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Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (mid 2014)

Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (mid 2014)

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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

The latest MacBook Air gets a slight bump in speed over its predecessor, but Apple's winning formula is otherwise unchanged. In lieu of adding a Retina display, Apple dropped the price by $100 instead, making the MacBook Air one of the better options for someone seeking a sleek, ultraportable laptop that doesn't skimp on power.

The only big change was the new processor, and Wall Street Journal says they "didn't even notice a difference" in performance between last year's model and this one. A bump in speed usually means an accompanying drop in battery life, but Macworld reported that the new MacBook Air was "able to maintain its superior battery life." Most critics were happy with the screen, but that didn't stop them for hoping for more -- like a Retina display. However, The Inquirer says the screen still "offers sharp and bright colours."

Apple's newest MacBook Air may not have a Retina display, but it clocks in at $100 less while offering more processor power without compromising the battery life. The result is a compact, powerful and productive laptop that will suit many users' needs.

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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Screen size
1122
Screen resolution
1366 x 768
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i3
Processor speed
1.419
System RAM
41
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
DisplayPort
Maximum battery life
Up to 920
Type
Screen size
Screen resolution
Bundled OS
CPU family
Processor speed
System RAM
Pointing device
Video outputs
Maximum battery life
Ultraportable
1122
1366 x 768
Mac OS
Core i3
1.419
41
Trackpad
DisplayPort
Up to 920

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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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