Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" (2011 -)
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013)
16 June 2013
Conclusion: 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.
Summary: At first blush, the MacBook Air doesn't appear to have changed much between 2011 and 2012: it looks exactly the same, save for those USB 3.0 ports and new MagSafe2 connector, and even the 50Wh battery remains unchanged. As for those faster Ivy Bridge processors, well, every PC maker is refreshing their Ultrabooks with Intel's new chips, if they haven't already.
Conclusion: But for those weighing the pros and cons of a Windows-based ultrabook versus the MacBook Air, the latter doesn't have the no-doubt edge in design and features that it did a year ago. The 2012 model is still impressive, to be sure. But competitors are quickly crowding into its market with good alternatives at lower price points. Another major update to the Apple ultraportable's design or screen seems unlikely until sometime in 2013.
Pros: Faster processor and solid-state drive at a lower price than previous version, USB 3.0 ports, Same attractive, sturdy design, Quick boot time
Cons: No thinner or lighter than previous models, Screen resolution could be higher for the screen size
Summary: The 13-inch MacBook Air remains our favorite ultraportable notebook. In addition to best-in-class ergonomics, loud speakers and a svelte profile, you now get faster performance and much longer battery life than the Ultrabook competition for $100 less than before. The only reason we dropped the rating from a perfect 5 stars to 4.5 stars is because some Ultrabooks offer higher-resolution screens and more compact designs.
Pros: Iconic beautifully thin design, Very long battery life, Fast boot time and faster flash memory than previous Air, Superior touchpad, Vast easy-to-use App Store, Impressively loud speakers
Cons: Other ultraportables have higher-resolution screens, SD Card sticks out
Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2013 MD760D/A Subnotebook
25 April 2012
Excerpt: Battery Life Extensions. Traditionally, Apple products have long product cycles and are only upgraded conservatively here and there. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that the MacBook Air 13 is the spitting image of its predecessor. In the following review, we will take a close look at what has changed on the inside. Since the launch of the MacBook Air 2008, the only major case update Apple has performed was in 2010.
Pros: Great workmanship, Light and slim, Very good backlit keyboard, Silent at low load, Good system performance, Fast storage devices, Very good battery life, Thunderbolt offers extensive upgrade possibilities, Port posiitioning, Although the design is already 5 years old (or older), it still excites customers with its slim unibody case. The long battery life and good keyboard ensure comfortable use.
Cons: Case edge is quite sharp in certain areas, No mobile broadband module available, Wobbly display in slanted position, Non-removable battery, No internal upgrade options, Reflective display, No display port adapter in delivery, Small gaps between ports, At load, very loud, Short guarantee period, A matte display, an integrated mobile broadband module (4G/LTE) and hinges which support the display better (at wide angles).
Conclusion: In the review of Apple's 2011 MacBook Air we wrote, "Overall there is not much new to report about the latest MacBook Air, and that is a good thing." That is basically also true for the MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012. However, there are a few improvements worth mentioning as well as things that could still be improved in our opinion. But one thing at a time. The MacBook Air 13 convinces, as before, with flawless workmanship and timeless, elegant design .
Pros: High manufacturing quality, Low weight, Compact size, Fast SSD, Good overall performance, Usually very quiet, The higher system performance is remarkable. Fortunately, the design and workmanship have not been modified.
Cons: Moderate screen resolution, Reflective screen, Average brightness, Barely any maintenance or upgrade possibilities, Weaknesses in thermal design
Conclusion: The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. Although 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.
Pros: Thunderbolt port. Quick wake from sleep. Good screen resolution for a 13-inch laptop. USB 3.0. 256GB and 512GB flash storage upgrade option.
Cons: No HDMI. New Ivy Bridge processor doesn't add much performance. New AC adapter incompatible with previous accessories without an adapter.
Excerpt: The Good Dramatically faster for both everyday and serious work. Better value than most Windows-based opponents. Battery life still holds up with the added speed. 4GB of RAM now standard on 13-inch models. Thunderbolt opens up fast storage, docking possibilities. Backlit keyboard returns at last. Lion a good fit for the hardware. Still extremely portable. Excellent keyboard and trackpad. Quiet in most use cases. Sharp, low-glare display.
Pros: Dramatically faster for both everyday and serious work., Better value than most Windows-based opponents., Battery life still holds up with the added speed., 4GB of RAM now standard on 13-inch models., Thunderbolt opens up fast storage, docking possibilities., Backlit keyboard returns at last., Lion a good fit for the hardware., Still extremely portable., Excellent keyboard and trackpad., Quiet in most use cases., Sharp, low-glare display.
Cons: No more than 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD., Can't be user-upgraded., Not as fast as costlier rivals., Battery life could still be longer., Display isn't as vivid as on a MacBook Pro or similar.
Conclusion: The new MacBook Air hardware combined with Apple’s latest version of OS X — OS X Lion — is a powerful 1-2 punch that should please most OS X users new and old. While some may be put off by the heavy iOS undertones, we feel Apple’s attempts to blend the mobile and traditional desktop computing experience has paid off. Our only suggestion: if you don’t have a multi-touch trackpad Apple laptop or use an Apple desktop, invest in the Magic Trackpad for the full effect.