• , 3 years ago

    Curious to hear what the community thinks about using the MacBook Air for design work. My main tools would include Figma, Sketch, and sometimes Xcode or Adobe CC. Thoughts?

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    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 3 years ago

      The 2020 MacBook Air is a great Mac for design work. On the positive side, it’s a pretty quick laptop, especially if you get the quad-core model. I’m a fan of Touch ID and real function keys, rather than the pretty useless Touch Bar. This model also has the new non-butterfly keyboard, like the 16-inch MacBook Pro

      The display is good, but not as nice as the MacBook Pro model — it’s only standard gamut, rather than being wide gamut (“Display P3”). The GPU (Intel Iris Plus Graphics) is more than enough for most 2D design apps.

      The price has also come down, but consider the options carefully, because 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage probably aren’t enough for design work.

      I think the 2020 MacBook Air is a pretty solid choice. If you can wait, it may be worth seeing what the new 13-inch (or 14-inch) MacBook Pro looks like, because it’s due for an update soonish.

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      • , almost 3 years ago

        Thanks for the insight on this Marc! I’m a fan of the real function keys as well so this struck me as an interesting option for design work. I’ve been using my maxed out 2013 MacBook Pro as my main portable working computer for too long. :)

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