2020 M1 MacBook Air – First Impressions

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Check out our first impressions video here: https://youtu.be/KWd28Ln5v2A

What I love so far:

  1. Battery life: Boasts 15-18 hours of power. Since purchasing this a few weeks ago, I have only done one full charge so far with light (1-2 hours) usage everyday. I use my MacBook mainly for editing on Photoshop and iMovies, file backups, writing, and social media. On the first night, I left in on sleep mode by just closing the screen and it kept its charge at 100%.
  2. Fingerprint Touch ID– This feature makes it simple and easy to login and install your apps with the use of your fingerprint. Touch ID allows you to add up to five fingerprints.
  3. Easy access– Settings, features, and widgets can be found on the top right. You can also set up additional keyboard shortcuts and even start voice to text with one button. I also love how I can easily work on multiple desktops with the touch of a button (F3 or CTRL + left/right).
  4. Weight- 2.8 lbs (1.29 kg) Easy to carry and travel on the go.
  5. Fast performance— Since I have been using this MacBook for photo and video edits, smooth processes all around even if I have multiple apps going on in the background.

6. Longevity– The last time i bought a laptop was in 2013…and it was the MacBook Pro 13”. Before that, I had a Mac Mini since 2005…I hauled that around with me everywhere (mouse and keyboard included) and just hooked it up to a TV monitor. It even survived yearly military deployments- I loved that clunky old thing and it will always have a special place in my heart.

7. Price— Starts at $899 for students and military veterans. They also do trade-ins on Apple’s main site. So even if it may be more expensive than some other laptops out there, these will last you a very long time. I would add AppleCare warranty for any technical help and protection for your hardware and software. It gives you some peace of mind to know that Apple has 24/7 support and you can make an appointment at an Apple Store near you in case anything happens.

What I don’t like so far:

  1. If you are fully embedded into the Apple ecosystem, you can stop reading now because I don’t see any disadvantages with investing in the new MacBooks. If you own a variety of tech products like Google or Samsung, keep reading…
    • Ok, so with any new processor– we know there are going to be some hiccups along the way. I am connected to all things Google– in the last few years, I’ve owned Google Pixel phones, currently on the Pixel 5, and my cloud backups are all Google– photos, videos, and files. As of today, Google and Apple still have to work out the disconnect with using Google Backup and Sync for the Mac. As of today, I have tried installing it on here and no luck. Not sure if it has anything to do with the new OS or the M1, but please please please give us a fix and I will be a happy camper!

Do you own a new MacBook? Let us know what you think of it so far! Until next week, mahalo for your support and thanks for reading!

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Superhero by day and chef extraordinaire by night, Poli is your favorite shot of whiskey. She likes to think of herself as an explorer, freethinker, history junkie, and a critic of food and technology- both of which own her soul. Poli is an absolute wanderlust who has travelled to five continents, indulging in the cultural arts and falling in love with everyone she meets along the way. LIKES: long walks on the beach, pugs, fellow travelers, the road not taken, and anyone who can change her mind.

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Superhero by day and chef extraordinaire by night, Poli is your favorite shot of whiskey. She likes to think of herself as an explorer, freethinker, history junkie, and a critic of food and technology- both of which own her soul. Poli is an absolute wanderlust who has travelled to five continents, indulging in the cultural arts and falling in love with everyone she meets along the way. LIKES: long walks on the beach, pugs, fellow travelers, the road not taken, and anyone who can change her mind.