So you're needing a laptop. Something small, portable, but will be able to do everything you need it to. I'm off to uni in about a month and a half, so naturally this is what I'm looking for. I tossed the idea around for a while, debating whether to get an iPad or MacBook, but when it came down to it, a MacBook was most likely the more practical choice.

In light of this, I thought I'd share my experiences with the new MacBook Air 2020, having had it for the past 2 months. I'll let you know my thoughts, how it performs, what I'd recommend it for, and all that good stuff. I'll also give my verdict of whether, as a student, this could be the perfect laptop or not. Now, I'm seriously no tech expert, but as a student myself, I thought I'd give it a go anyway haha.

Just so it's clear, I have the baseline MacBook Air 2020, so basically the cheapest MacBook you can buy.


So, MacBooks are obviously not the cheapest laptop in the world, everyone knows that, they are quite the investment for a lot of us. In terms of my personal MacBook, the original cost is £999, however because I use UNiDAYS (which I'd highly recommend for students if you haven't got it already), I managed to get it for £898.80

Still not the cheapest. However, MacBooks are also known for their longevity and reliability. Macs receive regular software updates which allow them to increase their lifespan, and even older Macs receive bug fixes to allow them to stay safe. So in reality, MacBooks will last you a lot longer than other PCs, which is always a plus as a student. 

I mean I've only had mine for 2 months so I can't really speak for longevity just yet, however in the last 2 months, my Mac has received 2 software updates for bug fixes and battery life, so I guess that speaks for itself.


Design and portability is something that a lot of us, especially students, look for when investing in a laptop. So when it comes to this MacBook Air, the clue is really in the name. It's so slim and light, portability will be no problem. You won't damage your back when this is in your backpack, and it won't take up loads of space either. 

I also love how sleek and stylish a MacBook has always looked, there's no other laptop like it in my opinion. Personally I went for the space grey colour, I did have my eye of the gold for a while, but decided that the space grey looked a bit more sleek and sophisticated...well that's the look I'm going for. 

Over the last 2 months, even though I haven't actually travelled with it or taken it in a bag, I know just how beneficial it'll be having the air instead of the pro, when carrying it around uni. Even though the pro may have better performance and be able to do multiple tasks at once, as a student, I need something that won't be a pain to carry around and take in and out of my bag, and this has pretty much ticked all the boxes.    


As I previously mentioned, performance isn't something I was necessarily looking for when choosing a MacBook. I mainly wanted it to be light and easily portable. However, performance obviously matters, especially when this is something that I'll be using everyday for a long period of time. 

Since using this particular MacBook, I have noticed that it does get hot quite easily. Nothing major, but if you're opening multiple tabs and tasks or FaceTiming, it will most likely become hot after a little while. However, if you're only doing one or two tasks at a time, you'll hardly notice anything. If you know you're going to be doing more heavier tasks, I'd recommend upgrading the air or switching to the pro.

For me personally, the Mac handles everything I do on a day to day basis and more. I'm not really a heavier user, I don't do any graphic design, gaming, or work with loads of big files, so I've not seen it struggle at all. If you're a student like me, writing assignments, browsing the web, watching Netflix, you won't see any problem.


So, is this really the perfect student laptop? 

Yeah, I think it is.

Like I mentioned, if you're not going to be doing any heavy graphic design or things like that, I don't see why you should look away from the baseline MacBook Air. 

It's thin, light, looks good, and can handle everything I want and need it to do. Do you need to ask for anymore? 

Let me know your thoughts and feeling in the comments ↓


  1. I love my Mac book. My first easily lasted me 7-8 years, and I only got another one as I needed more memory. I’m a Mac convert! X

  2. i just got a new macbpook but got a pro one and i loved it is so much better than the wondows one and faster. is my very firts macbook, never going back to a winows for sure

  3. Hi Jared. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great piece of kit.

    My usual gripe with Apple is that they seem to go our of their way to make their stuff incompatible with anything that isn't also Apple. Is this still the case?

  4. I just purchased a MacBook Pro a couple of weeks ago because I found that my bulky HP laptop wasn't great for uni. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to pay out this much for a laptop but I'm so glad that I did - my best purchase I've ever made.... by far. I couldn't agree more that MacBooks are the best student laptop!!

    Roni | myelevatedexistence.com

  5. I loved my macbook air when I was a student! I'm upgrading to a larger capacity pro soon though because I'm doing a lot more video and design work now but it was perfect for uni! It still works perfectly after 3 years so I'm passing it on to my dad!