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Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020)
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019)
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Apple MacBook Air (early-2020) vs Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen (2019)

Analysis:

The Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020) is one of the very best Traditional Laptops that one can get for around $1,000. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019), however, while a very good choice at its $2,200 price point, falls just short of being remarkable.

The Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020) has managed to do great in various roundups conducted by reviewers from highly trusted sources that perform objective in-depth testing, like Wirecutter (NYTimes), Wirecutter, Laptop Mag, and PCmag - it was dubbed "Top Pick" by Wirecutter (NYTimes), "Top Pick" by Wirecutter, and "The best 13-inch Apple laptop" by Laptop Mag. Any product that's held in such high regard by some of the most reliable sources should be considered by everyone who's looking for a Traditional Laptop at this price.

As for the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019) - it was received really well by reviewers from a couple of highly trusted sources, such as Laptop Mag, PCmag, Wirecutter, and Wirecutter (NYTimes); it performed great in their in-depth hands-on roundups and earned the "The best multimedia laptop" title from Laptop Mag, "Best for Content Creators, Multimedia Pros" from PCmag, and "Ranked 3 out of 8" from Wirecutter, which indicates that this product is worthy of consideration.

To get a better idea of how they fare when compared directly to each other, we analyzed review scores of sources that tested both. Notebookcheck.net, for example, preferred the Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020), while PCmag rated both of them the same.

We also took a look at which sources had the best things to say about them. We learned that the Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020) got reviewed the highest by hardwarezone.com.sg - it gave it a rating of 9, while the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019) most impressed reviewers at Notebookcheck.net, which gave it a score of 8.7.

Lastly, we averaged out all of the reviews scores that we could find on these two products and compared them to other Traditional Laptops on the market. We learned that both of them performed far better than most of their competitors - the overall review average earned by Traditional Laptops being 7.6 out of 10, whereas the Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020) and Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019) managed averages of 8.3 and 8.0 points, respectively.

Due to the difference in their prices, however, it's important to keep in mind that a direct Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020) vs. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019) comparison might not be entirely fair - some sources don't take value for money into account when assigning their scores and therefore have a tendency to rate more premium products better.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
PCmag
Laptop Mag
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Wirecutter
Notebookcheck.net
Tom's Guide
CNET
The Verge
Techradar
TechSpot
Tech. Specs Comparison
Apple MacBook Air i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD (early-2020)
$949
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme 2nd Gen i7-9750H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD(2019)
$2,135
Higher than average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.6
Overall Avg. for Traditional Laptops
8.0
Avg. Review Score
Score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best MacBooks” 
Last updated: 5 days ago
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best MacBooks” 
Last updated: 4 May 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Basic Productivity for macOS Fans
in “The Best Laptops for College Students in 2020” 
Last updated: a day ago
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best laptop for college: Apple, Dell, Microsoft and more compared” 
Last updated: a month ago
The Verge
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best laptops 2020” 
Last updated: 10 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best cheap Apple laptop
in “Best laptop 2020: our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this year” 
Last updated: 5 days ago
Digital Camera World
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 10
in “The best MacBooks for photo editing in 2020” 
Last updated: 9 Apr 2020
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #7 out of 8
in “The Best Laptops Under $1,000 of 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Laptops” 
Last updated: 16 Apr 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Best Laptops” 
Last updated: 16 Apr 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Frequent Travelers, Everyday Computing
in “2020 Apple MacBooks Compared: Air or Pro, Which Model Is Right for You ?” 
Last updated: a month ago
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best MacBook for most people
in “Best laptops of 2020” 
Last updated: 12 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 10
in “The best student laptops 2020: all the best options for school” 
Last updated: 16 days ago
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The most affordable MacBook
in “Best Ultrabooks in 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Everyday Computing Under macOS
in “The Best Ultraportable Laptops for 2020” 
Last updated: 28 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 10
in “Best laptop for programming in 2020: top picks for coders, developers and sysadmins” 
Last updated: 8 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Mainstream macOS Use
in “Tested: The Lightest Laptops for 2020” 
Last updated: 28 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 7
in “Best laptops for graphic design 2020: top picks for graphic designers” 
Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Mainstream macOS Use
in “The Best Battery Life Laptops for 2020” 
Last updated: 28 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 7
in “Best laptop for DJs 2020: the best laptops for music production” 
Last updated: 21 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 6
in “Best laptops for kids 2020: the top laptops for kids in elementary school and beyond” 
Last updated: 18 days ago
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Laptops for College Students” 
Last updated: 1 May 2020
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Laptops for College Students” 
Last updated: 1 May 2020
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The best graduation gifts to buy for 2020” 
Last updated: 5 days ago
CNET
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “These are our favorite gifts for grads in 2020” 
Last updated: 15 days ago
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best business Mac in 2020: best laptop, all-in-one, workstation, mobile workstation and laptop replacement” 
Last updated: a month ago
Highly recommended by trusted experts
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best multimedia laptop
in “Which ThinkPad is right for you?” 
Last updated: 9 days ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Content Creators, Multimedia Pros
in “The Fastest Laptops for 2020” 
Last updated: 13 Feb 2020
Laptop Mag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best 15-inch laptop
in “Best Lenovo Laptops in 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Content Creators, Multimedia Pros
in “The Best Laptops for Video Editing in 2020” 
Last updated: 30 Jan 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Content Creators, Multimedia Pros
in “The Best Lenovo Laptops for 2020” 
Last updated: 27 Jan 2020
Wirecutter
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Laptops for Video and Photo Editing” 
Last updated: 24 Feb 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Laptops for Video and Photo Editing” 
Last updated: 24 Feb 2020

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