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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2012)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2012)

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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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 Air remains our favorite ultraportable, thanks to improved battery life, exceptional speed and a comfortable design.

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Pros
  • Still thinner and lighter than many competitors
  • Improved battery life
  • Blistering speed
  • Comfortable keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Aluminum casing is still scratch-prone
  • Competitors offer higher-res displays
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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

90
 

User Reviews

90
RaneKD
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
OrneryPlatypus
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
pmviana
Very good design and durable... lacks a better screen for today standards.
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
90
Laptop Magazine
Apple makes the quintessential ultraportable notebook even better by giving the MacBook Air faster performance and longer battery life.
 
80
PC Mag
The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. While a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB 3.0 ports and free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.
 
80
Computer Shopper
With an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU and speedy USB 3.0 ports, Apple’s latest Air is still a strong candidate for best ultraportable available. But with the same chassis and screen resolution as last year’s models, it’s not the class-leader-by-a-mile that the previous version was.
 
90
SlashGear
With the PC industry throwing every ultrabook it can come up with at the market in the hope of scoring a win, Apple has done exactly what it needs to with the MacBook Air. Faster, more flexible and cheaper, it presents the strongest challenge from an Air model to-date.
 
90
Engadget
The Air remains our favorite ultraportable, thanks to improved battery life, exceptional speed and a comfortable design.
 
80
CNET
The bottom line: This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.
 
90
Ars Technica
The 2012 MacBook Air doesn't look any different than its last couple of predecessors, but the upgrades on the inside are what make the machine.
 
80
CNET UK
The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is as thin and stunningly designed as ever, but it's now packing the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor, making it more formidable for graphics tasks and bringing those all-important high-speed USB 3.0 ports. It's still going to cost you a pretty penny though.
 
80
TrustedReviews
With a starting price of £999, the new 2012 Macbook Air 13in is solidly positioned at the premium end of the market, but is better value than ever before thanks to its upgraded bits.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
... the Air remains an object of desire, a powerful laptop and a computer that you just want to use constantly. It certainly is the best MacBook Air, and it really has to be a contender for the best laptop of the year too.

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