Đánh Giá Macbook Air

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Apple’s MacBook Air has experienced some extreme peaks và valleys over the past decade: the second-generation kiến thiết introduced in 2010 was, for years, the standard by which all midkích cỡ laptops were judged. The Air was Apple’s most popular Mac & one of the best and most popular laptops ever made. That history, và the strength of the Air br&, meant that people just kept buying the MacBook Air, even as Apple let it fall far behind the rest of its laptops.

It was weird: at one point, Apple openly pointed out that the base Model 13-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro was a better choice than the Air during a keynote, and people still bought the Air instead.

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Eventually, the stubborn popularity of the Air và a renewed commitment khổng lồ the Mac led Apple to completely rekiến thiết the MacBook Air around a Retina Display in 2018. But Apple also gave sầu it one of its troubled butterfly keyboards, which developed a reputation for unreliability and a worse reputation for costly fixes.


the new MacBook Air is right where it needs to be

When Apple updated the new Air last year, it stuông xã with that butterfly keyboard, which meant that there was still a question mark hanging over it. And the Intel chips inside struggled with even moderately demanding tasks.

That brings us to now: the 20đôi mươi MacBook Air comes with the new scissor-switch keyboard Apple introduced in the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro, & the processors have been upgraded lớn Intel’s new 10th-generation parts. Apple also lowered the price by $100: the MacBook Air now starts at $999.

It’s been a long road baông xã, but this new MacBook Air is right where it needs lớn be: squarely in the set of being the best máy vi tính for most people.


Our reviews of Apple MacBook Air (2020)


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But you’re not here for telecommuting tips — you’re here to lớn learn about the new keyboard. Reliability aside, I was absolutely not a fan of the butterfly keyboards, & I kept my năm ngoái MacBook phiên bản Pro around as long as I could because I so much preferred its traditional keyboard. I’m happy khổng lồ say that the keyboard on the new MacBook Air is a solid return to form. It feels just like the keyboard on the 16-inch Táo MacBook Pro I’ve been using for several months, which is to lớn say, it feels very good. The keys have sầu 1mm of travel, the inverted-T arrow key layout is back, & everything is just clicky enough without being too loud. Overall, the whole thing is very solid và very satisfying.

I don’t really want to give Apple too much credit for updating this keyboard since it took the company way too long lớn get away from the butterfly kiến thiết after people started calling out the problems. And I don’t think Apple gets the benefit of the doubt on reliability anymore. It’s just going to lớn take time lớn earn that trust back. But history aside, the keyboard is one of the single most important parts of a máy tính, and the new MacBook Air’s keyboard is extremely good.


the MacBook Air’s keyboard is extremely good

I also greatly prefer this keyboard with a standard top row và function buttons lớn the cảm biến Bar keyboard on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. I know people who love the cảm ứng Bar — maybe you bởi vì, too — but I don’t love sầu it, và I think it’s really telling that Apple still hasn’t put a cảm ứng Bar on its most popular máy vi tính. Physical volume and brightness keys forever, is what I’m saying.

The other thing the Air doesn’t have sầu is a touchscreen. There’s nothing much more to lớn say about it at this point; if Apple can add trackpad support to iPadOS, it can probably figure out touch support in macOS. But the company doesn’t seem interested in that, so I wouldn’t expect to see it happen anytime soon. At least the trackpad is great: it’s huge like on all modern MacBooks, but it still feels great lớn scroll & cliông xã on.

So that’s the keyboard. From a physical hardware perspective, it was the only thing Apple needed lớn fix. It still looks và feels lượt thích what you’d expect a MacBook Air to look & feel lượt thích. It has the classic wedge shape, it’s not flimsy at all lượt thích other ultrabooks, & the bezels around the screen are fairly minimal.


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The other big news is the processor selection, which consists of three special versions of Intel’s 10th-generation Y-series chips. Previous MacBook Airs offered but one anemic dual-core processor choice; now, you can spec an Air out with a 1.2GHz quad-core bộ vi xử lý Core i7 if you wish.


AGREE TO CONTINUE: MACBOOK AIR (2020)

Every smart device now requires you to agree to lớn a series of terms & conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us khổng lồ read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have sầu khổng lồ hit “agree” lớn use devices when we nhận xét them since these are agreements most people don’t read & definitely can’t negotiate.

In order khổng lồ get past the cài đặt và actually use the MacBook Air, you are required lớn agree to:

The macOS software license agreement, which includes:

- Apple’s warranty agreement

- trò chơi Center terms và conditions

These agreements are nonnegotiable, and you cannot use the laptop at all if you don’t agree lớn them. There are also several optional agreements, including:

Location servicesSending crash và usage data lớn Apple lớn help ứng dụng developersAllowing Apple to use your Siri transcripts lớn improve voice recognition

The final tally is three mandatory agreements và four optional ones.

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Our nhận xét unit is the step-up configuration, with a 1.1GHz quad-core bộ vi xử lý Core i5 chip và 8GB of RAM. It’s been fairly capable: I’ve been working in Chrome, Slaông chồng, Zoom, & Lightroom like I normally vì, & things have sầu clipped right along. That feeling is backed up by a single-threaded Geekbench 5 score of 1001, which is basically in line with the 16-inch Core i9 MacBook Pro’s single-threaded score of 1109.

But I wouldn’t gọi the Air a rocket; I can definitely push the limits pretty easily. Just opening Lightroom is enough khổng lồ make the fan tốc độ up, và after a couple of edits, it’s going full blast. Heavy sustained workloads cause the system to lớn vì chưng some aggressive thermal throttling, basically capping the max speed of the processor in order khổng lồ manage heat.

Apple told me this throttling is by design. The company doesn’t think most people need hardcore sustained performance, so the Air is built around Intel’s turbo boost feature, which can quickly ramp the processor to lớn 3.2GHz khổng lồ get something done & then ramp it bachồng down to 1.1GHz to preserve heat & battery life. This is a pretty normal strategy now.

But if you push the Air for a little while, things will get hot, & the system won’t allow the processor khổng lồ get all the way up khổng lồ 3.2GHz. In my tests with Cinebench, cloông xã tốc độ was capped at around 1.5GHz under sustained workloads. And that tín đồ was blowing its heart out.

In day-to-day use, I never really noticed any of this thermal management, which is the entire point. But it’s also clear that there isn’t a ton of performance headroom if you need to lớn sit around rendering 3 chiều graphics or exporting videos all day long. You’ll definitely hear that người, & you might experience some slowdowns.


Performance is fine, but you’re going khổng lồ hear the fan run

A lot of people tweeted questions at me about the performance difference between the bộ vi xử lý Core i5 Air and the bộ vi xử lý Core i5 13-inch Táo MacBook Pro. U-series processor differences aside, it really comes down khổng lồ thermal design: Apple told me that the Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro is the better laptop for people who need khổng lồ push their machine to the limit all the time. It has a more forgiving thermal thiết kế and faster turbo boost cloông xã speeds. Basically, the MacBook phiên bản Pro can run hotter & faster for a longer period of time than the MacBook Air, which means better performance for heavy sustained tasks.

My sense is that the people with those needs know exactly who they are; they should wait for a refreshed MacBook phiên bản Pro with an updated keyboard. Everyone else will likely find that the MacBook Air’s performance is totally fine for most day-to-day tasks, but that they’ll hear the bạn run every so often.


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I have sầu khổng lồ say that the Air’s battery life was just average: Apple claims that the new Air can get up khổng lồ 11 hours of battery life if you’re just browsing the web in Safari, but my pretty boring workday of running Chrome, Slaông chồng, and Zoom killed the battery in just five sầu hours with the screen brightness turned all the way up. I probably could have sầu extended that a little if I’d turned down the brightness, but this is not the world’s brighkiểm tra screen to begin with — it averages about 400 nits of brightness — so I wasn’t eager to bachồng it down.

I don’t think this is entirely Apple’s fault — all three of these apps are battery hogs — but at this particular moment in history, I don’t think I’m alone in having Zoom and Slack open all day every day. And while Safari is much more efficient than Chrome, Chrome is still just a fact of life for a lot of people. It’s great that the Air can get terrific battery life if you restrict yourself to lớn Apple’s own apps, but my friends, we live in a society.

Speaking of Zoom, the webcam in the Air is the same old 720p webcam Apple’s been using forever. It’s fine. It is aggressively fine. I hope someone on the Mac team talks to someone on the iPhone team about cameras before they release another máy tính with this webcam.


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I can easily keep going with minor observations about the MacBook Air: USB-C is still some sort of elaborate xúc tích puzzle. The Retimãng cầu Display is commendably sharp, but it doesn’t have sầu the P3 wide color gamut of the MacBook phiên bản Pro, & it’s weird that Apple calls it 2560 x 1600 when it runs at an effective 1440 x 900 by default. (You can mix it khổng lồ the equivalent of 1680 x 1050, & you should vì that.) The gold model is slightly pinkish, which is very striking. It doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6 because Apple’s using a different Wi-Fi module than the one that’s normally packaged with these Intel chips, but no one has Wi-Fi 6 yet so whatever. It’s nice that it uses a 30-watt charger, which means any number of third-tiệc nhỏ USB PD devices will charge it just fine. We’re at the point where macOS Catalimãng cầu comes out of the box with almost every Apple ứng dụng preloaded in the Doông xã, including Podcasts và Apple TV, help.

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But really, the most important thing is that, for the first time in several years, I feel confident saying that most people in the market for a Mac máy vi tính can just buy a MacBook Air & expect it to lớn competently & reliably vày most things for a long time khổng lồ come. That’s a big win & a solid return khổng lồ khung.

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