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Written by Nick Heer.

20 Macs for 2020 — the Second-Generation MacBook Air

Jason Snell’s “20 Macs for 2020” series has been a delight this year. This week’s edition is about the second-generation MacBook Air, and perhaps the best summary of the article appears as a footnote:

This is the culmination of another trend — the overall shift from desktops to laptops. The MacBook Air is not just the decade’s definite laptop, it’s the definitive Mac of the 2010s.

In one day in October 2010, the MacBook Air transformed from Apple’s niche experimental travel laptop into the default computer for millions. I still use a 13-inch model from 2012; it has travelled with me, been tossed around in different bags, and has eaten through two batteries. And it is still humming along with completely adequate performance and a keyboard that remains a delight to type on — a testament to its durability and quality.

Truly, the computer that defines a decade.