Apple MacBook Air 2020
A quick review
The MacBook Air 2020 is one of Apple’s biggest innovations after the launch of MacBook Air 2019 without any doubt. Apple has come up with recently upgraded components that give it a decent hike in performance and elevate its minimum storage capacity. Instead of starting with a paltry 128GB, you will get double the storage.
The biggest issue that we faced in previous models was how badly they feel underpowered, especially when they are compared to various laptops that are Windows-based of the same price tag. The former model came up with too many compromises, especially the processing power and storage capacity, and each of its yearly updates felt like a small step up instead of a revolutionary jump.
Thankfully, all those compromises are now fulfilled with the MacBook Air 2020. It comprehends configurations with quad-core processors and a 16GB of RAM on hand, which makes this model more prevalent than its predecessors. It does all such things without even costing more and neglecting that all-important thin and light design which the MacBook Air is famous for.
Since it is not the thinnest one, it is still remarkably a compact laptop having Apple’s renowned design and build quality. However, the newly added components have further added a little extra size and weight to the whole dimensions of the new MacBook Air that makes it a comfortable and straightforward laptop to be carried around.
When we talk about its price, Apple has amusingly surprised every one of us with the release of MacBook Air 2020, whose starting price is lower than that of the model launched in 2019 at $999 / £999 / AU$1,599. It not only offers a cheap rate, but also its specs are way better than the previous model, with the entry-level model featuring a dual-core 10th-generation 1.1GHz Intel Core i3 processor with a boost of 3.2GHz, 256GB storage and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
And if we talk about its design, it is quite similar, but embraces a significant (and welcome) difference: the MacBook Air 2020 has a new keyboard. Gone is the old butterfly switches, which were too shallow almost for every single person, and prone to failure if debris, such as dust and crumbs, fell between the keys, and in its place is the new Magic keyboard, which first appeared with the MacBook Pro 16-inch. It offers a deeper travel when typing, which gives the feel of more responsive, and – crucially – it has fixed all the reliability subjects that were faced in the older keyboard.
For the ones who are seeking for a very compact laptop as well as adheres a passion towards Apple’s devices, then it is one of the best options for them. However, if Apple’s prior model has left you cold, then this is definitely going to change, you change your mind.
Price and availability
Apple has amused everyone with its new launch of MacBook Air at a quite lower price tag. It can be seen that it offers a dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor having a storage of 256GB, which was seen to be 128GB in the preceding model and 8GB of RAM for $999 / £999 / AU$1,599.
Till now, it has been the most decent saving provided by MacBook if we compare it with MacBook Air 2019, which was $1,099 / £1,099 / AU$1,699. In the era of costly ranges, Apple’s latest launch has turned out to be a game-changer in the market.
Apple’s other high-end launched MacBook is estimated to be $1,299 / £1,299 / AU$1,999, comes with a 10th-generation quad-core Intel i5 processor. For the very first time, MacBook Air has encompassed a quad-core CPU and has an SSD storage of 512GB and 8GB RAM.
The previous model can also be upgraded by extending the RAM storage up to 2TB as well as a faster Intel Core i7, 10th generation. Also the maxed-out version having a 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 2TB SSD charges $2,249 / £2,249 / AU$3,349.
As per the design is a concern, the latest MacBook Air 2020 is exactly similar to that of the previous model, which means it is amazingly impressive with a thin and light-weighted body incorporating a dimension of (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm), slightly thicker than the older model. If we compare the MacAir Book 2020 with the MacBook Air 2019, it weighs 2.8 pounds (i.e., 1.29kg); however the previous model weighs 2.75 pounds (i.e., 1.25kg).
It comes up with only two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, which is the least versatile that offers 40GB/s transferring speeds, transmits up to 6K footage to a compatible monitor, and includes an audio jack.
So, we can conclude that you really don’t require any special charger for boosting the MacBook Air, which seems to be quite nice, but it has a drawback that you may lose thunderbolt three ports while charging.
Since the MacBook Air does not resemble the ultra-light designs of the LG Gram or the Acer Swift 7 even, then it can be easily carried around with you as well as a sling in a bag, Space Gray, Gold or Silver colors.
However, not much has changed from the outside of the MacBook Air 2020. Still, as soon as you open it, you will find the biggest change that is it has swapped the design of the keyboard by using a redesigned scissor mechanism, aimed to avoid the issues of reliability, which the MacBooks used to suffer due to the older keyboard’s butterfly design.
With the latest keyboard of MacBook Air 2020, it offers a 1mm key travel to provide a more responsive feel while typing as well as the arrow keys are in the shape of inverted ‘T,’ creating it more intuitive to use.
It also comprises of a Touch ID fingerprint scanner to perform biometric login into macOS and make an online payment with Apple Pay.
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