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Apple MacBook Air Laptop (2020)

MSRP 1199 EURNEX score 79%

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Product Overview

The 2020 iteration of the MacBook Air sports faster chips for up to twice the CPU performance and 80% faster graphics performance of its predecessor. Apple also includes the improved Magic Keyboard first introduced in the MacBook Pro 16.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Very good performance for the price
  • Long battery runtimes
  • Very good keyboard and touchpad
  • Decent speakers
Cons
  • Keyboard is a bit shallow
  • Only one USB-C port

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 79% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good speakers
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Only one display option
  • No headphone jack
  • Below-average performance
  • Keyboard is shallow and shallow
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB-C (thunderbolt), Headphone jack
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
49.9 watt-hour
Camera | Front
720p
Colors
Gold; Space Gray; Silver

Dimensions

Size | Depth
21.24 cm
Size | Height
1.61 cm
Size | Width
30.41 cm
Weight
1.29 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
13.3 in
Pixel Density
227 ppi
Resolution
2560 x 1600

Function

Processor
1.1GHz 2-core Intel Core i3; 1.2GHz 4-core i7 (optional)

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8GB; up to 16 GB
Memory | Type
3733Mhz LPDDR4X
Power Supply
30W USB-C adapter
Storage
256 GB SSD; up to 2 TB

Production

Debut
2020 March

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The new MacBook Air is a respectable choice for Mac fans on a budget. The price cut, improved keyboard, and extra storage (now starting at 256GB) are all great quality-of-life improvements. While its performance is already behind the curve, it should remain adequate if your everyday use consists of web browsing and online streaming.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, light design
  • Improved keyboard and touchpad
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Below-average performance
  • Only one display option

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The new quad-core Core i5 processor produces much more heat than the old dual-core. Compared to the previous model, this means the fan is running more often and it also gets louder. At more than 40 dB(A), the small fan is clearly audible under sustained workloads. The MacBook Air is usually silent while idling or light workloads like web browsing with a few tabs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
  • Very good battery life
  • Good speakers
  • Good input devices
Cons
  • Low TDP
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The base model of the MacBook Air 2020 also gets a modern Ice Lake processor. The Core i3-1000NG4 only offers two cores (4 threads) compared to the Core i5 and Core i7. The power consumption is also noticeably higher when you use Windows. The MacBook Air is hardly suited for power users anyway.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • High-contrast display
  • Very good battery life
  • Fast SSD
Cons
  • Low TDP
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The 2020 MacBook Air is unquestionably better than the model it replaces. Apple has clearly realized the errors of its years-long insistence on keys with virtually zero travel distance. The new laptop also has better computing components and a lower price than its predecessor. Apple estimates it will last for up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Keyboard is shallow and shallow

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The new MacBook Air can get up to 11 hours of battery life if you're just browsing the web in Safari. Heavy sustained workloads cause the system to do some aggressive thermal throttling. Apple told me that the MacBook Pro is the better laptop for people who need to push their machine to the limit all the time.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance
Cons
  • No headphone jack

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: The Mac starter kit. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/apple-macbook-air-review-2020/. 2020-04-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Apple MacBook Air 2020 Core i5 Review – The best MacBook you can get? – No. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-MacBook-Air-2020-Core-i5-Review-The-best-MacBook-you-can-get-No.460229.0.html. 2020-04-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Is the Core i3 the better choice?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-MacBook-Air-2020-Review-Is-the-Core-i3-the-better-choice.465534.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Apple MacBook Air (2020) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-macbook-air-2020. 2020-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Apple MacBook Air (2020) review: the best Mac for most people. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/26/21195008/apple-macbook-air-review-2020-new-keyboard-processor-battery-life-camera-price. 2020-03-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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