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Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3

Specifications

Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3 (MacBook Air 2020 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i3-1000NG4 2 x 1.1 - 3.2 GHz, Ice Lake Y
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4X-3733
Display
13.3 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 227 PPI, APPA042, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Ice Lake-Y
Storage
Apple SSD AP0256, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Apple Audio Device
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headset, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.1 x 304.1 x 212.4 ( = 0.63 x 11.97 x 8.36 in)
Battery
49.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11 h
Operating System
Apple macOS 10.15 Catalina
Camera
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Magic Keyboard - Scissor, Keyboard Light: yes, 30-Watt USB-C power adapter, 12 Months Warranty
Released
03/20/2020
Weight
1.27 kg ( = 44.8 oz / 2.8 pounds), Power Supply: 178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 81.78% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 24 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 56%, features: 57%, display: 86% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: 96%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3

89.6% Apple MacBook Air 2020 Review: Is the Core i3 the better choice? | Notebookcheck
Apple equips the entry-level SKU of the MacBook Air with a dual-core processor, but is the performance still sufficient in 2020? Or should you get a configuration with a quad-core CPU? And: What are the effects on the temperatures and the fan noise?
80% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Techradar English
This year's MacBook Air fixes a lot of our complaints with previous models. It comes with new, more powerful, innards, a drastically improved keyboard and more storage space. However, the screen is a little muted and battery life is average. Still, if you're an Apple fan looking for an affordable MacBook, we can heartily recommend the new MacBook Air – something we've not been able to do with previous versions.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/22/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Techradar English
This year's MacBook Air fixes a lot of our complaints with previous models. It comes with new, more powerful, innards, a drastically improved keyboard and more storage space. However, the screen is a little muted and battery life is average. Still, if you're an Apple fan looking for an affordable MacBook, we can heartily recommend the new MacBook Air – something we've not been able to do with previous versions.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/16/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Tech Advisor English
With a brilliant keyboard and solid performance, the entry level MacBook Air is once again the best Apple laptop for most people despite the battery life taking a hit if you don’t use Apple’s apps.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/08/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
2020 Apple MacBook Air review: A premium laptop for the masses
Source: Android Authority English
The 2020 Apple MacBook Air has an amazing design, great keyboard, a best-in-class trackpad, and plenty else to love. It's not for the power-hungry, but it makes for an amazing experience when you favor general quality over raw performance. It will do well for most people unless you require some real brawn.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/28/2020
$1299 MacBook Pro 2020 Review: How 8th-Gen is still GOOD
Source: Max Tech English
Apple's 2020 base 13" MacBook Pro has been refreshed with a couple of minor updates, so it seems like it's not the best value in the lineup. However, a lot of people could be making the mistake of avoiding this $1299 MacBook Pro because of the 8th-Gen processor, especially those who choose a MacBook Air instead. In this review, I talk about the differences between the Macbook Air and MacBook Pro models, as well as how the $1799 MacBook Pro compares. The 8th-Gen chip is the same as last year, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't perform well. It actually does perform fairly well! I also discuss the new Magic keyboard and other benefits you get with this year's base MacBook Pro.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2020
80% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Techradar English
This year's MacBook Air fixes a lot of our complaints with previous models. It comes with new, more powerful, innards, a drastically improved keyboard and more storage space. However, the screen is a little muted and battery life is average. Still, if you're an Apple fan looking for an affordable MacBook, we can heartily recommend the new MacBook Air – something we've not been able to do with previous versions.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/09/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Stuff TV English
With a cheaper entry price and an improved keyboard, the only thing against the excellence of the 2020 MacBook Air is its less-than-full-day battery life. Otherwise it’s the go-to laptop we’d recommend to most people.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/30/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Apple MacBook Air 2020 review: the best Mac laptop for most people
Source: T3 English
The Apple MacBook Air 2020 is an excellent thin-and-light laptop, and this price cut makes it great value. Apple has fixed its key flaws, leaving only minor gripes behind.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/23/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Air (2020) review: The default option, again
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
The price tag is good and the keyboard is excellent. For those shopping at the low end, the 2020 MacBook Air is the true successor to the famous old Air, and the one you should buy today to replace your ageing old model. It also makes it a no-brainer choice for first-time or student MacBook buyers.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 04/15/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Techradar English
This year's MacBook Air fixes a lot of our complaints with previous models. It comes with new, more powerful, innards, a drastically improved keyboard and more storage space. However, the screen is a little muted and battery life is average. Still, if you're an Apple fan looking for an affordable MacBook, we can heartily recommend the new MacBook Air – something we've not been able to do with previous versions.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Techradar English
This year's MacBook Air fixes a lot of our complaints with previous models. It comes with new, more powerful, innards, a drastically improved keyboard and more storage space. However, the screen is a little muted and battery life is average. Still, if you're an Apple fan looking for an affordable MacBook, we can heartily recommend the new MacBook Air – something we've not been able to do with previous versions.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2020
Rating: Total score: 80%
2020 MacBook Air vs. The Rest
Source: Dave 2D English
My review of the 2020 MacBook Air against the MacBook Pro, XPS 13, HP Envy and Surface Laptop 3. It's great, but be aware of what you're actually getting with macOS.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 03/28/2020
Apple MacBook Air (2020) initial review: Keyboard dreams become a reality
Source: Pocket Lint English
The 2020 model takes what was great about its predecessor and enhances it with a much better keyboard, double storage as standard, and a price drop. It's a win-win.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2020
Hands on: MacBook Air (2020) review
Source: Techradar English
As affordable MacBooks go, Apple seems to have focused well on what users will want - namely, a lower price tag. The performance and build quality seem pretty strong in our early tests, and only a slightly muted color reproduction from the screen muddies the waters. However, that's a small gripe, and overall it seems that Apple has iterated nicely for the MacBook Air 2020.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2020
The $999 MacBook Air returns, with a catch
Source: CNet English
The classic MacBook Air makes some big improvements and even cuts the starting price, making it a hard-to-beat go-to for students, creatives and almost anyone else.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2020

Foreign Reviews

Análisis MacBook Air 13" 2020 (modelo acceso a gama i3)
Source: Hablando Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; excellent display; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2020
MacBook Air 2020: Ventajas y Desventajas
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Stylish design; tough device; comfortable keyboard; nice connectivity. Negative: Weak hardware; high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/01/2020
Recensione Apple MacBook Air 2020: basta finte ventole, scalda troppo!
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice design; fast system; excellent display; good touchpad; comfortable keyboard; decent speakers. Negative: Overheats while using; outdated design; high price.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2020
Recensione MacBook Air 2020
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Positive: Long battery life; quick charging; powerful hardware; nice performance; high mobility.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/28/2020
Eerste indruk: de nieuwe MacBook Air
Source: Bright.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; nice speakers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/21/2020
70% Test du Apple MacBook Air 2020 : un mois avec mon premier Mac
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Test du MacBook Air 2020 : l'ultraportable d’Apple retrouve enfin de sa superbe
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Positive: Comfortable keyboard; good hardware; attractive price. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/03/2020
Apple MacBook Air (2020)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/24/2020
Trên tay Macbook Air 2020 đầu tiên về Việt Nam, giá gần 28 triệu
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; high performance; powerful hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2020

Comment

Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU): Integrated graphics card in Intel Ice-Lake G4 SoCs based on the new Gen. 11 architecture with 48 of the 64 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model ranging from 300 MHz base to 1050 - 1100 MHz boost. The Ice-Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel produced.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i3-1000NG4: Ice-Lake based ultra-low power quad core processor for thin and light laptops. Integrated two Sunnycove cores clocked at 1.1 - 3.2 GHz that support Hyperthreading (4 threads). Furthermore, the SoC integrates a relatively fast Intel Iris Plus G4 with 48 EUs clocked at 900 MHz and Wifi 6 / Thunderbolt partly integrated. The chip is manufactured in the modern 10nm process at Intel. Compared to the normal Core i3-1000G4, the i3-1000NG4 offers a smaller package size (22 x 16.5 versus 26.5 x 18.5 mm).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.27 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. Apple has at least sporadically been considered the most valuable company in the world since 2011 and has consistently ranked among the Top 10 companies in the world.

In the laptop sector, Apple's market share was 9.3% in 2014 and 10.3% in 2016. The latter corresponds to the 5th place. In the smartphone segment, Apple achieved 15.3% in the first quarter of 2016, which means a market share loss when compared to the 18.3% in same quarter of the previous year.
Nevertheless, Apple ranked second place behind Samsung in both years.

There are tons of reviews on Apple laptops, smartphones and tablets. The ratings are significantly above-average (as of 2016).


81.78%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2020-04-14 (Update: 2020-04-14)