The new MacBook Air’s design is, unexpectedly, highly recognisable to one of the world’s most popular computers. Space Gray, Gold, and Silver are the three colour options available. The all-metal build is durable and high-quality. It still gives off that envious MacBook vibe so many years afterwards.
Each key on the Magic Keyboard has a rubber dome and a scissor-switch. This provides a bouncy typing experience with increased essential travel. It isn’t a new feature on this laptop. It doesn’t jump out as a massive benefit of this model in particular, but it is still a plus.
Furthermore, the Touch ID sensor in the upper right corner of the keyboard allows you to turn on the laptop and sign in with your fingerprint, effectively eliminating the need for passwords. The MacBook Air doesn’t have a Touch Bar like the MacBook Pro, so you’ll have to rely on the physical escape button in the upper left corner of the keyboard. This will appeal to some customers; the Touch Bar is divisive.
For years, Apple’s MacBook Air has been a known quantity, a favourite among super-thin ultraportables that has gotten only minor changes. We enjoyed the model revised in early 2020, but aside from the keyboard improvements, it was not a game-changer.
The performance of the MacBook Air has always been overshadowed by its price and size. But now, that has changed with the arrival of Apple’s own M1 chip. It’s the most incredible bargain among Mac laptops at $999 (as tested), especially when you consider its nearly 30-hour battery life and premium super-slim design. The M1-based MacBook continues to outperform its predecessors on Amazon’s top ranking.
|Product Dimensions||11.97 x 0.63 x 8.36 inches|
|Standing screen display size||13-inch|
|Max Screen Resolution||2560x1600|
|Processor||System on Chip (SoC) Apple M1 chip|
|Processor Count||8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores; 16-core Neural Engine|
|Graphics||Apple 8-core GPU|
|Hard Drive||256GB or 512GB SSD|
|Number of Thunderbolt Ports||2|
|Wireless Type||802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Touch Bar and Touch ID||Touch ID|
|Average Battery Life||18 hours|
|Item Weight||2.8 pounds|
|Power Source||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required|
- Improved performance with the new M1 processor
- Sleek, portable metal design
- High-quality keyboard, touchpad, and display
- Multiple color options
- macOS Big Sur is fast and responsive
- Battery life is great
- Silent in use
- Keyboard remains very good
- Limited port selection with two USB Type-C connections
- Still no touch-screen option
- No new design
- Fanless design could impact performance
The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is undoubtedly one of Apple’s most exciting notebooks in recent memory. Its M1 chip is a game-changer, with the ability to run classic software and new M1-optimized apps and iOS apps. The battery life is likewise outstanding, as is the performance.
Apple’s thinnest laptop line, the MacBook Air, has taken a significant step ahead. It has become one of the most powerful thin and light laptops, thanks to the manufacturer’s world prestigious Apple M1 processor, an ARM-based chip that has overtaken the Intel CPUs of previous generations, and the pre-loaded macOS 11 Big Sur.
The MacBook Air benefits from this new chip not just in terms of performance but also in terms of power optimization and battery life. This updated Air comes with enhanced internals, including the M1 chip, at no added charge. In terms of price, we believe Apple has cracked it.