The Apple MacBook Air has been a fan favorite since it was introduced in 2008. Apple hasn't given it a big face-lift since 2010, however, and the new model finally adds features fans have been waiting for, like a sharper screen. Here's CNBC's review of Apple's new MacBook Air.
By size, it fits right between the regular MacBook and the MacBook Pro. In cost, it's cheaper than both.
It starts at $1,199 — admittedly more expensive than the original $999 MacBook Air — but it's more powerful than the smaller standard MacBook, which starts at $1,299. It's sort of weird, and I can't think of many reasons to buy the smaller and more expensive MacBook, unless you just want a bit more portability. Given that iPad sales have continued to outpace Mac sales, however, its strongest competition might be Apple's new iPad Pros.
As far as the device itself goes, the Air has a new keyboard that felt good to type on, though I'm not sure if it's as good as the keyboard on the earlier MacBook Air, which I loved. It uses Apple's new design from other MacBooks, which some people don't like and I've never completely adjusted to. I like the large trackpad, which is bigger than on my work computer and makes it easy to zoom into pictures or switch between apps with gestures. I like that there's a second Thunderbolt port, since one of my biggest complaints with the regular MacBook is there's just one for my USB gadgets.
There's a retina display that is much sharper and means that text, like icons, isn't blurry like it was on the older MacBook Pro. It's the same screen used in Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro, and it's a huge upgrade.
I did try to touch the screen twice, though. Unlike Microsoft, Apple hasn't added a touchscreen to its computers, and I wish it would add one.
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Apple Macbook Air Review
The regular Macbook costs more because of its 256gb storage compared to the ridiculous 128bg base Macbook air model, so they actually cost the same.
Hallgeir Hansen (1 month ago)
Who let the android kids in here? Some youtube must have mentioned this video and now they are spamming with raging comments! hahaha, they have no life.... no money....
Marco (1 month ago)
Metric measurements please!!!
EDLuke246 (1 month ago)
The 12" MacBook isn't Thunderbolt 3... Plus everything already said below.
ADITYA Rathore (1 month ago)
Whats at 1:55😂😂
ScoobyDooUrMom (1 month ago)
this feels like review for ols people who dont know anything about tech. didnt like it.
Adnan Abbas (1 month ago)
A 3.5 minute review? Gtfo
osx holunman (1 month ago)
Front cover is too neat, where are those giant power supply? Usb hub? Usb convertor? Card reader? Mouse?
Lambert J. (1 month ago)
Terrible "review." You need to be bussing tables instead of "reviewing" computers.
Forte_25s (1 month ago)
For the price of this it’s a joke esp what’s packed under the hood if anyone gets this lol
Juan Ramirez (1 month ago)
I’m buying it for college
PJH199 1 (29 days ago)
Juan Ramirez get a different machine that offers better value and performance.
keem shakes (1 month ago)
how much did apple pay you?
Alfin Madamba (1 month ago)
More of a spotlight than review.
Mexican Jesus (1 month ago)
What an idiotic review. We all know the specs and what is does, what it looks like. We are here to see the performance in real world. Not to hear someone read out the spec sheet.
Rudie Obias (1 month ago)
Seriously, CNBC can't afford to issue their employees MacBook Airs? Even the under $1,000 models?
KATZN BEATS (1 month ago)
If you don't know the difference between Thunderbolt 3 and USB C you probably should not be doing tech reviews...
luan trieu (1 month ago)
Sooo even more dongles? As of 2018 apple has over 30 different types of dongles, apple the dongle store.
PJ Dexter (1 month ago)
Apple are really getting lost in their own progress of design. No headphone jack on iPhones, but lets stick one on our brand new MacBook Air. Touch ID is out from a year ago, so lets stick it on our brand new MacBook Air! on top of that lets charge an extra $200 for those features we now consider obsolete.
Benjamin (1 month ago)
Yoh! You forgot to mention the Apple logo , it looks nice ey ?
dorus2828 (1 month ago)
this is not a review, its a commercial.
Christel Kappis (28 days ago)
the only difference to the yt iSheeps is that he doesn't overhyped because of the device coloured stickers! a review needs also cons like only a i5 y processor, no touchscreen, port situation. its just a safaribrowser with a tasture!
Selim Eren (1 month ago)
Cesar Cossio (1 month ago)
how is an iphone more expensive than a laptop yet the laptop lasts way longer than the iphone...
musicveda (1 month ago)
Its a G.A.R.B.A.G.E.... its does not even have a usb port... what if some one wants to use a mouse and dont like apple wireless mouse... its doesnot have a HDMI port... what if i need to give presentation on projector...ITS DOES NOT HAVE A LAN PORT..NOT EVERY WHERE YOU CAN FIND A WIFI, BUT A LANPORT... YEA..
i am not a big fan of external port or cable .... and its key board , just louder as f$$k...
ALL APPLE FANS... ITS MAY BE HARD FOR YOU BUT , GO FOR A PC ON THAT PRICE... YOU WILL BE SURPRICED... THIS IS TIME OF WINDOWS 10....
Rishab Kalluri (1 month ago)
musicveda mad fax
i K. (1 month ago)
Best review ever.
Emrul Zawad (1 month ago)
cop con (1 month ago)
1199 for this?? Hahaha. And please, you're saying like you're in 2010. With $999 you will get a Dell XPS 13, Asus, etc... With fingerprint and windows hello and much better performance, and smaller bezels.
And calling this video a review is ... A joke to me. Seems like a secret sponsored video by "Fruit" company when I saw 2 ladies trying the new macbook air and put out of her bag a HUGE laptop (like a 5 years old one).
PJH199 1 (1 month ago)
Intel ultra-low power Y series chip in a $1200 machine is a joke! The arrogance of this company astounds me.
Tong Zou (1 month ago)
how is this a review?? its more like a first impressions or first look
okielahjiajia (1 month ago)
Seriously. I have listened to this list over and over from tech reviews videos. CNBC this is not a review - you have the bloody computer - create some new worthy content THAT IS WORTH MY TIME. How can you even have a job? Seriously.
huajie666 liu (1 month ago)
Lose some weight!
Gustavo Banuelos (1 month ago)
I don’t know why would anyone buy a crap book just buy a cheaper computer from different brands . You’ll say 200-300 $ and you’ll get way better computer with 4K touchscreen and you don’t have to buy those dongles . And you’ll get a better processor and a wayyyyyy better graphics card
Chin Ratanak (1 month ago)
i am one of fans of macbook air ? do you like airbook like me ? !!!
Clorox Bleach (1 month ago)
How do you have your job?
The SuperHeart . Org Foundation (1 month ago)
THE LINES IN HIS FOREHEAD... OMG... HE'S TOO YOUNG TO BE SUCH A LIAR
abdullah abdulaziz (1 month ago)
Is 1300 dollars worth it...?
PJH199 1 (29 days ago)
Phillip James (1 month ago)
Tramaine Terrance (1 month ago)
Hello, Humans. How are you doing? Sometimes in life, we leave a comment.
ajdiddie (1 month ago)
0_0 (1 month ago)
Just a bit costly
Emilio Fernandez (1 month ago)
2:03 Mind getting closer to the screen lol?
Michael Chan (1 month ago)
I wish someone would look at me like he looks at his Mac.
Karanjot Gill (1 month ago)
It’s always the same way here. Never a Review. I don’t know how this guy has his job
Prerit Rajput (1 month ago)
How is this a review? Where did you talk about performance? Just mentioned the specs and battery life.
Shravan Vallaban (1 month ago)
He said it has "Solid performance" 😁
Aryan (1 month ago)
Last time I was this Early...
J Nigel (1 month ago)
This laptop is dual core at 1k dollars in 2018! Just crazy.
zaryl2k (1 month ago)
i've been using my asus ux305ua ultrabook which is a dual core i5 since 2016 and i find myself under utilize it. just used it for office works though. Perhaps, the new MBA 2018 would suit me well for my needs.
jacques Perez (1 month ago)
A Filipino commented on this first. Mabuhy ang Pilipinas!!!