I have MacBook Air (early 2014) with Big Sur installed as an emergency.
And it happened, I lost my job, work laptop was taken back, and I had to use my emergency laptop.
The battery is damaged, it does not charge at all, so the power adapter needs to be connected all the time.
Something tells me the MacBook is slower the listed CPU speed because the battery level is constantly on 0-1%, even if it is charging from adapter.
I'm not sure if it is a problem, ideally I can buy a new battery and try to replace it, but I'm not sure it will solve the problem, and I'm on a low budget during my job-hunt.
Is there any way to check the CPU speed level, and is it possible to force MacBook to not decrease CPU speed?