These are the only laptops thinner than the M2 MacBook Air

The new M2 MacBook Air is incredibly thin — 0.44 inches (11.2 mm), to be exact. But the numbers don’t really say that. Unless you hold this thing in your hands, you might not realize how thin this thing really is. But Apple didn’t claim this was the thinnest laptop ever made—because it wasn’t.

And while there are a couple that do exist, you’ll quickly see that they’re not exactly one-to-one comparisons.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

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The thinnest laptop ever made, as far as I’ve been able to determine, is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. This fiery red, high-end Chromebook debuted in 2020, and is only 0.39 inches thick. As you can see from the photo, it’s just big enough to fit a headphone jack and a USB-C port. It was an amazing device to see in 2020, and it remains among the thinnest laptops you can still buy.

This 13-inch laptop is quite small, and it’s also well made. But it’s a Chromebook. And strangely, Samsung hasn’t updated the laptop in the last two years. The company decided to release a follow-up in 2021 called the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, but it was a thicker and more affordable laptop. I’m not sure if we’ll ever see a true update to the original Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, but I sincerely hope we see Samsung use this case style again, as it seemed ahead of its time in many ways.

Acer Swift 7

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The Acer Swift 7 was a laptop that championed thinness for years, even before the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook came along. This one also has the same 0.39-inch thickness, matching that of the Chromebook. It’s also incredibly light at 1.96 pounds — one of the lightest laptops you can buy. That’s significantly lighter than the M2 MacBook Air at 2.7 pounds.

Both of these measurements blow the M2 MacBook Air out of the water — but there’s a catch. For one thing, the Acer Swift 7 had a number of frustrating compromises, including a clunky touchpad and keyboard and an oddly placed webcam.

But the bigger problem? Acer hasn’t updated this model since 2019. That makes it an even less value-for-money laptop to buy in 2022, especially since it’s still using an old 8th-gen Intel processor. The many sacrifices made to ensure that the Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest and lightest of the bunch apparently haven’t convinced many buyers that it’s worth the compromise.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, I don’t know that Acer plans to update the Swift 7, but it’s clearly taken a design break.

Some that are really close

Back of Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.Image used with permission of the copyright holder

So while there aren’t many laptops that are as thin as the M2 MacBook Air, there are plenty that come close. The half-inch mark is right where many other thin and light laptops fall. As for Windows, you have options like the new Dell XPS 13, which comes in at 0.58 inches thick.

There’s also the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4, which is slightly thinner than the XPS 13 at 0.57 inches. The Asus ExpertBook B9 falls into a similar size, as does the Zenbook S 13 Flip OLED at 0.59 inches.

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Of course, 2-in-1 tablets like the Surface Pro are technically thinner. The Surface Pro 8 is only 0.37 inches thick, but add the Type Cover keyboard and you gain another 0.2 inches.

It’s entirely possible that I’ve overlooked a laptop here or there, but suffice it to say that the M2 MacBook Air is probably in a league of its own. Unless you count experimental concept devices like the Craob X, Windows laptops definitely have some catching up to do.

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