That Macbook Air 2022 is almost there. While announced WWDC 2022the latest model of Apple’s popular laptop, offers notable improvements over the MacBook Air with M1, like a better display, a sharper camera, and MagSafe support. The new laptop also packs the second generation M2 processor, which promises stronger performance than its predecessor. As we said in our hands-on preview, The MacBook Air 2022 is a big step forward.
While the 2022 MacBook Air looks like it could be an overall better laptop than its 2020 counterpart, it may not be the notebook for everyone. It only supports a single external monitor and is more expensive than previous MacBook Air models, starting at $1,199. The price alone could make people, especially Windows users, wonder what comparable laptops they can get instead.
To that end, we’ve selected a range of ultra-thin Windows laptops that are solid alternatives to the 2022 MacBook Air. Note that we’re focusing on machines in the same price range that excel at everyday computing applications like word processing and media use. Based on our testing, the M1 chip is on par (and in some cases better) than some Intel CPUs. We expect the same for M2.
But the average user, who Apple is targeting with the 2022 MacBook Air, won’t need all that power in most cases. Because of this, it makes a lot of sense to look at a Windows laptop that you can use for everyday tasks.
Here are the best MacBook Air 2022 alternatives.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360
If you’re looking for something ultra-thin, then the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is as thin as can be. Despite its small thickness, it does not skimp on performance. The fact that it is one of the best 2 in 1 Laptops is another plus as it can also serve as a tablet.
Here’s what we said about it in our Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 review: “The Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is an ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptop tailored for people on the go. Like last year Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360, this iteration features a gorgeous AMOLED screen perfect for media consumption. Thanks to its fast performance, it is also ideal for work.
“Although the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 is a Windows laptop at its core, it comes with a lot of Samsung software. This can be good or bad depending on how invested you are in the Samsung ecosystem.
“Despite the mediocre webcam and Samsung bloatware, the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 has a lot going for it and is a 2-in-1 that we highly recommend to anyone looking for a powerful, portable laptop that combines well with Samsung devices.”
Dell XPS 13 (2020, 11th Gen)
The Dell XPS 13 range has been one of our favorites for years, so adding it to this list was an easy choice. We could have gone with the impressive Dell XPS 13 OLED However, I chose the 2020 iteration because it’s priced closer to the 2022 MacBook Air. But even though it’s an older laptop, it’s still one of the best you can find, and the 11th Gen Intel CPUs still offer enough power to handle your all-day tasks.
Of our Dell XPS 13 (2020, 11th generation) in review: “The Dell XPS 13 (11th Gen) makes the best laptop even better by far, bringing even more speed and better graphics performance in most situations. Add to that the many subtle improvements Dell has already made to the XPS 13 this year, including a truly bezel-less InfinityEdge display and an even more comfortable keyboard and touchpad.
“However, a handful of performance quirks keep the XPS 13 from being truly perfect. While the 11-hour battery will be more than enough for most people, the 10th Gen XPS 13 lasted even longer. And our benchmark tests showed some areas where Tiger Lake didn’t quite deliver the kind of gains we’d expect from a new generation.
“If you want even faster performance and battery life (and don’t mind moving to macOS), the new MacBook Air with Apple’s blazing-fast M1 processor is worth a look. But the latest XPS 13 still absolutely shines in everyday use and remains the best Windows laptop you can buy today.”
Asus Zenbook 13 OLED
If you’re looking for a cheaper laptop, the Asus Zenbook 13 OLED is worth considering. Not only does it offer great value for money, it also offers great performance, remarkable battery life, and a beautiful OLED display for less than $1,000.
Here’s what we said about it in our Asus Zenbook 13 OLED review: “There’s a new model of Asus Zenbook on the market with a glowing OLED display and the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD, but the real kicker is the price: It starts at just $800, making it probably the cheapest.” OLED-equipped laptop turns around, and one of the The best 13 inch laptops You can buy one of them best laptops Period.
“At this price point, you might be concerned that you’re sacrificing performance, battery life, or build quality, but after spending a few weeks testing an AMD-equipped Asus Zenbook 13 OLED ($799 start, $899 like tested) I am happy to report that you have nothing to worry about. While there are some downsides, overall this is an excellent laptop that should serve you well for both work and play.
“Sure, the speakers aren’t amazing, the webcam leaves something to be desired, and there’s no headphone jack, but those are stumbling blocks that can be avoided. If you need a snazzy little ultraportable with a great screen to keep you going all day, you can’t do better than the OLED-equipped Asus Zenbook 13 at this price point.”
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is one of the things the company comes closest to a flagship Windows laptop. This 2021 addition to the Surface laptop range packs premium components into a sleek chassis and comes with a clean install of Windows 10 free of bloatware. An upgrade is of course possible at any time Windows11.
Here’s what we thought of in ours Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review: “The Surface Laptop 4 improves on the Surface Laptop 3 in many ways and offers Windows fans a bloatware-free ultraportable with high-quality components in a beautiful, lightweight chassis.
“While I would have liked to see Microsoft make some more significant changes to the Surface laptop formula, the excellent speakers, improved battery life, and under-the-hood upgrades make the Surface Laptop 4 one of the The best Windows laptops you can buy – and a serious contender for a place among the best laptops out there.
“We already have a long list of changes we’d like to see in a sequel (thinner bezels, better webcam, Thunderbolt 4 support, and more ports in general), but the Surface Laptop 4’s big screen, comfortable keyboard, and… slim, sturdy build design make it a great choice for anyone who wants to get work done indoors or out at the cafe.”