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苹果MacBook Air 2018(i5,256 GB版)笔记本电脑评测

Andreas Osthoff, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Zewei Shen), 11/27/2018
Apple Ultrabook MacBook Laptop / Notebook Thunderbolt

更好的屏幕,仍然落后的处理器? 苹果几乎冷落了他们的MacBook Air很多年,曾经有很多人给出了这个系列已经终结的猜测。但是,现在我们得到了一台完全重新设计并且配备了真正与时代挂钩的屏幕的MacBook Air。对于许多用户来说,它有没有可能是Macbook Pro 13完美的替代品?还是会显得有些多余?

Apple MacBook Air 2018
Processor
Intel Core i5-8210Y
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 617, Core: 1050 MHz
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-2133,板载内存
Display
13.3 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 227 PPI, APPA039, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Apple SSD AP0256, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5毫米耳机接口, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom 802.11ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.6 x 304.1 x 212.4
Battery
50.3 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h
Operating System
Apple macOS 10.14 Mojave
Camera
Webcam: 720p Facetime摄像头
Additional features
Speakers: 立体声扬声器, Keyboard: 蝴蝶键盘三代, Keyboard Light: yes, 30瓦充电器;2米USB-C线, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.24 kg, Power Supply: 178 g
Price
9499元起 ~ 1250 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

316
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
320
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 323 cd/m² Average: 315.4 cd/m² Minimum: 4.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 321 cd/m²
Contrast: 1103:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.2 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 0.5
ΔE Greyscale 0.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
96% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.2
Apple MacBook Air 2018
APPA039, , 2560x1600, 13.3
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
APPA033, , 2560x1600, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9370 i5 UHD
ID: Sharp SHP148B, Name: LQ133D1, Dell P/N: 8XDHY, , 3840x2160, 13.3
Asus ZenBook S UX391U
AUO B133HAN04.9, , 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
M133NVF3 R0, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Tianma XM, , 3000x2000, 13.9
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
VVX14T092N00, , 2256x1504, 13.5
Apple MacBook 12 2017
APPA027, , 2304x1440, 12
Response Times
-6%
-72%
-9%
-21%
4%
-71%
-2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
42.8 (22.4, 20.4)
-8%
67.2 (31.6, 35.6)
-70%
44.8 (22.8, 22)
-13%
31 (15, 16)
22%
40.4 (19.2, 21.2)
-2%
69.2 (34.8, 34.4)
-75%
40.8 (19.6, 21.2)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (15.6, 12.4)
28.8 (14.8, 14)
-3%
41.6 (22.8, 18.8)
-49%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
-4%
24 (14, 10)
14%
25.6 (11.6, 14)
9%
46.4 (26, 20.4)
-66%
29.2 (15.8, 13.4)
-4%
PWM Frequency
113600 (75)
2500 (20)
-98%
1000 (90)
-99%
116000
2%
Screen
-4%
-58%
-143%
-25%
-124%
-73%
Brightness middle
320
588
84%
496.4
55%
299
-7%
289
-10%
442.7
38%
392
23%
Brightness
315
561
78%
469
49%
300
-5%
310
-2%
428
36%
390
24%
Brightness Distribution
95
92
-3%
84
-12%
92
-3%
85
-11%
84
-12%
89
-6%
Black Level *
0.29
0.45
-55%
0.5
-72%
0.26
10%
0.23
21%
0.31
-7%
0.24
17%
Contrast
1103
1307
18%
993
-10%
1150
4%
1257
14%
1428
29%
1633
48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.2
1.7
-42%
2.9
-142%
5.6
-367%
1.64
-37%
2.24
-87%
3.2
-167%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.2
3.5
-9%
5.26
-64%
9.1
-184%
3.31
-3%
7.19
-125%
6.3
-97%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.5
2.6
-420%
0.99
-98%
1.11
-122%
1.4
-180%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
0.8
1.9
-138%
3.9
-388%
5.5
-588%
1.71
-114%
9.7
-1113%
4.5
-463%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.33 94%
2.066 106%
2.47 89%
2.32 95%
1.42 155%
2.2 100%
CCT
6548 99%
6738 96%
7169 91%
7533 86%
6291 103%
6227 104%
7556 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.1
77.92
25%
63.9
3%
58.9
-5%
52
-16%
61.6
-1%
63.9
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96
99.94
4%
98.2
2%
90.3
-6%
82
-15%
95
-1%
95
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-5% / -4%
-65% / -61%
-76% / -122%
-23% / -24%
-60% / -104%
-72% / -72%
-2% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 113600 Hz ≤ 75 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 113600 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 75 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 113600 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.8 ms rise
↘ 18.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ZenBook S UX391U
Intel Core i7-8550U (Quiet Mode off)
165 Points ∼100% +25%
Asus ZenBook S UX391U
Intel Core i7-8550U (Quiet Mode on)
108 Points ∼65% -18%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
160 Points ∼97% +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U (macOS)
154 Points ∼93% +17%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼88% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U (macOS)
145 Points ∼88% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U (Win10)
140 Points ∼85% +6%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i5 UHD
Intel Core i5-8250U
142 Points ∼86% +8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U
141 Points ∼85% +7%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (macOS)
132 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i5-8210Y
 
132 Points ∼80% 0%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel Core m3-7Y32
120 Points ∼73% -9%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
Intel Core i5-5350U
116 Points ∼70% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 174, n=235)
112 Points ∼68% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U (macOS Software Update)
687 Points ∼100% +141%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U (macOS)
608 Points ∼89% +113%
Dell XPS 13 9370 i5 UHD
Intel Core i5-8250U
636 Points ∼93% +123%
Asus ZenBook S UX391U
Intel Core i7-8550U (Quiet Mode off)
602 Points ∼88% +111%
Asus ZenBook S UX391U
Intel Core i7-8550U (Quiet Mode on)
301 Points ∼44% +6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
Intel Core i5-8250U
590 Points ∼86% +107%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
531 Points ∼77% +86%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼75% +81%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U (macOS)
362 Points ∼53% +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
Intel Core i5-7360U (Win10)
346 Points ∼50% +21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 721, n=242)
308 Points ∼45% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y (macOS)
285 Points ∼41%
Average Intel Core i5-8210Y
 
285 Points ∼41% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
Intel Core i5-5350U
277 Points ∼40% -3%
Apple MacBook 12 2017
Intel Core m3-7Y32
265 Points ∼39% -7%
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Apple MacBook Air 2018 Intel Core i5-8210Y, Intel Core i5-8210Y; macOS: Ø277 (266.55-285.88)
Apple MacBook 12 2017 Intel Core m3-7Y32, Intel Core m3-7Y32: Ø223 (81.65-262.2)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Intel Core i5-7360U, Intel Core i5-7360U; macOS: Ø352 (345-363)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Intel Core i5-7360U, Intel Core i5-7360U; Win10: Ø326 (321.54-345.92)
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
132 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
285 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.7 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.3 %
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Noise Level

Idle
28.5 / 28.5 / 28.5 dB(A)
Load
30 / 41.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.128.62525.932.63124.923.34022.523.75022.224.86323.823.28022.122.310021.222.712520.420.916020.221.92002022.92502023.831519.324.840019.229.150018.833.963018.434.38001830.5100017.531125017.230.1160016.331.6200015.930.9250015.429.8315015.229.5400015.129.250001528.3630014.925.3800014.619.41000014.616.91250014.415.31600014.615SPL28.541.8N1.13.8median 17.2median 28.3Delta2.14.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Air 2018
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.128.22525.925.33124.925.54022.526.35022.225.36323.836.78022.135.610021.243.212520.450.616020.256.12002054.32502053.731519.356.740019.26050018.862.863018.463.98001860.6100017.564.6125017.263.3160016.364.2200015.966.9250015.465.5315015.261.7400015.160.650001561.6630014.960.6800014.657.51000014.6551250014.456.61600014.657.1SPL28.575N1.136.1median 17.2median 60.6Delta2.13.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Air 2018
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Air 2018 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Safari)
12h 01min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome)
11h 08min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 20min
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, 50.3 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017
7360U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, 54.5 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 13.3" 1.8 GHz (2017)
5350U, HD Graphics 6000, 54 Wh
Apple MacBook 12 2017
7Y32, HD Graphics 615, 41.4 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9370 i5 UHD
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 52 Wh
Asus ZenBook S UX391U
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2-LQN-00004
8250U, UHD Graphics 620,  Wh
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
8550U, GeForce MX150, 53.2 Wh
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
8250U, GeForce MX150, 57.4 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
721
681
-6%
638
-12%
540
-25%
408
-43%
491
-32%
543
-25%
481
-33%
557
-23%
462 (206 - 805, n=174)
-36%
In review: Apple MacBook Air 2018. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.
In review: Apple MacBook Air 2018. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.

相信很多买家已经等了这款全新MacBook Air许多年。重新设计最大的亮点就是屏幕,相比老款MacBook Air,新款的屏幕在分辨率上得到了很大的提升,然而在亮度、色域和质量上仍然比不过更贵的MacBook Pro,苹果的原厂校色值得称赞,所有的测量值基本上都在标准范围内。新MacBook Air采用了亮面屏,这并不新奇,但与上一代相比,新款更加引人注目。

新设计的外壳给我们留下了很好的印象,但是与MacBook Pro 13相比,Air并没有便携性上的明显优势。它们的占用面积相同,而Air的后部甚至更后;重量差异也只有100克,很难成为购买的理由。如果你想要最小巧的苹果笔记本,MacBook 12仍然是最佳选择。

我们最初的Wi-Fi续航测试得出了11-12小时的优秀结果,但是再次充电花费的时间较长。

处理器在一开始的跑分中没有给我们留下好的印象,因为与MacBook 12和老款Air相比,性能几乎没有提升。不过即使在长时间使用下,新Air仍然能保持同样的性能水平,只是风扇会比较响。我们不禁发问,对于日常使用来说,性能是否足够?是的,目前来说的确如此,但是,Air的竞品们均采用了性能更强的处理器,甚至有着战未来的能力。

这就回到了我们当初的问题,那就是,新款Air在苹果众多MacBook产品阵容中是否显得多余?稍加思考我们就能理解为什么今年苹果没有更新MacBook Pro 13(改进的键盘,Touch-ID,TrueTone和更快的处理器)。因为如果更新了,买家就没有什么理由去购买新的Air。但即使没有更新Pro 13,较低的价格基本上还是新Air的唯一优势。

下一次更新将包括噪音测试,我们还会看看苹果是否真的改善了扬声器性能。

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Andreas Osthoff, 2018-11-27 (Update: 2018-11-27)