php coding (Coda 2 and Brackets) and light-weight graphic work (Photoshop, Affinity Photo and the two Pixelmators) should I go with the MacBook Pro M1, or would the Air M1 be enough? Thank you. 🙂🙂

    LucienSabreLucienSabre4 dögum síðan
  • The sound of the Air (listening from a Samsung S10) sounds a little bit clearer and brighter to me, whereas the Pro's seems sort of "duller" and a tiny bit...like muffled. Same goes for the microphone: the Air's sounds way louder and clearer than the Pro's.

    LucienSabreLucienSabre4 dögum síðan
  • “It’s a great comparison video, please keep up the good works!!

    Charles LingCharles Ling4 dögum síðan
  • What about for working on it at least 8 hrs?

    Lupe GurrolaLupe Gurrola5 dögum síðan
  • im interested in the mic quality difference, in this demo the db level is lower on the MacBook Pro, yes it sounds cleaner but for a comparison it would have been good to boost the volume in post on the MacBook Pro's video. I think they have added some software eq on the MacBook Pro

    Zero Point ProductionsZero Point Productions5 dögum síðan
  • If the air had the 8 core too the differences had been even less. Considering the price and the advantage (for me!) of having no touch bar the air is the better choice (for me). I ordered it with 8-core and 16gb.

    steve da mansteve da man6 dögum síðan
  • ive had the pro for several weeks and I still can't get over how quiet the speakers are even compared to the iPad Pro 12.9 2020

    Tamim TechTamim Tech6 dögum síðan
  • So the real world difference between the Air and Pro is nominal? About time. Considering the Air can be kitted out with the 8-core GPU and doesn’t force you to have the Touch Bar, I’d say that’s the real winner.

    Spazza42Spazza426 dögum síðan
  • Almost no plug ins on the tracks tho... idk I’m bout to get the air kinda scared

    YugenxkamiiYugenxkamii6 dögum síðan
  • What thermal camera do you use? Thanks

    MrKanstantsinMrKanstantsin7 dögum síðan
  • Recently got the m1 pro and I’m definitely not disappointed

    Kevin AntonioKevin Antonio7 dögum síðan
  • I teach online using Zoom for around 3-4 hours a day continually. Which one should I buy? Is this going to heat up the cpu a lot?

    Minzy CMinzy C8 dögum síðan
  • thanks i was so confusing buying macbook m1 chp

    Suhani WarseSuhani Warse8 dögum síðan
  • Thanks for these reviews, I enjoy how informative they are. I bought a silver M1 Air through your link.

    Chris HobsonChris Hobson8 dögum síðan
  • For the speaker comparison I would say the pro has more base and the air has better topend

    Quaky BirdQuaky Bird8 dögum síðan
  • My heart : macbook pro My brain : macbook air My budget : iball laptop (india)

    TECH STECH S9 dögum síðan
  • I kind of want to see the different between the Pro and the slightly upgraded Air with 8 GPU core with the difference being only the fan.

    Brandon FBrandon F10 dögum síðan
  • I like the sounds better on the air!

    Abigail LimbagaAbigail Limbaga11 dögum síðan
  • Idk if anybody has said this but, does anyone know Achievement Hunters channel? If so, doesn’t this guy sound like Trevor?

    Rudy ArguetaRudy Argueta12 dögum síðan
  • If I just do college assignments and zoom/Microsoft teams, do you think a base model pro 256ssd and 8gb ram will be just fine?

    Connor SievertConnor Sievert13 dögum síðan
    • I would say your good so you can probably multi task while on a meeting pretty good.

      bultum kamalbultum kamal10 dögum síðan
  • I have watched way way WAY too many of these reviews...and I just love the detail y'all go into, it really gives me all the little extra bits I love to know to help me make a good decision. Thank you, I appreciate all of your hard work!

    Nate MaingardNate Maingard13 dögum síðan
  • I like how symmetrical everything is in this video and you also have a soothing voice! Very informative! Thank you!!!

    Jacob DylanJacob Dylan13 dögum síðan
  • Weird, Air mic sounded much better - I actually had to turn it up to hear you on the Pro?!?

    Hey Bear SensoryHey Bear Sensory14 dögum síðan
    • lol same thoughts here mate

      Dary SatyanegaraDary SatyanegaraDegi Síðan síðan
  • Can you do a battery test

    Haitham اHaitham ا14 dögum síðan
  • Thank you ❤️

    Aaron VasanthAaron Vasanth14 dögum síðan
  • Wow really a mind blowing bunch of results. I think It would be incredble to work with full native apps

    charles izquierdocharles izquierdo14 dögum síðan
  • I'm gonna get the pro because of the fan and touch bar along with a brighter display :)

    VirtualGamingNexusVirtualGamingNexus14 dögum síðan
    • And battery life , maybe ?

      Alamsyah Oktavian SantosoAlamsyah Oktavian Santoso12 dögum síðan
  • thanks for this great review. I think I will be going for air for my daily office work. it will be my first apple laptop, m1 really amazed me

    Ray V.Ray V.15 dögum síðan
  • Is it a little late to get a new Mac? Or no?

    A.J. RecanaA.J. Recana15 dögum síðan
  • Nobody gives a toss between Mac vs Mac, come on man, obviously you need to do Mac vs Dell, Mac vs HP, Mac vs etc, come on man!

    Mike R.Mike R.15 dögum síðan
    • p.s. don’t respond to that message, just make the videos

      Mike R.Mike R.15 dögum síðan
  • i’m going to be a graphic design student, should i get the macbook air m1 or macbook pro m1?

    Diana EliseDiana Elise16 dögum síðan
  • Is the foot material of both mba m1 and mbp m1 plastic?

    원패밀리원패밀리16 dögum síðan
  • The touch bar is Apple's biggest mistake since the Newton. They'll never admit it though.

    David Dirré-MoireDavid Dirré-Moire17 dögum síðan
  • 11:50 boy if thats lag, i've been lagging my whole life

    PotatoCatcherPotatoCatcher17 dögum síðan
  • Ummm ok...

    #Tree Siblings#Tree Siblings17 dögum síðan
  • Thank you so much! Before watching your video I had been struggling to decide which device to get! I am now so excited to get my macbook air m1!

    Tin TinTin Tin18 dögum síðan
  • Great video, but i still don't know whether it's better to order an air with 512 GB or instead go for the mb pro base model and add external ssd when both would end up nearly same price?

    theoeminemtheoeminem18 dögum síðan
  • MacBook Pro

    Xavier CarbyXavier Carby18 dögum síðan
  • 한국에서도 잘 보고 있어요!!

    최창민최창민18 dögum síðan
  • Which one do you think will be better for longevity?

    MBP MAVICMBP MAVIC18 dögum síðan
  • Which would be the better option between M1 Air and Pro if someone use remote desktop for office work 8hrs daily?

    deepan712101deepan71210119 dögum síðan
  • Very impressed that the Air could hang with these stress tests but the fact that it doesn't have fans just makes me nervous and is making me lean towards the MBP

    Brett PierceBrett Pierce19 dögum síðan
  • Can I code in Python in the air?

    Ntokozo SikhosanaNtokozo Sikhosana19 dögum síðan
  • Amazing review

    Ben McEwanBen McEwan19 dögum síðan
  • Does the lack of fan in air reduce the performance over long periods of usage like after an year..!?

    Srikar ChowdarySrikar Chowdary19 dögum síðan
    • I think the air is less future proof compared to the pro due to the fact that when it's aging, it's more likely to throttle down as a result of the more demanding software. This is likely to be a bit compensated by the fan on the MacBook Pro.

      NilsNils17 dögum síðan
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    Jani_lyJani_ly21 degi síðan síðan
  • This is called comparison!!...Thanks bro...kudos to you.

    BabbleBabble21 degi síðan síðan
  • 3:15 The one on the left sounds less full and tinny on my Mac Pro. so maybe only ppl watching this on an air would think they sound the same

    Presley JenkinsPresley Jenkins21 degi síðan síðan
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  • question: is mac air or pro better for gaming? i have a air soo

    anqelbooanqelboo22 dögum síðan
  • So is this air the 7‑core GPU or 8?

    Aaron BangaAaron Banga22 dögum síðan
  • First time buyer, what’s the consensus recommendation?

    agofficial1agofficial122 dögum síðan
  • Nice review! Helped me to decide to buy neither because they don't have normal USB ports lol. Wtf Apple

    DontScreamDontScream22 dögum síðan
  • Benchmark are worthless only thing that matters is how fast can it convert a 2 hour blue ray 4 k file to mp3 ( lowest possible quality) and rip the audio faster is better = best laptop ( 80 % battery to start)

    bobby longbobby long23 dögum síðan
  • Great video mate!

    Hulk EducationHulk Education23 dögum síðan
  • Hey guys buying a laptop for the first time.. wanted to know if 256 gb is enough for normal student usage?

    Priyesh SanghviPriyesh Sanghvi23 dögum síðan
  • thank you so much for ur vid its so helpful

    Noura AbdulazizNoura Abdulaziz23 dögum síðan
  • i have an air and my cousin has a pro and the speakers on the air are much better

    Solid SwipesSolid Swipes23 dögum síðan
  • You guys deserve more subscribers, the amount of effort that is put into your videos are awesome. How can this go unnoticed!?!?!??!?!?!

    Michael PlushMichael Plush23 dögum síðan
  • They are all the same.apple is just making fool of their fans!

    Bhilly BryanneBhilly Bryanne23 dögum síðan
    • Tell us your broke and move on with your day

      Sahro MohamedSahro Mohamed22 dögum síðan
  • There is no display comparison...

    극좌표계극좌표계23 dögum síðan
  • How do these 2 compare with gaming?

    FRSPilotFRSPilot24 dögum síðan
  • Air runs Ableton with 120 Tracks under Rosetta right now (CPU 46%!!). 2xDiva,8xNexus NativeM1, lots of Plugins.. Samplerate 265 9ms global latency for me.. unbelievable

    Guido Scharmer-ChoiGuido Scharmer-Choi24 dögum síðan
  • I have the M1 MBP, and I don't get the hype. It's lackluster after all the reviews I've seen. All round performance is nothing special, except for staying cool. I'm seeing the beachball way too often, lag here, stutter there. Lightroom is painfully slow, unlike what this review will let you think. I ran all the same benchmark tests and got the same results, so it's not like there's anything wrong with my unit. I'm returning this.

    blacksunblacksun24 dögum síðan
  • I bought MBA M1 just because no touch bar

    Noctur VanceNoctur Vance24 dögum síðan
  • Can you help me decide on which one to get? Macbook air m1 or macbook pro intel core i5 2020 (model before m1 version)

    Paul BonifacioPaul Bonifacio24 dögum síðan
  • Touch bar sucks. Apple needs to kill it.

    Nell NellNell Nell25 dögum síðan
  • nice comparison, love it man

    Osvaldo ArdinalOsvaldo Ardinal25 dögum síðan
  • just got a MacBook Air. On machine number 3 now and the bluetooth still doesn't work.

    Trevor SmithTrevor Smith26 dögum síðan
  • The air sounds better

    Wyatt The Autistic gamerWyatt The Autistic gamer26 dögum síðan
  • Best video of the topic. You should be verified by Apple 🤟🏼🤟🏼🤟🏼

    World in bitesWorld in bites27 dögum síðan
  • The real question is: Get the MacBook air and upgrade the ram to 16GB or get the MBP with base 8GB ram??

    Stephan RaabStephan Raab27 dögum síðan
  • How will a fanless laptop perform in the long run? Will the fan laptop get louder with a few years on its back? Sorry, im not very familiar with apple products😅

    ScorlzScorlz27 dögum síðan
  • *Mac Book Pro* has better professional sound. The Mackboor Air yes is loud but is not quality at all- coming from sound engineer. The *MacBook Pro* mic is better too. Also for any content creators the *GPU* is first thing to look at than CPU than Memory. Having said that the *MacBook Pro* is best in value and performance overall.

    Conscious EvolutionConscious Evolution27 dögum síðan
  • Amazon 2021 M1 MacBook air 13 amzn.to/3nBVPdx 2021 M1 MacBook pro 13 amzn.to/34tr7eM

    Almacen GenovaAlmacen Genova28 dögum síðan
  • yes but the air is too low on hard drive

    RocoRoco28 dögum síðan
  • Does anyone know where to get the Wallpapers they use in their MacBook videos?

    CrazyCreeper241CrazyCreeper24129 dögum síðan
  • The air is clearly better as you didn’t get the 8core hahaa

    Lee AllanLee Allan29 dögum síðan
  • Its a good way to compare

    Adi KillerAdi Killer29 dögum síðan
  • Air is so heavy

    2g2g29 dögum síðan
  • Please help! Which one should I choose? Option 1: Macbook Pro m1 base model Option 2: Macbook Air m1 base model + Apple Watch SE I only do light tasks and I will use it heavily for studies with a little bit of gaming (lol, dota 2).

    LøJLøJ29 dögum síðan
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  • i can tell you like MBP but think of MBA has only 7cores.

    Saile EtucamSaile EtucamMánuði síðan
  • In Sri Lanka MacBook air m1 cost 280000 LKR(1491$)

    vibu Chamavibu ChamaMánuði síðan
  • This is really helpful since I’m getting the MacBook pro

    oddity_ 4000oddity_ 4000Mánuði síðan
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  • After knowing the new one, is it better to add some money for mac air m1 than mac air intel 2017? It's still around 900 us dolars here for mac air 2017 in Indonesia. Just for school as student.

    Syamsul SaniSyamsul SaniMánuði síðan
  • Thanks for the detailed comparison - very much appreciated! 🙌 💯

    cmvelo1cmvelo1Mánuði síðan
  • Was the Air camera really with the Air mic? It was soooo much better that the Pro in that case.

    Magnus ErikssonMagnus ErikssonMánuði síðan