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Apple MacBook Air (2018)

Apple MacBook Air (2018)

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MacBook Air 2018 Review

MacBook Air 2018 Review

Posted   11.09.18
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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The new Air is precisely the upgrade many users have been holding out for, with a slimmed-down body, sharper Retina display, long battery life and a useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Though it’s more than fast enough for common use cases, some might prefer to spend $100 on the entry-level MacBook Pro to get more processing power.

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Pros
  • Lighter
  • Slimmed-down design
  • Sharp Retina display
  • Long battery life
  • Spacious and reliable trackpad
  • It has Touch ID
Cons
  • Underpowered compared to a similarly priced MacBook Pro
  • No option to upgrade the processor
  • No more SD slot
  • Screen is dimmer than the Pro's
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

10
dontbeevil4
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
90
forestdonkey
I like it a lot. It's my first Mac. I havent been using it for anything too...read more
80
Fateh
Been using the 2013 Macbook Air for quite some time and I'm sure impressed with...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
 
80
The Verge
If you’re the kind of person who can switch to Windows, you can find something just as good and probably a little bit faster for less money. Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6, for example, are really solid. But a lot of people just want a good, modern, reliable Mac. Nothing fancy, really. They just deserve something that’s up to par. And for those people, the ones who have been hanging on to that old MacBook Air, this is a nice upgrade. It’s par for the course — and that’s probably enough.
 
80
TechRadar
Fans of the Apple MacBook Air have been clamoring for an update to the thin-and-light laptop for a while now, and they won’t be disappointed by the fact that it’s thinner and lighter than ever before; however, it’s only slightly faster, and definitely more expensive, and if you’ve not been convinced by the MacBook Air before the cosmetic enhancements might not be enough to sway you.
 
80
PC Mag
Though no speedster, the refreshed MacBook Air finally gets a Retina Display and updated components, making it a sleek ultraportable laptop worthy of its pioneering predecessor's name.
 
80
iMore
If you need ultimate portability, get a MacBook. If you need cutting-edge power, get a MacBook Pro. If you want something you can take everywhere, do everything on, and not have to pay... quite so much of a premium for it, then get the MacBook Air. It's the new normal.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
The new MacBook Air is a welcome upgrade with a sharper display in a thinner and lighter design, but this laptop could use more power.