I review the MacBook Air 2020 and discuss the i5 overheating and thermals people have been talking about. Depending on your needs this may be a compelling product for your everyday needs. This laptop is great and it’s hard to not recommend this to everyone who wants to get into macOS or just use it for educational purposes and/or everyday use. Don’t expect to do any crazy video editing at 4K or programming on this laptop, I would advise you look into the MacBook Pro lineup which will give you better performance overall.
It seems there has been a bit a controversy of the MacBook Air 2020 overheating issue that the MacBook Air 2020 i5 has over the i3. First I want to clarify what overheating is to me. Overheating is a point where the system recognizes the temperatures are too dangerous and shuts off to protect itself. I don’t think anyone has had a problem an actual overheating issue. The chip can run hot, but from my personal daily usage, my laptop doesn’t get too hot to the point where I am concerned. If this is an issue for you, then go with the i3, but the i5 gives you much more longevity.
Improvements from 2019?
The improvements over the 2019 are minimal but substantial. Apple is retiring their butterfly switch keyboards and the new “Magic” keyboard uses a traditional style scissor switch which more people will enjoy and adds reliability. The new 10th gen processors are available with the Air now having quad core options. RAM has always been improved moving from LPDDR3 to LPDRR4 at faster clock speeds. The storage base is now 256 GB (THANK YOU APPLE) from the 128 GB in previous models. Battery life takes a hit despite the more efficient chips, but the retina display and low brightness does not help when trying to use the Air all day. Apple also dropped the price of the Air at $999, and meeting education requirements some may be able to get in with $899 which is the most competitive price for the MacBook Air at this time. Below is the configuration used in my review video.
|Colors||Gold, Space Gray, Silver|
|Build Quality||All Aluminum|
|Ports||2 Thunderbolt 3 |
|RAM||8 GB DDR4|
|Storage||256 GB (Soldered)|
Unlock With Watch
|Display||Resolution (2560 x 1600)|
Aspect Ratio is 16:10
|Battery Life||~8 hours|
Lose battery performance due to the screen
$999 (New Price)