Apple MacBook Air (2013)

This update to Apple’s most portable notebook gives a huge boost to battery

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    4.50 / 5
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    2.50 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)
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    $ 1,249.00 (AUD)

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Lara

0.0

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Mac book air 2013
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Crap device full of wifi connection problems. Returning my second MacBook air in 2 months for full refund. Wasted a lot of time.

D Bogart

5.0

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Battery life, graphics, solid state drive, sleek design, great feel
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Price
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A few months ago, I was torn between the new Macbook Pro Retina and the Macbook Air. Since the 13" Retina and Air had about the same battery life at the time (May 2013) and there was only about 1/2lb difference between the two, I decided to go with the Retina because of the incredible screen resolution. It does provide a gorgeous picture, but I kept coming back to the fact that in the store I just liked the feel of the Air so much more. After about two weeks, I received an Apple email announcing the release of the new 12hr Macbook Air and the debate in my mind was over -- I knew the Air was the machine for me! I took the Retina back to the Apple Store and exchanged it for the new Macbook Air and I'm so glad I did. Even though it's just a 1/2lb difference, I really notice it. I also love how the shape of the Air makes it so easy to slide in and out of the bag I carry back and forth from work to home with my papers and such. Plus, the tapered edges don't cut into my wrists when typing the way the Retina did. I went with an upgraded version of the 13"Air - 8gb memory, 512gb SSD, 1.7ghz dual core processer. Of course the resolution on the Retina is better, but I hardly notice a difference. Whether I'm watching movies, TV, baseball games, or simply typing a document, the Air's screen is crisp and bright and noticeably better than anything I've used in the past. The Air also comes with the latest WiFi technology (802.11ac) which is 3x faster than the wifi used in the MB Pro Retina. Plus, the new Air comes with HD Graphics 5000 as opposed to 4000 in the previous models. Finally, if you're like me and hate being tethered to an outlet, the Air is for you. The battery life is truly phenomenal, as advertised, and it completely recharges in about an hour, much faster than I expected. I'm sure the next version of the MB Pro Retina will incorporate many of the advantages I pointed out above and likewise, the next Air will come with Retina screens. So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you're torn between getting the Macbook Pro Retina or the Macbook Air, go with the one that feels best to you, either way you can't go wrong.

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