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Apple MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020) Review Rundown

Apple | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 17 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Apple MacBook Air M1
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Quiet, silent operation
  • Long battery life
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Late-2020 MacBook Air is the first to feature Apple's proprietary M1 chip in the long line of the company's most popular Mac model. Apple boasts 3.5x faster CPU and 5x faster GPU performance.
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[*] 78%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Apple put its own ARM-based silicon inside the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro 13, and the Mac mini. For this review, I was sent the entry-level $1,000 MacBook Air M1 with just 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a seven-core GPU. The MacBook Air crushed the test, lasting for 15.5 hours.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Quiet, silent operation
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Not all applications run on the MacBook Air M1

macworld[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Macworld have found the following[***]:
From the outside, you can't tell the Intel-based MacBook Air from the one with Apple's new M1 chip. The new MacBook Air is more than twice as fast as the old one with Intel's GPU. It's even about 90 percent faster than a modern Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Extremely fast CPU and GPU performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
With the new MacBook Pro 13 and the MacBook Air, we are testing two notebooks with the Apple M1 processor. You only have to accept a limitation of the integrated graphics card in the most affordable version, since Apple has deactivated one of the eight graphics cores. In contrast to the MacBook Pro, there is no fan in the Air but only a passive cooling block instead.
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Pros[**]
  • Very good input devices
  • Very good battery life
  • High performance under continuous load
  • Good speakers
Cons[**]
  • Only one of the eight graphics cores in the entry-level model
  • Only one USB-C port

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The entry-level version of the Apple MacBook Air 2020 with the new M1 processor costs $999. The more expensive model with the 8-core GPU and a larger 512 GB SSD costs $249 more. The performance is now similar to the MacBook Pro 13 with two Thunderbolt ports. You can comfortable use the MacBook Air M1 even under load.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good input devices
  • Very good battery life
  • Decent speakers
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good speakers
Cons[**]
  • Very expensive
  • Display could be brighter
  • Only one Thunderbolt port

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Apple's MacBook Air has been a known quantity for years, a favorite among super-thin ultraportables. The MacBook Air's performance has always remained secondary to its price and size. That paradigm has shifted with the introduction of Apple's own M1 processor. Eclipsing its predecessors, the M1-based MacBook is our top-pick Apple laptop for 2020.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Longer battery life than its predecessor
  • Strong performance for the price
  • Improved keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Only two USB Type-C ports on the left side

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Apple is billing the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) as a radical reinvention of its thin and light laptop. The new MacBook Air ditches the Intel processor for Apple's own ARM-based chip, the new Apple M1. For the same asking price, you're getting the refreshed model with Apple's new hardware. We were incredibly impressed with how it performed, but we'd have liked Apple to have been more ambitious with the design.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slimmer bezels
  • Lightweight and lighter than previous model
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The new Apple MacBook Air with M1 redefined the MacBook Air as we know it. It offers serious performance gains over its predecessor, and many more hours of battery life as well. The Air scored 5,962 on the Geekbench 5.1 multicore test, which was practically in a dead-heat with the 5,925 from the M1 MacBook Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-fast performance
  • Long battery life
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Apple MacBook Air M1 review: Fast, fanless, and absolutely fantastic. Digitaltrends. 2020-12-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ MacBook Air M1 review: An absolutely stunning debut for Apple silicon in a Mac. Macworld. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Review: Apple M1 CPU humbles Intel and AMD. Notebookcheck. 2020-12-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Should you get the more powerful version of the M1 processor?. Notebookcheck. 2020-12-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020) Review. Pcmag. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review. Techradar. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ MacBook Air with M1 review: A computing revolution. Tomsguide. 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  8. *. 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.
  9. **. 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.
  10. ***. 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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