Let me begin by acknowledging that there is nothing that's not already said about a MacBook Air. Having said that, here are my two cents about the latest iteration of this classic MacBook.
Let me begin with some of the things that I love:
- The build quality: I mean, hands down, Apple has nailed it when it comes to designing and building laptops. The design is just perfect and light enough to carry and sturdy enough to resist easy damage at the same time. I have no complaints here! I do a ton of writing on my laptop, and I am happy with the keyboard of this computer as well.
- The MacOS: Say what you will, but when it comes to a refined, uniform and snappy performance, MacOS is the boss. Everything is uniform and aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, there so many apps on the Mac Store that not having a software is a moot point for most users.
-The performance: Although Apple uses some dated chips on this line of laptops, the MacBook Air still maintains one of the snappiest laptops out there. I have had no issues with general browsing and light Photoshop work on this laptop. I can't comment on the video editing aspect of it as I don't ever edit videos on my laptop. If your needs are general browsing, email, word processing, occasional photo editing, etc., this notebook is more than capable of doing it.
-Battery life: I get around 10-12 hours on a consistent basis depending on what I am doing. If you are doing light browsing, office work and occasional video or two, you are looking at 12 hours, no problem.
Now for the bad. Well, there are a couple of issues that I do have with this laptop.
- The screen: It is 2017 for god's sake! Can't you stick a 1080p screen on a MacBook Air, Apple?! God! The mediocrity of the screen stings even more as the laptop is not what you might call a 'budget' laptop. So, if you are looking for a sharp screen with a decent color gamut, look elsewhere.
-No upgrades: Another thing that bothers me about this laptop is that you can't upgrade anything, nothing, zilch, nada! So, make sure you pick the configuration you want before buying it.
-Games: Just one word- Hopeless! But I get it, you are not buying this laptop if you are a serious gamer, so I can let it slide.
-The Apple Tax: This thing is, simply put, overpriced. It would be a great buy if it were $300 cheaper. But, if you want Apple ecosystem, this is your cheapest option.
In conclusion; do I recommend this laptop? If you overlook the poor screen and the Apple tax, then yes! It is a great work machine, and if you are a college student or a professional who uses office software and stuff, you would be happy with this notebook. It does an excellent job if you are not asking too much of it. However, if you need more horsepower, this might not be an ideal machine for you.
Hope this helps!