Why I Still Use a MacBook Air in 2018

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With rumors speculating of a refresh to the MacBook Air coming soon, I just wanted to show my gratitude for the MacBook Air I inherited from one of my good pals who I can genuinely call a father figure in my life. I have used this machine for some important tasks–although none of them too intensive–including all my Adobe work on Photoshop to edit photos and curate personalized PDF documents. While there are certainly Windows 10 laptops that offer better bang for the buck, and some more expensive ones from Microsoft themselves that offer similar build quality to that of a Mac, I’m not sure if there’s a laptop running MacOS that is more appealing to me than the classic MacBook Air.

With that said, there is no way I can recommend to buy a new MacBook Air as it appears today on the Apple Store. With a simple investment of $300, you can upgrade to Apple’s latest in portable laptop engineering by purchasing their normal 12″ 2016 MacBook. However, if you look for deals on the MacBook Air, whether it be used or from third-party sellers, you can probably snag an older MacBook Air for just $400-$600.

While it may be easy to suggest MacOS buyers into purchasing older versions of the MacBook Pro, especially when considering its superior internals, those enhancements in specifications come at an unbearable price–bulk. It’s difficult to rationalize how much of a joy it is to slip this thin of a device into my backpack and to handle it like a college-ruled notebook. If you haven’t had the opportunity to get your hands on a MacBook Air, I recommend borrowing one from a friend and playing around with it for a couple of minutes.

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Since MacOS is tightly regulated by Apple, you pretty much know what to expect when you start unpacking your new or used MacBook Air. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote essentially replaces the entire Microsoft Office suite of apps that PC users usually need to subscribe to as an additional or hidden cost. This wasn’t an issue for me while I was enrolled in my university education, but now that I don’t have access to such software on my Windows laptop–and I don’t buy a Mac to rely on Google’s online suite of productivity apps–it naturally budged me into assigning my MacBook Air as my main computer.

While I acknowledge that I am indeed using an older device, I have been honestly content staying put while I wait for Apple to update their MacBook Air computer as rumors are suggesting they will do this year. Even as the refresh looms over the horizon, I’m fairly confident they will get rid of MagSafe and their SD card slot which are still handy to have around in 2018. That being said, there is still a good chance I will upgrade from this MacBook Air if the price is competitive and the screen is replaced with a higher-resolution retina display. Although I have been using the MacBook Air to edit photos, it isn’t always a pleasant experience due to its lackluster 1440×900 pixel display, and an upgrade in this area will certainly justify price-conscious consumers such as myself to take interest in Apple’s upcoming laptop.