MacBook Air 2020: Is It Worth It?

April 2, 2020 • Shannon Flynn


If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you may have
heard the news about one of Apple’s newest releases — the MacBook Air
2020. As one of Apple’s most popular computers, the MacBook Air has received
some updates, one of them being the keyboard. It comes in gold, silver and
space gray and is sure to be a contender for your next device. 

The many updates bring some cons along with pros. While
experts are praising the new keyboard and trackpad, sound and design, others
criticize the workload capability and webcam. The battery life will depend on
how you use it. Overall, the laptop is receiving a more positive reception than
negative, especially with a base model starting at $999.


The MacBook Air 2020 is sleek. At 2.8 pounds and
dimensions of 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.6, the laptop is lightweight and practical. The
integration of Touch ID adds more convenience as it can replace your passwords
and make online purchases a breeze. 

The 13.3-inch display comes with a resolution of 2560×1600
and 227 pixels per inch. Notably, Apple has increased the brightness of the new
Air’s screen like never before. Also, the TrueTone feature makes for a nice
touch since it adjusts the screen’s color temperature automatically according
to your environment.

On the right side, you’ll find the standard headphone
jack. You’ll also see two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left. Some experts
were expecting more ports, but this is no surprise — Apple tends to forgo them
on their smaller models. 

The standard model starts with the Intel 10th Gen Core i3
processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. You could upgrade as high as the Core i7
CPU, 16GB RAM and 2TB SSD as well. 


The new Air’s performance is pushing laptops forward.
First, the audio received an increase of 25% and twice the bass, according to
Apple. As for visual, the 720p webcam remains the same, but perhaps with more
color accuracy. The continued graininess has been at the center of some calls
for updates for a while. 

As for its processing, The MacBook Air 2020 uses 1.1GHz
Intel Core processors on the standard model that can jump up to 3.2GHz during
periods of intense activity. This setup is an improvement from previous Air
models and an area of praise from critics. However, if you’re going to be
working with heavy-duty software like Lightroom, you may experience a

As for the battery, Apple states that it can
run up to 11 hours
with regular use. This number will decrease
depending on how you use it, though. If you’re going to employ different
programs and software, you’ll probably see shorter battery life. 

Keyboard and Trackpad

Yes, it’s true. Apple has finally gotten rid of the
butterfly keyboard that has lead to many issues and criticism.
Instead, they’ve given the 2020 Air the new Magic Keyboard. With a depth of
1mm, the new scissor-switch keyboard is more responsive, accurate and
comfortable than the previous butterfly model. Apple has also brought back the
inverted-T arrow keys. 

With the trackpad, it’s bigger than ever before at 4.7 x
3.2 inches. Apple recently started expanding the size of their trackpads. The
click responds well, just like the new keyboard. Both of these new updates
have been the center of attention for customers. 

Should You Buy the MacBook Air 2020?

The pros seem to outweigh the cons, but should you buy it?
Is the MacBook Air 2020 worth it? It’s going to depend.

This laptop is a step forward for Apple and is sure to be
a memorable one. The company will likely take the best features from this model
and apply it to their other products. However, if you’re going to be
working with a lot of software or games, you might want to look into a MacBook
Pro, which can manage heavy-duty activity. Still, the Air can handle its fair
share of work. 

If you’re looking for a laptop for regular, everyday use, the MacBook Air is perfect for you. You can buy it online from Apple starting at $999 for the base model.