The new Retina MacBook Air will officially be available to consumers on Wednesday. Ahead of that release, early first-looks at the new device continue to trickle out to YouTube. Today, YouTuber Kraig Adams shared his hands-on with the new Retina MacBook Air, putting it through tests editing 4K video using Final Cut Pro.
Adams says that using the 13-inch Retina MacBook Air in its base configuration, he was able to edit videos at his “own speed.” He notes that he used the “Better Performance” setting for his timeline view rather than the “Better Quality” option.
“Scrubbing on the timeline and working as I normally do, there’s really not that much of a difference,” Adams said referring to performance between the MacBook Air and his MacBook Pro. Due to the MacBook Air’s standard 128GB SSD, however, Adams did opt to add an external 1TB drive from SanDisk to his editing workflow.
In terms of export times, there’s a clear difference between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air was able to export a 10-minute vlog in 15 minutes, whereas the MacBook Pro was able to do so in 7 minutes. While this isn’t a huge difference, it certainly does highlight the difference in power between the two machines.
The new Retina MacBook Air is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with a standard 8GB of RAM. You can upgrade the RAM to 16GB, but the machine Adams was using featured the base 8GB. Meanwhile, Adams’ MacBook Pro is a 2016 model with a 3.3GHz Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.
Ultimately, Adams says the new MacBook Air is perfectly capable of serving as his primary edit machine. “I could absolutely shoot and edit everything I create as a YouTuber with this MacBook Air, and this is a base model,” he concluded.
Early Geekbench tests have shown the new MacBook Air to offer modest performance improvements over the previous-generation MacBook Air, as well as the 12-inch MacBook. We’ll likely learn more about the device’s performance when it’s officially released on Wednesday.
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