Apple MacBook Air 2018 Review: Lightweight, fast, expensive 6
Detailed review of Apple MacBook Air 2018
Over the years, the MacBook Air has been the best ultrabook available, period. For the price, it was the lightest laptop available. It was one of the most reliable machines available, providing consistent performance year after year. However, as 2017 approached, people began to wonder when Apple would refresh the world’s most popular ultrabook. Apple finally announced the much-anticipated refresh earlier this year, and we have plenty of time with the new MacBook Air to determine if the new laptop is the legacy of its predecessor.
What’s in the box
I’m happy today
USB-C to USB-C cable
30W power adapter
Processor: Intel Core i5 – 8210Y
Original number: 2
Clock speed: 1.6GHz
Storage: 128GB PCIe based
Display resolution: 2560×1600
Display size: 13-inch
Thunderbolt port: 2
Construction and design
The 2018 MacBook Air got a design refresh, but it’s not as basic as one. It will be expected. To be. The chassis is now a bit thinner, the overall body size is smaller, all thanks to the display with a thinner bezel. It’s not just the bezels around the display that have become slim, but the space around the keyboard has also been cut to thickness. The 2018 MacBook Air has no touchbars, allowing Apple to accommodate a larger touchpad in the MacBook Air. A pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the MacBook Air can be found on the left side of the machine, leaving the headphone jack alone on the right.
When you take the MacBook Air out of its box, the first thing you’ll probably notice is how light it actually is. Apple has said that the MacBook Air has become lighter, and we have weighed the old and the new. Sure, the MacBook Air is a full 100 grams lighter and the laptop took just three years to lose weight. This is how slowly you want to lose weight now. Apple has included the TouchID in the MacBook Air as a square button and not the round we’ve seen on the iPhone for so many years. TouchID doubles as a power button.
When we look at the new MacBook Air, it’s hard not to see the impact of the MacBook here. Not to mention the slim down side, the thin bezel on the display and the same gold finish. The other two colors are Space Gray and Silver, both equally stunning to look at. When Steve Jobs pulled the original MacBook Air from an A4 envelope, one would think that the design could be further refined, but here we are typing this review into a thinner, lighter and more eye-catching MacBook Air.
Keyboard and trackpad
The new 2018 MacBook Air has a second generation butterfly process for the keyboard The original design was highly criticized for being completely crippled by a single grain of dust. Apple has worked on the vulnerability that prevents dust from getting there by introducing a membrane under the keycap. Additionally, it does a little more kicking than the original butterfly mechanism. The result is a slightly higher travel in the key, which makes it feel pleasing to type. We have the MacBook Pro of the late 2016 with the old butterfly mechanism, and those keys are virtually one with the keyboard island, with little or no response. In the new MacBook Air, typing is a much more enjoyable experience, especially considering how quiet the keys can be, unless you’re the type who likes to let go of their frustrations on the keyboard as a way to release cathartic. For those who have a soft finger, this is definitely a nice keyboard for typing.
Moving towards the trackpad, Apple has a generous slab of capacitive glass on top of its tapetic engine. There are force sensors on both sides that translate the response you get when you click on the trackpad. There’s no real physical movement here, but it certainly feels like it. There were some of us who haven’t used a Mac in the last 5 years to go on a MacBook Air, they really thought the trackpad was moving up and down. The response is real. If you’re an experienced Mac user, you’ll be familiar with all the gestures you can use to get the most out of the MacBook Air, and over the years, Apple has implemented it flawlessly. Register every single gesture incredibly easily. Spend some time with the MacBook Air and even if you are a first time user, you will quickly become accustomed to gesture-based navigation, mostly because they are intuitive and because the trackpad never fails. Proper registration of them.
One of the biggest upgrades to the MacBook Air is the display. It was a bit disappointing to see Apple move its MacBook Air to 2018 with a 1440×900 resolution display. Well, the company is sure to end the year with a flick of the pixels and colors. The new MacBook Air gives you more than a Retina display with 2560×1600 resolution and sRGB color gamut coverage. Apple continues to use the IPS panel on their MacBook Air for incredible color accuracy. The MacBook Air is factory calibrated for color sRGB and, out of the box, color reproduction is accurate enough to be used as a professional photo-editing display. The display gets really bright, hits about 800 nits at the top and goes up to 2 nits in the lowest visible settings.
Space aside, the IPS LCD panel Apple has used as an industry-leading display, with colors representing true-to-life and a level of crispness that is often missing on Windows-based machines. Combine this with the dark theme of MacOS Mojave and it is nothing less than a visual treat. Watching movies on its display from its own source material of various streaming services like Netflix is absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, unlike its larger and more expensive MacBook Pro brothers, the MacBook Air DCI-P3 is not able to reproduce color from wide-gamut color, which means it does not support HDR content playback. This is probably the only downside to the MacBook Air’s display, but to be honest, it’s not something you can tell when looking at this display. In the case of Samsung’s OLED smartphones, Apple’s IPS LCD is in the world of laptops and the MacBook Air is equipped with an amazing panel.
Port and I / O
There are only two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one of which is charged by a charger. On the other hand, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s it. That’s all you get.
The 2018 MacBook Air is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 processor, but it’s a Y-series chip. The Intel Core i5-8210 is a low power dual core CPU with a base clock speed of 1.6 GHz and a boost clock of 3.6GHz. The processor comes with 8GB LPDDR3 RAM 2133MHz and 128GB PCIe based storage. If you have a terrible feeling of déjà vu, you are not alone. There are some things that make the specification set feel very uncomfortable. First, Apple used a low-power CPU for this machine. Second, for some reason, the company continues to use DDR3 RAM instead of DDR4. After all, 128GB PCIe storage seems too small, especially when you consider the number of smartphones available with so much storage. If you end up buying your MacBook Air from abroad, you may be lucky with more RAM, but you’re still stuck with 128 / 256GB storage and low-power CPU. Interestingly, when we measure read / write discspeed on the MacBook Air compared to our 2016 MacBook Pro, the Air’s storage slows down significantly.
Read Speed: MacBook Pro (left) vs. MacBook Air (right)
Now let’s move on to how MacBook Air performs in real life. One of the reasons why the original MacBook Air is so popular is its battery life. Since there is no MacOS benchmark for PCMark’s battery, our best way to find out the battery life of a MacBook Air is to use the machine as long as possible without a charger. It started with a fully charged MacBook Air and a whole day of editorial work in front of it. As can be seen, the MacBook Air has been able to use 8 hours by setting the brightness to half and turning on Wi-Fi. The day involved writing about 3000 words in MS Word for various stories and some photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Typically, most Ultrabooks offer 5-7 hours of battery life if activities are limited to initial use. But with the MacBook Air, both Chrome and Safari were given 8 hours despite having multiple browser windows open, some photo editing and some YouTube. That’s the apple for you!
Although my normal working machine is a 2016 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i7 chip and 16GB RAM, I thought it would be a good idea to switch to MacBook Air for a few weeks and see how it meets my needs. A significant part of my work involves extensive photo editing, with large RAW files common to 45-megapixel resolutions. Running a lightroom catalog with about 13,000 photos was no problem, but editing individual high-resolution RAW files made the machine look a bit shaky. For example, when switching from library to development module, the image not only takes 6 seconds to load, but the preview itself is loaded in parts. Additionally, moving the adjustment sliders around was not a smooth experience. It is not a photo-editing machine, so it is not recommended to be able to edit 45MP RAW files.
The MacBook Air is not a sprinter, but rather a slow and steady marathon runner. This is for office-goers and even for college students who lead a prosperous life because MacBook Air can easily handle everyday tasks to entertain you and be your faithful workmate, as long as they are not involved in your work. Photo or video editing.
The Apple MacBook Air comes with a 50.3Whr lithium polymer battery that Apple says will last about 12-13 hours depending on your usage. Although we’ve constantly clocked a hard 8 hours, we also know that if we had eliminated photo editing from our day, the machine could easily have been used for 10 hours. It takes about two and a half hours to top up this battery with the given charger, it is a 30Watt power delivery charger that charges the machine via USB-C. This means that when you’re charging a MacBook Air, you’ll lose one of the two charging ports, which is definitely an inconvenience.
The last row
Every Apple loyal MacBook Air is going to love. Those who like to use their old MacBook Air are going to prefer the new MacBook Air. However, if you’re not a fan of Apple, you won’t be as impressed with the MacBook Air’s offerings as your Windows counterparts. For example, the Asus Zenbook S, priced at over Rs 15,000, has an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, a lot of storage, an extra USB-C port and, not to mention, a dongle in the box.