The Apple MacBook Air 2020 is the latest affordable Ultra-portable laptop from Apple and it is one of the cheapest Apple products ever made, with the base model coming with a dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage for just $999.
There’s also the higher-end MacBook Air with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD priced at $1,299, and lastly, there’s also the fully maxed-out version, with Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 2TB SSD which costs $2,249.
The new MacBook Air 2020 cements Apple’s position at the top level of ultra-portable laptops with its new features including an Intel 10th Gen processor, the Magic Keyboard and is also the cheapest Apple MacBook till date.
In this article, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know on the 2020 MacBook Air review, from its sleek premium design to its performance, display, and battery life. To let you have a glimpse of what the latest MacBook Air has to offer and compare if it’s a better upgrade to the previous MacBook Air 2019, keep reading to find out.
Much as expected Apple never fails to deliver amazing designs meaning the MacBook Air 2020 is just beautiful and sleek as its predecessor. Coming in anodized gold, silver, and space grey colors which are astounding to look at and can easily turn heads when you use it outdoors.
Apart from that, the MacBook Air 2020 is incredibly thin and light, with size dimensions of 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches and is a bit thicker than the MacBook Air 2019. It also weighs 1.29kg compared to its predecessor which weighs 1.25kg.
The MacBook Air 2020 comes with a 13.3-inch IPS display with LED- backlighting, and a screen resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 with a pixel density of 227 PPI (pixels per inch) resulting in a vibrant and sharp display. The only thing that’s missing in the display is the presence of HDR.
The True Tone display feature was first introduced on the MacBook Air 2019 and is also featured on the MacBook Air 2020, which is an in-built display technology that helps automatically adjusts the screen color temperature based on the amount of light entering the screen.
The display on the MacBook Air 2020 is stunning, making it a delight to watch movies, play games and with the True Tone feature, the colors seem more realistic and the display looks warmer when using the laptop for document editing and web browsing. Enabling the True Tone mode is highly recommended as the colors look a bit dull without the feature.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Apple utilizes the new Magic keyboard on the Apple MacBook Air 2020 which first debuted last year on the 2019 MacBook Pro. The Magic keyboard offers a 1mm key travel which is very responsive when typing, and the arrow keys are now arranged in an inverted ‘T’, making them more convenient to use. After listening to consumer requests Apple added a separate delete key and there’s also a dedicated key that serves as a finger scanner for biometric login.
The MacBook Air 2020 4.8 x 3.2-inch Trackpad is huge and smooth. Despite its size, Apple made sure the Trackpad is clickier and accurate with fast response.
Performance and Specs
The MacBook Air 2020 base model comes with either an Intel Core i3, Core i5 or a Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM on both the i3 and i5, while the Core i7 has 16GB of RAM. The internal storage ranges from 256GB, 512GB, and 2TB.
The MacBook Air 2020 processing power is quite impressive and is useable for daily browsing activities, which can load as many tabs as possible without slowing the system down, video editing and rendering is also a breeze on this laptop.
In terms of gaming, the Intel Iris Plus GPU is not just cut for intensive graphical games of today, but you can play recent games at the lowest settings and play older games at medium to high settings. 4k gaming and Ray Tracing is a no-no on this laptop. There’s also the new Apple Arcade where you can play some games based on a subscription to the service.
|Display||13.3-inch IPS display, 2560 by1600 Retina True Tone, 227 PPI, 16:10 screen ratio|
|Processor||Intel Core i3, i5 or i7|
|RAM||8GB or I6GB LPDDR4X|
|Internal Storage||256GB, 512GB to 2TB SSD|
|Dimensions and Weight||11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63|
|GPU||Intel Iris Plus|
|Connectivity||Two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, 3,5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Battery||49.9w/hr, up to11-12 hours, 30W USB Type-C charger|
|Colors||Gold, Silver and Space Gray|
Software and Features
The MacBook Air 2020 ships with the latest macOS Catalina. New features include separate dedicated apps for Music, Podcasts and TV unlike before where you had everything on the iTunes.
Just like every other software from Apple this latest macOS is devoid of bloatware and offers a smooth and awesome user experience. Aside from the main essentials like the web browser, Photos, Settings, and the App Store, the MacBook Air 2020 lacks any kind of bloatware.
There’s also sidecar that allows you to turn your IPad into your second display and continue whatever you were doing from the MacBook Air on the IPad
The MacBook Air 2020 comes with an in-built 49.9 W/hr Li-Po battery which Apple claims can last up to 11 to 12 hours. But in real-world use, the laptop lasted more than 9 hours with continuous web surfing and medium brightness.
This battery life surpasses the Dell XPS 13 which lasts an average of 7 hours 56 minutes and the Surface Pro which has an average of 7 hours 30 minutes battery life. You can juice up the MacBook Air 2020 through one of its Thunderbolt 3 ports which can also be used for speedier transfers.
Comparison to the Competition
Being one of Apple’s first price-friendly laptops will bring some sacrifices, including a lack of 4k screen, faster processor and a better GPU. And if you are a power-hungry user, you might want to consider the Dell XPS 13, which has a Core i7 CPU, 4k touchscreen and dedicated GPU but at a more costly price of $1,599.
The MacBook Air 2020 is perfect for users who want an ultraportable laptop with great battery life, fast SSD storage and a super comfortable keyboard with just $999 for its base Core i3 model.
|Sleek design||Dull display without True Tone on|
|Great battery life||Performance is average|
|Awesome Magic Keyboard||Only USB Type-C ports|
|Cheapest MacBook yet|
|Fast SSD storage speeds|
The MacBook Air 2020 shows that Apple does focus and listens to what their consumer wants which is an affordable Ultrabook with good features such as long-lasting battery life, the Magic Keyboard, a good display, and fast processors. The MacBook Air 2020 however, might not be that perfect with its lack of dedicated GPU, touchscreen and a good webcam but it surely is a better improvement over the 2019 MacBook Air.