Today, many homes have a laptop. This clearly speaks of its growth in the market, but also of more adjusted prices or, in any case, of a wide range that can cover the needs of all users. There are many hours spent in front of them, either for work or fun, either for learning or for games.

Since there are so many models on the market marketed for all kinds of audiences, and others focused on a series of specific activities, it is better to know certain details before making a purchase. In this guide, we will try to help you so that you can learn the basic and important aspects of laptops.

1.Asus VivoBook S15

  • Elegant design
  • Attractive color options
  • Good performance
  • Does not heat up when running
  • Cheap
  • Screen with muted colors
  • Includes plenty of bloatware

The striking design of the ASUS VivoBook S15 is backed by good performance and solid battery life.

This excellent general-purpose equipment is truly unique. Inspired by the more expensive ZenBook S from the same manufacturer, the VivoBook S15 features ASUS ‘new ErgoLift hinge, which tilts the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience.

As if that wasn’t unique enough, the ASUS VivoBook S15 is available with several eye-catching color schemes, including gorgeous turquoise green and dazzling yellow.

But the appeal of the S15 is not just on the outside. With good performance, solid battery life, and excellent heat management, the ASUS VivoBook S15 is an overall very good laptop.

I would highly recommend it if it weren’t for a screen with muted colors and the obnoxious amount of bloatware included. Despite this, the VivoBook is a compelling option like no other on the market.


The VivoBook S15 is an excellently built notebook with exquisite design and impressive color schemes. Breaking with the silver aluminum mold, ASUS has finally given us what we were asking for unique color options on a non-entry-level laptop.

The silver model we tested also has its charm, with bright yellow trim and smooth faux aluminum base. The dotted texture and bold color reminded me of a Roy Lichtenstein painting.

But that’s not the only reason the VivoBook is interesting. The smart ErgoLift hinge that lifts the gear and that was introduced in the ZenBook S makes a nice comeback.

This time, the back of the keyboard tilts up at a 3.5-degree angle. This offers a more comfortable typing experience and improves both audio and heat management.

 Measuring 31.1 by 24.4 by 1.8 centimeters, the ASUS VivoBook S15 is relatively compact for a 15.6-inch laptop


It is a shame that such a colorful laptop has a screen with such muted colors. The 15.6-inch ASUS VivoBook S15 display has 1080p resolution and is both sharp and bright. However, it disappoints in terms of colors.

The ASUS VivoBook S15’s display can only reproduce 68 percent of the sRGB color space. This figure is worse than in the case of the Lenovo Ideapad 530s (72 percent) and the Acer Aspire E 15 (74 percent), two laptops with screens that display especially muted colors. The average for general-purpose notebooks is 89 percent.

On the other hand, by exceeding the average of general-purpose notebooks (242 nits) with a maximum brightness of 257 nits, the screen of the VivoBook S15 should be visible outdoors, even on a sunny day. The Ideapad 530s’ 255-nit display is a bit dimmer, while the Aspire E 15’s 200-nit display is nowhere near as bright.

Keyboard and touchpad

The island-style keyboard of the ASUS VivoBook S15 offers a comfortable typing experience, thanks to the touch keys and the innovative raised hinge, which compensates for faults such as minimal key travel.

In fact, with a displacement of 1 millimeter, the keys of the VivoBook sink a little to be a 15-inch laptop (we prefer a displacement of at least 1.5 millimeters).

However, the keyboard has several things going for it. The keys are quite apart and generously sized. It also has a slightly smaller numeric keyboard, which is not bad either. And despite the small displacement, the keys have pleasant responses.

On the other hand, the touchpad of the ASUS VivoBook has measures of 10.4 by 7.1 centimeters, making it spacious. Also, it is fast and responds well when performing complicated gestures with Windows 10.

I also had no problem navigating web pages, or when switching between open windows. The touchpad incorporates a fingerprint reader to be able to log in faster and more securely.


The speakers on the ASUS VivoBook S15 are only capable of filling a medium-sized room. So they’re not the most powerful speakers you can find, but they still sound great, especially for such a slim laptop. When I heard Lana del Rey’s “Mariners Apartment Complex”, the voices sounded clear, and the percussion had a pleasant depth.


Equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU and 8GB of RAM, my typical performance tests were a piece of cake for the ASUS VivoBook S15, as it was able to quickly load 20 Google Chrome tabs. This laptop did not slow down or freeze at any time, even when simultaneously playing three 1080p YouTube videos and two full HD Twitch streams.

On the other hand, the S15 also performed well in our laboratory tests. Its result of 12,163 points in the Geekbench 4 general performance test exceeded that obtained by the Lenovo Ideapad 530s (Core i5-8250U and 11,966 points) and crushed the result of the Acer Aspire E 15 (Core i5-8250U and 9,278 points), in addition to the average for general-purpose laptops (8,930 points).

However, the 256GB SSD drive of the ASUS VivoBook S15 was not impressive at all when duplicating 4.97GB of various media files. It completed the task in 41 seconds at a speed of 124.1 megabytes per second.


Armed with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, the ASUS VivoBook S15 lets you play less demanding games with low or mid settings.

The VivoBook S15 scored 65,313 points in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, falling below the Ideapad 530s (GPU UHD 620 and 69,450 points) and the average of general-purpose notebooks (68,579 points). The Aspire E 15 (122,144 points), with its dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, pulverized its rivals.

Despite this, the ASUS VivoBook S15 performed better than its competitors when tested against real games.

Battery duration

The battery life of the ASUS VivoBook S15 is good, but not exceptional. This laptop lasted 8 hours and 23 minutes in the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuously surfing the Internet using Wi-Fi with a screen brightness of 150 nits.


The colorful ASUS VivoBook S15 is one of the most aesthetically impressive laptops. On the other hand, this laptop has very good performancespeakers that produce a clear sound, and a smart hinge that tilts the keyboard towards you. The only points against this 15-inch laptop are a screen with muted colors and an unfortunate amount of bloatware.

2. Lenovo Ideapad S145


      The Lenovo S145-15IWL is a laptop that is very comfortable to carry and light, something essential when choosing which laptop to buy, but that’s not all since its technical characteristics also accompany it.

      Therefore, always before you buy this laptop, you should pay attention to some specifications such as its weight, size, and battery life, without neglecting other types of performance-focused features such as the CPU, graphics chip, RAM, or storage. internal team.


      The Lenovo S145-15IWL is a laptop that is very comfortable to carry and light, something essential when choosing which laptop to buy, but that’s not all since its technical characteristics also accompany it.

      Therefore, always before you buy this laptop, you should pay attention to some specifications such as its weight, size, and battery life, without neglecting other types of performance-focused features such as the CPU, graphics chip, RAM, or storage. internal team.

      A slim, compact and super light notebook

      We started this review of the Lenovo S145, within a section defined by an elegant silver-colored construction that, despite being plastic, closely resembles the metallic finish of top-of-the-range ultrabooks, both on the deck and in the work area.

      Its solid hinge system allows the lid to be opened at angles of up to 180º; while its measurements of  32.3 x 22.6 cm, the thickness of 19 mm and weight of 1.85 kg, show that it is a full-fledged ultrabook, so its transport in the backpack will not represent any inconvenience.

      15.6 ” Full HD panel with LED backlight

      The Lenovo S145-15IWL  implements a 15.6-inch diagonal, whose resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels gives excellent results when working and consuming multimedia content of various kinds.

      The panel benefits from narrow side frames, a panoramic aspect ratio of 16: 9, an anti-reflective finish ideal for outdoor use, and energy-efficient LED backlight technology.

      Processor and RAM

      Efficient dual Intel Core i3 processor

      At the internal component level, the  Lenovo S145-15IWL is powered by the low-power microchip, the Intel Core i5-8265U, whose 4 processing cores reach frequencies of up to 3.90 GHz, under the most demanding sessions.

      Said processor is supported by a SmartCache memory 6 MB, 8 threads running, and efficient RAM 8 GB, being more than enough for computer work every day.

      Storage and Graphics

      Fast, Quiet and Efficient SSD Hard Drive We’re continuing

      our review of the Lenovo S145, highlighting the addition of a fast 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) capable of instantly storing and opening / closing your documents, applications, and files, thanks to its fast read-write speed.

      Similarly, you have the possibility of connecting an external hard drive through one of the USB ports or using the SD card slot, compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC formats.

      What graphic tasks can I do with the laptop?

      In the absence of dedicated graphics, the controllerIntel UHD Graphics 620 integrated, guarantees you a fairly acceptable gaming experience, provided it is with very undemanding titles (FIFA 19, Fortnite, Dirt 4, etc.)

      Also, said graphic controller allows you to retouch photos and edit videos, yes, under strictly domestic levels.


      Up to 6 hours of uninterrupted office automation

      As for the autonomy of the Lenovo S145, say that the 4 cells of the integrated lithium battery, in real terms, promise a duration of around 5 hours of light use, that is, office automation and casual web browsing.

      Multiple connectivity options at your fingertips

      The connectivity of the Lenovo S145 has 2 inputs  USB 3.0  and one type USB 2.0 standard, video output HDMI (compatible with 4K monitors), a reader of SD cards (4 in 1), a combo audio and webcam connector (0.3 MP)with built-in digital microphone.

      At the level of network connections, in the absence of the RJ-45 (Ethernet) port, we have Bluetooth 4.2  and  Wi-Fi 802.11ac wireless technologies, the latter operating in dual-band ( 2.4 and 5 GHz ), to ensure a connection to faster and more stable internet.

      Finally, mentioning the presence of a pair of stereo speakers, whose low power of 3W practically forces you to connect a headset or speakers, to enjoy the surround Dolby Audio technology in all its glory.

      We are facing a powerful, compact, and lightweight laptop at an incredible price, a  ninja bargain of ours. We have for this cut-price a high-end Intel processor, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512 MB SSD, we don’t need more!

      The biggest disadvantage of this equipment is undoubtedly its battery, which is simply fair, although it provides us with 6 hours of autonomy under load, you must judge for yourself if this aspect may be a problem. And it is that, in my honest opinion, it is more than enough.

      3. Asus Rog Strix G


          ASUS ROG, the sub-brand of ASUS dedicated to products for gamers, has launched a new laptop for gamers called ROG Strix G731GT that are committed to offering us a team to play the latest releases in 1080p and, above all, to enjoy games related to Esports anywhere with a 120 Hz display, GTX 1650 graphics, and super quiet cooling system.


          As for its physical qualities, the truth is that it is a fairly traditional notebook in weight and thickness, 2.4 Kilograms, and 26 mm, respectively.

          The first thing that stands out about the ASUS ROG Strix G531GU is its bold and futuristic design, with some aggressive areas and attractive shapes in the design. We want to highlight, above all, the base of the laptop lit with RGB LEDs that we can customize and synchronize thanks to the Aura Sync program and which has powerfully caught our attention. The keyboard is also backlit, highlighting the WASD keys to locate them more easily.

          Beyond this design, something that we liked a lot is that a good part of the laptop’s connections is on the back, which is much more comfortable for us than on the sides, with both the power outlet and USB, HDMI 2.0 and RJ-45 connections with cable savings and corresponding convenience. Also, on the left side of the laptop, we will find 3 USB 3.1 ports and a minijack to connect our headphones.


          Continuing with the keyboard, in addition to the fact that the gaming area is not affected by heat, we find a keyboard that bets on having enough space between keys to locate all of them without a problem, forgoing the Num. Pad. From the right side of the standard keyboards. The buttons on the keyboard of this laptop have a durability of 20 million keystrokes and also the set of WASD keys are highlighted with RGB LED lighting to locate them more easily.


          The ASUS ROG Strix G531GT, with the technical characteristics that you have seen at the beginning of this text, can easily move the next market releases to 1080p and 60 frames per second, fully meeting the recommended requirements of games like Red Dead Redemption 2 or from Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

          We have enjoyed games of all kinds being able to achieve great performance in it, with titles related to esports such as CS: GO or Apex Legends running at more than 120 fps to get the most potential out of the screen that we have told you about. 

          4. ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY


              You have asked us a lot and it is finally here, the analysis of the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY-BQ024, a 15.6-inch FullHD gaming laptop,

              Hi! Before starting I want to highlight that this laptop meets all the requirements that a gamer laptop must have: a powerful processor, plenty of rams, more than enough graphics to play in FullHD, a fast SSD to improve loading times and, a screen FullHD that stands out above all for having a high-end Asus IPS panel, which translates into vivid colors and impressive sharpness.

              I’ll get straight to the point, Asus has hit the bomb by mounting a team based on the Ryzen architecture, without further ado. If you do not know what AMD Ryzen is, I can summarize it for you: the new commitment to high-performance, low-consumption, and value-for-money processors that is making Intel have a hard time. 

              And it is that the Ryzen 5 3550H that this Asus TUF Gaming mounts is at the height of any desktop i5 processor, and I’m not kidding, being comparable to an i7 thanks to its 4 cores and 8 threads, believe me, a lot, everything This seasoned with a frequency of 3.7 GHz and very low consumption, allowing us greater autonomy of the battery.

              Seeing this, we already know that we are not dealing with a laptop of the bunch, but with a special team, especially for its economic price. We have 8 GB of Ram DDR4 at 2400 Mhz and a 512 GB SSD with high read and write rates, in M2 format! This means that we can add a hard disk of up to 4 TB in a 2.5-inch format. 

              So far everything sounds good, right? Well, the thing does not stop there, and is that these details that go below have made my opinion of the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY-BQ024 more than positive:

              • 4 GB RX 560X Graphics Card:  Desktop graphics card with factory overclocking and 4 GB DDR5 that will make us enjoy any current game, comparable to a GTX 1050 Ti.
              • Asus Full HD IPS Screen with FreeSync:  The screen is undoubtedly the strong point of this laptop, being IPS with ASUS quality and on top of FreeSync, it will make us enjoy incredible gaming experiences.
              • Battery: It includes a battery that offers us up to 4 hours of uninterrupted play, a lot.
              • Build quality: The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 exudes robustness and performance.
              • Backlit keyboard:  An impressive red or gold backlit gaming keyboard.

              5. HP Pavilion x360

              • Stylish and versatile design
              • High level of performance
              • M.2 SSD disk included
              • Touch screen and Windows Ink support
              • Bang & Olufsen sound
              • Backlight keyboard
              • No Ethernet or LTE port
              • Outdoor brightness
              • Improvable autonomy
              • No Windows Hello support

              Do you want to find out if it passes all our tests? Do not miss our review of the HP Pavilion x360, in this case, the model 14-ba026ns that boasts an Intel Core i7 processor, 12 GB of RAM, 500 GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX graphics card and Windows 10 Home.


              At first glance, the  HP Pavilion x360  could perfectly fit like a traditional laptop, especially in this 14-inch model.

              A good convertible should be light enough to be able to move both indoors and out. In this field the HP Specter x360 shines with its light, targeting a much higher and more exclusive segment, but our  HP Pavilion x360  does not have much to envy by stopping the scale at 1.65 kg with a 14-inch screen.

              At the ergonomic level, the  HP Pavilion x360  is quite comfortable to handle and the lid can be opened with one hand easily, which positively affects the mobility section.

              The dimensions, yes, unfortunately, do not surprise especially: 33.5 cm wide by 22.7 cm high with a thickness of 2 cm. Some measurements that could have been adjusted by cutting out the bulky lower bezel of the screen, where we only have the HP logo.

              Keyboard and touchpad

              The keyboard is a fundamental element in a laptop and it is also essential within convertibles. Here the needs are different since they are not teams focused exclusively on gaming or intensive productivity tasks, but the feelings throughout this review of the HP Pavilion x360  are quite positive.

              Video game fans will probably find the arrow keys too small, but we must not forget that we are not dealing with a team focused on the gaming universe, although, as we will see later, it can move even very demanding games.


              One of the advantages that conventional laptops usually offer compared to convertibles is the greater range of possibilities at the connection level. That difference, however, fortunately, has been blurred over time. 

              On the right side of this HP Pavilion x360, we have the portable power connector for power, an HDMI port (v1.4), three USB 3.1 connections (two conventional USB-A ports, and a USB-C) and a slot for SD cards.


              The current generation of the  HP Pavilion x360  lands with a 14-inch screen, a very interesting option for multimedia consumption at a time when we increasingly spend more time playing videos through platforms such as YouTube or Twitch and streaming services. movies and series like Netflix, Movistar +, or HBO.

              In this case, we are talking about a WLED panel with Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), which offers an average density of about 160 pixels per inch. A figure perhaps too low for some, considering that more and more devices – smartphones, tablets, and even computers – are betting on more ambitious resolutions, mainly QHD and 4K.

              Resolution plays an important role in image quality but it is not the only factor that comes into play, hence there are very good quality panels with restrained resolution. Among the advantages of betting on a Full HD resolution instead of a higher one, the optimization at the battery level stands out.


              We said before that one of the most distinctive aspects of this HP Pavilion x360 has to do with the sound section since we boast of speakers with the seal of the renowned Bang & Olufsen, a Danish brand specialized in high-end audio products.

              The speaker’s power is very high. The team has no problem filling a medium space (20 meters) even at half the volume. The sound is quite clean and crisp, above most of its more direct rivals although it is true that there is a minimum level of distortion in the highest volumes, something logical and that we see in all devices.


              To write this review we have received the most powerful model of all, equipped with a dual-core, four-wire Intel Core i7 (7500U) processor with a maximum frequency of 3.5GHz (the base frequency falls below 2.7 GHz), built at 14nm and with a TDP of 15W at its base frequency. 

              Users who are not going to get the most out of the team’s possibilities can surely opt for the two most affordable models in the family, which equip Intel Core i5-7200U and Intel Core i3-7100U processors respectively.

              The specifications of our HP Pavilion x360 14-ba026ns are completed with 12 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM plus a graphic tandem in which we have an Intel HD 620 for everyday tasks and an Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX with 2 GB of allocated GDDR5 memory for more demanding uses.

              In the storage section, we have an SSD disk in M.2 format manufactured by Samsung with 500 GB of capacity. A solution that is far from what we are used to seeing with tandems made up of low-capacity SSDs together with larger HDDs. In this case, we have a hybrid approach that fits very well with the philosophy of the device.


              We come to the end of this review of the HP Pavilion x360 with very positive feelings. It is a truly versatile convertible computer, suitable for both work and leisure (video games included) in this specific model that boasts a powerful Intel Core i7 processor from the Kaby Lake family, 12 GB of RAM and graphics Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX.

              The possibilities are also multiplied by its touch screen that is also compatible with Windows Ink, so the purchase of an active pen seems highly recommended. The team stands out for good performance and also in the multimedia section thanks to a remarkable quality screen and an outstanding sound system with the Bang & Olufsen seal.

              6. Lenovo Yoga 730

              • Versatility and pencil
              • Spectacular performance in a convertible
              • Very premium design
              • Questionable screen image quality
              • Autonomy is limited
              • The maximum volume falls short

              This is our analysis of the Lenovo Yoga 730, a convertible device that arrives to demonstrate that there is no reason to give up power in a device of these characteristics and that, thanks to its discreet GPU, we can even use it for heavy tasks.

              Although little by little the computing power of the processors and the graphics blur some lines of notebooks, we can still speak of three great types. On the one hand, conventional laptops. On the other, 2-in-1 laptops and, finally, convertibles.

              Lenovo is one of the companies that continue to bet strongly on convertibles, and the Yoga brand is one of the most recognizable. The Yoga 730 is a successful fusion between convertible and laptop, as it has a considerable size thanks to a 15.6 ” screen, but the weight and manageability of the device make it quite suitable to carry everywhere.

              What we are going to see in this analysis is whether the Yoga 730 is capable of offering everything it promises and to what extent its format is interesting. Our review also covers the approach to the gaming world with it and, we anticipate, it does not disappoint.


              we find a chassis that is built-in aluminum, a very thin aluminum (so much that, sometimes, it gives the feeling of being somewhat fragile) that allows the equipment to be placed at a weight of less than 2 kg. It is somewhat surprising since it is a 15.6 ” laptop that is curiously light.

              Finished in an elegant dark gray color (if it were Apple it would be Space Gray), we have a cover on which we can read ” Yoga ” with a rather discreet typeface. ” Discreet ” and elegant are, in fact, the two adjectives that occur to me to describe the design of the Yoga 730. 

              If you look at the base, we find two rear air vents (one for the GPU and one for the CPU), lower absorption slots, the speakers at the bottom front, on the sides, and a hinge that denotes the range of the equipment.

              While the hinge of the 900 range is very careful, here we have a double hinge that fulfills its function perfectly, and that gives the feeling of being quite resistant, but that is not the “premium” that we might like.


              There are two models of the Yoga 730. One of them has a 4K screen, which at 15.6 inches leaves us with a brutal pixel density of 280 dpi. The Yoga 730 that we have analyzed in this test with opinions, however, is the one with a FullHD touch screen.

              The pixel density is lower, 141 dpi, but the RGB color gamut is higher and, also, the included hardware allows us to “invest” more resources in the applications, and not in displaying them at 4K resolution.

              The screen of the Yoga 730 has a high level of brightness, in addition to the peculiarity that, for being an IPS panel, we do not find too bleeding light leaks when we see a dark image. Lighting is uniform and viewing quality from any angle is satisfactory.


              We get to the internal hardware and we find a combination that begins to become a classic. The processor is the Intel Core i7-8550U, a low-power eight-core quad-core processor with a 15W TDP that is intended for ultraportables or devices that consume very little. The base frequency is 1.8 GHz and the boost is 4 GHz.

              We have 8 GB of DDR4 RAM at a frequency of 2,400 MHz, which is not bad, the GTX 1050 GPU with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and an M.2 NMVe SSD. 


              Something vital on a laptop is the keyboard and touchpad. We are going to spend a lot of time throughout the day, if we have the device as the main one, using these two inputs, so the optimal thing is that they are of the highest possible quality.

              In the case of the keyboard, the Yoga 730 more than complies. It is chiclet type (nothing new) and the ride is very pleasant, with a slight bounce and a sound that makes writing a pleasant task. Also, it is backlit in white.

              7. Apple Mac Book Air

              • New keyboard material (which you can’t see) greatly improves the typing problems of the predecessor
              • The fall in prices on the 2018 model
              • Large touchpad with Force Touch control
              • Touch ID login via fingerprint is great
              • Solid battery life
              • The keyboard is still quite noisy when typing
              • Thunderbolt 3 (2x USB-C) ports only and no SD card slot
              • No Face ID login
              • Some Windows competitors offer smaller bezel designs

              You know what they say about the butterfly effect: an action results in an equal opposite elsewhere. Perhaps that’s why, when Apple dropped its newest 13-inch MacBook Air on the market – with, pump, a drop in prices compared to the previous year – the 12-inch MacBook disappeared as a result. Pfft, it came up in an imaginary cloud of smoke, probably with the same onomatopoeic sound.

              Regardless, it was a wise move: the 2018 MacBook Air was at odds with the MacBook from the same year thanks to a total redesign, both battling for space. For 2019, that’s not the problem: The new Air is the smallest, lightest, and, um, most affordable Mac laptop you can buy. 


              We have been using the MacBook Air for the previous three generations. Not exactly four: We didn’t buy a 2018 model, as our older-looking 2017 model should survive for three years of continuous use. 

              In terms of resolution, the Air 2019 continues with the Retina display, which means there are enough pixels on the screen to work on a Full HD project with a pixel-by-pixel ratio with tools surrounding the video. It’s not a 4K Ultra-HD panel, as we’ve seen on some machines, but having used UHD laptops before discovering that the battery often has a big impact, and Apple has reached the sweet spot between longevity and detail here.

              This screen is bright, crisp, and clean while avoiding the annoying reflective coatings of old MacBooks. New for this year is that Air enters the True Tone school.

              Keyboard and trackpad

              So, in the part that caused us the most problems with the Air 2018: that keyboard. We love the large scale, the large keys, the uniformity of the backlight. And, out of breath, we discovered that improvements to the throttle mechanism in the Air 2019 have fixed the issues we suffered from before.

              The 2018 model wasn’t a big deal of typing when sat on a flat surface. The biggest problems we had were during the typing sessions on the lap. What, and the clue is in the name, being a laptop was a big problem for our needs on the go. The 2019 model hasn’t suffered the same: we’ve worn it dangling by one leg, pressed against our bellies while writing on a London bus, and anywhere else where we’ve been able to take advantage of a little bit of write/edit time while traveling. It works well. Praise be.

              However, it is still very noisy in use. 

              The last is the glass-covered touchpad, which is huge compared to previous Air models. We love this scale, which also adds Force Touch, Apple’s two-layer system, so you can get multiple uses from shallow and deep presses. It can be a bit tricky first, and we’re not sure that many will use the second layer action as often, but if you learn a few new tricks then it’s a handy feature.


              Now the air has never really been a real power. It’s designed more for portability, with ample productivity, while ensuring that longevity doesn’t suffer. All those important activities in life. As in the 2018 model, that balance has been maintained here.

              There’s no power boost at all, with the same Intel Core i5 processor (a 1.6GHz dual-core) offering a mid-range power offering, and some users may feel that when it comes to productivity (for those folks we say this: check out the MacBook Pro instead.)

              It all depends on what you need. Having migrated from our 2017 to 2019 model (well, mostly, the onboard 128GB SSD here isn’t big enough for all of our content, so we had to ditch a bunch of files), we’ve been able to handle Photoshop batch tasks seamlessly, while monitoring Mail, Slack, and all the usual office-type applications without any worry.

              However, this Core i5 chipset requires fan cooling, but most of the time it is getting quiet. Do a more demanding task and these fans can hit full throttle and make a fair amount of their wind noise, but nothing more worrisome than other casual laptops. And seeing that many Windows devices we’ve tested may have an almost permanent whistle, this is preferable by comparison.

              All of this usage has been possible while providing around 10 hours of battery life without flickering. The Air will continue, beyond the offering of a MacBook Pro, and will outshine most Windows 10 machines that also have this physical thinness.

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