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APPLE MACBOOK AIR Review (2019)

APPLE MACBOOK AIR Review (2019)

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Pros and Cons

7.5 Total Score
Overall Great Buy!

Overall, this is great laptop and probably the best choice if you don’t need the extra performance and would like to save a couple of hundred bucks we highly recommend it.

7.5Expert Score
Value
10
Display
7.5
Speed
6
4.6User's score
Rating
4.6
PROS
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Thin Design
  • ForceTouch Trackpad
  • Touch ID Sensor
  • Great Audio
CONS
  • Slower Hardrive
  • Struggle On Graphics Intense Applications
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Review

We’ve been using Apple’s new 2019 MacBook Air for about a week, and we can say that it basically feels the same as the last years’ model, but unlike last year, quite a few things have changed that will greatly impact your buying decision.  

You probably already know that the new base 13” MacBook Pro is the king of value when it comes to performance, being much faster than the MacBook Air and offering basically twice as much performance per dollar.  So in the case that you really want the most performance you can get, you should obviously buy the MacBook Pro instead.

But If you value other things, like battery life and typing experience and saving a couple of hundred dollars and need a basic, reliable and premium laptop, for students, writers or programmers.

Unless you’re doing power-demanding productivity tasks, the MacBook Air is still fast enough for most people. Although slightly dimmer than the MacBook Pros the dual-core MacBook Air is great for productivity work.

On the plus side, the MacBook Air has True Tone technology, a feature which automatically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the environment you’re in, so if you’re in a very warm-lit dark room, the screen won’t blast you with a bunch of distracting blue light. This is a really great feature, especially for people who spend a lot of time typing on their MacBook.

When it comes to typing, the MacBook Air is AMAZING due to the fact that the keyboard actually sloped downward towards the front edge, which makes typing a lot more comfortable than the flat straight-edged MacBook Pro.

CJsGo Review: Apple's MacBook Air (2019) Keyboard

CJsGo Review: Apple’s MacBook Air (2019) Keyboard

Now here’s where the drama comes in, Apple’s butterfly keyboard is still equipped on this MacBook, which is known for having dead or stuck key issues, and it’s a MAJOR reason why people think twice about buying it. But is this a major deal?  We actually don’t think so, for a few reasons. We’ve been using and testing Apple’s butterfly keyboard-equipped MacBooks ever since the original 2015 Retina MacBook, and so far, out of around 9 MacBooks we’ve tested, with 4 of them being long-term, and had issues with one MacBook, the original2015 12” Retina.

Other than that, we’ve experienced none of the issues at all, and the best part about the 2019 MacBook Air is that it features Apple’s 4th-generation butterfly keys, with new materials that are supposed to be more reliable.

This version of keys has been on the market for around 2 months, and so far, we haven’t heard of a single report of keyboard issues on the 2019 MacBooks.  So we’re now pretty confident that if you buy a 2019 MacBook Air, you probably won’t experience any issues. To give you peace of mind, Apple is giving you a free 4-year keyboard-replacement warranty on any new MacBook, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

The MacBook Air is also the only new MacBook that comes with function keys, so if you absolutely hate the Touch Bar that now comes on every MacBook Pro, you can go with the Air instead. And as a bonus, you still get a Touch ID sensor which is really convenient for logging in and not having to enter your password every time macOS asks you for it.

While the trackpad is a bit smaller than the one on the Pro, it’s still the same industry-leading ForceTouch trackpad which is the best trackpad you can get on a laptop.

If you are a student talking long classes or someone who works in the field and value battery life, the MacBook Air gets the best battery life out of any MacBook.

The speakers are great, especially compared to most Windows laptops. They’re not as bassy as the MacBook Pro’s speakers, but they are more than good enough to binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix and playing your favorite tracks while working.

With the MacBook Air, you get a very comfortable typing experience, standard function keys, Great speakers, top-of-the-line battery life, a decent display, an excellent trackpad, and reliable macOS.

While testing storage speeds of this new MacBook Air, we saw that they’ve become a bit slower compared to SSDs from 2018 and even 2017.  Even the 512GB model was limited to around 1300 MBps read and write.

Is this a big deal? Actually, we don’t think so.

For the people, this laptop is meant for, like students, writers, and programmers he speeds are actually more than fast enough.

You really only need faster storage speeds for working with productivity apps like photoshop, Lightroom and Final Cut Pro, and if you’re doing that, you should be buying a MacBookPro anyway.

Overall, this is great laptop and probably the best choice if you don’t need the extra performance and would like to save a couple of hundred bucks we highly recommend it.

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Specs

CPU1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 6000
RAM8GB 1600MHz DDR3
Screen 13.3-inch, LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900)
Storage256GB PCIe-based flash storage (configurable to 512GB flash storage)
Optical DriveNot included
PortsTwo USB 3.0 ports (up to 5Gbps); Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20Gbps); MagSafe 2 power port; SDXC card slot
Connectivity802.11ac Wi-Fi networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible; Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera
Weight1.35kg (2.96 pounds)
Size32.5 x 22.7 x 1.7 cm (W x D x H)
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  1. Rating
    100

    I had used Windows computers for twenty years and never owned a Mac before. I decided to go with the MacBook Air instead of the Pro because I only need it for internet browsing, word processing, PowerPoints, and other projects for work. I had grown accustomed to Windows so I was very hesitant at first. Before the MacBook I had two Dell, two HP, and two Asus laptops in a span of ten years. It seemed after two years something seriously wrong would happen to my laptop. The motherboard failed on my last Asus laptop after 2 years! The OS on the MacBook is very easy to learn and adapt to. The MacBook is fast and solid. Syncs with my iPhone flawlessly. Everyone I know that has a MacBook has said that they keep going after 5 to 10 years. I am very happy with my purchase and should’ve made it years ago.

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  2. Rating
    20

    I have been a lifetime Apple user, but no more.Apple has taken away every functioning port you need to live off of.Seriously, it doesn’t even have a port for a flash drive!This is the model provided by my workplace. I was excited to receive it, but already knew that it wouldn’t have a CD drive. For me this was a pretty hard loss as it was. I am a teacher and I was already frustrated I’d have to go buy an external port just to play DVDs and CDs on it for my kids. (Especially since my school has most movie streaming sites blocked.)But then I got it just to find out it doesn’t have a single normal port on it! No HDMI, No USB (when normally you need two in case you need to transfer files from one flashdrive to another), No SD card reader, Nothing.I found that for another $20-$150 more you can buy a port bank as an accessory for the laptop.But aside from being unnecessarily expensive after we’ve already paid OVER $1000 for the laptop itself, this COMPLETELY DEFEATS THE PURPOSE of having a PORTABLE computer.Accessories are absolutely terrible as it is. The connection is flimsy and easily knocked.And if you have to move the computer, even an inch, while the accessory is plugged in, well your’e just screwed now aren’t you?It’s already a flimsy connection, And now you’re telling me I have to buy a dongle/USB-C adaptor, which will add another layer of device that can get screwed up, just to plug in my flashdrive?This is Intolerable.At this point with all the accessories I have to have clunking around in my bag and getting misplaced, I’d be better off with a desktop! (Which my school district no longer provides for its teachers. Because we have these ridiculously expensive laptops. Last year I had a chromebook that was more useful to me than this computer is. Because it had ports!)Sorry guys. But not everyone lives in the high tech bubble of the Apple, Google and Microsoft corporations where everyone makes six figures straight out of college, always buys the latest model, knows how to fix their wifi and tech problems when the connection drops, etc. In fact, MOST of us still work in offices where *old* and *outdated* tech like FLASHDRIVES are still common place for transferring data.The Cloud and google drive are nice when your company is able to pay for it. BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE THE ONLY OPTION.I have always been a Mac user. But in order to stay a Mac user the past few years I’ve had to scour the Apple refurbished store just so I could get Macbook Pros from 2011 that STILL HAD A CD DRIVE. But these refurbished models are never as good, or last as long as a brand new computer. The fact is though, that none of Apple’s new models currently on the market still possess a CD drive! And now all the ports are gone!BRING US BACK OUR PORTS.Build them into the computer itself. Give me a model I can buy that has a CD drive. One out of all your offerings is not going to kill you! Make the laptop a PORTABLE device once more.I’m tired of being raked over the coals, and squeezed for my money. I’m not buying into this rabbit hole anymore.The next computer I buy will NOT be a Mac unless it has all the ports needed to function. Which probably means I will have to switch over to PC.This is a sad day for human kind.Also, you should know that I am a tech-savvy Millenial saying these things. Not some old lady who doesn’t know what to do with all this new-fangled tech. And so I will say it again: BRING US BACK THE PORTS.

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  3. Rating
    20

    I’ve only had macbook laptops going back 10years, got all my family and most friends on iphones and other Apple products due to “higher” quality I’ve experienced over that time right up until my incredible durable last generation macbook air.Then I bought this thing in Dec 2018 (macbook air retina 2018).I had been so spoiled by years of amazing Apple quality I guess my expectations were too high for this latest macbook air.Just some issues I’ve had:1. creaky body that emits a strange cracking sound like the screws in the chassis are loose yet I’ve confirmed they arent2. overheats regularly to that totally uncomfortable burning hot level (never an issue in prior less powerful macbooks)3. my “A” key is disappearing!! First time I have ever experienced any such quality issue with an Apple product! And when I took it to the Apple Store after properly making an appointment online, describing the issue and waiting patiently for my tech, I was informed “we have no ‘a’ keys in stock but will contact you in the next few days”. Its been a few weeks, I’ve never heard back. This is NOT the Apple I once knew and loved for their exceptional customer support of their products.4. And finally, my macbook air will get stuck when being “woken” from sleep mode in some weird login loop where it keeps going to the “enter your password” screen repeatedly yet I never can and have to do a hard reset by holding the power button down for a while.5. Lastly, the whole point of this little, light laptop is its travel-worthiness, ie battery life and lightweight. Whats with the massive charger brick that feels like it weighs like half the entire laptop by itself?All in all, what the heck is going on here Apple?!?!!?! My family is probably 10+ devices deep at this moment and for over a decade and we’ve never had quality issues like this before! If the Apple Store fails to contact me as they promised for yet another week, I will be putting the new macbook air on OfferUp and moving over to the slick new Surface Laptop 2, Lenovo X1 Carbon, or Dell Oled XPS13.

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