Sketch Macbook Air

  

It should be fine. More so on newer MacBook Airs. I have an older 15' Macbook Pro (2010) with the i5 dual core CPU. It doesn't seem to have a problem at all with it. Draw a sketch on iPhone or iPad and have it appear on your nearby Mac. Mark up documents on iPhone or iPad and see the edits instantly on your Mac.

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Sketch On Macbook Air

After lots of consideration. I bought a 2020 macbook air for UX, product design. You would wonder why not a Macbook pro? It would be answered in my review of the Macbook air 2020 for using around 3 months.

Why I got a Macbook air

I wanted a lighter Laptop

From work I got a maxed out 2018 macbook pro 13 inch. I had the option to get a 15 inch or 13 inch. I chose a lighter one. Because I already own a 2015 Macbook pro 15 inch. And realized that I don’t use the 15 inch macbook that much. Cause it’s bulky to move around. And had the tendency to sit down with my smartphone and watch youtube rather than doing something productive with my laptop.

These are my requirements

  • To write more
  • Light web development. Don’t expect to do any apps.
  • Not for editing videos on it. Maybe some simple videos.
  • Not for graphic design or complicated illustrations. Not expecting to use photoshop or illustrator frequently
  • Mostly use Figma. Maybe Sketch on the side.
  • Not too expensive.
  • Light weight
  • Exceptable battery performance.
  • Should not feel slow for day to day tasks.
  • Won’t be using it for work that needs high color accuracy.

My comparison

Macbook pro 13 base model vs Macbook air with upgrades

Sketch Macbook Air

When I start to add upgrades to macbook air 2020. CPU and more RAM. The price is actually similar. (Same in US)

If you needed to choose a laptop for work. Paid by the company, I would get a macbook pro. Or if I’m a freelancer, and have some miscellaneous tasks. Defeinitly I would go for the macbook pro. But as I needed a laptop for more private projects. Macbooks pros is a very expensive toy for me.

Why I chose the macbook air over the macbook pro

  • 2020 version base model was good enough to buy. It had no longer the 128GB storage.
  • I wanted the 10th gen intel CPU. Macbook pro base model still had the 8th gen. And the 10th gen internal graphics performance is better.
  • Not a huge difference in single core. Better multicore on pro but don’t see a big difference.(i5 processor)
  • I don’t need the touchbar. And I don’t realy like it either. But still have the fingerprint reader.
  • It’s slightly cheaper than macbook pro even with upgrades. I get more RAM(16GB)
  • Expected not to have performance issue with Figma and Sketch.

Some doubts

  • Macbook pro has a brighter and more color accurate screen. sRGB is fine for product design.
  • Heating and cooling issues in reviews. The the fan is not connected to the heatpipe. It would thermal throttle and can’t get the heat down. Tasks with constant CPU or graphics work like video editing and gaming is not ideale for the air.
  • Macbook air is only slightly lighter and thin than pro.

Final choice

Base model with 256GB. CPU upgrade to i5. RAM upgrade from 8GB to 16GB. I also considered not doing any upgrades. Cause those upgrades really cost a lot. But decided to upgrade.

  • i5 CPU has better graphics than i3. i7 is not that great choice due to thermal issues. Sketch rely on cpu and Figma on graphics. Short article showing which resources it uses. Check out which mac is best for product design
  • I tend to have a lot of apps open. Also internal graphics takes part of your ram. So needed the extra RAM to not slow me down.

Review of macbook air for 3 months

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Can you do UX, product design on a macbook air?

With some upgrades. Yes you can. I’m pretty satisfied with the performance.

  • Figma, I have no issues running it. Doesn’t feel laggy or anything. Fans can kick in when lots project is getting bigger. Especially with when you have lots of images
  • Sketch. Doesn’t seem to slow down or affect working on bigger files. FYI, normally I dont have super large files.
  • I didn’t try Adobe XD. I don’t plan to run any Adobe products on my air.
  • Light graphics editing on Affinity photo was OK. For some tasks it wasn’t perfectly smooth.
  • Multi tasking. Having a bunch of apps and browser tabs is fine.
  • Video editing. Very simple FCPX editing is possible. But should not run anything complicated. Fans start to get’s louder when I’m cutting footage.

Thermal issues? Heating and fan noise

I was pretty worried about this. I noticed that the macbook air could get hot when watching some videos and doing some graphic work. But It’s actually better than my i7 macbook pro 13 inch. That one is always hot and fans kick in alot.

Running Sketch On Macbook Air

The macbook air eventhough cpu temparture stats reach the max 100 degrees. Heat on palms are not that bad. But if your editing video, which I tried once. It would get pretty hot. I guess most tech reviews were focused on video editing. But for product design, I can say it’s fine.

Battery life

Sketch App Macbook Air

I could get pretty long hours of battery life. Don’t really feel that it drains that fast. I wasn’t running anything intensive unplugged. I did notice using safari get’s me a lot of hours on it. Chrome really drains the battery fast.

Sketchup Macbook Air

Screen color and brightness

You would definatly notice outdoors that it’s not bright enough for watching movies. Other things are OK. It’s just that movies in dark lighting can’t see anything correctly. For colors I don’t have any issues.

Overall

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4r44e transmission. I’m satisfied with the decision.