Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2013)

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

Summary

The 2013 MacBook Air offers amazing battery life and disk I/O performance for an even more accessible price, but it sure could use a few more pixels in that display.

from $913+
Pros
  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Fast I/O from PCIe SSDs
  • $100 less than last year
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Still no Retina display
  • Base CPU performance lower than last year
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

84
 

Breakdown

Display
7.9
Expandability
7.3
Battery life
9.9
Durability
9.2
Design and form factor
8.9
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Specs

MacBook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.3 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
1.3 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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