Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2012)

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MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid-2013)

Summary

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

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Pros
  • Still thinner and lighter than many competitors
  • Improved battery life
  • Blistering speed
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Aluminum casing is still scratch-prone
  • Competitors offer higher-res displays
MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid-2013)

We can't lie: we were hoping for a Retina MacBook Air last year when Apple rolled out the thinner, faster MacBook Pros with their pixel-packed displays and optical drive-free chassis. The Air, sadly, got left out of that particular party, but when we reviewed it we found a perfectly fine machine. This year, then, would surely be the year of major updates to Apple's venerable thin-and-light machine?

As it turns out, no, it wouldn't be. From the outside, the mid-2013 MacBook Air refresh is again a very minor one indeed, with no new display and (virtually) no exterior modifications. On the inside, though, bigger changes are afoot. New, faster SSDs and a selection of power-sipping Haswell CPUs from Intel have created a device that's all but identical to its predecessor yet is, in many ways, vastly improved. Is this wedge-like, 13-inch paradox worth your $1,099, and can it really live up to Apple's promised 12-hour battery life? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

90
 

Breakdown

Display
7.6
Expandability
7.2
Battery life
8.7
Durability
8.0
Design and form factor
8.2
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Specs

MacBook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

MacBook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.8 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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