The 720p webcam is slightly disappointing, particularly compared to those fitted to the iPad Pro, smartphones and competing laptops. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The stereo speakers are quite amazing in volume, sound and stereo separation for such a small laptop.
The webcam is not fantastic, but its only something you notice when youre suddenly forced to make lots of video calls.
The Apple MacBook Air is available in silver, space grey and gold starting at
999 with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Changing the processor to a quad-core Intel Core i5 costs an extra 100, while the version with the Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage costs
Various other options are available totalling to a price of 2,249 with everything maxed out.
Microsofts Surface Laptop 3 starts at 999, Dells XPS 13 starts at 1,399 and the MacBook Pro starts at 1,299. Verdict
The 2020 MacBook Air has so many things going for it across form, function and sustainability.
Very few machines are made with any recycled material, let alone as much as the MacBook Air. There is still some way to go to truly reduce the impact of consumer electronics on the environment, but Apple should be commended for pushing the industry forward in a similar manner to the
In form and function the MacBook Air is just a few shades short of the perfect traditional laptop. If you dont want a more modern convertible, youll struggle to find a better consumer machine than this.
The keyboard is finally as great as the trackpad, the battery lasts long enough for a work day, its light but strong and the screen is beautiful, while the little things such as Touch ID work great. You also get two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a long support life.
Sure, the screen could have smaller bezels and the webcam could be better why Apple hasnt put its excellent Face ID into its laptops I have no idea. You cant upgrade the RAM or storage after purchase, theres no wifi 6 support, nor SD card slot or USB-A port, but by now most will have enough USB-C cables and accessories, and if not, now is the time to buy them.
If youre looking for an Apple laptop, this is the one to buy unless you need a beast such as the 16in MacBook Pro. Just spend the extra 100 and buy the MacBook Air with the Intel Core i5 processor, rather than the Core i3, at 1,099.
Pros: great keyboard, great trackpad, great screen, good battery life, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, thin, light, recycled materials, Touch ID, headphones socket
Cons: average webcam, no wifi 6, no SD or USB-A, expensive
The headphones socket remains, something that has long gone from phones and high-end tablets and now seems destined to go from laptops. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian Other reviews
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