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The ultraportable to beat

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The Air remains our favorite ultraportable, thanks to improved battery life, exceptional speed and a comfortable design.

Critic reviews

8.5
11 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.2
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Display
    7.7
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    7.2
  • Noise
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.2

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User reviews

8.7
55 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jun 18, 2012

The Air remains our favorite ultraportable, thanks to improved battery life, exceptional speed and a comfortable design.

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9.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 14, 2012

Apple makes the quintessential ultraportable notebook even better by giving the MacBook Air faster performance and longer battery life.

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9.0
Ars Technica Jun 20, 2012

The 2012 MacBook Air doesn't look any different than its last couple of predecessors, but the upgrades on the inside are what make the machine.

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8.0
PC Mag Jun 15, 2012

The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. While a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB 3.0 ports and free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.

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8.0
CNET Jun 18, 2012

The bottom line: This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.

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9.0
SlashGear Jun 17, 2012

With the PC industry throwing every ultrabook it can come up with at the market in the hope of scoring a win, Apple has done exactly what it needs to with the MacBook Air. Faster, more flexible and cheaper, it presents the strongest challenge from an Air model to-date.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 11, 2012

... the Air remains an object of desire, a powerful laptop and a computer that you just want to use constantly. It certainly is the best MacBook Air, and it really has to be a contender for the best laptop of the year too.

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8.0
CNET UK Jun 14, 2012

The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is as thin and stunningly designed as ever, but it's now packing the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor, making it more formidable for graphics tasks and bringing those all-important high-speed USB 3.0 ports. It's still going to cost you a pretty penny though.

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8.0
CNET AU Sep 26, 2012

The new 13-inch MacBook Air might not be the huge revision we were hoping for, but it's still an excellent laptop, borne out of years of refinement.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Jun 15, 2012

With an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU and speedy USB 3.0 ports, Apple’s latest Air is still a strong candidate for best ultraportable available. But with the same chassis and screen resolution as last year’s models, it’s not the class-leader-by-a-mile that the previous version was.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 3, 2012

With a starting price of £999, the new 2012 Macbook Air 13in is solidly positioned at the premium end of the market, but is better value than ever before thanks to its upgraded bits.

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9.0
andrelucas andrelucas

The nicest laptop I've ever owned. Simply beautiful, and the fantastic service I got from the Apple Store (they just upgraded my 2011 model which was 17 days old with no questions asked) is the icing on an already rather tasty cake.

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9.0
drkokandy drkokandy

This is the laptop that everyone should get. I've only had mine for a short time, but now I think there's nothing else that I would recommend. I know some ultrabooks are cheaper or have more ports or more storage, but I am so blown away by this machine that I have no desire to use another laptop...

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9.0
sankara sankara

Contrary to my expectation the Macbook Air is doing really good as a dev machine too. It's however worth noting that 4GB of RAM is too less in today's scenario. The OS (without any app running) takes closer to a GB. And firefox (sucker) takes 1+ GB of RAM with just a few tabs open. Had to switch...

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9.0
DINERO84 DINERO84

This macbook air is amazing. Finally its powerfully enough to multitask effortlessly. I usually have adobe photoshop & illustrator open, with mail, pages, and a browser with 15+ tabs and this macbook air doesn't miss a beat. I do not miss my 15in Macbook Pro! Battery life is good, I can get...

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9.0
JasonKR JasonKR

Speedwise: If you are basic user who are planning to use it for web surfing or something you will love this. It's really speedy! Noisewise: I could not hear the noise that used to make in 2010-mid MacBook Pro when I try to connect to Flash-heavy website. But of course you can hear fan noises...

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10
IAmRicko IAmRicko

I bought this laptop around 6 months ago to bring to take to lectures and do work in the library. When I first started shopping for a laptop I knew exactly what I needed just not what laptop would fit my needs; great battery life, backlit keyboard, usb 3.0, great graphics, weight was important...

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9.0
fella812 fella812

This is a great solution for average users on the go. But I would never recommend this laptop for anyone else. As with most Apple computers, I feel it's way over priced for what it is and does.

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9.0
Attilas Attilas

First Mac ever. Using IOS device since 4 years. 32 years old. Microsoft software developer (C#). I originally purchased a retina Macbook Pro 15" but returned it because of the image retention problems everyone was facing. Decided to get a Macbook Air 13. Took me 2 week to get used back to a...

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9.0
jeffself jeffself

I bought my 13" MacBook Air when my 2008 MacBook Pro 15" died this summer. I ordered it with the i7 processor and 8GB's of memory. It has the 256GB SSD drive. This is an amazing little laptop. It is so lightweight and portable. The only downside is the display doesn't look quite as crisp as the...

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8.0
KurdiMo KurdiMo

It's not mine. It's my roommate's CPU/GPU: The CPU/GPU are good if you don't do anything more than web browsing/streaming videos. It's my roommate's laptop. So, I'll try my best. I didn't try any video or photo editing but I guess it will work ok if you are giving it simple tasks such as...

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