MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018) — Review 2 years later
This my second Macbook Air. Perhaps, my 4th or 5th Apple product. I mention that to put context in place. To make the reader understand why this is one of the few products that disappointed me immensely.
The previous Macbook was a MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015). It had a very old processor, old technology and old looks. Yet, even after buying this model (the old one was still in working condition), I kept using the old one more than this one.
First up, the battery life of this product was just plain bad compared to the old one. Even under heavy usage, the old one would last for at least 10 hours. This one though, could barely manage 6 to 8 hours. I dont know why there is such a big difference. Perhaps it was the higher resolution display. May be.
Next, the keyboard of this Macbook just plain sucks. I think, this is the infamous, butterfly keyboard. I have the iMac as well. So, I have used three different types of keyboards from Apple, this butterfly keyboard is the worse. It’s such a pain to type on. The basic $10 windows keyboard feel more responsive than this one.
Then, there are these ‘innovations’ that this Mac comes. For instance, the super cool magnetic power cable is gone. This product is a downgrade rather than an upgrade for me, despite the increased price. This one was almost $500 dollars more than the previous one.
Now, as with so many other things, I am waiting for this laptop to die out, and buy the newer M1 based Macbooks. I doubt anybody will be buying this old product. However, Apple does have a tendency to keep the older models, keep selling them at a lower price.
If you are in the market for a older MacBook, this should not be the one.