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Apple MacBook Air (mid 2022): 13.6", Apple M2 8-Core CPU; 16GB Unified Memory; 256GB SSD $1269

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  • Apple M2 8-Core CPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8-Core GPU/16-Core Neural Engine
  • macOS
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 13.6" Liquid Retina display with True Tone
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12-03-2022 at 09:29 AM.
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Good deal for 16gigs of ram
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12-03-2022 at 10:54 AM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
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12-03-2022 at 11:22 AM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
I think that only applies to the new M2 macbook pros

Link: https://www.macrumors.com/2022/07...ous-model/

Edit: appears to apply to the air as well.

https://www.theverge.com/23220299...-benchmark
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12-03-2022 at 12:11 PM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
You're correct. I saw multiple articles that say get the 514gb.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/com...ing-guide/
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12-03-2022 at 12:12 PM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
Short answer: buy the 512GB model. Shortly after launching, reviewers found out that the base 256GB model uses a single NAND chip for storage, while the 512GB model and even the M1 MacBook Air use two chips. That results up to 50% slower SSD performance, making the 256GB model feel more sluggish as it struggles to read and write data to the hard drive.
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12-03-2022 at 12:17 PM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
If you don't Do heavy photos/videos gamings etc it's probably ok but my m1 air is very slow with like 10 websites open on Chrome.
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12-03-2022 at 03:17 PM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
You won't notice the difference..a single 256 is quick enough
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12-03-2022 at 03:35 PM.
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You won't notice the difference..a single 256 is quick enough
I'm thinking of resetting my m1 back to factory but I have my doubts
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12-03-2022 at 04:46 PM.
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Attached is a great video that goes into a detailed analysis regarding the base version of the M2 Macbook Air SSD performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rgeCXm5uwY

PS. I'm most likely going to upgrade to 16gb of memory and be done with it.
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12-03-2022 at 06:31 PM.
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I'm thinking of resetting my m1 back to factory but I have my doubts
what does resetting to factory settings have to do with anything
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12-03-2022 at 09:10 PM.
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I've been told to absolutely not get the 256gb version of the M2, is that true ? Some issue that makes it actually slower than M1 ?
Those days 256gb is enough only if you do web browsing and watching YouTube. If you do any work with pictures, videos and other large files, you will run out of storage before you even will start you project
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12-03-2022 at 09:11 PM.
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Attached is a great video that goes into a detailed analysis regarding the base version of the M2 Macbook Air SSD performance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rgeCXm5uwY

PS. I'm most likely going to upgrade to 16gb of memory and be done with it.
Ram is not upgradable in those new apple computers, it's soldered to the motherboard
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12-03-2022 at 10:30 PM.
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If you're flexible on ship date, it's $20 cheaper plus $40 off AppleCare here:
https://prices.appleinsider.com/p.../Z15S000CT
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12-04-2022 at 01:46 AM.
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what does resetting to factory settings have to do with anything
Make it faster?
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