As I said in the preview earlier this week, I wanted to spend more time setting the air through its steps before we weighed up on performance. To recover, I unboxed the machine on a friday afternoon and spent Saturday and Sunday weekend things: record email, text in Messages and other apps, spotify search, perform random Google search, update my to-do lists in Notes and sporadically pops into slack. The machine wakes up from sleep quickly, even if it's cold startup ̵
As the working week has worn, I've basically lived in Google Docs and Sheets, and have also used the machine for multiple Google Hangouts conversations a day – causing fans of my old Air to disturb loudly. On the new air, the Hangouts keyboard makes a little warmer, but the system stays at least quiet.
Since I started working week I spent more time in the office while Air plugged into an external monitor. (Apple says you can connect two 4K screens or 5K screen.) I put on one of the cable network and streamed the morning after election day's coverage in fullscreen mode while trying to get the job done. The current was floating, without any lost frames or sound cuts. All the apps on my computer continued to run smoothly. I had the same success of playing 1080p YouTube videos on screen in fullscreen.
As you might expect, my experiment took a step for the frustrating when I turned up the resolution. Thanks to the YouTube Stats for Nerds, I know that the air dropped almost half of the frames on a 4K full-screen display (or more, at certain points) and more than half with an 8K clip. While the videos fought to play for more than a few seconds at a time on my screen, the rest of the workload did not bother me, even though I noticed that Slack seemed less responsive.
I should add that full screen 4K video playback was not much better on the air itself; it sticks too much to really enjoy. As you might expect, all fans got to touch the whole movie with full-screen, high-resolution video recording: This was one of the few times during my week of testing when the cooling system really became known.
It should be clear now that the air was adequately equipped to handle my real needs, the 4K streaming experiment aside. But as always, mileage may vary, making this a good time to speak specifications. It is worth noting that I tested the Air entry level, which offers a 1.6GHz dual-core, 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617 and a 128GB SSD for $ 1,199. Upgrading to 16GB of memory costs $ 200. You can also increase up to 256GB, $ 512, or $ 1,500 ($ 1200).
The lack of processor alternatives feels wrong in principle.
Unfortunately, however, it is one of Intel's lower-powered Y series processors, and no, Apple does not offer an upgrade option. No Core i7 chip, no quad-core, no nothing. Therefore, Apple controls people against the more expensive Pro line, the Touch Bar model comes standard with a 2.4 GHz four-core processor and can be configured with a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7 chip. ($ 1399 13-inch program post, which does not have the touch bar, only has dual-core processors, but they are higher times and there is at least a Core i7 option.)
Again, none of This stopped me from get my job done on the new air. But the lack of processor alternatives feels wrong in principle. And for some of you, it can actually be a deal switch.