Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2014)

84
Global
Score
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

The latest MacBook Air keeps the line's winning formula for an ultra light notebook, just adding a slight bump in speed to keep it fresh. And while they didn't put in a Retina display, Apple did drop the price by $100, making sure the MacBook Air remains one of the best options out there for someone seeking a portable laptop that doesn't skimp on power.

The biggest change in this latest refresh is a new processor, but Wall Street Journal says they "didn't even notice a difference" between last year's model and this one. And while a bump in speed would normally mean a drop in battery life, Macworld notes the MacBook Air is "able to maintain its superior battery life." However, critics hoped for a little more from the screen -- it's not a Retina display like the one on the MacBook Pro, but PC Mag still says "the screen looks just as good as the last time we saw it."

So while the newest MacBook Air may not have a Retina display, it does have a slightly more powerful processor that doesn't ding the battery life, and it's $100 cheaper. The result is a compact, powerful and productive laptop that will suit many users' needs.

Scores

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Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
8.5
Durability
8.0
Display
7.0
Expandability
5.0
Battery life
9.3
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Specs

MacBook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

MacBook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
View Full Specs
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