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MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019) - Technical Specifications



  • Retina display
  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
  • Supported scaled resolutions:
    • 1680 by 1050
    • 1440 by 900
    • 1024 by 640
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • True Tone technology

Touch ID

  • Integrated Touch ID sensor


  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache


  • 128GB PCIe-based SSD
    Configurable to 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD


  • 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    Configurable to 16GB of memory

Battery and Power2

  • Up to 12 hours wireless web
  • Up to 13 hours Apple TV app video playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Built-in 49.9‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery
  • 30W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port

Size and Weight

  • Height: 0.16–0.61 inch (0.41–1.56 cm)
  • Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
  • Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
  • Weight: 2.75 pounds (1.25 kg)3


  • Intel UHD Graphics 617
  • Support for Thunderbolt 3–enabled external graphics processors (eGPUs)

Video Support

Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at millions of colors and:

  • One external display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at up to 60Hz
  • Up to two external displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at up to 60Hz

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output

  • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
  • VGA, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 2 output using adapters (sold separately)


Charging and Expansion

Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:

  • Charging
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gb/s)
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gb/s)


  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology


  • Stereo speakers
  • Three microphones
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Keyboard and Trackpad

  • Full-size keyboard with:
    • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) individual LED-backlit keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures

Electrical and Operating Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100 to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: −13° to 113° F (−25° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet

Operating System

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Features include:

  • Voice Control
  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Increase Contrast
  • Reduce Motion
  • Siri and Dictation
  • Switch Control
  • Closed Captions
  • Text to Speech

Built-in Apps4

  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Siri
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • FaceTime
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • News
  • Stocks
  • Home
  • Voice Memos
  • Notes
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Reminders
  • Photo Booth
  • Preview
  • Books
  • App Store
  • Time Machine
  • TV
  • Music
  • Podcasts
  • Find My
  • QuickTime Player

In the Box

  • MacBook Air
  • 30W USB-C Power Adapter
  • USB-C Charge Cable (2 m)

Configure to Order

Configure your MacBook Air with these options, only at

  • 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD

MacBook Air and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact. Learn more about MacBook Air and the Environment

MacBook Air is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • Mercury-free display
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free5
  • Beryllium-free
  • 100% recycled aluminum enclosure6
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold7

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Acoustic Performance

Declared noise emission values in accordance with ECMA-109

 Sound Power Level
A,m (B)
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
A,m (dB)
Idle1.3 (= 0.3)4
Wireless web1.3 (= 0.3)4
  1. A,m is the mean A-weighted sound power level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 B.
  2. A,m is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest 1 dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel)
  4. v is the statistical adder for computing upper-limit of A-weighted sound power level.
  5. The quantity, A,c (formerly called Ad) may be computed from the sum of A,m and .
  6. The Wireless web test browses 25 popular websites.
  7. Configuration tested: 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB storage, Intel UHD Graphics 617.

  1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  2. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2018 using preproduction 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based MacBook Air systems with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. Testing conducted by Apple in May 2017 using preproduction 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Air systems with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. The wireless web test measures battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The iTunes movie playback test measures battery life by playing back HD 1080p content with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. The standby test measures battery life by allowing a system, connected to a wireless network and signed in to an iCloud account, to enter standby mode with Safari and Mail applications launched and all system settings left at default. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See for more information.
  3. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  4. iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available on the Mac App Store. Downloading apps requires an Apple ID and a device that is compatible with the OS version required for each app.
  5. PVC-free AC power cord available in all regions except India and South Korea.
  6. Recycled material claim applies to the enclosure and is based on auditing done by UL LLC.
  7. MacBook Air achieved a Gold rating from EPEAT in the U.S. and Canada.
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Editor's Note on July 20, 2021: Laptop Mag doesn't recommend laptops two years or older. If you're in the market for a new MacBook, please check out our reviews on the MacBook Air with M1, MacBook Pro 2020 (13-inch) and Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)

Recommending a MacBook used to be easy: the original MacBook Air was great for everyone. It's not as simple anymore, however, thanks to PCs getting better and Apple's rising prices.

Yes, this year's MacBook Air (starting at $1,099, tested at $1,299) is $100 cheaper than last year's model, but the lack of a sub-$1,000 model in Apple's lineup hurts. Also, the MacBook Air's Y-series Intel CPU is going to be great for some, but it's not as speedy as U-series chips in PCs and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Still, the new MacBook Air delivers a solid overall experience. Its battery life is good for a premium laptop, its bright, crisp Retina display now features Apple's True Tone display technology and its gold colorway looks really slick. For these reasons, the MacBook Air is one of the best 13-inch laptops and among the best laptops for college students. 

That said, everyday users will likely find the Air to be very good, while those who need to get serious work done are probably better off with the $1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air 2019 price and configuration options

The MacBook Air is pricier than many 13-inch PC laptops but became the most-affordable MacBook when it was released on July 9, 2019, at $1,099, or $100 less than the previous model. The base model comes with an 8th Gen Core i5-8210Y CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. We tested the 256GB SSD model, which adds $200 to the price.

Other upgrades include 16GB of RAM for $200, the upgrade I'd take most often as I keep a lot of apps running simultaneously. There is no CPU upgrade option, unfortunately. If you bought AppleCare+, our comprehensive Apple Warranty Check guide will show you how to find the remaining time on your plan.

MacBook Air 2019 design

A slim wedge of machined aluminum, the latest MacBook Air is very similar to the iconic (but now retired) laptop that inspired it. And while this very iterative design has started to age on the MacBook Pro, we tested a gold version of the Air that quite the looker. The Air is also available in the space gray and silver options that the MacBook Pro is sold in.

At 2.8 pounds and 0.2~0.6 inches thick, the 13-inch MacBook Air is a little heavier than the Dell XPS 13 (2.7 pounds; 0.3~0.46 inches) and the HP Spectre x360 (2.8 pounds; 0.6 inches), but lighter than the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro (2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches) The new 13-inch MacBook Pro (3 pounds; 0.6 inches) is a little heavier than the Air.

MacBook Air 2019 ports

Apple's USB-C-only vision is future-forward at best and frustratingly limited at worst. The MacBook Air features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports on its left side, and you'll use one of those to charge the MacBook Air.

There's also a headphone jack, because what's good for the iPhone isn't best for the MacBook. The 13-inch MacBook Pro also starts with this port selection, but it can be upgraded to four Thunderbolt 3 ports. For more about how the Air stands up to its brawnier brother, check out our MacBook Pro vs Air (2019) face-off.

This port layout suggests you own -- or are willing to buy -- a USB Type-C hub to gain additional ports such as the SD memory reader and USB Type-A port that many still need.

The MateBook X Pro and Spectre x360 feature both Type-C and Type-A ports, while the XPS 13 gives you three Type-C ports, all of which can draw power and two of which are Thunderbolt 3. The XPS 13 also includes a microSD Card slot.

MacBook Air 2019 keyboard

The MacBook Air offers the same keyboard you'll find on Apple's MacBook Pros, which is shallow and clicky, but provides a decent typing experience. Testing it on the 10fastfingers typing test, I click-clacked my way to 73 words per minute with 96% accuracy, a short fall from my 80 wpm average.

The Air's keys feature 0.7 millimeters of travel, which is quite short (we look for at least 1.5 mm). We found 71 grams of required actuation force in those keys, which helps make up for their shallow depth, as our preferred measurements start at 60g.

The MacBook Air''s keyboard is shallow and clicky, but provides a decent typing experience.

Apple's given the MacBook Air the 4th generation of its Butterfly-switch keyboard. The previous generations had a reputation for being failure-prone. This 4th edition of the Butterfly switch features a different material designed to provide increased reliability, but it didn't feel much different to me, and it's hard to say how it will hold up over time.The XPS 13, Spectre x360 and MateBook X Pro laptops feature scissors-style key switches, which don't have the issues that many MacBook owners have reported.

MacBook Air 2019 touchpad and Touch ID

While pinching and zooming on the MacBook Air's 4.6 x 3.1-inch touchpad, I saw that the surface provided smooth and fluid shrinking and zooming. Apple's Force Touch trackpad also offers accurate tracking of my taps and clicks, though I miss the old trackpads that actually moved when you clicked them down, instead of the haptic feedback that Macs now use to simulate clicks.

The MacBook Air gives you the best of Apple's touch-sensitive interfaces. Instead of being stuck with the MacBook Pro's OLED Touch Bar screen (which never got a killer feature), you get the company's Touch ID biometric scanner plus physical F1-F12 function keys. That Touch ID button allows for super-fast system unlocking, confirmation of your identity for Apple Pay and also functions as a power button.

MacBook Air 2019 display

As I watched the trailer for Midsommar, I noticed solid color reproduction from the MacBook Air's high-res screen. From bright white linens to the rich clay-colored exterior of the ceremonial barn and the strong yellow sunflowers of the May Queen crowns, hues rendered accurately throughout the clip. The 4K film Tears of Steel looked especially crisp on the MacBook Air's screen, showing off tiny bits of ragged fabric of war-torn clothes and all of the scratches on giant spray-painted mech robots.

The MacBook Air also features Apple's True Tone display technology that adjusts the color temperaturet based on ambient lighting. I find True Tone to look a lot more consistent on the Air -- as I brought the laptop from office to office -- than it ever has looked on my iPhone XS Max, where I've often thought it rendered colors incorrectly.

The 4K film Tears of Steel looked exceedingly crisp on the MacBook Air's screen, showing off tiny bits of ragged fabric of war-torn clothes and all of the scratches on giant spray-painted mech robots.

Our colorimeter rated the MacBook Air's screen for producing 100% of the sRGB spectrum, a rating that's definitely respectable, even though it's less than the 129% premium laptop average. The MateBook X Pro is just a notch higher at 104%, while the screens in the Spectre x360 (150%), the MacBook Pro (165%) and the XPS 13 (4K: 119%; 1080p: 126%) posted higher ratings. The

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The MacBook Air's panel produces 343 nits of brightness, which is very close to the 346 premium laptop average. We saw brighter numbers from the XPS 13 (4K: 375 nits; 1080p: 357 nits) and the 497-nit MateBook X Pro, while the Spectre x360 (287 nits) was dimmer. Still, I'd have liked the Air to be a bit brighter, like the 428-nit, 13-inch MacBook Pro, as the hyper-saturated colors in the video for Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" darkened a bit when I viewed the laptop from 45 degrees to the left and right.

MacBook Air 2019 audio and "Hey, Siri"

The MacBook Air continues Apple's strong legacy in audio, with speakers that you can trust to amplify your favorite songs. Listening to Eilish's "Bad Guy" fill one of our medium-size conference rooms, I noted accurate vocals, crisp snapping and sturdy bass. But if you want a little more oomph, you'll want to invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

Putting the MacBook Air's Siri skills to the test in our chatty newsroom, I found the laptop could easily parse my voice, and not include the banter behind me. The virtual assistant proved capable of performing decent requests, such as showing directions from our office to Central Park in Maps, opening my favorite apps and creating reminders.

MacBook Air 2019 performance

Armed with a Y-Series Intel Core i5-8210Y CPU with 8GB of RAM, the 2019 MacBook Air has the same "just enough" kick of performance we saw in the 2018 MacBook Air.

I saw no stutter as I multitasked in Chrome on the Air, splitting a 1080p episode of the Hot Ones YouTube show with a baker's dozen of browser tabs (including Giphy, Google Forms and the Google Doc in which I worked on this review). That responsiveness continued as I started chatting in our company Slack, using the Things productivity app to manage my to-do's and writing in the Bear text editor.

In benchmark testing, though, the MacBook Air got shown up by the competition, which all rock faster U-Series processors. Take the Geekbench 4 general performance benchmark, where the Air netted a score of 7,880, which is just 53% of the 14,678 premium laptop average.

We also saw higher marks from Apple's rivals, such as 14936 from the XPS 13 (Core i7-8565U; 16GB of RAM), a 14,935 from the Spectre x360 (Core i7-8565U; 8GB of RAM) and a 17,134 from the MateBook X Pro (Core i7-8565U, 16GB of RAM). Want that kind of power from a MacBook? The 13-inch MacBook Pro (Core i5-8257U; 8GB of RAM) notched a 17,366 on the same test.

MORE: Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?

The 256GB SSD in the MacBook Air landed a write-speed rate of 1,011 MBps on the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, which is fast, but not the fastest. The MateBook X Pro's 1TB NVMe SSD hit a blisteringly fast rate of 2,190 MBps, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro's write speed was a similar 1,220 MBps.

On our Handbrake video-editing test, the MacBook Air took a whopping 36 minutes and 6 seconds to transcode a 4K movie to 1080p. That's much longer than the 21:55 category average, the 19:20 from the XPS 13, the 14:42 from the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 22:50 from the MateBook X Pro.

MacBook Air 2019 battery Life

The MacBook Air offers OK battery life, so you can probably forget its USB-C cable at home if you're out for a chunk of the day. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test (web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits), the Air's battery hit empty after 8 hours and 51 minutes, more than half an hour longer than the 8:19 premium laptop average.

The Spectre x360 (12:07) lasted much longer, as did the 1080p version of the XPS 13 (12:22). The 4K XPS 13 (7:50) and MateBook X Pro (8:19) ran dry in less time. The MacBook Pro lasted longer, at 10:48.

MacBook Air 2019 webcam

The MacBook Air's 0.7-megapixel webcam proves that practically every laptop, even a $1,099 laptop from Apple, may disappoint you when it's time to take a Skype call or shoot a selfie.

The photo I took of myself on the Air in our office is splotchy and offers little in detail. I barely recognized my colleague in the background. Color quality isn't great, either, as my white shirt bore a pink hue (likely picked up from our warm lighting).


True to its name, the MacBook Air stays as cool as a breeze. After we streamed 15 minutes of HD video on the laptop, we caught temperatures on its touchpad (82 degrees Fahrenheit) keyboard (91 degrees) and underside (88 degrees) that don't come close to our 95-degree comfort threshold.

macOS Mojave (macOS Catalina beta if you're feeling risky)

The MacBook Air currently ships with macOS Mojave, which brought in a few new features I love, including Quick Look Markup for editing images quickly and Stacks for keeping the desktop organized. I've grown to like the systemwide dark mode, but it's more about aesthetics than productivity or performance.

One thing I have to commend Apple for, even though it can be taken for granted, is the complete absence of bloatware on the Air. Many PCs can't say the same about their set of pre-loaded applications, such as the Spectre x360, which has five HP documentation apps that should be merged into one, plus a pair of Candy Crush titles, Fitbit Coach, Netflix and LinkedIn.

MORE: macOS Catalina's Music App Rocks: iTunes Isn't Really Dead

Want to taste the future of the Mac? You can install the macOS Catalina Public Beta to see how Music, Podcasts and TV apps make sense in a post-iTunes world, and try out the Sidecar mode if you own an iPad. Just beware that betas are buggy and slow your performance. Check out my review of the Catalina Public Beta to learn more.

Bottom Line

The MacBook Air's decent battery life, sharp screen, strong sound and elegant gold color way make it a solid entry-level laptop for Apple fans. If only its processor had a little more kick to it, it would be a lot easier to recommend the Air.

For faster performance, you could spend $200 more to upgrade to the MacBook Pro. If you're not tied to the Apple world (and you're OK with a lower-res screen), look at the 1080p Dell XPS 13 we tested, which is faster, lasts longer and costs $100 less than our MacBook Air, at $1,199.

But for those who want to save a little money, don't need the Touch Bar and have a modest workload, the new MacBook Air is a solid option. I just wish I could trust that keyboard. For that, only time will tell.

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Apple MacBook Air (2019) Specs

BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
CPU1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
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Display Size13.3
Graphics CardIntel UHD Graphics 617
Hard Drive Size256GB
Hard Drive TypePCIe SSD
Highest Available Resolution2560 x 1600
Native Resolution2560 x 1600
Operating SystemmacOS Mojave
Ports (excluding USB)Thunderbolt 3
RAM Upgradable to16GB
Size12 x 8.4 x 0.2-0.6 inches
USB Ports2
Video MemoryShared
Weight2.8 pounds


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The Apple MacBook Air (2019) brings the line back to where it belongs, as Apple’s thinnest and lightest, albeit due in large part to the 12-inch MacBook line getting axed. Still, the Air is deserving of the title, and even more now than ever.

Coming with Apple’s typical almost tank-like construction as well as top-notch features, all of which have been inherited by the MacBook Air (2020), the  Apple MacBook Air (2019) has also dropped its price. It’s more affordable than its predecessor while touting much-needed improvements over the 2018 version. That makes it an even more enticing proposition to anyone who needs a student laptop or wants to stick with that seamless Apple environment.

In comparison to some other ultrabooks out there, the Apple Macbook Air (2019) might not seem to measure up on paper. However, the Air has been refined over the years, and, as a much cheaper option compared to the MacBook Pros, it can be a solid choice for some.

Spec sheet

Here is the MacBook Air (2019) configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y (dual-core, 4 threads, 4MB cache, up to 3.6GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 617
RAM: 8GB (2,133MHz LPDDR3)
Screen: 13.3-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina True Tone display (backlit LED, IPS)
Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-F, Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: 720p FaceTime HD webcam
Weight: 2.75 pounds (1.25kg)
Size: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56cm; W x D x H)

Price and availability

When Apple first announced the new Apple MacBook Air 2019, it was great news for many reasons. First of all, we weren’t really anticipating a refresh. And second of all, the entry-level MacBook Air (2019) not only got a refresh, but it also received a price drop – it’s now down to $1,099 (£1,099, AU$1,699).

That’s hardly budget territory, but this move does make the MacBook Air more affordably priced than ever before, and seeing prices go down with updates – rather than up – is always a lovely welcome. For comparison’s sake, the MacBook Air (2018) started at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,849) when it hit the streets.  

The base configuration of the Apple MacBook Air 2019 gives you a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB storage and Intel UHD Graphics 617.

You can also purchase a configuration with similar specs, but double the storage at 256GB, which will cost you $1,299 (£1,299, AU$1,999).

That essentially means you’re paying $200/£200/AU$300 more for a 128GB storage increase, which is a pretty pricey upgrade. It’s a bit frustrating that Apple has kept that large jump in price for a fairly small amount of extra storage space. Meanwhile, you can double your iPhone XR storage for just another $50/£50.

It makes much more financial sense to get the 128GB version, and then either buy an external hard drive (check out our piece on the best external hard drives for Macs for options) separately, or use cloud storage like iCloud to save your files.

As is unfortunately typical with Apple’s hardware, there’s no simple way to open up the MacBook Air and upgrade the SSD yourself.

Consequently, while we’re glad to see the price drop for the MacBook Air, shipping a premium – and while the Air is the most affordable MacBook, at this price it’s still premium – laptop with just 128GB of storage seems pretty stingy in 2019 – especially since Apple charges so much more for a slight upgrade in storage space.

One of the main threats to the Apple MacBook Air 2019 is that Windows laptops are now even slimmer and more powerful than ever. Apple no longer has the monopoly on thin and light laptops, as there are a number of Windows-based Ultrabooks that come with similar (or even better) specifications for the same price. And, you can be sure that they all have bigger hard drives than just 128GB. For example, the HP Spectre x360 (2019) is around the same price, but with 256GB storage and an even much faster processor.

The lower entry price of the Apple MacBook Air 2019 is positively welcome, that is if you’re set on owning a MacBook. However, due to some of Apple’s not so pleasing habits are still obvious, and because of increased competition from Windows laptops, there are better value options worth considering.

With a new model now out, you may find the price of the MacBook Air (2019) falling, so check out our pick of the best laptop deals regularly to catch any big discounts.

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Just like with the MacBook Pro (2019), Apple didn’t change the external design of the MacBook Air (2019) from its predecessor.

This is good news if you’re already a fan of the design of the MacBook Air. However, it’s not so if you want a more substantial update.

This also means that you end up with the same slim laptop with dimensions of 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56cm) and a weight of 2.75 pounds (1.25kg). It remains incredibly lightweight, and though it’s not as mind-blowingly light as rivals like the Acer Swift 7, the Apple MacBook Air (2019) is a laptop you can easily lug around in a bag or backpack.

Despite being thin and light, it also manages to feel solid and durable, so you don’t have to fuss over it and be worried about bends and dents. This is thanks to the MacBook Air being made out of an aluminum alloy that looks great and feels robust. By keeping the same design as last year’s model, the new MacBook Air (2019) is once again crafted out of 100% recycled aluminum, which means that no new metal has been mined to build this device. That’s an excellent selling point for anyone who is concerned about the environment, and something we applaud Apple for.

Still, by staying with the same design, it means this year’s model has the same features as the 2018 model, which fall short of our expectations.

The fact that the MacBook Air is only equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports is disappointing though understandable, considering the slim design of the laptop. However, Apple’s choice to place both ports on the left-hand side puzzled and frustrated us – and it continues to do so in the 2019 model.

If one port had been put on each side, it would have allowed people a bit more versatility when charging the MacBook Air. Instead, you always need to sit in a particular position with the power adapter plugged into the left of the laptop.

It also makes the MacBook Air feel a little cluttered – and slightly uneven – if you plug in two (or more if you have an adapter) devices into the Thunderbolt 3 ports.

One area where Apple has made a change – and a welcome one at that – is in regards to the keyboard. The new MacBook Air (2019) now uses the refined third-generation Butterfly keyboard that came with this year’s MacBook Pros.

Earlier versions of the MacBook keyboards using older Butterfly switches were vulnerable to issues such as sticky and unresponsive keys. Apple has gotten a lot of flack for this – not surprisingly, as when you’re dropping a lot of money on a laptop, you’d expect the keyboard to last you a long time without falling apart.

The controversy has been a stain on Apple’s otherwise sterling reputation for quality control and reliability. The updated keyboard is aimed at making it less likely to have issues – however, some people will unsurprisingly think that this doesn’t go far enough. When spending this kind of cash, ‘less likely to go wrong’ just isn’t good enough.


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Apple Certified Refurbished Products

(1) What are Apple Certified Refurbished Products?

Apple Certified Refurbished Products are pre-owned Apple products that undergo Apple's stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. While only some units are returned due to technical issues, every unit is evaluated to ensure it meets Apple's quality standards.

Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:

  • undergoes full functionality testing and any defective modules identified in testing are replaced.
  • Apple Watch and Apple Pencil devices that require replacement parts are not included in the Apple Certified Refurbished Program.
  • is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
  • is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes).
  • includes either the Operating System originally shipped with the unit or, in some cases, a more recent version.
  • is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.

Refurbishment procedures follow the same basic technical guidelines as Apple's Finished Goods testing procedures.

(2) What should I expect when I purchase an Apple Certified Refurbished Product?

  • Substantial savings
  • A fully functional unit with complete documentation
  • The assurance that the unit meets Apple's premiere quality standards, and that its defective components have been replaced by genuine Apple components

(3) Can I purchase the AppleCare plan for my Apple Certified Refurbished Product?

All Apple Certified Refurbished Products are covered by a one-year limited warranty. For more coverage, you have the option of purchasing the AppleCare Plan with your Apple Certified Refurbished Product. The AppleCare Plan provides up to three years of world-class support for Mac, and up to two years of world-class support for iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod.

(4) A refurbished item that I wanted is no longer available. How can I ensure that I get an item when it's in stock?

Refurbished supply is usually very limited and we often run out of refurbished inventory. We recommend that you act quickly if you see an item that you like. A product will be reserved for you once you've completed checking out and we've received full authorized payment. Please note that some payment methods take longer than others and that availability of a refurbished product is not guaranteed until we receive your full payment.

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