The relatively large Force Touch touchpad is retained in Macbook Air M1 but still not as large as on the MacBook Pro. It is still in our opinion the best touchpad ever used on a laptop. In terms of finger movement and gesture tracking accuracy, Apple is the best in the industry. It’s accurate enough that we never again need a mouse to do photo editing in Adobe Photoshop.
If there’s one negative comment to be made it’s that we expect the size on a larger touchscreen like on the MacBook Pro 13. Apple’s famous beam of symmetry, what’s wrong if the size of the touchpad offered on the MacBook is aligned on all models.
The macOS Big Sur operating system is provided pre -installed with several improvements given throughout the review period. We only started using this MacBook at the beginning of the Mac and at the time the article was written there were many apps that supported the M1 natively such as Google Chrome, VLC, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. There are also apps that have already started Beta testing if you dare to try.
Overall the experience is pretty much the same as the Intel chip version. Applications that are still based on Intel X86 can run through Rosetta 2. Everything runs smoothly without any major problems. The most notable difference is that there are no heating issues. Our main issue on the Intel MacBook Air is overheating when streaming video, teleconferencing apps and Photoshop. When the temperature rises, the performance will also be sudden and affect the performance of the battery.
During the PKP period a battery life of around 7 hours is normal on weekdays which requires us to use Zoom and Photoshop with high frequency. The Intel Macbook Air becomes so hot that it is uncomfortable to place on the thigh. All of these issues don’t happen directly on the MacBook Air M1.
It’s like the magic of the MacBook Air M1 can do all the same tasks without it getting hot even once. It’s our fifth week of using this MacBook and it’s capable of delivering high performance while maintaining temperatures as cold as snow. Apple’s promise that it could operate coolly, quickly and quietly was successfully fulfilled.
But there are still some issues that we feel need to be highlighted. If you use plug -ins on Photoshop and Premiere Pro, some popular plug -ins are still not supported on these two popular software.
We also cannot recommend that you use the MacBook Air M1 as a video processing machine. The absence of a fan makes it warm especially when processing 4K video. Without a fan and air vent, we don’t feel this is a good combination for the long haul. Additionally using it as a device for gaming is also not recommended. Some of the first 3D from Apple Arcade quickly raised the temperature to the point that it became quite uncomfortable.
The MacBook Air from the very beginning was a computer made for light medium tasks used by students and office workers. If used like a MacBook Pro, heating issues start to appear. This is the reason why a fan is included on the MacBook Pro M1. Should this issue be placed in a negative column? We feel no because the MacBook Air isn’t designed for heavy tasks.