New MacBook Air Has Slower SSD [Report]

New MacBook Air Has Slower SSD [Report]

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Apple's new cheaper MacBook Air features SSD storage that has significantly slower read speeds, according to a new report from Consomac.

The Disk Speed ​​Test tool from Blackmagic tells us that the 2019 MacBook Air SSD with 256 GB of storage is capable of speeds of 1 GB/s write and 1.3 GB/s read . Last year's equivalent model was 920 MB/s write and 2 GB/s read. There is therefore a slight improvement in writing, but the speed of reading is in sharp decline. On the side of the model equipped with 128 GB of storage, we measured flow rates of 500 MB/s write and 1.3 GB/s read; this big difference in writing performance for the small model already existed with the 2018 models.

For most customers purchasing a MacBook Air, the lower read speeds should not be noticeable in day to day usage. For $100 less than the previous generation, the new MacBook Air also features a True Tone Retina Display and a tweaked butterfly keyboard.

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New MacBook Air Has Slower SSD [Report]

NoGoodNick - July 15, 2019 at 7:18pm
The Apple Gods giveth with one hand (minimal price discounts), and takerh away with the other (crappy performance). I miss being able to install quality equipment on your own while saving substantial costs. I’d rather have a fatter notebook where the fan occasionally runs, rather than a ‘beautiful’ device that’s permanently crippled. :(
NoGoodNick - July 15, 2019 at 7:21pm
Sorry, that should be “hobbled” rather than “crippled”. The machines still run, just not as fast or as elegantly.
nocci - July 15, 2019 at 6:33pm
Needless to sill say I'm still rocking my old MacBook Air i7 2017 with an OWC Macsales SSD.
nsain38 - July 15, 2019 at 11:18pm
Same here it's new got it on sale Amazon a few months ago :)