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The best alternatives to MacBook Air 2020


Apple released a new MacBook Air in 2020, which is cheaper than its predecessor and now adopts the scissor keyboard. These are the best non-Apple laptops that cost about $1,000.

Starting at $999, the new laptop brings little new compared to the 2019 MacBook Air, and even at a lower price, it may not convince many to shell out $1,000 when there are similar alternatives at a lower price.

The six laptops we highlight below cost about the same as a MacBook Air, have a 13-inch screen, weigh less than 3 pounds (1.4 kilos) and are sleek.

Lenovo IdeaPad 730S

At 2.4 pounds (1.1 kilograms), the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 730S is thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air. Its quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 2,400MHz memory and a Samsung solid-state drive allow it to perform better than the Air. The only but is its battery life. But with a starting price of $900, it’s still cheaper than the 2017 MacBook Air.

HP Specter x360 13

This configuration of the Specter x360 costs less than the new MacBook Air and comes with better specs: 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, a microSD card slot, and better battery life. In addition, the Specter has an HD touch screen.

If you’re a Windows user and want a balance of power, price, and portability, it’s hard to find a better laptop than the XPS 13. Starting at $899, this laptop is attractive, slim, and offers plenty of flexibility in configuration and price.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro

The Notebook 9 Pro is $100 cheaper than the new MacBook Air but includes superior specs and a 13.3-inch touchscreen. The base configuration includes an 8th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

This laptop is lightweight, has a modern design, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a solid keyboard and touchpad, and a decent series of ports.

A 2-in-1 with an Air-like design

Lenovo Yoga C740

Frequently available for less than $750, this slim, convertible 3-pound laptop is a solid choice for anyone who needs a laptop for the office or school. Its metal chassis gives it a premium look, its keyboard is comfortable, and its touchpad is precise.