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.