It’s not just the Mobile Industry that Steve Jobs has revolutionized, when he unveiled the 1st MacBook Air several years ago, laptops were pretty dull, they were solid bulky boxes with less battery power and damn slow.
MacBook Air kind of carved a new segment for Laptops, and in a few years we saw more Laptops that were compact, thin and lasted longer, they all were competing with MacBook Air, but none ever took its place.
But lately, Apple is busy in other stuff that it seems MacBook Air is not their priority anymore. We haven’t seen the lineup being updated in last two years, and it is unlikely in the future as well.
Update: Apple finally did refresh its MacBook Air lineup, and the new ones do look nice. They now have Retina Display but a new design.
But they also follow the MacBook Pro style of only USB Type C Ports on the laptop, leaving you to forcefully live the Dongle life.
You May want to go with the 1.6 GHz dual-core, Intel Core i5, 128Gb SSD with 8Gb RAM Model, it is priced at $1079 on Amazon.com
Even though the listed laptops are being called as MacBook Air Alternatives, these very well can be considered to be Windows alternatives as well.
Fortunately, the faded Ultrabooks segment has some new additions in the last few years that were worth checking out, and if you are looking for a new Laptop, you can finally think beyond MacBook Air.
Most of the laptops mentioned below have a variant available with the Intel Core i77500u or the Kaby Lake CPU that is the most powerful process available currently that will blow the Apple MacBook
Here are some of the best MacBook Air alternatives you can consider buying.
1. Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft recently launched a full-fledged Laptop that looks stunning and offers pretty impressive specs.
Even though a lighter version of Windows 10 powers it, it can be upgraded to Windows 10 free of cost and will have no issues running it as well.
Microsoft has been launching different devices under the Surface branding, but most of them have been 2 in 1 device, so, we did not include them in the list.
Because we think they are more like Tabet PCs with the capability of a PC rather than being a PC itself.
After Microsoft Surface Pro, the Company has brought a capable machine that can not just compete with the MacBook Air but also the MacBook Pro as well.
Indeed the Microsoft Pro or the Surface Pro as received well with consumers, it was only the favorite of people who have previously owned a Windows Machine having either i5 or i7 processors.
2. Huawei Matebook 13 New Addition
After being in the Mobile only market for years, Huawei has taken a bold step to make it’s entry to the Laptop market. THeir Huawei Matebook is getting many good reviews for their innovative feature.
The 13 Inch laptop has 8th Gen 1.6 GHz Core i5-760, 8Gb RAM, 256GB SSD, has a touch display with 2K resolution and screen to body ratio of 88%.
And the Laptop costs $999 on Amazon.com
3. Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS is probably the only laptop I would have recommended as an alternative to MacBook Air a few years ago, and even though more laptops made it to the list.
Dell worked hard to better their original Dell XPS 13. Their Infinity display makes the device retain the 13-inch screen in a body of a 12-inch laptop, which is pretty cool.
Anything with generation intel core i5 or bigger would make a better machine if the OEMs work on putting them in a thin body that looks equally beautiful as the new MacBook Pro 13inch, but I guess the Windows Laptop want to compete with big bulky machines.
It’s great that we now see both thin and light laptops with Windows PC that are worthy of being Macbook Pro Alternatives.
The latest one, Dell XPS 13 9360 is a 13.3 FHD Infinity Display, powered by Intel Core i5 -8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB is priced at $999
3. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air
Xiaomi, which is also called Apple of China, and brings Apple-like products with many affordable prices, also launched an Apple Like Laptop with a name which is also similar sounding.
It’s a better-built Laptop from a first-time Laptop maker, and it did a pretty great job. Notebook Air has the edge over other laptops because of its price.
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is available on Amazon.com for $1499. However, you can get the same Model (13.3 inch 258GB SSD, 8GB RAM) for $740/- from Geekbuying, and might cost $100 extra for the import. Still a better deal at $840 for a machine like this.
The excellent build quality of the Xiaomi Notebook with all the features like SD Card / Card Reader present, it’s is a preferred device for many in comparison to the new MacBook Pro having fancy features like the touch bar or MacBook Pro.
4. HP Spectre 13
HP Specter has earned a name for itself for being a super slim Laptop which is a convertible.
It later added more laptops to the Spectre brand, but we are listing their HP Spectre 13 which is a better MacBook Alternative because of being a full-fledged PC.
5. Asus Zenbook UX330
The Asus Zenbook 330 is a 13.3-inch laptop that offers everything Macbook has it provides a slightly better deal.
It is thinner, has a better screen resolution, and you get more RAM and Storage at a lesser price. Plus it’s the updated model with features like Fingerprint reader makes it a perfect device to consider instead of the old MacBook Air.
There is another laptop from Asus, the Asus Zenbook ux305ca, which has got very positive reviews, and is still available just under $700 mark, perhaps suitable for the people with a budget of an entry-level MacBook and stood equally with Hp Spectre x2.
6. Razer Blade Stealth
The Razer Blade Stealth is a beautifully designed laptop, and I like the color choice which makes it different from all the other laptops mentioned in the list.
One great thing about this device is the screen size, which is 12.5inch and still has a QHD screen resolution, something that will spoil your viewing experience with such a fantastic display. The base model, which starts at $899, far less than the MacBook Air, has 8GB of RAM to offer.
And this is the base model, which starts at $899, far less than the MacBook Air, and it also offers 4GB More (has 8GB) RAM to offer.
7. Acer Swift 7
With 0.38 inch at it’s thinnest, Acer Swift 7 is one of the most lightweight Laptops in the world. And it’s not just the slimmer form factor we are calling it a MacBook Air alternatives.
This Laptop too, like all others in the list, offers more features, better specs at a lesser price.
8. Samsung Notebook 9
Samsung has always been after Apple, and most of the time, it has been successful in delivering products at par with the quality of Apple. Be it their flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is far ahead of the iPhone 7, or their premium Laptop, the Samsung Notebook 9.
This Laptop from Samsung is an excellent deal, at a price $999, you get a machine far superior to the MacBook Air 256GB SSD.
While all the MacBook Air Alternatives we mentioned above are superb machines, one thing it does not offer, or maybe I should say, one reason why people buy MacBook Air is the Mac OS.
All the machines above are Windows 10 based, which is amazing. If your OS of preference is Mac, you either have the option to go for the new MacBook, which is pretty expensive at $1799 (buy from Amazon.com)
Earlier, folks only had to pick from Laptops like Lenovo Ideapad or Sony Vaio Pro, and they were the only considered to be the alternative to the apple or replacement to the MacBook for people looking to buy entry-level MacBook.
Thanks to the tech, we have some fantastic Windows Laptops coming up in the market, with more SSD storage capacity and better battery life, thin and light windows pc machines. So, it should make a consumer happy.
Or simply go for the MacBook Air 128GB SSD (buy from Amazon). I’ve been using it, and it’s working fine for me even after two years. But if I have to buy a new one, I’ll pick one of the machines from the list above. I hope you find out little buying guide for the alternative to the apple, helpful.
So what’s your pick? let us know in the comments section.