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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2014)

84
Global
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.

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Engadget Summary

The latest MacBook Air keeps the line's winning formula for an ultra light notebook, just adding a slight bump in speed to keep it fresh. And while they didn't put in a Retina display, Apple did drop the price by $100, making sure the MacBook Air remains one of the best options out there for someone seeking a portable laptop that doesn't skimp on power.

The biggest change in this latest refresh is a new processor, but Wall Street Journal says they "didn't even notice a difference" between last year's model and this one. And while a bump in speed would normally mean a drop in battery life, Macworld notes the MacBook Air is "able to maintain its superior battery life." However, critics hoped for a little more from the screen -- it's not a Retina display like the one on the MacBook Pro, but PC Mag still says "the screen looks just as good as the last time we saw it."

So while the newest MacBook Air may not have a Retina display, it does have a slightly more powerful processor that doesn't ding the battery life, and it's $100 cheaper. The result is a compact, powerful and productive laptop that will suit many users' needs.

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User Reviews

90
AmunReify
I'm so satisfied with this awesome device. It gives me all I need for my academic...read more
100
Ryan Booth
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
80
Christopher Bibbs
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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83
Average Critic Score

Design and form factor

76
 

Speed and features

80
 

Portability (size / weight)

85
 

Durability

80
 

Display

70
 

Expandability

50
 

Battery life

93
 

How It Stacks Up

84

Engadget

84
 

Critic

73
 

User

78
 
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81
 

Critic

78
 

User

90
 
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Engadget

89
 

Critic

86
 

User

80
 
84

Engadget

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Critic

88
 

User

93
 
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84

Engadget

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Critic

88
 

User

93
 
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