MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Pro M1

Hi Guys and welcome to 123myIT. In this video, we will show you comparison between the Apple MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Pro M1.

Before I start I already have done a video on the MacBook Air and Pro M1 model and if you want to see that video I will put a link in the top of the video and the description below.

Dirsplay – MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Pro M1

Display Brightness compare MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Pro M1
Compare display brightness between MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1

Both the MacBook Air and Pro M1 come with a 13.3-inch LED Backlit Retina Display with IPS technology. They both a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and 227 pixel per inch, but the Air has 400 nits of brightness and the Pro has 500 nits of brightness. This means you should be able to see the slightly brighter display on the Pro on the right. Its not a massive difference but if you are looking buy the Air or Pro, its something you should consider. True Tone technology also adds a warmer more realistic colour to the display.

 In Terms of how heavy the MacBook Air and Pro are the Air is 2.8 pounds, which is lighter than the MacBook Pro on 3 pounds. The Dimensions are very simular for both models .16-.63 inches high on ther Air compared with .61 inches on the Pro and the are the same in width at 11.97 inches. When talking about portability the Air is slightly lighter but I don’t think the difference between 2.8 pounds and 3 pounds is noticeable.

Pricing – MacBook Air M1 vs MacBook Pro M1

Pricing for the MacBook Air M1 starts at $999 USD and the Pro is $300 more expensive on $1299. You can get the Air in three different colours Space Grey, Gold, Silver and the Pro in Silver and Space Grey. Storage options start at 256GB and go up to 2TB. Using the 256 GB model, I found the upgrade to 512 GB is probably worthwhile as I started having disk space issues after installing the Fortnite game, which requires about 90 GB. I started to wish I had the extra space. So consider this when buying the new MacBooks.


On the left side, you have two Thunderbolt, USB 4 ports. I would have like to see three as one could be taken up with a power adapter. There is No Ethernet, so this model is WIFI only. The USB 4 doubles as a display port so if you have a USB 4 to HDMI adapter you can plug in an external display.

On the right, you have a 3.5 Headphone Jack and there is no SD card reader so it does feel limited in terms of connectivity.


The design of the MacBook Air is different from the Pro as the palm rests slope down slightly at the front. This does make resting your palms on the MacBook Air slightly more comfortable. The Backlit Magic keyboard is a delight to type on and does not bend when pressing the keys. And there is very little flex on the keyboard too. The MacBook Pro does come with a touch bar which replaces the Function keys

Both models have Stereo speakers with Wide Stereo sound. However the MacBook Pro M1 has Stereo speakers with high dynamic range. They sit both side of the keyboard and are designed to point upwards towards your ears. The speakers have the best sound on any laptop I have heard so far. They are truly amazing. Here’s a comparison. Let me know what you think in the comments below.


The Force Touch trackpad is nice and wide on both models however the Trackpad is smaller on the MacBook Air but I never find myself missing a click or having to click twice.

Along the top, you will find an integrated 720p FaceTime HD camera with an indicator light. This is the same webcam on both models and there is no button to manually close the webcam. MacBook Air and Pro have Touch Id built into the power button. This allows you to set a finger print which negates the need for a password and you can log in to your Mac by tapping the power key.

Also included in the box is a 30 watt USB C power adapter for the MacBook Air and the Pro has a 61 watt adapter. You can expect to get up to 18 hours of battery life on the Air and up to 20 hours on the Pro, which is outstanding.


Cool, let us run the benchmarks. Starting the Cinebench software really works the MacBook Air hard. But you wont hear the fan spinning because there is none.

Heres the Cinebench multicore score for the Air which was 5324 this is not as good as the MacBook Pro score which was 7780.

Here is the Geekbench CPU single core score and the Mulitcore score.

Heres the GeekBench Compute score. As you can see the MacBook Pro did much better.

One other thing I noticed too. If you have two Macs and plug them in together via the USB C cable you only need to press the power button on one Mac and it starts up the other Mac Automatically.

You should buy the MacBook Air M1 if you want an affordable Apple Mac computer. It’s a powerful thin light laptop that runs Mac OS Big Sur. It’s very portable and it has amazing battery life and runs whisper silent as it doesn’t have a fac.

You should buy the MacBook Air M1 if you need even better performance and battery life. However it does have a loud fan which can be annoying. Which even model you decide to get I would defiantly recommend getting the 512GB storage model.

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