MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review

MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


 MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review

 Apple Macbook Air 2020 is undoubtedly a much higher specification than Macbook Air 2019 and a few steps ahead. Apple has put new components in the new Macbook Air 2020, achieved a good increase in performance and increased the minimum storage capacity, so you get twice the storage space of 128 GB.

This is not all. Our biggest problem with previous models was how low power they felt, especially compared to many Windows-based laptops with the same price tag. There was a lot of compromise, especially when it comes to computing power and storage space, and each annual update sounded like a small step rather than a revolutionary leap. In this article, we will give you a quick review regarding the MacBook Air 2020.


MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


 Design & Display.

MacBook Air doesn't have a radical redesign with the 2020 model (at least from the outside, at least), but many will argue that Apple doesn't need to have such a successful design. That's why the MacBook Air, as the name implies, remains impressively thin and light in dimensions of 11.47 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61 cm). It's a little thicker than this 2019 model and this year's MacBook Air 2020 weighs 2.8 pounds (1.29kg) slightly (compared to the 2019 model's 2.75 pounds (1.25kg).

There is not much to say about the appearance of the new MacBook: it has not changed at all. The same aluminum wedge-shaped case, glossy logo.

Many people love the design of the latest MacBook for its minimalism, and it's hard to argue with that. There are no unnecessary inscriptions and stickers, slots for cooling, and an abundance of connectors. The build quality and materials are the highest. The laptop will look good in five years, if you do not take into account the thick bezels around the screen: they already seem archaic.

The 720p webcam is also obsolete. In the era of telecommuting and video calls, this quality is simply indecent.

In the lower part, the space is used more efficiently. On the sides of the keyboard are stereo speakers, and in front of it is a huge touchpad. The front indent is wide enough for the palms. The keyboard is turned to the user at a slight angle, which also works for the convenience of typing.

There is an audio jack on the right, and two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort support are placed on the left side. Both support charging, but it would be better if they were spread on different sides, then it would be more convenient to connect the power cable.

As far as display is concerned, The Macbook Air 2020 comes with a 13.3-inch screen. The screen is surrounded by a black bezel and the MacBook Air lettering on the lower edge of this frame looks very nice. The screen is IPS Retina Display with a 2560x1600 resolution, which is equivalent to QHD with 16:10 aspect ratio. By the way, such a screen is more convenient for surfing the web, working with text and code than widescreen displays.  The display is perfectly calibrated, the colors are natural, and the viewing angles are maximum. It has 227ppi, with this PPI achieved - higher than most competitors on Windows if you do not take into account the 4K model. However, at this diagonal, UHD resolution would be overkill, so Apple found the perfect balance of performance. The display supports True Tone technology, which adjusts the picture to the lighting.

The new MacBook Air features a scissor keyboard that replaces the butterfly. The button travel is now deeper, which greatly improves the typing experience. It's too early to talk about the reliability of the new keyboard, but the MacBook Pro 16 presented last year with the same mechanism does not have any problems, and this is a good sign.

We actually liked Apple's keyboard with a butterfly mechanism button. Typing on this keyboard was really enjoyable. However, Magic Keyboard, which has a scissor-switch, does not cause any difficulties while typing. The keys are higher than the old-style keyboard, and the hardness is well adjusted. The keys seem to be slightly wider between them. It is also possible to write quickly on this keyboard. Of course, it was not difficult to get used to it, as we have previously experienced a similar keyboard with my iMac on the Magic Keyboard. However, we don't think those who will be using a MacBook Air for the first time will have much trouble either.

Trackpad, on the other hand, is in Apple's familiar standards. The surface friction of the glass surface trackpad is low, your finger will move easily on the surface. The responsiveness is also good, the reflection of your finger movements on the pointer happens quickly. Force Touch feature is also available, so you can take different actions when you press lightly. However, it should be noted that sometimes when we want to drag and drop, the dictionary is unintentionally opened and the meaning of the word we scanned is shown.


MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


Operating System and Process.

 Apple MacBook Air comes with the Ice Lake CPU. It comes with two choices: the first one is 1.1GHz duad-core 10th generation Intel Core i3 with a Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. It has a 128MB of LPDDR4X. The second one is 1.1GHz quad-core 10th generation Intel Core i5 with a Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz. It has an 8MB LPDDR4X.

The GPU, the Macbook Air with the 10th-generation CPU has Intel Iris Plus Graphics.

 In Geekbench 5, the Macbook Air GPU scored 1086 for single-core and 2404 for multicores.

According to the operating system, The MacBook Air 2020 comes with macOS Catalina 10.15 installed. This version, released by Apple in autumn 2019, is the most current desktop operating system version currently available. With Catalina, a feature like Sidecar is offered. If you have an iPad with iPadOS 13, you can use it as a second screen with MacBook Air. Apart from that, we see three different applications such as Music, TV, and Podcasts instead of iTunes.

Catalina also has positive contributions to performance. We've seen this when we switched to Catalina on iMac and MacBook Pro we've used for work and are quite old. The same is true with the MacBook Air. On top of that, if you install an app that controls the apps and services running in the background, like App Tamer, you can get better performance results as well.

You can download applications offered from the Mac App Store, as well as download applications from different sources. However, Apple is very sensitive about running such applications. You may be asked for your permission to open applications offered from unknown sources, maybe they may not be allowed to open at all. As a result, in terms of security, what MacBook Air has to offer will benefit the targeted mainstream user base.


MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


Storage, Price, and available colors.

Apple Macbook Air price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of the MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 256GB variant and 10th generation processor core i3, it will cost you about 999.00USD on Apple. While the variant with 8GB RAM and 512GB variant and 10th generation processor core i5, it will cost you around 1,299.00USD on Apple. It is available in Silver, Gold, and Gray colors.


MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


Security and Ports.

For security, the MacBook Air supports the same unlocking methods that Macbook Pro 13 supports. The device supports unlocking using the Touch ID button which doubles as the power button. you can add a fingerprint during the initial setup, or you can do it later. You just need to add the index finger of the right hand and this is the best for practical use. The fingerprint reader also works very quickly. You can log in using the passcode as well. It also comes with the T2 chip, which immediately encrypts data. It also encrypts the SSD and Touch ID.

As of ports,  The MacBook Air supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC.  As with modern MacBooks, MacBook Air (2020) doesn't come with a lot of ports, so you're stuck with just two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and an audio jack. Thunderbolt 3 ports are the least versatile and offer transfer rates up to 40Gb / s and allow you to transfer up to 6K video to a compatible monitor and can be used for charging.

So you don't need a special charger to increase the battery of the MacBook Air, which is nice, but when you need to charge it means you have lost one of these Thunderbolt 3 ports.

 

MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review

Sound System.

With speakers placed on either side of the keyboard, the MacBook Air offers stereo sound. It has a sound output above the standards of a laptop. The intensity is loud, the bass is strong, and the treble at high volume is not uncomfortable. It also offers a full sound output. You don't need to connect another speaker while watching a movie.

We see that the performance is high on the microphone side. When Apple introduced the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the microphone system this computer has was lauded. The MacBook Air also has a microphone system beyond what we expect in a laptop. In this way, you can get your notes in clear and high quality with Voice Memos. If you want, you can even record podcasts with your MacBook Air's microphone. Similarly, you can use the built-in microphone for teleconferencing calls.

 

MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review


Battery and charging.

In our battery test for MacBook Air, we can say, the laptop has a 49.9 watt-hour battery. According to Apple, this battery offers a standby time of up to 30 days. Up to 11 hours of internet surfing with wireless connection and up to 12 hours of watching movies from the Apple TV app are also among the values given for the battery. When we look at the practical situation, when the screen brightness is at maximum and a considerable number of applications and the Chrome tab are open together, this computer can provide up to 4 hours of use. If you are a workload-intensive user and spend most of your time outdoors, if you dimming the screen brightness and behave a little more controlled in open applications, this laptop will be enough to take a day off from morning to night. We think that normal users will also have the opportunity to take a day off with a single charge.

MacBook Air 2020: Quick Review



 Conclusion.

The MacBook Air 2020 can be praised for its build quality, good screen, new keyboard, great touchpad, and best-in-class speakers. But it can also be criticized for its mediocre webcam, limited multitasking performance, and inefficient cooling system.  What do you think? Do you recommend this laptop? Feel free to tell us your thoughts.

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