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Apple MacBook Air Review Rundown

ApplePublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Apple MacBook Air Laptop (2020)
Neoscore* 80%
  • Very good performance for the price
  • Long battery runtimes
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Decent speakers
  • Keyboard is a bit shallow
  • Only one USB-C port

Summary

Apple brought the ill-fated butterfly mechanism keyboard from the MacBook Pro to the Air for the 2018 redesign. This is a solid option for Mac buyers who want an affordable daily driver. If it has to be the new MacBook Air, we would recommend to wait for special offers or discounts, which will definitely be available.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The new MacBook Air is a respectable choice for Mac fans on a budget. The Core i3 model starts at $999, while the Core i5 is at $1,199. It's really time for Apple to move to facial recognition login on Mac. The MacBook Air was once the king of battery life.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful design
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Great battery life
  • Great speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The 2020 MacBook Air is Apple's first laptop equipped with 10nm chip from Intel. It is still aimed at casual users that want to write some mails, browse the web, stream videos, or do the occasional light picture editing. Apple has doubled the storage capacity for the different SKUs, but the SSD performance is still average at best.
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Pros[**]
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • Very good keyboard
  • Good system performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • High price for the Core i5 (4 cores)
  • Slow Wi-Fi 5 WLAN

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
After our recent review of the quad-core MacBook Air, we have a closer look at the entry-level SKU with the slower Core i3 processor. It only features two CPU cores and therefore reminds us a lot of the previous MacBook Air (MY 2019 and older). There are no differences in terms of chassis, connectivity, or input devices compared to our last review unit.
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Pros[**]
  • Very good display with good color accuracy
  • Very good battery life
  • Fast SSD
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good speakers
Cons[**]
  • Only two CPU cores
  • Only 12 months of warranty
  • Only one year of warranty

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Apple MacBook Air was the last Mac laptop to be updated with Apple's controversial butterfly-style keyboard. In an apparent admission that people just don't like the extremely shallow key travel of those butterfly switches, Apple has updated the MacBook Air with a new, more comfortable keyboard. The redesign also brings higher storage capacities and Intel's latest 10th Generation Core processors.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Longer battery life than previous model
  • More storage capacity than previous version
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as previous model

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The base MacBook Air starts at $999 with a 1.1GHz dual-core Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The new Intel chips have Iris Plus graphics, which means you can now run a 6K display from a MacBook Air. Apple doesn't think most people need hardcore sustained performance, so the Air is built around Intel's turbo boost feature.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Strong performance for the price
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard isn't as good as the 16-inch MacBook Pro

references

1. ^ Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: The Mac starter kit. digitaltrends. 2020-04-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Apple MacBook Air 2020 Core i5 Review – The best MacBook you can get? – No. notebookcheck. 2020-04-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Is the Core i3 the better choice?. notebookcheck. 2020-05-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple MacBook Air (2020) Review. pcmag. 2020-03-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: the best Mac for most people. theverge. 2020-03-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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