Just got my 2020 Gold MacBook Air today and did a quick unboxing and first impressions. Big improvement over last generation. I will be doing a review, later on, sometime next week and will be doing a comparison video between this and the Surface Laptop 3. This device is very light and is Apple’s most popular laptop. This can easily be used for school or if you want to just browse the web and check emails. Below are some of the changes and additions Apple has made from the previous generation. The current configuration in the video:
- CPU: i5-1030NG7 (i5 Quad-Core)
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 256 GB
Before I get started, I want to let you know if you have a edu email and enrolled in school, you can get $100 off any configuration on Apple’s site. Take advantage of that if you are a student or faculty member!
Apple has finally added the addition of Quad-Core processors by Intel for the Air line-up, seeing a sizable improvement in multi-core applications. If you want 4 cores, you have to spend an extra $100, as the base MacBook Air is still using dual cores. If you are doing light web browsing, emails, taking notes, and watching videos, the dual core will be more than enough for you.
The new scissor switch keyboard style as Apple is slowly moving away from it’s butterfly switches. Hopefully we see this on the new 13 inch Macbook Pro line-up or the rumored 14 inch. The arrow keys have also been fixed with the inverted-T design. This should help those who had trouble hitting the wrong arrow key or just couldn’t find the right arrow to hit.
The base storage is now 256 GB, something that Apple has been doing across the board, removing the 128 GB option. You can also max out the storage to 2 TB, however if you don’t need all that local storage, it’s best to put that toward more RAM. 8GB of RAM is still the standard.