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The MacBook Air appears pretty outdated

The MacBook Air is a well-known brand, so it makes sense for Apple to offer corresponding devices. However, both the performance and connectivity fall behind the competition, and Apple's own MacBook Pro 13 is a better alternative.

The Apple MacBook Air has always been an ideal device for casual users looking for a stylish and compact laptop for everyday tasks. After the manufacturer from Cupertino finally replaced the old TN HD panel with the 2018 model, there were no more obvious problems. After our review of the current model, we can confirm that the MacBook Air is basically still a good subnotebook. You get a good display, a compact and high-quality chassis, good speakers, and long battery runtimes.

The problem is the performance in combination with the annoying fan. The Core i5-8210Y is an ultra-low voltage processor with limited performance figures. This is certainly still sufficient for many users right now, but the competition is much faster (which will certainly come into play in the next couple of years) and you can just expect more from a device that costs north of 1000 Euros. The connectivity is not up to date, either. Yes, you get two versatile Thunderbolt 3 ports, but there is no sign of Wi-Fi 6 or even Bluetooth 5.

The other problem is that Apple also offers an excellent alternative with the entry-level MacBook Pro 13. The chassis is just slightly thicker at the front, but in return you get much more performance and an even better screen. The price of the MacBook Pro 13 is also just slightly higher. All in all, we cannot recommend the current version of the MacBook Air.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2020-02- 3 (Update: 2020-02- 3)
Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Notebooks
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.