The read speed is greatly reduced while the write speed has increased slightly. The 256GB model is also a better choice if you want faster storage.
Earlier this month, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air hardware and took the very welcome step of lowering the laptop’s price by $100. However, a cheaper MacBook doesn’t come without a compromise, and that compromise turns out to be SSD performance.
For the most part, the new MacBook Air stays the same as last year’s model. The only headline difference concerns the 13.3-inch display, which now features True Tone technology to automatically adjust the display “for a more comfortable viewing experience.” The drop in price from $1,199 to $1,099 is great, and helps make the new Air Apple’s cheapest MacBook.
As Consomac reports (translated), though, Apple did compromise in one area. Running a Disk Speed Tool test on the 2018 and 2019 MacBook Air revealed that the SSD in the new model is significantly slower when it comes to reading data. Last year’s 256GB model enjoyed read speeds of 2GB/s and write speeds of 960MB/s. For 2019, those figures fall to 1.3GB/s for reads and increased ever so slightly to 1GB/s for writes.
On paper, that’s a big change to read speeds and a tiny change to writes, but in real-world use it seems most users probably won’t notice unless they are asking their MacBook Air to do some pretty intensive data transport. We have to remember the Air isn’t aimed at power users, after all.
The 256GB model does look to be the one to choose if you can afford its higher $1,299 price point. That’s because the SSD in the 128GB model only achieves a 500MB/s write speed while matching the 1.3GB/s read speeds of the 256GB version.
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