It is a good question and of course you can guess the NLE used in the trial. It's a short video, but worth watching for the comparisons and conclusion, especially as it is the base model.
It is short, but getting great traction on YouTube, so we thought it would be worth embedding here on FCP.co.
We are well aware that with FCPX being optimised only for macOS, it is the fastest NLE on the Mac by far. This opens up many possibilities such as less powerful machines being able to do heavy lifting, especially in 4K.
As the GPU isn't up to the standards of bigger machines, the render times, exports and thumbnail generation times are going to be longer. Is this going to be a problem?
Kraig Adams tested out the new base model MacBook Air. How did it perform?
One thought that Kraig doesn't mention is that because the new MacBook Air has a Thunderbolt 3 port and will be running Mojave, an external GPU can be used. This will certainly speed things up, possibly even faster than using a MacBook Pro on its own.
Oh, and if you are interested in the SanDisk SSD drive that Kraig uses, you can find it here.