Apple M1 Benchmark Test. In Geekbench 5, 1730 marks were recorded for the single -core test and 7656 marks for the multi -core test. This is a high score when compared to the Intel Core i7-1165G7 on the ASUS Zenbook Flip S OLED which recorded 1466/4716 scores in the same test. The performance of the Apple M1 is not just empty talk to make sales.
This is all a synthetic test but is it showing real world performance? The answer is yes. It really feels the speed of the MacBook Air M1 when processing 4K video using Final Cut Pro. No issue to do timeline scrubbing and do previews. We can only dream of editing 4K video on our 2019 Intel MacBook Air because it will get extremely hot before starting to choke due to throttling.
Speaking of throttling, on Intel MacBooks typically the processor speed will be reduced when the battery reaches the 10%level. This is not the case on the MacBook Air M1 with consistent power provided until the battery reaches zero level.
Two stereo speakers that pinch the keyboard provide a loud and clear audio experience. Because it recovers directly to ear, the audio produce consistently good when the computer is placed on the thigh. There are no negative comments we can give as the performance of our speakers is consciously not among the most important features when making a laptop purchase.
Apple advertises a web browsing usage life of up to 18 hours with a 33% increase charge over Intel models that last only up to 12 hours. This enjoyed if users browse the web using Safari. But in the realistic world not many people use only Safari.
In tests using the native M1 build Google Chrome and Photoshop (also native M1), we were able to enjoy an average usage life of up to 12 hours. This is much better than the 7 -hour average on an Intel MacBook. Streaming video for an hour only lowers the battery by about 3%. This is impossible on an Intel MacBook Air.
When the battery runs out, the recharging process takes about 2.5 hours using the 30W USB-C charger that comes with each purchase. Unlike on the iPhone and Apple Watch, Apple still includes a charger in the box.