By Tom Brant
Updated March 20, 2020
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you're a macOS fan who primarily uses a laptop to write and browse the web, the 2020 Apple MacBook Air's redesigned keyboard and lower price make it easy to recommend.
In 2018, the Apple MacBook Air was the last Mac laptop to be updated with Apple's controversial butterfly-style keyboard, following its introduction several years earlier on the now-discontinued 12-inch MacBook. Now, in an apparent admission that people just don't like the extremely shallow key travel of those butterfly switches, Apple has once again updated the MacBook Air (starts at $999; $1,299 as tested) with a new, more comfortable keyboard. The redesign also brings higher storage capacities and Intel's latest 10th Generation Core processors to the MacBook Air, though raw computing performance isn't the new Air's strong suit. Even so, if you're a macOS fan who uses a laptop mainly for tasks like writing emails and browsing the web, the 2020 edition of the MacBook Air is easy to recommend for general use.
Why Keyboards Matter
Everyone from novelists to secretaries once typed on typewriters, an arduous process that involves striking metal levers with a great deal of force. Today, many of those same people who used to write novels at desks or dictate notes to their secretaries are sitting at coffee shops hacking away at an Apple laptop keyboard instead. But some are no happier than they were in the typewriter era.