Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook gets supercharged with the Apple M1 chip. Tackle your projects with the blazing-fast 8-core CPU. Take graphics-intensive apps and games to the next level with the 7-core GPU. And accelerate machine learning tasks with the 16-core Neural Engine. All with a silent, fanless design and the longest battery life ever — up to 18 hours.¹ MacBook Air. Still perfectly portable. Just a lot more powerful.
Coming from a windows laptop this was a fresh of breath air. The m1 gives this laptop the responsive and easy of use of an iPhone. I found myself doing things I would usually do on my phone (because it turns on instantly) on my m1.
The laptop gets a similar cpu score to my i7-9700 desktop which blows my mind.
The laptop has no fans and is cold to the touch when doing anything light. It only got warm/hot when I benchmarked it.
Personally, switching from windows has been amazing. I’m a student and all my apps work with Mac OS. I’ll have to get parallels later on so I am a little hesitant on running Windows on my Mac, but online tutorials say it works great.
Battery life isn’t even a topic on this laptop. It suffers no drop in performance on battery and the battery lasts days unless constantly on it. As a student, forget about taking a charger to school. As a web browser and email checker, your machine will feel like it’s powered by the sun.
Standard with Macs the speakers are increadible for the form factor. The keyboard is also realky nice and easy to get used to coming from windows. The keyboard also feels bigger than what I had on my old 15inch Lenovo. The finger print entry is also instant access into the laptop. I definitely prefer it to any face scanner as well cause I’m often in class with a mask on so faceID doesn’t make much sense.
I doubt any windows laptop can compete. The display is super nice. Would appreciate a touch screen or 144hz, but I guess Apple wants to keep those features in the iPad Pro line up. The bezels are a little big for my taste, but the sleak design makes up for it. I bought the gold m1 air and put a black debrand skin on the top. Makes the laptop look very nice.
Would recommend to any student that doesn’t need a gaming laptop (don’t recommend for architecture students). This laptop has more power than most people will ever need in a laptop, but put at an extremely competitive price. At this point, the only laptop that can compete is apples next laptop m2 or m1x.
I own two Mac Airs. One from 2014 and this one. I would like to compare the two because I feel there are some features on the older version that are more desirable.
1. The Battery
The new Mac battery lasts forever and charges quickly with a USB-C port. I favor the older magnetic charger but that's a small thing.
The new display is very clear however, the screen extends to the very edge of the device similar to the iPhone. So if you drop this device you're screwed. I dropped my 2014 and it dented the edge of the screen but didn't break the glass because of the extra aluminum edge. I don't think the new Mac screen would survive this.
3. The web cam
The 2014 is very dark for some reason. The new Mac seems to have fixed this issue with a nice and clear video.
4. USB ports
The 2014 has 2 USB-A ports, a lighting connection port, phone jack and an SDXC card slot
The new Mac only has two USB-C ports and a headphone jack! so you need a number of adapters to connect anything which is quite annoying especially since my wireless mouse uses an old USB-A. Apple only sells limited adapters so you need to buy PC adapters which I'm not crazy about. However I have a dual USB-A adapter from Dell that works great
5. The Chip
The M1 chip is lighting fast. Even though my 2014 has an 1.4 Ghz dual core I5, it doesn't compare.
6. The famous logo
It's another little thing but, I liked the illuminated apple logo on the back of the 2014. Maybe its no longer there to extend battery life? Idk but I thought it was a nice feature that separated apple from the rest.
I bought this online in “Open box” condition meaning the display model. It was described as being on excellent condition and all in all I ended up paying around $970 for it after taxes and fees. When I first received the laptop I was immediately in awe of its beauty (I bought the rose gold version) However upon trying to set up the laptop and gain access into it I ran into a bunch of issues which required me to contact Apple support. Best Buy had not done a software reset on the laptop before shipping it to me which resulted in me not being able to log in or set up my password. It was only after 2 days of receiving it that Apple finally pin pointed the issue and was able to walk me through doing a complete reset thereby allowing me to finally gain access into my laptop! Ever since then I’ve been in love with it! My only small complaint would be that I have to buy an adapter now to be able to connect my phone to it, other than that this was a great buy!
I've purchased this model of the MacBook; the day after Christmas. When I bought it, I fell in love with it. I bought the Gold Color; which I thought was cute. Although the MacBook came with the 256GB which I thought was enough. I bought this MacBook for online school, it is so flawless. I love the quietness, no viruses and the compatibility. It is very fast. This is my first MacBook and I will keep it forever.
Already had a brand new laptop Windows, dealing with pop-ups malware crap not to mention a big bulky laptop etc. wanted to get back in the game for quite some time, always wanted a Mac air, Best decision ever! Incorporates well with all my Apple products and just makes things a breeze with all it can do! The battery life is phenomenal along with the screen! Don’t get me wrong I was hung up on the high price tag! But I’m so glad I pulled the trigger now!
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Speedy new me!
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Replaced my 10-year-old MacBook Air & I am so happy. The new one has many improvements, for example in the grammar & spelling corrections. Speed is greatly improved. Unfortunately the USB port is different so I had to buy an adapter to look at any old flash drives. Not sure why they did that, but since it’s Apple, I’m sure there was a good reason.
I have been using this laptop as my daily driver ever since the day I purchased it. It has never overheated. The most it ever gets is a bit warm after having 10+ windows and applications open in the background. The feeling of the laptop is therapeutic and feels amazing, but I recommend having some form of protection because it does feel like one drop from a decent height can be fatal. The display is great. The sound is from the speakers are actually more than decent. Overall, this MacBook Air has been amazing. Highly recommend!
Been having mine for a month now and I love it. I added a pic of how it appears with a clear case that I bought off of Amazon and it looks even better and sleek (I kinda like that the logo doesn’t glow, it makes it look more classier in my opinion). Fall semester starts next week for me, so I’ll really get to test out and see how it actually functions for hours at a time. On that note, so far so good. Everything runs smooth and the battery life is great. Depending on how much you use your laptop, sometimes I’ll only need to charge my MacBook 2x a week. 10/10
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about portability, design, performance and sound. Editors are less positive about price and have mixed opinions about touchpad. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 99/100 = Excellent quality.
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Apple MacBook Air (M1, Late 2020) ReviewThe M1-equipped MacBook Air now packs far better performance than its predecessors, rivaling at times the M1-based MacBook Pro. At $999, it's the best value among macOS laptops.
A:AnswerThe MacBook Pro has slightly better battery life, GPU, speakers, and microphone, and screen brightness.. The MacBook Pro also has the Touch Bar, but the Air just has a regular row of function keys. Another pretty big difference is that the MacBook Air has no fans where as the MacBook Pro does have fans.
A:AnswerIt has a new processor designed by Apple called the M1. It is stated to be faster and more efficient than the Intel's they sell. There are a few little changes, this is just the largest change.