Specifications of Apple MacBook Air 2018
- Display: 13.3in LCD 2560×1600 (227 ppi)
- Processor: Intel Core i5-8210 dual-core Y series (8th generation)
- RAM: 8 or 16GB
- Storage: 128, 256, 512GB or 1.5TB
- Operating system: macOS Mojave
- Camera: 720p FaceTime HD camera
- Connectivity: Intel UHD 617, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, 2x USB-C / Thunderbolt 3, headphones
- Dimensions: 212.4 x 304.1 x 15.6mm
- Weight: 1.25kg
- Price: The Apple MacBook Air is available in silver, space gray and gold at a cost of $1199 onwards.
- Our Rating: 4/5
The Apple MacBook Air 2018 has had a good run so far as the default choice for all Mac users, but the model was in bad need of a facelift.
Ergo, the MacBook Air 2018, which, with new processors, ports, and a vastly improved Retina display lives up to the hallowed standards set by its predecessor and is the everyday workhorse for those who must use a Mac. For all others, the competitions from Windows fraternity around the $1000 mark has increased dramatically over the past few years, so options are aplenty.
It retains the iconic wedge shape of the original, but Apple has reduced the new Air to a noticeably smaller proportion. In the process, the legacy full-size ports are lost in favor of two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack.
Open it and you’ll have the beautiful 13.3-inch Retina display with much finer black edges. And what a difference it makes with the new display with sharper images! This is, without a doubt, the update that Air users have been waiting for all these years!
Choose the 128GB or 256GB variant, and you’ll get 8GB of memory and the Intel’s dual-core 8th generation Core i5 Y-series processor, which, while having less power in performance and power usage than the chips in the MacBook Pros, they are quite good for daily tasks, losing the race only in graphics or computationally heavy tasks.
Thunderbolt 3 throughputs are good, but the lack of a dedicated SD card reader may be missed by some. As good as the screen upgrade is, it’s a shade less bright than the MacBook Pro’s display, and it lacks the ambient light sensing True Tone feature.
The Third generation butterfly keyboard continues to be divisive due to its shallow key but the expensive trackpad is the best in the business, plus you get the snappy Touch ID fingerprint sensor along with the top row of the regular Function keys (no Touch Bar, though). Battery life is good (but not stellar) 9-10 hours of use, but the smaller 30W charger is slow to charge the Air.
Pricier base price will make upgraders pause before taking the final call.
- The speakers are quite loud for a laptop.
- You can use a digital USB-C headphone adapter for audio output if you wish.
- You can use any of the USB-C jacks to charge the laptop
- The body is made from recycled aluminum trimmings that remain from the manufacture of other Apple products.
- On paper, the screen is not as bright or colorful as the one that fits the MacBook Pro, but the difference was not particularly noticeable, nor does it have the Apple TrueTone system
So with all that said above, can you say whether the Apple MacBook Air 2018 is really a breath of fresh air? Yes and no.
Apple MacBook Air 2018 is definitely an update on the previous one. The design is better and so is the performance and, of course, the Retina display makes the viewing experience a bit more. The new ‘Air’ is definitely a treat and is also one of the most portable laptops you can find in the market right now. But there are some concerns.
The first time it was announced, it was a large laptop with almost no competitors. The new ‘Air’ is new but it is only for the MacBook line. As we said earlier, we’ve seen thin laptops, so it’s not new, we’ve seen metal designs, edge-to-edge screens, powerful processors and even laptops with better battery life. However, what makes it different are the exclusive features of Apple, such as the TouchID, the exclusive butterfly keyboard, and the great touch panel design and, of course, the operating system.
In addition, the new piece of machinery not only competes with rivals but also with their own brothers. The placement of the new Air in the alignment is confusing. It is not the lightest laptop in the series (the 12-inch MacBook), its specifications and features are almost the same as those of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. What’s more, it has a base price of Rs 1,14,900, which is Rs 5,000 less than the base model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (without touch bar).
So, although we already know that Apple is usually late to join the party, we fear that this time it will be too late.
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