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Apple Macbook Air 2019

Specifications

Apple Macbook Air 2019
Apple Macbook Air 2019
Processor
Intel Core i5-8210Y 2 x 1.6 - 3.6 GHz, Amber Lake-Y
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, DDR3-2133, Dual-Channel, verlötet
Display
13.30 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 227 PPI, APPA041, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Apple SSD AP0256, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.6 x 304.1 x 212.4 ( = 0.61 x 11.97 x 8.36 in)
Battery
49.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h
Operating System
Apple macOS 10.15 Catalina
Camera
Webcam: Facetime HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 30W USB-C Power Adapter, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.25 kg ( = 44.09 oz / 2.76 pounds), Power Supply: 178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds)
Price
1299 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 73.07% - average
Average of 23 scores (from 30 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 53%, features: 57%, display: 90% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 93%, emissions: 83%

Reviews for the Apple Macbook Air 2019

85.6% Apple Macbook Air 2019 in Review: Now with True Tone, but the fan is still annoying | Notebookcheck
The 2019 MacBook Air is just a minor update. Apple's smallest laptop now supports True Tone for the screen, so the color temperature is automatically adjusted to the environment. Otherwise, there is not much change, and we still get the annoying fan. At least the price is a bit lower.
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
81% Geek Review: MacBook Air (2019)
Source: Geek Culture English Archive.org version
The 2019 Macbook Air is the latest iteration of Apple’s entry-level laptop line and while it is pricier than other machines with similar specifications, its slim, minimalist profile and packed feature set will make you consider it as a serious contender anyway. But while this used to be the only device in its class, rising prices and comparatively better PC options have made the decision a bit more complicated.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/02/2020
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 75% performance: 75% workmanship: 80%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/20/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/24/2020
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new display, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower price of admission, it’s still pretty expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a beautiful new screen, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower entry price, it’s still pricey considering its light starting specification and expensive upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/30/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a gorgeous new screen, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower entry price, it’s still expensive considering its light starting specification and expensive upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While an excellent entry with a stunning new screen, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor still feels underwhelming. Even with a lower entry price, it’s still pricey considering its light starting specification and expensive upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
The MacBook Air's decent battery life, sharp screen, strong sound and elegant gold colorway make it a solid entry-level laptop for Apple fans. If only its processor had a little more kick to it, it would be a lot easier to recommend the Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/14/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review
Source: Techradar English Archive.org version
While a solid entry with an excellent new screen, the 2019 MacBook Air's dual-core processor is starting to feel underpowered. Even with a lower entry price, it’s still very expensive considering its light starting specification and pricey upgrades.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/07/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: The MacBook is dead, long live the Air
Source: Pocket Lint English Archive.org version
The MacBook is dead, long live the MacBook Air! This 2019 version does some key things: in the absence of the 12-inch MacBook, the Air is a far better proposition; the price is £100 lower than the previous year, keeping it more competitive; the keyboard doesn't suffer the extent of issues its predecessor did; and the nice-to-have addition of True Tone display technology is welcome. All that makes for a more balanced entry-level Mac laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/06/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Apple MacBook Air (2019) review: more affordable, just as good
Source: T3 English Archive.org version
The MacBook Air (2019) is a great option for light computing, and excellent for portable office work or students. Apple's cheapest laptop doesn't feel it at all – it's a fast and capable machine. Just choose your amount of storage carefully…
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
The MacBook Air's decent battery life, sharp screen, strong sound and elegant gold colorway make it a solid entry-level laptop for Apple fans. If only its processor had a little more kick to it, it would be a lot easier to recommend the Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Should I buy the Apple MacBook Air 13in (2019)?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English Archive.org version
Other than that this is largely the same as last year - which is to say, it's an excellent light laptop for light use, with a beautiful portable design, excellent battery life and lovely trackpad. Speed, which on paper should be unchanged, seems fractionally down on last year, but not so as you'd notice in Air-typical usage. Finally, Apple's True Tone screen tech has arrived on the Air. This is an acquired taste, but it's nice to have the option and should ensure more consistent colour output.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/02/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Apple MacBook Air (2019)
Source: PC Mag English Archive.org version
The 2019 edition of Apple's MacBook Air is cheaper and has a slightly richer feature set than its solid predecessor, making it a decent ultraportable for buyers who won't perform many resource-intensive computing tasks.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/23/2019
70% Apple MacBook Air (2019) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
The MacBook Air's decent battery life, sharp screen, strong sound and elegant gold colorway make it a solid entry-level laptop for Apple fans. If only its processor had a little more kick to it, it would be a lot easier to recommend the Air. For faster performance, you could spend $200 more to upgrade to the MacBook Pro. If you're not tied to the Apple world (and you're OK with a lower-res screen), look at the 1080p Dell XPS 13 we tested, which is faster, lasts longer and costs $100 less than our MacBook Air, at $1,199. But for those who want to save a little money, don't need the Touch Bar and have a modest workload, the new MacBook Air is a solid option. I just wish I could trust that keyboard. For that, only time will tell.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Apple Macbook Air (2019) Review: The New Normal
Source: The Verge English Archive.org version
All of which is to say that if you’re looking to buy an Air, there are a lot of “ifs” and “depends” to think about. There’s always a better version coming next year. Maybe Apple will redesign the keyboard or maybe Intel will finally deliver a better processor or maybe, well, there are a lot of maybes. That is the way of all tech purchases! You always have to balance what you’re willing to spend and what you’re willing to lug around in your backpack.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/17/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

90% MacBook Air
Source: PCtipp.ch German DE→EN Archive.org version
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/03/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
Macbook Air 2019
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2019
Macbook Air 2019
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/22/2019
64% Test MacBook Air 2019 : Apple améliore sa dalle, mais pas l’essentiel
Source: 01Net French FR→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/26/2019
Rating: Total score: 64% performance: 30% mobility: 80%
MacBook Pro i MacBook Air - test notebooków Apple. Drogie, ale czy dobre?
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; good cooling and silent system; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/29/2019
MacBook Air 2019 giảm mạnh, mua ngay lúc này
Source: FPT shop VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Beautiful design; solid workmanship; nice performance; long battery life; excellent display; decent ergonomy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/28/2019
Giảm đến 4 triệu, không thời điểm nào thích hợp để “tậu” MacBook Air 2019 hơn lúc này?
Source: FPT shop VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; high performance; long battery life; excellent display; great ergonomy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/13/2019
Đánh giá MacBook Air 2019: Màn hình mỏng nhẹ, có Touch ID và Facetime HD
Source: Viettelstore VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Great display; slim size; light weight; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/21/2019
Những lý do khiến Macbook Air 2019 đáng được mong chờ hơn cả
Source: FPT shop VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Excellent display; modern design; thin frames; long battery life; high performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/10/2019

Comment

Model: The Apple MacBook Air 2019 is a new model that Apple has released recently. Available in silver, space grey and gold, the new thinner and lighter MacBook Air features a brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology, Touch ID, the latest-generation keyboard and a Force Touch trackpad. Apple has introduced an aluminium alloy created by Apple that delivers the same strength, durability and flawless finish without mining any new aluminium from the earth. It’s designed to use shavings of recaptured aluminum that are re‑engineered down to the atomic level. The result is an enclosure as incredibly beautiful and the greenest Mac ever created. Even though it weighs just 1.25 kg, the new MacBook Air packs quite a punch. An eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor helps users power through daily activities, from reading email and browsing the web to creating Keynote presentations and editing in iMovie. Up to 16 GB of memory let users work seamlessly even with multiple apps open, while up to 1 TB of SSD storage lets users launch apps in a flash and provides plenty of room for all their documents, photos and videos. With a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 for over 4 million pixels, the results are positively jaw dropping. Images take on a new level of detail and realism. Text is sharp and clear. And True Tone technology automatically adjusts the white point of the display to match the color temperature of the environment. With 48 percent more colors than the previous generation, everything users see is rich and vibrant. The display glass goes all the way to the edge of the enclosure, making the borders 50 percent thinner than before.

The MacBook Air features the Apple T2 Security Chip, which is the second-generation custom Mac silicon designed by Apple to make the MacBook Air even more secure. When users use Touch ID to unlock their Mac or authenticate a document, their information stays safe. And with on-the-fly data encryption, all data stored on the SSD is automatically and fully encrypted. With up to 12 hours of battery life, the MacBook Air is a day-in, day-out dynamo. The MacBook Air is ready to play for up to 13 hours non-stop. Besides that, Thunderbolt 3 combines ultra-high bandwidth with the ultra-versatility of the USB-C industry standard to create one revved-up universal port, and MacBook Air has two of them. Thunderbolt 3 integrates data transfer, charging and video output in a single connector, delivering up to 40 Gbps of throughput for twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2. As a conclusion, Apple MacBook Air 2019 is a sleek laptop with decent durability. It is a great option for light computing, and excellent for portable office work for all types of users, including business users or students.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

When it comes to Apple MacBooks, it is definitely not that easy to find one that is affordable, but the new Apple MacBook Air 2019 has broken that taboo. Considered Apple’s most affordable and most portable MacBook, this model has created its own unique trend-setting market. The most boasted feature of this product has to be Apple’s vaunted design and excellent build quality. For those diehard fans of the Apple MacBook Air design, this would just be an added one on the list. However, it is definitely not for those looking for a more substantial upgrade. Being incredibly lightweight, this laptop can easily fit into a bag or backpack for convenience during travelling. Even though the product is considered lightweight, it is definitely on the losing side when compared to the Acer Swift 7.

Despite it being promoted as thin and light, the Apple MacBook Air 2019 carries a solid and durable physical presentation, which keeps the bents and dents away. This is due to the fact that it is made from aluminium alloy that provides a robust feeling for users. For the environmentally concerned, the MacBook Air 2019 has been crafted from 100% recycled aluminium without adding any new metals in the production. This is similar to the 2018 product, which might be a bit frustrating for some, as it is carries the same feature as last year’s model.

The Apple MacBook Air 2019 is equipped with only two Thunderbolt 3 ports due to its slim design. But the position of the ports that have been incorporated on the same side is quite disappointing, as it does not provide much versatility for users while charging the MacBook. One of the most welcome changes within this model compared to the 2018 variant is the use of the refined third-generation Butterfly keyboard. This might hold the answers to some of the issues with the older Butterfly keyboards, such as unresponsive and sticky keys. Apart from that, this MacBook also has Touch ID, just like previous models, which allows the user to login using their fingerprint. There is also a bigger Force-Touch trackpad for user convenience.

The Apple MacBook Air 2019 still has the same 13.3-inch screen size as its predecessor, but with an extra feature to it: One of the most notable inclusions in this MacBook is the incorporation of Apple’s True Tone Technology. This feature accommodates automatic fine-tuning of the color temperature, especially the whites that are shown on the display. However, this does depend on the ambient light in which the MacBook is being used. This feature definitely provides a pleasing experience for the eyes and improves the overall user experience. Despite being considered an affordable purchase, some consider the Apple MacBook Air 2019 to be quite expensive without any prominent upgrade from the earlier versions.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel UHD Graphics 617: Integrated graphics card in some Amber Lake Y-series processors (7 Watt TDP) with 24 EUs (GT2) and no dedicated graphics memory. Clocks with up to 1050 MHz depending on the CPU Model.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

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


i5-8210Y: Extremely efficient ULV-SoC (System-on-a-Chip) for fanless notebooks based on the Amber Lake architecture which is basically a Kaby Lake chip produced in the improved 14nm+ process (no 14nm++) with higher clock speeds and 7 Watt TDP. Includes two CPU cores clocked at 1.6 - 3.6 GHz with Hyper Threading support as well as a graphics adapter.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.30":

There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

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


Apple: Apple is a US company founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company is known for its innovative products such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, and manufactures computers and consumer electronics as well as operating systems and application software. Apple is also a leading provider of software and services such as the App Store, iTunes and iCloud.

Apple has earned a reputation as a company that focuses on design and ease of use. As for their notebooks, they are mostly in the high-priced segment, have their own operating system, but also run Windows on the newer Macbooks.

Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world and has a loyal following of customers and fans. The company also has a strong presence in the entertainment industry, with services like Apple Music and Apple TV+. In 2023, Apple had an approximate 8% market share of global PC sales, ranking it 4th after Lenovo, HP, and Dell.


73.07%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.


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

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2019-08-11 (Update: 2019-08-11)