2020 MacBook Air vs 2019 13” Pro – Best Budget MacBook?


With a Quad-Core i5 and new keyboard is the 2020 Air now the best MacBook for most?
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Apple’s 2020 13″ MacBook Air has just been released, and it offers a pretty impressive value for the cash!

It’s actually $100 cheaper this year while having double the storage!

And for $100 more, you can upgrade to a quad-core i5 processor which packs a decent amount of performance.

We’re going to compare basically everything about the new Air to the base $1300 13″ MacBook Pro from last year.

They’re both packing quad-core processors, but there may be a better cooling system on the Pro. Watch this video to find out!

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  1. Check out our 2020 MacBook Air Buyer's Guide ➡ https://youtu.be/C0dPQ1aRaO0
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  2. The Butterfly keyboard (in any iteration) is an unreliable disaster and any laptop that uses it needs to be avoided. The reliability of the new "magic" keyboard is unproven, but it can't be worse. So the Air wins.

  3. Thinking about longevity and power, right now, do you think I have to buy the MacBook Pro 13” 2019 256gb, or the MacBook Air 13” 2020 512 gb? OR I could wait the next pro (but it will be too much expensive)? I need it for university, film, music, some video editing and stuff like that… but always thinking about longevity and power! Thank you 😊

  4. Max, thanks for providing us with this detailed comparison as always! I was wondering if it's worth upgrading the new Air with an i7 and 16GB RAM for moderate photo/video editing/gaming?

  5. Hello, is it true that the macbook air 2020 has overheating problems and reaches very high temperatures even doing the most basic things on the mac? I am undecided whether to buy or this or ipad pro 2020 for home use, therefore the internet, email, documents, game, video … But at the same time I would like to buy a device that will last me even over the years since I am not willing to change it. What can you recommend? Thank you.

  6. That Heaven bench mark makes me cringe. No one is going to allow 10fps while gaming. So why test with extreme? When most people would probably use medium graphics with either machine? I'd like to know how they heat up while getting at least 60fps.

  7. My Macbook Pro with touchbar from 2017 didn’t show a P3 display color logo so I went into my settings and changed it to P3 and the logo became visible. (The Macbook was set to Color LCD as the default.)

  8. Two errors in there.
    At 13.20 u say “MBA fans are idling “ when you meant MBP.
    At 13.40 u say “MBP is twice as slow” when u meant MBA.
    Maybe throw some text on screen to correct and you’ll be fine.

  9. Could you please redo the performance tests with both macbooks plugged to AC? Is there any difference to them running on battery?

  10. Thank you for the video and testing! This is good insight. I would like to suggest that for gaming you run some real world test as certainly for a general reference this is fine but really hard to have an idea of performance what so ever gaming. Some games are more cpu intensive, some not, you can also clamp FPS as well which reduces the load on the chip etc. I thought the video was helpful but really wish you covered some actual games with a description of settings. Thanks!


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