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Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests Apple Macbook Air to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Macbook Air enough for internet use?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is in this spirit that Apple has developed this Macbook Air.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13 inches size. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Core i3-1000NG4. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
For hard drive sizing, Apple decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
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. This is one of the most important laptops on the market at the moment compared to other laptops. Incidentally, you will have all the more pleasure to use it for a long time because of its very pleasant screen.
The Macbook Air- the right model for streaming and videos ?
Apple presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This Macbook Air is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 13 inches, with a 2560×1600. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the 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.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Macbook Air. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Core i3-1000NG4, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
Equipped with the Intel Iris Plus G4 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. 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. The Macbook Air only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.On thisMacbook Air, Apple indicates 12 hours of autonomy, a better performance than the competition. What a pleasure it is not to have to check the battery level on a regular basis!
Is Macbook Air planned for travelling ?
This Macbook Air is one of the average laptops; not really nomadic oriented, but still possible to carry on special occasions. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 1.3 Kg, it is easily transportable. 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. The 13 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
The backlit keypad of this Macbook Air is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
The processor Core i3-1000NG4 is inferior to other competitive products.
Note that like all manufacturers, Apple is optimistic about the autonomy of this Macbook Air. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 12 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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 will need more space, this Macbook Air will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 13 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
It Macbook Air provides only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
The Macbook Air- the right model for 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 Airmeets this need perfectly. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Apple has designed an interesting product. The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Core i3-1000NG4 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
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. The Macbook Air has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. 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. This model is one of the most powerful of the moment.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Apple made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
With the Macbook Air, you’re moving towards a very good product. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
Macbook Air for video games?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. 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.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 2560×1600 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Apple like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Macbook Air an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For online gaming, it Macbook Air has high quality Wi-Fi. 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.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.3 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
An excellent autonomy of 12 hours, will allow you to play almost anywhere.
In conclusion, it Macbook Air is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Macbook Air the right choice for office automation ?
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This model is intended for those who want to change their system. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 1.3 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This Macbook Air eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
Another interesting feature is the backlit keyboard option, which allows you to work in half light.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
So, in summary, it appears that it Macbook Air is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The Macbook Air – in summary
The conclusion of the test Macbook Air is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– travel use
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing