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Apple MacBook Air (M1) Vs. HP Spectre x360 14 (Intel)

The CRN Test Center compares the latest MacBook Air, featuring Apple’s M1 chip, with HP’s Spectre x360 14, powered by 11th-Gen Intel Core processors.

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Processor and RAM

The newest MacBook Air is among the first crop of devices to feature Apple’s high-performance, Arm-based M1 processor. For the MacBook Air, there are two options for the M1—a version that has a seven-core GPU or a variant with an eight-core GPU. Both versions have an eight-core CPU, with four cores focused on demanding tasks and four cores that enable battery efficiency for less-intensive tasks.

As mentioned, HP’s Spectre x360 14 comes equipped with 11th-gen Intel Core processors. Choices include the 11th-gen Core i5 and i7, which both feature four cores. The top-level configuration comes with Intel’s Core i7-1165G7.

Benchmark scores point to a performance advantage for the MacBook Air with M1, even when it’s facing off with the fastest Spectre x360 14. Geekbench 5 scores for the M1 and the Core i7-1165G7 show the M1 coming out ahead in both single-core and multi-core benchmarks. The M1’s speed advantage should be most obvious on more-demanding, multi-core tasks, according to the Geekbench 5 results.

On RAM, both laptops offer options for 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM.

 
 
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