– Hey guys, this is Austin. My voice might be gone, but
what isn’t is the MacBook Air. Why does it still exist in 2017? Surprisingly Apple released
a new version of the MacBook Air this week. It’s a pretty minor upgrade,
but for a computer that’s essentially been around
unchanged since 2010, that’s not bad. What’s interesting about
the Air is that this is actually still one of the most popular Macs that Apple sells. So while they have updated
most of their other more modern Macs, I think a lot
of people look at the Air and say, yeah, that’s all I need. Inside we get the Air itself. Now to be fair, this design
really has not changed since 2010, but it’s still
a nice looking laptop. So it’s all metal and it’s
maybe not quite as nice as something like some
of the newer MacBooks, but this is not an old, terrible
piece of hardware at all. One nice thing that
hasn’t changed is MagSafe. So while there are a lot
of advantages to going with USB-C and Thunderbolt,
there’s something really nice about having a magnetic
cable that, if you say, trip and fall over your cable, And yes, I’m looking at you, Ken. (crashing) Open up the Air and you should see that it looks very familiar. Now that’s not a huge downside. So the keyboard, the track pad, and especially the build
quality does feel good. And especially in 2010,
this was pretty solid. But when you’re buying a
laptop that literally came out today and it looks
exactly the same as something that came out seven years
ago, you’ve got a problem. The first thing that
jumps out to me when using this Air, is how bad the screen is. So while some things from
2010 holdup pretty well, that TN panel definitely does not. So it has a 13.3-inch display with a 1,440 by 900 resolution. Low, but not the end of the world. However, the color, and
especially with the viewing angles here, are terrible. I mean, look at this. You can barely see it. I get it straight you can
kind of see it a little bit. But it’s so bad. For a thousand dollar laptop,
this should be a deal breaker. So to put things in perspective,
this is the LG Gram. And I’m gonna be doing
a video on this soon, but this is also a thousand dollar laptop. And when you go look at the screen on this compared to the MacBook
Air, it’s not even close. Now if Apple wants to keep selling the MacBook Air in 2017,
by all means go ahead. There are legitimate
advantages to having a MacBook like this still around. But the fact that they
have not updated the screen in this many years and it
looks this bad, is crazy. If this screen was on a $200 laptop I would complain about it. On a thousand dollar laptop? No. To be fair, it’s not all
bad with the MacBook Air. So this is the new 12-inch MacBook. Now this is kind of the
successor to the Air and it is a very small and thin laptop. And when you put it
side-by-side with the Air, you’ll see that it is a
much, much smaller laptop. It’s definitely not perfect though. So this is a USB-C port. While that’s a nice thing
to have on a laptop, it is the only port on
the 12-inch MacBook. Now that can cause some
big problems when it comes to using one single port to
not only charge the computer but connect to an external monitor, connect to USB accessories,
it all has to happen through this single port. Whereas on the 13-inch
Air, that is not a problem. This guy has a mini DisplayPort that also doubles as Thunderbolt 2, a full
size USB 3, SD card reader, and on the flip side, you
have one more USB 3 port, as well as the MagSafe power adapter. So while the MacBook Air
is not the perfect laptop it definitely is not dongle life ready. The Air has seen an update
for 2017, but the upgrade is incredibly minor. So it’s gone from a 1.6 to a 1.8 gigahertz Core i5 processor, but it still
has the same eight gigabytes of memory and 128 gigs of SSD storage. What hasn’t changed is the
actual processors inside. So the Air’s still rocking
a 5th Gen Core processor, whereas pretty much all of
the MacBooks and most Windows laptops these days are on the 7th Gen. It really feels like an upgrade
just to say, hey look guys, we can put the 2017 badge on it now. Take a look at performance and the Air has definitely fallen behind. So not only is it slower
than the 12-inch MacBook, which has a much lower
power Core m3 processor. It’s also much slower
than the LG Gram, which is about the same price, but
has a much newer Core i5. To be fair, performance
is not the be all, end all for the MacBook Air. One of the other big advantages
here is battery life. So with the way the
13-inch is specced with it’s fairly large battery, you
should expect around 14 hours on a charge, which is really solid. The only issue is other
laptops, such as the Gram, have absolutely caught up to that number. One area where the Air
definitely does hold up is with the keyboard and trackpad. So the keyboard itself actually
still feels pretty decent. I slightly prefer what you
get on the newer MacBooks. But I do think a lot of
people like the extra key travel. And the trackpad is good. So again, it’s not quite
as new and quite as nice as some of the newer
Force Touch trackpads, but I still feel like
this is a better trackpad than pretty much any
Windows laptop you can buy. When it comes to actually using the Air, it does feel reasonably snappy. So yes, if you look at it
compared to something else on a benchmark, it’s
not going to be as fast. For more basic usage like
web browsing, which honestly is probably what everyone
does on MacBook Airs anyway, it does feel pretty good. The screen definitely does
let it down, but besides that it’s a pretty solid machine. The value proposition with the MacBook Air is a little bit weird. So on one hand it’s $300
cheaper than any other MacBook that you could pick up. On the other, it hasn’t
really been thoroughly updated in quite a few years. It also only comes with a 128 gigabyte SSD in the base configuration. Now if this is just your Facebook machine, then sure, that can work out. But other than that, once
you start upgrading it it just doesn’t make any sense. The MacBook Air was a
really impressive laptop when it came out in 2010. However, if you’re buying
a new laptop in 2017, it just doesn’t make sense. So what do you guys think
about the MacBook Air? Let me know in the comments below and I will catch you in the next one.