New MacBook Air 2019 Review
Here we came with the New MacBook Air 2019 Review. Available in silver, space gray, and gold, the new thinner, and lighter MacBook Air feature a brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology, Touch ID, the latest-generation keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad. The iconic wedge is created from 100 percent recycled aluminum, making it the greenest Mac ever. And with all-day battery life, MacBook Air is your perfectly portable, do-it-all notebook. The new 2019 MacBook Air is here. Rose gold color, which I kind of forgot how much I actually like this color.
Even though it is a pretty minor update on the MacBook Air from the last year’s model, let’s check what’s different this time around. Can the new version of this new design live up to this laptop?
Still good, technically, since not much differs from this year compared to last year, when Apple released the first version of this new design. In fact, the keyboard has been tweaked, again, for reliability, with new materials that Apple’s been implementing on newer devices.
The True Tone display is new, matching the color temperature of the room. And, it costs a hundred dollars less. The base model of the MacBook Air (2019) comes with a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB storage and Intel UHD Graphics 617.
The MacBook Air still has the same Y-series processor. Fast enough to do most day-to-day tasks, but it can slow down on heavy stuff regarding video and photo editing. Or even just having too many apps and tabs open all at once. It still gets about seven or eight hours of tested active use, it still uses USB-C to charge and it still has a super convenient Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Plus, big Force Touch trackpad is as elegant and functional as always. The screen looks great. Thanks to a software update for the Airline that came earlier this year, it can get just a little bit brighter: up to 400 nits. Still not as bright as what the MacBook Pros can do. Unfortunately, the webcam is pretty bad.
About the keyboard: it features the upgraded butterfly mechanism, providing four times more key stability than a traditional scissor mechanism, along with greater comfort and responsiveness. And individual LED-backlit keys with an ambient light sensor may help typing in low-light environments. My first impression is that it’s the same as last year. It’s a little bit softer and quieter than earlier MacBook Pro models. Some people don’t like typing on this style of the keyboard because it’s so shallow, but the truth is, Apple did a great job for a laptop this thin.
That’s pretty much what there is to say about this new revision of the MacBook Air. There are plenty of Windows laptops at around the same price point as this machine that beat it on any number of metrics. You can log in with face-ID, you can get an edge-to-edge screen, or you can get a faster processor.
Still, none of those Windows laptops have the overall build quality or fit and finish of this MacBook Air. Plus, Apple is really settling in as a great renewable material laptop. Buy the best device that you can afford. If you can’t, you should wait. Save money, and there’s always a better computer coming around next year. Apple’s announcement for the new MacBook Air (2019) was pleasant financially.
They announced that the entry-level MacBook Air (2019) was getting a price cut to $1,099 (£1,099, AU$1,699). While that’s still far from the budget territory, this move makes the MacBook Air more affordable than ever, and seeing prices going down with updates – rather than up – is always a nice welcome. Still, it’s as likely that this will be another sales success for Apple than the New England Patriots to top the football odds.
Summing up, the MacBook Air (2019)’s performance is fine, but a little lackluster compared to its increasingly compelling competitors. A dual-core processor, the limit of 16GB of RAM (if you pay for extra) and a small SSD leaves the MacBook Air (2019) feeling a little left behind in the performance stakes.