MALIBAL Aon S1 Vs Apple MacBook Pro 13 (M2)

In the competitive landscape of high-performance, thin & light laptops, the MALIBAL Aon S1 and the Apple MacBook Pro 13 (M2) are noteworthy contenders. The Aon S1, a Linux-based laptop, is lauded for its robust performance, sleek design, and impressive battery longevity, demonstrating its capability to handle a wide range of workloads. It has been favorably compared to desktop systems, and some reviews have even highlighted its keyboard as superior to that of Apple’s.

Conversely, the MacBook Pro 13 (M2) is a testament to Apple’s continuous drive for innovation. It is equipped with the latest M2 chip, delivering exceptional performance and battery life. The build quality, keyboard, trackpad, and speakers of the MacBook Pro have all received commendations, although some critics suggest that its design could benefit from an update.

In this comparison, we will delve deeper into the unique strengths and potential drawbacks of each laptop, providing a comprehensive view of these two technological powerhouses.

“In fact, since the Aon S1 arrived, I much prefer using it to my MacBook Pro 13-inch.” -ZDNET

Display

Screen Size

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Resolution

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Webcam

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Processor

Geekbench 6

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Cinebench R23

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Cinebench R20

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Cinebench R15

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Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU

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Graphics

Geekbench 6

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GFXBench

1920 X 1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (Higher Is Better)

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1920 X 1080 Car Chase Offscreen (Higher Is Better)

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Unigine Heaven 4.0

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Repairability

User-Replaceable Storage

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User-Replaceable Memory

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User-Replaceable Wi-Fi/BT Module

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User-Replaceable Battery

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Customization

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Options

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Configurations

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Max Memory

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Ports

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HDMI 2.1

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Battery

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Life

H.264 1080p Video Playback with 150 Nits Brightness (Higher Is Better)

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Charging

0% to 100% Charge (Lower Is Better)

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Dimensions

Size

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Weight

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Pricing

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Why MALIBAL?

In a marketplace dominated by large corporations, MALIBAL offers a refreshing alternative that focuses on open-source support, the right to repair, hardware integration in the USA, personalized US-based customer support, and the unique combination of customization and high-performance technology in sleek, user-friendly designs. For those who value these qualities, MALIBAL stands out as a distinct and appealing choice among laptop brands.

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Are all the parts soldered to the motherboard?

In many modern laptops, especially thin and light models (like Apple’s MacBook Air or Pro, Dell’s XPS 13, or many of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon models), the memory, storage, battery, and wireless module are often soldered directly onto the motherboard. This is done to save space and allow the laptop to be thinner, but it means that the RAM and SSD are not user-upgradeable.

However, as part of our commitment to the Right to Repair Movement, the memory, storage, battery, and wireless module all MALIBAL laptops are user-upgradeable or user-replaceable.

Is the firmware on your laptops open source?

Yes, the UEFI / EC firmware on our laptops is open-source and licensed under the GPL.

Can your laptops be charged or powered via USB-C?

USB-C is revolutionizing the way we charge laptops. As a universal charging standard, USB-C has a number of advantages that make it particularly suited for this task.

First and foremost, it offers high power delivery capability – up to 100 watts – which is sufficient to charge even power-hungry laptops. This eliminates the need for proprietary laptop chargers and allows for charging via common adapters, power banks, or even other laptops.

Additionally, USB-C is a reversible connector, meaning it can be inserted either way, making it more user-friendly.

It also supports data transfer and display output, allowing for a single cable to provide power, transfer data, and connect to external monitors.

All MALIBAL laptops can be powered via the Thunderbolt 4 port.

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MALIBAL is an innovative technology company that produces high-performance, custom linux laptops for developers and content creators; mobile workstations for engineers, scientists, video editors, 3D modelers, and animators; and mobile servers for enterprise applications. On our site, you will find information about the best linux laptops, such as our Aon S1 and Aon L1 models, our customers, new articles, latest news, guides, features, and more.
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