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Price

  • M3 MacBook Air:
    • 13-inch: $1,099 (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
    • 15-inch: $1,299 (16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • 14-inch: $1,599 (8GB RAM, 512GB SSD)

Winner: M3 MacBook Air (cheaper)


Display

  • M3 MacBook Air:
    • 13.6-inch (2,560 x 1,664 pixels, 500 nits)
    • 15.3-inch (2,800 x 1,864 pixels, 500 nits)
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • 14-inch (3,024 x 1,964 pixels, up to 1,600 nits)

Winner:
M3 MacBook Pro (brighter, higher resolution)

Design

  • M3 MacBook Air:
    • Colors: Starlight, Space Gray, Silver, Midnight Black
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • Colors: Space Gray, Silver (Space Black only for M3 Pro/Max models)
  • Weight:
    • 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro: 3.4 pounds
    • 15-inch M3 MacBook Air: 3.3 pounds
    • 13-inch M3 MacBook Air: 2.7 pounds

Winner: M3 MacBook Air (lighter, more color options)

Audio

  • M3 MacBook Air:
    • 4-speaker sound system
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • 6-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers

Winner: M3 MacBook Pro (better audio quality)

Ports

  • M3 MacBook Air:
    • 2 Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports
    • Headset jack
    • MagSafe 3
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • Adds HDMI and SDXC card slot

Winner: M3 MacBook Pro (more ports)

External Display Support

  • M3 MacBook Air:

    • Supports two external displays, but only with the lid closed
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • Supports two external displays, including with the lid open

Winner: Draw (both support external displays)

Performance

  • CPU: Same M3 chip in both models
  • GPU:
    • M3 MacBook Air: 8-core GPU
    • M3 MacBook Pro: 10-core GPU (upgradeable to 10-core in Air)
  • Cooling: M3 MacBook Pro has fans, M3 MacBook Air does not

Winner: M3 MacBook Pro (better GPU, better cooling for intensive tasks)

Battery Life


  • M3 MacBook Air:
    • 13-inch and 15-inch: Up to 18 hours
  • M3 MacBook Pro:
    • 14-inch: Up to 22 hours

Winner: M3 MacBook Air (longer battery life)

Conclusion

Choose the M3 MacBook Air if:

  • You want a lighter, more affordable laptop
  • You don’t need a super-bright display or an SDXC card slot
  • You prefer a wider range of color options

Choose the M3 MacBook Pro if:

  • You need a brighter, higher-resolution display
  • You need an SDXC card slot
  • You want the best possible audio quality
  • You do intensive graphics work and need better cooling