2020 Apple MacBook Air Review | Tech Orbes

Apple’s thinnest and smallest laptop, the 2020 Apple MacBook Air has much more power than it used to. With the highly regarded and powerful ARM-based Apple M1 CPU installed inside, the 2020 Air finally gets the boost it has needed for a long time.

Any MacBook Air M1 you buy now should either come with the new macOS Monterrey or have a free upgrade to it, as it has become one of the most powerful thin, and light computers. Along with the macOS 11 Big Sur, it comes pre-loaded during its release. While keeping the same price as its predecessor, the MacBook Air offers performance enhancements, improved power economy, and longer battery life (2020).

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Therefore, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) provides improved internals at no additional expense. Therefore, if the Intel-based model didn’t convince you, perhaps this one would. It continues to be our choice for the top laptop in the world at the moment.

The Air’s price looks even more affordable compared to premium Windows 10 rivals like the Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) and the HP Spectre x360, both of which are more expensive. Therefore, we believe Apple has hit the price sweet spot. This isn’t a cheap laptop, but it also doesn’t feel pricey, especially compared to its similarly specced competitors.

Something Apple has previously been accused of. Apple has also been charged with placing a higher priority on product design than on basic features and functions, although we believe the opposite is true with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020).

This is because nothing has changed on the surface of the MacBook Air, even though it has undergone significant internal changes, most notably the M1 chip. So this model resembles the previous model in appearance and feels (and the model before that).

This may be excellent news for those who adore the design of the MacBook Air, but we think it’s a bit of a squandered opportunity. Given how innovative and exciting the M1-based MacBook Air is, we would have been delighted to see Apple take some design chances as well, even if it meant simply making it lighter or reducing the bezels around the screen.

2020 Apple MacBook Air


The MacBook Air (M1, 2020), along with the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) and Mac mini (M1, 2020), also other powerful rebuttals to the criticism, frequently leveled at Apple, that its products are more style than substance. We’ve already mentioned how, thanks to its reasonable rate, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is helping contest people’s preconceptions about MacBooks.

Apple is frequently criticized for producing goods that look nice but don’t do anything especially ground-breaking in terms of hardware. The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is the exact opposite.

While maintaining the same outside appearance, Apple has made significant internal changes to this laptop for virtual DJ, including upgrading its M1 chip and designing macOS Big Sur from the ground up to use it.

The good news comes first. Many believe that the MacBook Air’s classic design is nearly perfect and don’t see the need to make any significant changes. At the same time, the MacBook Air was in danger of being outperformed by more aggressive competitors by merely providing tiny spec boosts each year.

Therefore, Apple is exactly what many of its detractors have urged it should do: focus on the unglamorous but crucial stuff. By concentrating on modernizing the hardware of the MacBook Air rather than fiddling with the design.

Bad news? Given how revolutionary the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is, it’s disappointing that it looks and feels just like previous generations. The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is 0.41-1.61 x 11.97 x 8.36 inches and 1.29 pounds. These specifications are similar to the lighter 2018 Air. The excitement of opening a MacBook Air is dampened if you’ve used one of the three previous models.

Apple’s technology didn’t make the phones lighter, despite rumors. The M1 chip makes the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) fanless, a design improvement. This means the internals stay cool enough during workloads to avoid using fans. This has a downside, which we’ll cover, but it means the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) functions quietly, which is amazing.

The absence of fans may have allowed Apple to make the MacBook Air smaller and lighter. The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) opens with a familiar but positive look. The Magic Keyboard, the best upgrade to the previous MacBook Air, returns. Despite having flat keys, it’s a tactile and responsive keyboard.


We were happy as soon as we started using the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). Big Sur is swift and responsive, it starts up quickly (an additional benefit of the M1 CPU), and the operating system’s appearance is impressive.

The UI has a more contemporary appearance, and the bright, vivid colors wonderfully highlight the MacBook Air’s screen. The Control Center has been updated based on the version on iOS, but it is also less cluttered, so you aren’t overwhelmed by icons and settings. It’s easier to use and has a cleaner appearance.

Thanks to software wizardry using Apple’s Rosetta 2 tool, all applications that you typically use in macOS on Intel-based MacBooks should function well with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). This is because apps can run on the new architecture.

There was no discernible performance difference when we tested a combination of modern software created for the M1 processor and older apps created for Intel Macs and running through Rosetta.

The M1 chip is built on ARM architecture, and one of the main limitations of Windows 10 on machines running on ARM-based chips is that you can only run ARM-compatible programs from the Windows Store.

So, the fact that you can effortlessly run older apps on the MacBook Air is truly commendable. Their availability of them is relatively limited, which greatly restricts their usefulness. Microsoft must quickly develop its own Rosetta.

Since the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) uses a chip with an architecture similar to that of iPhones, you can now run any iOS program or game in addition to pretty much any current Mac app. This is fantastic and adds a ton of brand-new tools to the MacBook.

Access to iOS apps and games might be a game-changer because they are more feature-rich and graphically spectacular than ever. We tried out a couple of iOS apps, and the MacBook Air handled them flawlessly. Suddenly, the MacBook is a respectable gaming laptop.

The Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) handled many apps running at once with ease. It felt speedy and capable during our tests. 14GB file from external SSD moved in under a minute. This is a quick machine.

Apple says the MacBook Air is three times quicker than other laptops in its class, and 98% of PC laptops sold last year. The processor is nine times faster than the previous MacBook Air, and the SSD is twice as fast, thanks to M1 and flash technology.

The fanless MacBook Air (M1, 2020) may limit performance when doing strenuous tasks for long durations. Because it has no fans to prevent overheating, it throttles its components to control temperatures. So pros may prefer the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It contains the same M1 chip as the MacBook Air but has fans, so Apple claims it won’t throttle during intense work.

2020 Apple MacBook Air

The Good

  • Lightweight and portable
  • M1 CPU is powerful and stable

The Bad

  • Few ports

Product Testing

As you can see from the benchmark testing, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) performed surprisingly close to that of the more expensive 13-inch MacBook Pro during our tests, where we didn’t find any significant instances of throttling (M1, 2020). The single-core performance of the MacBook Air was roughly on par with the MacBook Pro in both Geekbench 5 and Cinebench, and multi-core results weren’t all that different either.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro will be slightly less happy about this, but the MacBook Air will be very happy. The 2020 Apple MacBook Air is such a superior notebook that it virtually renders the MacBook Pro obsolete.

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We even experimented with 8K video editing in Final Cut Pro. While Apple seems eager to emphasize that the Air is capable of 4K video editing, it did a great job at 8K, enabling us to scrub through multiple 8K sources easily. The performance seemed to be fairly similar in our day-to-day use.

The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) held up remarkably well for 11 hours and 15 minutes through our official battery test, which involves playing a looped 1080p video at 50% until the battery dies.

That surpasses the performance of the most recent Dell XPS 13 and is significantly longer than the previous model’s performance in the same tests (7 hours 55 minutes) (11 hours 1 minute). This implies you should be able to use the MacBook Air for at least a whole workday before needing to charge it. Of course, the battery will run out faster if you’re using it for more demanding tasks.

Product Comparison

Extremely thin bezels around the display are a feature of laptops like the Huawei MateBook X Pro (2020) and the Dell XPS 13, which not only give these products a more contemporary appearance but also enable the manufacturers to reduce the overall size of the laptop further while maintaining the same screen size. Yes, you read correctly: we believe Huawei to be superior to Apple in terms of thin and light laptop design. We live in strange times.

The webcam on the Apple MacBook Air above the display is the same 720p FaceTime webcam as before. Given that most competitors offer 1080p resolutions, the 720p resolution feels noticeably old-fashioned, and more people are working from home these days, we wish Apple had improved the webcam.

To Conclude

In addition to being among the best MacBooks Apple has ever produced, the 2020 Apple MacBook Air is also inexpensive. This offers excellent value. Given how well the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) performs, many consumers debating purchasing a MacBook Pro should consider this. The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has an excellent battery and can easily get through a working or academic day. It shows amazingly impressive work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are MacBook Air purchases worthwhile?

2020 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro powered by Intel: The late 2020 versions equipped with the Apple M1 chip, from battery life to performance, have surpassed these generations. They’re only worth purchasing if you can do it for less than $700.

What’s the lifespan of a MacBook Air in 2020?

According to experts, a MacBook Air should last 7 years on average before needing to be replaced. Due to its RAM and storage restrictions, your Macbook Air will probably survive a year or two less if you use it for animation, photo editing, or gaming.

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