Is Apple’s MacBook Air worth buying?

Is Apple’s MacBook Air worth buying?

Apple’s MacBook Air needs no introduction. In my opinion, if you are looking to buy a MacBook, go for the MacBook Air (2020). It is the latest 2020 model of the MacBook Air that comes with a few major upgrades compared to its predecessor. The official starting price of the laptop is now roughly Rs.92,990.

The new MacBook Air (2020) boasts three major changes; a new magic keyboard, 10th Gen Intel processor, and 256GB of storage for the base variant (up from 128GB). While the new components add a little extra size and weight to the overall measurements of the gadget, it remains to be a laptop that can easily and comfortably be carried around. The overall size of the laptop is smaller, making it a lot more portable, and it’s a bit lighter too, starting at 1.29kgs. Th entire body is built using 6000-series aluminum, which makes it a sturdy device. Also, the Apple logo on the lid isn’t backlit anymore, but instead, flaunts a mirror finish, which complements the matte finish on the rest of the body.

The device flaunts a 13.3-inch IPS display that looks great and is definitely a step-up from the non-Retina model, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. It also comes with Apple’s True Tone technology, which automatically adapts the color temperature of the display to ambient light.

One of the biggest upgrades in the MacBook Air 2020 is the Magic Keyboard. Apple is now done with its butterfly mechanism in favor of a new scissor mechanism. The Magic Keyboard also flaunts Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The works with just a tap and is useful for logging in to the system, authorizing app downloads etc. Along with this, Apple also launched a higher-end variant that comes with a 10th generation quad core Intel Core i5 processor- the first time a quad core CPU has been included in a MacBook Air- 512GB SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. And there is also a fully maxed-out version with a 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 2TB SSD.

Another big change with the 2020 refresh is the processor. The MacBook Air (2020) now flaunts Intel’s 10th generation CPUs, with better processing capabilities than the previous Retina MacBook Air. The MacBook Air (2020) also features dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, an HD webcam, and a 50Wh battery with a claimed 11-hour battery life. The MacBook Air ships with macOS 10 Catalina and gets a free upgrade to macOS 11 Big Sur whenever it releases. The MacBook Air also supports the Sidecar feature of macOS, that lets the user use a compatible iPad as a second display, wirelessly.

Apple claims that the MacBook Air (2020) can run up to 11 hours of Web browsing or up to 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. The laptops ships with a 30W USB Type-C charger which takes about an hour or so to fully charge it.

Overall, if you are looking to buy a MacBook, I’d say that MacBook Air (2020) is worth going for. The more compact body, a better display compared to its predecessor, much more efficient processor, and higher SSD capacity are all big upgrades.

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