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Future-proof: MacBook Air M2

Question My daughter is going to college in September and we’re looking for a laptop for her that will last. We don’t mind investing in it if it’s good quality as we have had mixed experiences with laptops over the years. — Feidhlim O’Donovan

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When you say that you “don’t mind investing in it”, I’ll assume that extends to mid-priced and lower-premium models. In general, it’s hard to beat Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air (€1,229 from Apple) in this category for overall value. This lasts a long time, has lots of engine power and — maybe best of all — beats almost every other laptop on battery life by almost two to one. This month, I reviewed Apple’s updated 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 (€1,629), which is a step up again.


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