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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    Max Tech 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Can the MBA 2020 i5/8gb handle hundreds/thousands pages of Word, PDF files and about 10 tabs of Safari open?

    Lucky 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • I really like in depth videos like these. Keep it up 👍🏿

    Auto Town 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Camera wise Air looked better, probably due to Intel new graphics. But, the microphone in pro sounded better.

    Mr. Signature 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Nice vid bruh keep going the good job !!!! what app do you use to test CPU temperature?

    Dom Dom 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Would be good to see how the MBA performs with davinci resolve with egpu

    TheTGMCD 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • i don't know why you have 231k subscribers only even thought youre better than most reviewers

    Anass Flow 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • It’s obvious any intel 10th gen would be faster than an 8th gen.

    moose185 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • 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.

    Barrie Moorcroft 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Could you please redo the performance tests with both macbooks plugged to AC? Is there any difference to them running on battery?

    Ostiosti 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • The read and write speeds are faster on my MacBook Pro 2015 base model. And the 2015 MBA!

    Barrie Moorcroft 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • What's with the big ass touchpad? They couldve just put touchscreen

    guil. meister 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • 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!

    mattvmani 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • It’s the 4th review and comparison about the 2020 MacBook Air I come across and it lacks, just like all the others, one freaking benchmark test everyone seems to forget about: SSD R/W speeds. I’d like to know how the 2020 model was improved over the 2019 one and how it compares to the current 13” MacBook Pro.

    Vylkeer 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • I've had my 2019 MacBook Pro for half a year now. Don't have any keyboard issues yet. This is probably the best version of the butterfly keyboard.

    TheOofOre 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • It would be great to see that the MBP 2020 gonna be 100$ less (or at the same price)
    Because the MBA as not enough power for certain student (development) and the MBP16 is too expensive for these students
    So having a MBP2020 that is not too pricey would be appreciated

    Darky 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Super interesting I like how you gave us the information organisation And so good 😍😍😍🧐 Keep going and I keep Watching you for the good information in your show 😇

    Laid Amine 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • sir i truly like your comparison video, it's detail, and quick, thank you as always for make video like this

    Robbi AS 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Correction: at 13:36 the MacBook Pro is not twice as slow as the MacBook Air. It is twice (2x) as fast.

    Matthew Reis 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Whats the point of the comparison? A base 2019 13" thats in reality the same architecture as it was in 2017 vs a processor 2 generations newer, ram that uses a much faster more power efficient DDR4 interface with much better latency and 1500mhz faster clock speed. All teamed with a faster SSD. It's obvious that the newer architecture will dominate.

    I'm not surprised the benches show massive disparity and as for the single core comparison to the 12 core mac Pro I'm not surprised either, its die design is meant for multi core applications and has unsurprisingly poor single core performance, how did the multi core performance look vs the Air? Almost verging on sound bite/ click bait territory there Max.

    TheRg191 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • budget?

    Ahmed Robi 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • 13:38 macbook air**

    Gabriel Torres 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • They both have a very bad value for graphics and intensive tasks…

    Douglas Marinini 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • How does this compare to the Surface Laptop 3 i5 version!! I'm considering to buy MBA 2020 i5 or SL3 i5. Please help TT thank you!

    Kian Jin Low 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • i5 and i7 do not get you the same exact graphics. The i7 Iris Plus is clocked at 1100 MHz compared to 1050 MHz of i5.

    masteranza 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Could you test the Thermals on the new iPad Pro 2020? Apple is saying that they have improved the thermal design. I struggle on the 3gen 2018, that it gets hot and dims the display with ex Lightroom when I’m doing heavy editing with selective edits on large RAW files  (Sony a7iii)

    kilik92 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Thank you this vid help a lot.

    Michael Pham 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Hello 🙂 maybe I didn't understand properly (sorry i'm french) but you talking about another video test with encoding in 4k, where is this video ?? I am very interested by that. Thanks a lot 🙂 You're doing an amazing job 😀

    Benoit Durand 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Should i sell my mpb 1499 model and get the new mbp which is likely to be coming this summer?

    Chrissamano El Patcho 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • I’d be much more interested in a real game optimized for metal like a recent Apple Arcade title. You guys could include some variants in your testing like compiling code too. Thanks for the great work

    Patrick Rochon 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • All good, except the display. I would want to replace Macbook Pro in favour of Air, but 386 Nits? How mush Apple did save on a cheaper display, 5 dollars?
    Thanks for the great review Max!

    Alexander Borisenko 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • What a great Video! Thanks for the great content 🙂

    Mr. X 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Imagine what beast that 14” will be. (Also I have an eye to the upcoming xps 15” 2020)

    Sn1per 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Which is better for app development??

    Adesh Pratap Singh 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • The speaker difference is much bigger than expected!

    Junyi Lou 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • The other guy used to work with Apple insider!? I didn’t know that!

    Stickman Legend 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Um hi guys I need a laptop n was going to get the 2019 basemodel mbp but 256gb .. should I wait for the new mbp? Do the prices drop of previous models? Thank u if u reply!!

    Roxy Rangel 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Hey how about the Macbook Air 2018 vs Macbook Pro 13" 2015 bro? The latest and cheapest MBP 13" model with the best keyboard vs the earliest MBA version with retina display, which one is better in performance 😀

    Zoi Ộp 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • Hey man, I have an iPhone and want to replace my laptop (windows) and I am really interested in the new iPad pro for gaming and streaming movies but also want some device for typing my projects.
    I have question:
    Should I get the 12.9 inch ipad pro (2020) with any bluetooth keyboard or 11 inch ipad pro without any accessories along with a macbook air (both 2020)??

    P.S. I will be playing FPS games!

    Darth Vader 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply
  • For the price macbook air is great for sure, i lile the design for normal use web browsing watch movies, typical small editing it is great, and even with less specs macos and fcp is well optimised and can rendering video faster than same spec windows laptops for sure

    Clement's Tech. Mv 03/25/2020 4:39 pm Reply

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