Apple: The first tests of the MacBook Air are promising
The US media received last week the brand new MacBook Air equipped for the first time with a Quad Core processor. A quick overview of the first feedback on the performance of the ultraportable made in Cupertino .
With the MacBook shelving in July 2019 – probably in view of the arrival of an ARM model by the end of 2021 -, the MacBook Air is now Apple’s lightest laptop. So far equipped with a two-core processor, the latest model from the Cupertino company inherits for the first time from a four-core processor, enough to increase the performance of the ultraportable.
Before publishing their tests, the media across the Atlantic had only one day to play with the new Apple laptop. The first opinions are therefore quite brief, but allow you to get an idea of the capabilities of the new MacBook Air 2020. All those who received the machine mention a very responsive computer, even the entry-level model equipped with a Core processor i3 Quad Core.
In terms of raw performance, Jason Snell, former Macworld now working for his own Six Colors site , still had time to launch a small synthetic Geekbench test. The MacBook Air 2020 equipped with the Intel Core i5 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.1 GHz obtains a score of 1,047 points in single-core and 2,658 points in multi-core .
All testers like CNBC’s Todd Haselton welcome the arrival of the new third-generation butterfly keyboard, the same as that of the 16-inch MacBook Pro that we tested, which lengthens the stroke of typing by being more comfortable and less noisy. Dana Wollman of Engadget particularly appreciates the return of the arrow block in the shape of an inverted T, easier to use on a daily basis.
Recall that the MacBook Air 2020 in version Core i3 Quad Core 1.1 GHz (Turbo Boost at 3.2 GHz), with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, is sold € 1,199, when the MacBook Air 2019 , with 1.6 GHz Core i5 Dual Core processor, 8 GB of RAM and an SSD of only 128 GB, was sold at € 1,249. It is therefore a small revolution at Apple which offers a more efficient and cheaper machine, which is rare enough to be emphasized. The other basic configuration is equipped with a Core i5 with four 1.1 GHz cores (but a Turbo Boost of up to 3.5 GHz), still 8 GB of memory and a 512 GB SSD, for € 1,499 .