Apple’s new MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020) is the new battery champ

We expected the new M1-powered MacBooks to be record-breaking, in terms of performance, but it seems that Apple has made its newest device a champion in other areas as well.

The MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020) managed to endure our battery life test with some very impressive numbers. In fact, they were high enough to give the MacBook Air the number one spot in our Top 50 Laptops with the Best Battery Life ranking.


Here you can check out detailed prices, configurations, and our in-depth review of the Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020): Specs System / In-depth review

The Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020)’s 49.9Wh battery unit was able to last through 24 hours and 20 minutes of Web Browsing, 13 hours and 20 minutes of video playback, and 4 hours and 13 minutes of continuous video rendering. As always we do our battery life test with the screen brightness set to 120 nits and every program turned off, except the one we are testing the notebook with. We can conclude that the M1 is an amazing SoC, that has both raw power and great power-efficiency.

Below you can compare the battery life results between the MacBook Air and the other two notebooks that complete the top 3 in our Best Battery Life chart.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.

We use F1 2017’s built-in benchmark on loop in order to simulate real-life gaming.

HP EliteBook 830 G7 53Wh, 3-cell

All Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020) configurations:

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