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A thin laptop handicapped by a middling screen

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The 2013 MacBook Air offers amazing battery life and fast disk speeds for an even more accessible price, but at this point, it could use a higher-resolution display.

Critic reviews

8.8
17 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Battery life
    9.9
  • Display
    7.9
  • Durability
    9.2
  • Expandability
    7.6
  • Noise
    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.6

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User reviews

9.0
43 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jun 13, 2013

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.

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 14, 2013

Equipped with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the latest MacBook Air 13-inch shows decent performance gains. But it's the ultraportable's over 15 hours of battery life that blows away the competition.

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9.0
AnandTech Jun 24, 2013

For customers looking for a good, mainstream notebook PC, the new MacBook Air is really quite awesome...If I didn't feel like we were a few months away from an rMBP update...I'd probably cozy up to a new 13-inch MacBook Air.

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9.0
Wired Jun 27, 2013

So what we’ve got now is a proven winner of a machine — a super-slim, 2.96 pound laptop with respectable processing chops — that’s seen some welcome enhancements, the most significant of which is truly stellar battery life.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 11, 2013

The MacBook Air 13-inch is the longest-lasting ultraportable notebook -- without a bulky extra battery -- at a more affordable price, making the best 13-inch laptop even better.

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8.0
CNET Jun 14, 2013

Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a less-expensive starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jun 27, 2013

Owners of 2010 and 2011-model Airs who are looking to upgrade will see big boosts to GPU and storage performance, respectable boosts to CPU performance, and amazing boosts to battery life.

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10
Pocket-Lint Jun 17, 2013

New internal hardware helps the MacBook Air maintain its position as one of our favourite notebooks. We're still happy with the 2012 MacBook Air, but there's enough here to make us want to upgrade: the improved performance and particularly that battery life...

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10
Digital Versus Jul 28, 2013

With the 2013 MacBook Air 13", Apple has set a new record for battery life that truly crushes the competition. Fourteen and a half hours! Just think of the possibilities. On top of that, you have the same thin/lightweight body, quiet fan and quality manufacturing that made the previous MacBook Airs...

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10
T3 Jul 10, 2013

The latest 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is as slick as ever: thrillingly lightweight, gorgeous-looking and now offering both speedy performance and considerable battery life. This laptop will last you 12 hours of internet- enabled usage before needing a recharge.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jun 21, 2013

The Apple Macbook Air 13-inch 2013 is a fantastic update to an already excellent product. It’s a great time for existing owners to upgrade, and it sets the standard for all rivals to try to match.

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8.0
Forbes Jun 12, 2013

I’m not suggesting that the MacBook Air is for everyone. For one thing it lacks a touch-screen. ... Of course, if you need a lot of storage or a great deal of processing power and memory, the Air isn’t for you. It maxes out at 8 GBs of memory which is more than enough for the vast majority of...

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10
Expert Reviews Jun 24, 2013

Ideally we'd have liked a higher resolution screen, but with great battery life, amazing build quality, a great keyboard and a lower price, the Macbook Air is the best thin-and-light laptop

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10
V3 Aug 22, 2013

The good news for first-time Air purchasers, is that they'll be getting Intel Haswell-based models at a cheaper price than the 2012 MacBook Airs. However, savvy buyers might want to wait until autumn to get their hands on a MacBook Air running Mavericks.

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9.0
9to5Mac Jun 30, 2013

f someone were to ask us what Mac they should get, we’d have an incredibly hard time not recommending the 13-inch Macbook Air. With new lower starting price, the $1099 base model is arguably one of the best computers Apple, or anyone, has ever made.

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9.0
Notebookcheck Jul 17, 2013

The MacBook Air 13 excites users with its slim and attractive unibody case. The workmanship is almost flawless and the noise emissions are barely noticeable (for the majority of the time).

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8.0
Mobile Tech Review Jun 26, 2013

Though the display won't win against recent full HD Windows 8 Ultrabooks or the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display, it's sharp, colorful and bright. And the battery life? It's simply off the charts and our Core i7 13" model routinely manages 10 to 12 hours of use time on a full charge. Wow.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 10, 2013

This is the same Air you know and, possibly, love. It's tapered thin, brushed aluminum shell, with all those standard ports (original Thunderbolt, included). And the display, while sharp, is no Retina -- you'll have to keep waiting on that front.

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CNET Jun 10, 2013

It's easy to say that this new version of the 13-inch MacBook Air is a modest step forward, with no physical changes to the exterior, and still no higher-res display, touch screen, or HDMI port. The battery life is a potentially very big deal, however.

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PC Mag Jun 10, 2013

The new MacBook Air looks very much like the previous model. It's got the same wedge-shaped chassis that tapers almost to a sharp point. The screen is a 13.3-inch widescreen display with a 1,440-by-900 resolution.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 12, 2013

Externally, there's little change to the design of the 2013 MacBook Air. That's no bad thing, because it remains one of the best designed notebooks out there and we're happy to stick with the tried and tested formula. The only physical difference you'll spot on the outside is the new dual mic...

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TechRadar Jun 12, 2013

The 2013 MacBook Air has got cheaper (for the 13-inch), faster and will last longer. It's an improvement on an already terrific laptop and, though we always love to see a new design, the only thing we'd like to see dramatically different is the screen resolution.

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Geek.com Jun 12, 2013

The Air has been a no-brainer purchase for years now. It’s been a great choice for anyone who needs a lot of battery life and doesn’t want to carry around too much computer with them, and that’s still true today.

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9.0
Chipotleez Chipotleez

Excellent overall Machine. And whilst it may not have all the features of other ultrabooks (a.k.a. Touch, Convertible, Hi-Res Display) it is one of the first with Haswell and the battery life shows that. I can still say all around, this is the Ultrabook to pick up out of the lot. Plus you get Mac...

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10
piers piers

i bought the 13" configuration with an i7, 8GB of RAM, and the 256GB SSD (also bought an AirPort Time Capsule for extra storage as I don't really need terribly much on the move, just at home). It truly is an incredible machine. It's fast, it's responsive, it's thin, and it really does last all...

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9.0
rcktorres rcktorres

I needed a fast, reliable and portable laptop and I got it. Gorgeous design with elegant features, 12-hr battery life and a steadfast OS make this the perfect laptop.

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10
IlyaH IlyaH

Great machine (upgraded from 2011 Series 9). Thou my audio card is giving out funny noises when playing HTML5 and Flash from both Safari and G Chrome, if you watch a downloaded content - everything works just fine (I presume its more of a software glitch which will be fixed with new OS X which is...

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