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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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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Model
128GB

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
no

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no
WiDi
no
NFC
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (50 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (1 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
256GB

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
1.4 GHz
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
no
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
no

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
External / removable drive bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
no
Fingerprint reader
no
IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no
WiDi
no
NFC
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to12 hour
Battery type
Li-polymer (50 capacity Wh)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
yes (1 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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