Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2013)

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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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MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid-2013)

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.

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
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Model
128GB

Key Specs

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
1.3 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
1.3 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

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

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 (Multi-touch)

Connections

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

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
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
1.3 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
1.3 GHz
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (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

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

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 (Multi-touch)

Connections

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

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no