M1 MacBook Air First Impressions: IS THIS MAGIC?!?

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I love the MacBook Air. It’s the laptop I’ve been using ever since I started this very blog. I even got the first model with the current design back in March 2019! Despite being into that design, I already experienced issues, especially with its butterfly keyboard. The laptop would also slow down for me just over 2 years in, which used to be fine for my use. Little did I know how good the Apple M1 chip would actually be. Now, I have an M1 MacBook Air with me so I can see how good it is. Here are my first impressions.


From left to right, top to bottom: Manuals and Apple stickers, 30W power adapter, 2m USB-C to USB-C cable, MacBook Air

On the surface, there isn’t really much. Take the unboxing experience, for example. We’re only getting the usual stuff we get in a recent MacBook Air including a 30W power adapter and a USB-C to USB-C cable. It still baffles me to this day that only the MacBook Air and the new M1 iMac get color-matched stickers! (Yes, even the iPhones don’t have these.)

Not Much On the Outside

Can you tell which one has the M1 chip? No? I don’t blame you. The look didn’t really change much since they introduced this back in 2018. One thing I did notice was the fact that the case on my old Air wouldn’t really fit perfectly in the M1. At least the part where it really matters to me fits:

Really hard to get those stickers these days.

The laptop feels as sturdy as ever. Its sturdiness gives me the confidence to hold it with one hand. (Don’t do that often, you could drop the laptop. Haha!)

The Keyboard’s Really Worth A Mention Though!

Good riddance to that butterfly keyboard! I actually don’t hate it that much, but I pretty much prefer this Magic Keyboard on the M1 MacBook Air. I even did some Monkeytype sessions to really put it through its paces. Previously, I’ve been getting around 60-70 wpm with the previous keyboard. Now? I could even get 90. NUTS.

M1 MacBook Air - Monkeytype

The Apple M1 Chip is Clearly The Star!

There are no mincing words about this: the Apple M1 chip is AMAZING! I’ve always heard good stories and watched a lot of reviews, so I know what to expect. It just hits you differently once you’ve used it in person.

The experience of using the M1 MacBook Air is really refreshing. From opening apps instantly to opening more Safari and Edge browser tabs, the feeling I get while using this MacBook is just pure joy.

Another benefit of Apple using its own silicon on this MacBook Air is the battery life. It may not last as long as the M1 MacBook Pro, but it’s good enough for most tasks.

Here’s A Little Aside About the App Situation

With Apple using its own chip for the Mac, it’s now more similar to the A-series chips on iPhones and iPads! This gave way to have iPhone and iPad apps on the Mac App Store. I’m not gonna go into full detail about this aspect since it is worth doing a deep dive.

I initially tried using Overcast, my podcast player of choice. It mostly works as you’d expect, but I might have a beef with how controls work here.

I’ll be taking a deep dive on this in the full review.

Those were my first impressions of the M1 MacBook Air. I haven’t had this much fun while using a laptop! The M1 chip is such a disruptor that I actually don’t know what to expect from future Apple Silicon Macs. While others are still looking forward to that, I’ll just be here enjoying my new MacBook.

Watch out for the full review soon!

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9 thoughts on “M1 MacBook Air First Impressions: IS THIS MAGIC?!?

  1. As a prospective MacBook shopper, I’m happy to know that the new MacBook Air offers serious performance gains over its predecessor, as well as many more hours of battery life. This MacBook Air seems to be one of the best laptops in the market.

  2. My first ever laptop and this is my dream laptop since highschool but since it wasn’t user friendly for new ones I choose HP

    1. I guess we’re so used to Windows especially in school. I think that’s why people think Macs aren’t user friendly… But once you try one, it’ll be hard to think why you thought that before. 🙂

  3. When I had my first Mac, I understood why people say, “Once you go Mac, you can never go back.” I couldn’t agree more. And yes, I am drooling over this. Hahaha. Thank you for sharing your first impression review. Looking forward to reading the full review, Jul.

  4. I only used Mac years ago and twas my friend’s laptop. I liked its feel (not to mention its class). I am thinking to buy one if my budget permits. This is one good and honest review.

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