Marques Brownlee: Apple’s new 2020 MacBook Air’s keyboard is better in every way

Marques Brownlee reviews Apple’s new 2020 MacBook Air and, unsurprisingly, finds the new scissor-switch Magic Keyboard to be a huge improvement over Apple’s rather awful butterfly mechanism keyboards.

MacBook Air now features the new Magic Keyboard, first introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. A redesigned scissor mechanism delivers 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel, while the new inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys makes them easier to find without looking down.

Marques Brownlee reviews the 2020 MacBook Air
Apple’s new 2020 MacBook Air now features the new Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel for a comfortable and stable key feel.

Marques Brownlee review Apple’s 2020 MacBook Air via YouTube:

The new Magic Keyboard. This was the big change we were all waiting for – getting rid of the butterfly switches and moving back to scissor switches which are more reliable, have more travel, feel better to type on; they’re just straight up better in every way… it’s miles better to type on. I’ve been using the 16-inch MacBook Pro a lot over the last few weeks because of the new keyboard and it’s been excellent.

MacDailyNews Take: So, with the prior TechCrunch review and this one from Marques Brownlee, you get the idea: The MacBook Air is a seminal design and it’s pretty close to perfect for what it’s designed to be, but it’s now a huge step up as Apple has eliminated their self-inflicted wound of a keyboard and replaced it their utterly excellent Magic Keyboard which, as we’re typing this right now on one (via a 16-inch MacBook Pro), just works, elegantly and flawlessly!


  1. While it might be a huge improvement over the butterfly keyboard, it is still a HUGE step backwards from previous keyboards (like the one on my 2012 MBP Retina). There are three components of a computer that interface directly to a human being: the screen, the pointing device, and the keyboard. The screen and pointing devices are excellent. Apple needs to restore excellence in the keyboard, as well. The scissors might be a step forward from the pits that was the butterfly, but they’ve still got a long way’s to go.

    1. Sorry but this is a meaningless comment – read up on DaringFireball – the keyboard is getting rave reviews. This is the Mac Apple wanted to ship 5 years ago. Enjoy it.

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