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MacBook Air M1, Fast, Light and Revolutionary
Apple’s MacBook Air (M1) sports a 13-inch display and comes in two models with three colours – Space Grey, Gold and Silver.Storage options range from 256GB to 512GB and start from $1,599.
This is an ultra portable powerhouse, and suits just about anyone who wants a decent laptop for both home and office. It also has that really sleek and stylish aluminium design that other laptop manufacturers haven’t been able to match.While the latest model looks almost the same as the previous versions, the saying ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it’ rings true here. One thing that has changed (for the better) is the new ‘magic keyboard’ that provides really nice feedback and comfortable spacing between the keys. At the top right of the keyboard is a Touch ID key that provides secure access to your MacBook Air and things like Apple Pay for purchases. It’s fast and reliable. If you’re after a laptop that will stand the test of time, then look no further. It’s worth noting that there are only two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports on the side of the device, so you’ll most likely need to grab a multiport adapter to allow you to connect hard drives or printers (if you’re not fully wireless) but you do get a standard jack port where you can plug in wired headphones.
This device is impressive. After using the latest Surface Pro from Microsoft there is clear appeal to using macOS and what Apple brings to the table here. Windows still suffer from random crashes and freezes at times. But I didn’t experience any of this during the past month of using the Macbook Air running on Big Sur. The display of the MacBook Air is a 13-inch ‘retina’ quality display with ‘True Tone Technology’. It’s very good. There are no issues when it comes to visibility of video and text content. In terms of power, you’ll get through most of the day without needing to charge it up. Apple says it’s good for 15 hours wireless web and around 18 hours of Apple TV movie playback on local storage. This is pretty accurate to what I found. But it’s also dependent on the brightness of your screen, and other factors including which apps you’re using and have running in the background. But it’s definitely better than what I was seeing on my Surface Pro.
By designing its own processor, Apple now has the ability to improve performance and optimise everything about the entire Mac lineup. It also means that some iPhone and iPad applications will now work across different devices. And this is an exciting development.
To round it all up the Macbook Air M1 is an amazing investment you’ll get Apple’s iconic design and outstanding build quality that provides long-life durability (I still have a working MacBook Pro from seven years ago). The stereo speakers are clear and loud, considering how thin and compact this device is and the battery life is more than acceptable.