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MacBook Air 2014 Review: Best Laptop for Students?

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So I got my hands on a little toy. This is
my MacBook Air 2014 review. So I’m going to go ahead and quickly say in my personal opinion
this is the best laptop for students or people on the go. And now I’m going to get into the
review, my full review, and show you why that is. The 2014 MacBook Air is an absolute beast
when it comes to portability. It’s sleek. It’s slim. It’s lightweight, but at the same
time it’s fast and powerful enough for the casual user. It comes in two different sizes:
11″ or 13″ and those come in two different variations as well. You can either get a 128GB
hard drive or a 256GB hard drive, and those are both solid state drives. The one I’ll
be reviewing is the 13 inch model with the 256 gigabyte solid state drive and 4 gigabytes
of RAM. Now let’s start off with the processor on these 2014 MacBook Airs. It’s a 1.4 GHz
Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz. Now that basically means
the normal speed of the MacBook Air is 1.4 GHz, but when it needs more processing power
for heavy applications the Turbo Boost kicks in and it goes all the way up to 2.7 GHz.
Now this is exactly why you can consistently get over 11 hours of battery life on this
13″ model. The ridiculously long battery life is one of the main reasons why this laptop
is perfect for students who may have classes all day long. Moving right along to the hard
drives, the 256 gigabyte solid state drive has extremely fast read/write speeds so you
can copy huge files within seconds. The 128 gigabyte hard drive is a little bit slower
than that, but it’s still fast because it still is an SSD. The overall workflow on this
2014 MacBook Air is snappy. Apps start fast without slow load times. Though I did notice
that when you’re booting the laptop up from a cold boot it’s slower than I thought it
was going to be, but the wake from sleep is like instantaneous. So that is extremely fast
which surprised me a bit so that is really cool. Of course this is an Apple Mac laptop
so you get all the perks that come along with that. You get Mac OS X with all the built-in
iLife apps, responsive chicklet keyboard with backlights, smooth and clickable multi-touch
trackpad, FaceTime HD webcam, magnetic power adapter, thunderbolt port, 2 USB 3.0 ports,
a headphone jack, dual microphones, an SDXC card reader on the 13″ model, and of course
the illuminated fruit on the back. Now this is a MacBook Air so this shouldn’t be a surprise
to anybody, but this thing is extremely portable. It’s quiet because there is no spinning hard
drive inside because of those SDDs. It’s extremely lightweight. It weighs less than 3 pounds
coming in at 2.9 on this scale here, and the 11″ model is even lighter. And finally it
is super thin at 0.68 inches at its widest and down to 0.11 inches at its thinnest. Another
thing that surprised me on this laptop was that the speakers seem pretty loud to me so
you can jam out to your #ThrowbackThursday Spotify playlist with no problem. You know
who you are. Now having said all that there are a couple negatives that I don’t like about
this laptop. For example I don’t like the fact that you cannot add RAM yourself. The
RAM is actually soldered onto the motherboard so whatever RAM that you choose at checkout,
which is the base is 4GB, that’s what you’re stuck with for the life of it. But for the
casual user that shouldn’t be a big deal. Also the 2014 MacBook Air does not have a
Retina display, which is kind of a bummer. The native resolution on the 13″ is 1440 by
900 which is not even full 1080p HD so that’s kind of a letdown. Other than that, I’m a
huge fan of everything else about this laptop. The pros of this laptop are it’s a good value.
It’s less than $1,000 and that’s pretty standard nowadays for a nice laptop that will last
you 4, 5 years. The portability aspect of this: it’s extremely lightweight. It’s small.
It’s probably the most portable laptop out there right now. The design, of course with
the Apple Mac you’re going to get a good nice design. The aesthetics are extremely pleasing.
And I like to call it everlasting. The battery life is extremely long. You can go all day
with this. And also it is high quality and it’s powerful enough for the casual user.
The cons for this laptop: again you can’t add RAM yourself and it doesn’t have a Retina
display. So bottom line this is a perfect laptop for students, for college students, high school
students, law school students, or just people who are on the go in general. If you travel
a lot or if you go to coffee shops, you know this is perfect for you. You’re going to love
this laptop, highly recommended. If you want to order this laptop I’ll put the link to
the best price on Amazon in the description below so check that out. Hope you enjoyed
this review. My name is Andy with MyTechMethods. Thank you so much for watching. Make sure
you give this video a thumbs-up if it helped you out and share it with your friends. As
always keep having fun out there. I will talk to you later. Bye.

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100 thoughts on “MacBook Air 2014 Review: Best Laptop for Students?”

  1. FeelTheBirdie says:

    Is it worth getting a 2015?

  2. Ded says:

    Is this good for animation?

  3. MIDGET GAMER says:

    how much is it

  4. iiCookieMonsterii says:

    im sorry but… I think HPs are better (in my opinion)

  5. Atiqah Farah says:

    macbook air or macbook pro is the best?

  6. Hector Chavez says:

    is it good to play games and watch YouTube videos

  7. Emad Bahar says:

    Can the macbook pro support AutoCAD?

  8. Espurrrxd says:

    can you put cd in there?

  9. Garnet says:

    What's the price in 2015

  10. Nia Asia says:

    Why are they so expensive? My dad is looking for a computer. Should I recommend this?

  11. Man pc says:

    Good value for less than 1k.? FOH

  12. Hotben Napitupulu says:

    I am planning to buy this, can this use windows as an OS?

  13. Bryan Rios says:

    Do the MacBooks come with Logic Pro x?

  14. Ernest Ziegenfelder says:

    i have a 8 gb ram one

  15. Chris Zona says:

    Can u put water in it?

  16. Cherry Blossom says:

    i have a question does imovie come with it or do you have to download it yourself?

  17. 101 vs The Internet says:

    Great review!

  18. 101 vs The Internet says:

    Do you think the 11inch would be too small to even consider buying?

  19. razorjules says:

    I still really love the 13 inch Air.
    The design is timeless to me.
    The first moment i opened the box, i knew this was the laptop
    for me!

  20. candylovescan herrera says:

    in my school we use dell and one day i ask my computer teacher why we dont have a apple laptops and only dells she tells me because its cheaper

  21. Larissa Roby-Brown says:

    Can you play Minecraft or Sims on it?

  22. Mandy Jade Kramer says:

    Your videos are AWESOME! I am completely lost when it comes to all this, so watching you is a huge help. Thank you so much! Do you also have a recommendation for a good first Mac for a film student, by any chance?

  23. aryya mahardika says:

    MB Air memory 256 / 128 GB, while the other laptop nowadays has bigger capacity like 500 GB to 1 TB, isn't it bothering for high data user?

  24. Moji Ogun says:

    I am preparing to go into college fall of this year, but I am having a hard time selecting between the pro and the air. Price is not the issue, I want a laptop that can perform lol. I plan on using this laptop all 4 years and also maintain my youtube channel. With that said, would it be better to get a pro base model ( 128gb flash storage and 8gb memory) or the 13" air base model as described in your review? I dont plan on majoring in any heavy programming course such as graphic design or photography, maybe computer science/IT work, not too such yet.
    Thanks In Advance !
    -Moji Ogun

  25. MatchesMalone t says:

    I subscribes seeing your innocent and cute potato face

  26. Labib Mamun says:

    I'm applying to a private school that gives the 11 inch model of these laptops to every student. I can't consider if I should use their program or opt out to my older lenovo G50. I'm used to bigger laptops.

  27. secret soneclar says:

    I am so excited. I am buying a 13 inch MacBook Air for my 15th birthday. I can afford my own but I am waiting for my 15th in 9 months.

  28. OurLifeAs E&K says:

    Where should I buy this to get it cheapest???

  29. bob de says:

    how much is it now?

  30. A Co says:

    Do you think the GB is enough, considering that you keep a lot of papers etc as a student? And will it be slower if you keep a lot of papers etc on it?

  31. Vikash Kumar Das says:

    This is perfect but may i know is it compatible if i put all the programming software like windows does?

  32. The Prophecy Breaker says:

    Wow Mac Book Air is awesome! I didn't know they made mouse pads like this!

  33. Reina Griffin says:

    But how many hours , when it fully charged ?

  34. Sherry Aung says:

    how can I write my assignment in my macbook air ? i have no microsoft software. so do you have another ways to write these ?

  35. Light Worker says:

    Nice review….subscribed!

  36. Birdie Le says:

    Can I use this for video editing

  37. JUJUJU JUJUJU says:

    What about thermal throttling

  38. Fatmos0010's Realm says:

    lolschool students… how do i get in these kind of schools???

  39. Hana H says:

    "its less than $1000" not if you live in australia 😪😪 its like $1500 here.

  40. Wilting Rose says:

    I m getting that exact laptop for my bday and I'm going into highschool so I'm soooo happy it's rlly good

  41. Mateo Pereyra says:

    Now you can get this model (13 inch air) with 8gb of ram

  42. Ben Walker says:

    can the lowest spec model edit vids with camtasia, premiere pro, vegas or fcpx?

  43. Marijana Jelić says:

    Can you play Minecraft on it and use it for high school?

  44. paradoxdesigns says:

    I'm still rocking one as a daily driver and it still works like new!

  45. Mayank Srivastava says:

    will it be able to run android studio 2 smoothly ?

  46. Hayid 35 says:

    Does it have rgb cable port

  47. The Average Churro says:

    Is this fine for coding? How about the newest model?

  48. terryseller2001 says:

    wanna to ask, if use macbook air 2014 for bootcamp, is it need usb to do thatt? since someone said new edition for macbook air, no need usb and can bootcamp to win8.1?

  49. Alek Shyblosky says:

    ok so my grandmother is 71 and she has an hp 2000 and we need to help her with it constantly but we dont really know Windows most of is have Macs is this a good option in 2016? plz reply

  50. Heidi Plays says:

    mine lasted 6 years 😛 but i replaced the screen once but everything was fine

  51. Adèle D says:

    so it works well with heavy applications like photoshop?

  52. ProXima Shells says:

    some reason i decided to buy a macbook air for myself instead of get the student version

  53. ProXima Shells says:

    at least i have the access of admin on my macbook air 120gb

  54. ProXima Shells says:

    thats why i got ilife and iWork for free

  55. lightauz says:

    my highschool gives us a macbook air for $50 every school year

  56. j r says:

    what type of hard drive would you recommend for this laptop

  57. Tajdid Ajman says:

    jingle all the way

  58. Jason Katz says:

    How much storage and ram would you recommend? I'm a college kid and don't do fancy app stuff at all. Mostly just web browsing, email, research papers, photo/video editing, and photo storage.

  59. Ethan Rizcallah says:

    Would this be ok for a student who also wants to edit video and possibly use Photoshop

  60. Shree Krishna says:

    Can I do coding on the 11" Macbook Air ?
    Thanks in advance.

  61. Caos Boy says:

    One word: Chromebook.

  62. Unknown Gamer says:

    is this still worth it in october 2016?

  63. Stuff And things says:

    I just bought one of these for 475. a steal in my opinion

  64. Andy Slye says:

    Best Amazon deal for MacBook Air ► http://geni.us/RLOWw

  65. Khelan Terang says:

    what will be it's weight in kg?

  66. Dimitar Margaritov says:

    I am considering to buy this model in couple of months or so, my dell laptop is good for business and work, but kind of getting tired of carrying it around as its a bit heavy. I will use this laptop for seo/digital marketing work. I am aware that some desktop software is not available for OSX, but I will keep my dell for that.

  67. Ella Brenda Irianto says:

    This helps more than school

  68. Himanshu Singh says:

    128 GB is really slower in comparison to 256 GB?

  69. Laiphatchau Chauphatlai says:

    Hây lắm có ý nghi

  70. R X says:

    Fantastic device.

    Althought 2015 Macbook Pro 13” is better.

    Using this right now in fact 😉

  71. Biswajoy Bhattacharjee says:

    My one is 8gb and 256 gb ssd

  72. Stephanie McKaskle says:

    My 2012 Air still works. I gave it to my son when I upgraded to the Pro

  73. Ari says:

    "Blah blah blah 14 gigahurts bloo" that's how my (a kids) mind processes it. me :SHUT UP AND GET TO DA GOOD STUFF! Lol

  74. Tanya Mwari says:

    Do you recommend me the get this laptop in 2017 or look for a new version @ Andy Slye

  75. Adam Amier says:

    Is it still worth to buy?
    plz answer quick (for school ish stuff)

  76. Sally Eubanks says:

    I low mine. It's fast, powerful and easy to carry.

  77. nick viviano says:

    would you still recommend this model in 2017? i'm a current college student and i am looking to buy a new laptop. i want to get a mac, it would be my first one ever. ive seen plenty of reviews on the air. from what everyone says, it seems pretty solid. but does it hold up in 2017? i am tempted to get one. also on a limited budget. nice review, dogg.

  78. -A says:

    I want to ask you something, did you can put the MacOs Sierrra or Yosemite?

  79. Bear says:

    Is this still worth it September 2017

  80. Venkat Chowdary says:

    I’m getting a Macbook Air 13” 2014 and a Macbook Pro 13” used at same price
    What should i buy!?
    I’m not a heavy at all

  81. Shakie 42 says:

    Not sure if I should buy this 2014 year MacBook as I think it may be old and slow. Please help…

  82. Andrew Furie says:

    is there no card reader on the 11 inch model?

  83. That Girl says:

    MacBook air 11inch or 13"

  84. TYler_ SChecter says:

    I would get the MacBook Air but I would rather pay $1,299 ( $299 more than the MacBook Air ) for the base MacBook Pro ( as of 1/29/18 ) because of it’s higher power core i5, Retina display, more ram, and space grey! Lol

  85. STU-Christian Van Iten says:

    Oh, no. Just no.
    Buy a used ThinkPad off eBay. I got one with an i7 vPro, 4GB of ram, 256GB SSD, and dedicated NVS 4200M graphics.
    No, it's not light, but it has a 9 hour battery life (with the 9-cell), and would easily last you 5+ years.
    Edit: I forgot to mention that for the ThinkPad above I paid $150.

  86. than thinmy says:

    one whit me😢😢😢😢

  87. Alexander McSweeney says:

    Hi just wondering if anyone can help me please, I bought a refurbished macbook air recently but two weeks after purchase I tried to switch on macbook and its just coming up with a grey/black screen after the chime. I've tried all apple recommended solutions with no joys. Hopefully someone knows something? 🙂

  88. Mike Hill says:

    How would you define a "casual user"? Great review. Thanks.

  89. Adrian 34 says:

    Is this good for using fcpx?? The 13" model, please let me know asap

  90. Natali Meshvildishvili says:

    I have MacBook Air 2014 but with 11 inch. its super good. WOULD RECOMMEND!

  91. MrsRW says:

    I have this Macbook Air version and it's still working like a champ…x

  92. DANIEL ATEM says:

    With MacBook Air 2014 Review what is the difference with the recently produced?

  93. Mr PoopyButtHole says:

    I been molested by a dolphin 🐬 but I have a MacBook

  94. osei bonsu says:

    Nice one

  95. MD Rishad says:

    my macbook air 2014 battery cycle 330 …..but my battery doesnt go up 3 hours ….why???

  96. Lewis Johnson says:

    I always recommend customers get a mac or chromebook so they can’t do anything fun with it

  97. Savannah Wilson says:

    I’m getting the 13 inch, 128 gb, with the i7 processor, and 8gb of ram, i found this review very helpful!

  98. Abdilahi Mahamoud says:

    Is it still worth buying? Can someone pls answer

  99. Abdilahi Mahamoud says:

    Should I still buy it? (I’m a student I’m wondering if it’s still good for me)

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