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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
MacBook Air 13 2020 adapted to surf the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this MacBook Air 13 2020. With this MacBook Air 13 2020, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Apple; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13 inches size. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Core i5-1030NG7. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this MacBook Air 13 2020 is correct, equivalent to other products in the same price range. Everyone is free to hand in a little more memory, for work that requires it.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 12 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. That’s a good thing in case you want to take it on vacation. A feature that is probably what is expected of a laptop first and foremost.
MacBook Air 13 2020 for videos?
Apple has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this MacBook Air 13 2020 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13 inches, it has a resolution format 2560×1600. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.3 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the MacBook Air 13 2020 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The MacBook Air 13 2020 has a processor Core i5-1030NG7, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
On the application side, Apple chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
With Intel Iris Plus G7, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. Indeed, it MacBook Air 13 2020 has only 2 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
As for the batteries, you could almost replace your TV set with this MacBook Air 13 2020 one. You get 12 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
MacBook Air 13 2020 compatible with on the move use ?
The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. We therefore analysed this MacBook Air 13 2020 from the point of view of nomadic use. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or should this use be confined to going from the living room to your kitchen.
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
Its weight of 1.3 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 13 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The backlit keyboard decided by Apple for this model was not MacBook Air 13 2020 really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. After spending some time typing on it, we can say it is of good quality.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The viewing is up to the mark.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
A processor Core i5-1030NG7that allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this MacBook Air 13 2020. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
With this model you have one of the best autonomy of the moment with 12 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Apple was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 13 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
It MacBook Air 13 2020 provides only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
All in all, this MacBook Air 13 2020 is an interesting product for travel.
The MacBook Air 13 2020 to make audio or video editing.
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. It appears that this MacBook Air 13 2020meets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by Apple, there have been many improvements on the components. The parallel processing of tasks with are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Core i5-1030NG7 of this laptop is within the market average. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Apple made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. With 12 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. As a reminder, with such a powerful laptop, it’s hard to do much better Apple.
Too bad this model does not benefit from Usb 3.0 technology. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
It MacBook Air 13 2020 is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
The MacBook Air 13 2020- the right model to play with?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Apple in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 2560×1600, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Apple has also chosen a processor Core i5-1030NG7 which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the Intel Iris Plus G7, for a good result. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Core i5-1030NG7 and the board Intel Iris Plus G7 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
For the vast majority of users, this brings a result perfectly adapted to most of the games of the moment.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.3 Kg.
An excellent autonomy of 12 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
MacBook Air 13 2020 for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Apple may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
For those familiar with Microsoft Windows, this MacBook Air 13 2020 may be a little unsettling. Apple installed to make it work.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.3 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the MacBook Air 13 2020.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it MacBook Air 13 2020 is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
Finally, the MacBook Air 13 2020….
This MacBook Air 13 2020 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing