I exploit mine for net searching, YouTube watching & ‘life admin’. For all of those makes use of it’s greater than succesful. The Magic keyboard is beautiful to sort on for my part, so ought to undoubtedly be good for lengthy writing periods (your mileage may fluctuate in fact). It’s totally quick as well up and cargo apps, and infrequently hesitates after I ask it to do a number of issues directly (I’ve the i5 model with 16 GB RAM). It’s just about overkill for what I exploit it for!
On the down facet although, I am fortunate if I get 6 hours of battery life by no means thoughts 10 – I often get between 4 / 5 hours, however I might squeeze extra if I turned the display screen brightness down. The laptop computer does get heat (not scolding sizzling) and the followers will typically kick up, although often after they do it is due to some rogue course of operating within the background. Can get a tad distracting although and sometimes has me considering ‘what’s received the followers operating this time?’.
Anyway, that is my expertise with my Intel MacBook Air. I even have an M1 Mac mini, so I’ve a fairly good concept of what the expertise is either side of the fence (albeit solely in desktop type the place Apple-Silicon is worried).
I would say the largest benefits of M1 from a light-user perspective could be:
– The battery life. You will have extra peace of thoughts when endeavor lengthy writing periods whereas travelling or in any other case utilizing the pc away from house (if you happen to do not journey together with your MacBook then it is most certainly a non-issue both means).
– The cool temperatures, and by extension the non-existent fan noise (which might get distracting if writing in a silent room)
– iPad app cross compatibility (there is likely to be that one iPad app you would like you can run in your Mac, effectively with M1, you just about can)
Apart from that, the opposite main benefits are the efficiency positive factors – most of which you probably will not see if you happen to’re simply utilizing your MacBook for phrase processing (I will be sincere, I do not see any velocity variations between my MacBook Air and Mac mini underneath mild utilization).
You additionally get a display screen with a P3 color gamut whereas the Intel MacBook Air does not have that. More than likely will not trouble you until you are into graphic design or do numerous work with photos. There’s additionally slight enhancements to the webcam (which is mainly the identical however the M1 cleans the picture up a bit).
Do not get caught up within the hype – simply purchase what A) works for you and B) works on your funds. If cash’s no object, get the M1 no query. However if you happen to suppose you can do with some further cash for different bills, you will not go far fallacious with an intel MacBook Air within the quick time period (in the long run the Intel M(BA) most certainly will not be supported software-wise for so long as the M1 MacBook Air, and it is resale value is not more likely to be as excessive).
Hope that helps!