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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2013)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2013)

from  $879+
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84 Engadget 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.

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 2013 MacBook Air offers amazing battery life and disk I/O performance for an even more accessible price, but it sure could use a few more pixels in that display.

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Pros
  • Phenomenal battery life
  • Fast I/O from PCIe SSDs
  • $100 less than last year
  • Great keyboard and trackpad
Cons
  • Still no Retina display
  • Base CPU performance lower than last year
84 Engadget 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.

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

84
 

User Reviews

60
follinvajra
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
90
herojig
This is the best business laptop I've ever had, and I've had quite a few dating...read more
90
bryguy23
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
This is the same Air you know and, possibly, love. It's tapered thin, brushed aluminum shell, with all those standard ports (original Thunderbolt, included). And the display, while sharp, is no Retina -- you'll have to keep waiting on that front.
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CNET
It's easy to say that this new version of the 13-inch MacBook Air is a modest step forward, with no physical changes to the exterior, and still no higher-res display, touch screen, or HDMI port. The battery life is a potentially very big deal, however.
Product Review
PC Mag
The new MacBook Air looks very much like the previous model. It's got the same wedge-shaped chassis that tapers almost to a sharp point. The screen is a 13.3-inch widescreen display with a 1,440-by-900 resolution.
Product Review
Pocket-Lint
Externally, there's little change to the design of the 2013 MacBook Air. That's no bad thing, because it remains one of the best designed notebooks out there and we're happy to stick with the tried and tested formula. The only physical difference you'll spot on the outside is the new dual mic arrangement.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
The MacBook Air 13-inch is the longest-lasting ultraportable notebook -- without a bulky extra battery -- at a more affordable price, making the best 13-inch laptop even better.
 
80
Engadget
The 2013 MacBook Air offers amazing battery life and disk I/O performance for an even more accessible price, but it sure could use a few more pixels in that display.
 
80
Forbes
I’m not suggesting that the MacBook Air is for everyone. For one thing it lacks a touch-screen. ... Of course, if you need a lot of storage or a great deal of processing power and memory, the Air isn’t for you. It maxes out at 8 GBs of memory which is more than enough for the vast majority of users.
Product Review
Geek.com
The Air has been a no-brainer purchase for years now. It’s been a great choice for anyone who needs a lot of battery life and doesn’t want to carry around too much computer with them, and that’s still true today.
Product Review
TechRadar
The 2013 MacBook Air has got cheaper (for the 13-inch), faster and will last longer. It's an improvement on an already terrific laptop and, though we always love to see a new design, the only thing we'd like to see dramatically different is the screen resolution.
 
90
PC Mag
Equipped with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the latest MacBook Air 13-inch shows decent performance gains. But it's the ultraportable's over 15 hours of battery life that blows away the competition.

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