Macbook Air Full Specifications
|Model||MacBook Air MREA2HN/A|
|Dimensions (mm)||160.00 x 210.00 x 17.00|
|Battery Capacity (up to hours)||12|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 8th Gen|
|Base Clock Speed||1.8 GHz|
|Graphics Processor||Intel Integrated HD Graphics|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 ac|
|Finger Print Sensor||No|
Ports and slots
|Number of USB Ports||4|
|USB Ports||2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0|
|Multi-Card Slot||SDXC Card Reader|
DESIGN OF MACBOOK AIR
A slim spike of machined aluminum, the new MacBook Air is very similar to the iconic laptop that inspired it. We tested a gold version of the Air that looks quite good and premium. The Macbook Air is also available in the space gray and silver options that the Apple MacBook Pro is sold in.
At 2.8 pounds and 0.2~0.6 inches thick, the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is a little heavier than the Dell XPS 13 (2.7 pounds; 0.3~0.46 inches) and the HP Spectre x360 (2.8 pounds; 0.6 inches), but lighter than the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro (2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches) The new 13-inch MacBook Pro (3 pounds; 0.6 inches) is a little heavier than the Macbook Air.
Apple’s USB-C port-only vision is future-forward at best and frustratingly limited at worst. The Apple MacBook Air features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports on its left side, and you have to use one of those to charge the MacBook Air.
There’s also a headphone jack because what’s good for the iPhone isn’t best for the MacBook. The 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro also starts with this port selection, but it can be upgraded to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
This port layout suggests you own — or are willing to buy — a USB Type-C hub to gain additional ports such as the SD memory reader and USB Type-A port that many still need.
The MacBook Air offers the same keyboard which you’ll find on Apple’s MacBook Pro, which is shallow and clicky and provides you a decent typing experience. Testing it on the 10fastfingers typing test, I click-clacked my way to 73 words per minute with 96% accuracy, a shortfall from my 80 wpm average.
The Macbook Air’s keys feature 0.7 millimeters of travel, which is quite short it should be at least 1.5 mm.
Apple’s MacBook Air gives the 4th generation of its Butterfly-switch keyboard. The previous generations had a reputation for being a failure-prone. This 4th edition of the Butterfly switch features a different material designed to provide increased reliability, but it didn’t feel much different to me, and it’s hard to say how it will hold up over time.
TOUCHPAD AND TOUCH ID
While pinching and zooming on Apple’s MacBook Air’s 4.6 x 3.1-inch touchpad, I saw that the surface provided very smooth and fluid shrinking and zooming. Apple’s Force Touch trackpad offers accurate tracking of my taps and clicks, though which I miss the old trackpads that actually moved when you clicked them down.
Apple’s MacBook Air gives you the best of Apple’s touch-sensitive interfaces. Instead of being stuck with the MacBook Pro’s OLED Touch Bar screen you get the company’s Touch ID biometric scanner plus physical F1-F12 function keys. The Touch ID button allows for a super-fast unlocking system, confirmation of your identity for Apple Pay and also functions as a power button.
Loaded with a Y-Series Intel Core i5-8210Y CPU with 8GB of RAM, the 2019 MacBook Air has the same “just enough” kick of performance that we saw in the previous MacBook Air (2018).
I saw no problem as I multitasked in Chrome on the Air, splitting a 1080p episode of the Hot One’s YouTube show with a baker’s dozen of browser tabs.
In benchmark testing, though, Apple’s MacBook Air got shown up by the competition, which all rock faster U-Series processors.
The 256GB SSD in the MacBook landed a write-speed rate of 1,011 MBps on the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, which is fast, but not the fastest.
On our video-editing test, the MacBook Air took a whopping 36 minutes and 6 seconds to transcode a 4K movie to 1080p. That’s much longer than the 21:55 category average, the 19:20 from the Dell XPS 13, the 14:42 from the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 22:50 from the Huawei MateBook X Pro.
The Apple MacBook Air offers OK battery life, so you can probably forget its USB-C cable at home if you’re out for a chunk of the day. If we do Web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits, the Air’s battery hit empty after 8 hours and 51 minutes, more than half an hour longer than the 8:19 premium laptop average.
The HP Spectre x360 (12:07) lasted much longer, as did the 1080p version of the Dell XPS 13 (12:22). The 4K XPS 13 (7:50) and Huawei MateBook X Pro (8:19) ran dry in less time. The Apple MacBook Pro lasted longer, at 10:48.
CONCLUSION OF APPLE MACBOOK AIR
The MacBook Air’s decent battery life, sharp screen, strong sound, and elegant gold colorway make it a solid entry-level laptop for Macbook fans. If only its processor had a little more kick to it, it would be easier to recommend the Air.
For faster performance, you could spend $200 more to upgrade to Apple’s MacBook Pro. If you’re not tied to the Apple world and you’re OK with a lower-res screen, look at the 1080p Dell XPS 13, which is faster, lasts longer and costs $100 less than our Apple MacBook Air, at $1,199.
But for those who want to save a little money, and don’t need the Touch Bar and have a normal workload, the new MacBook Air is a solid option. I just wish I could trust that keyboard. For that, only time will tell.
I hope my Macbook Air review is helpful for you.
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