Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, mid 2012)

9.0
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Reviewed by Connor Turnbull (Currently owns)

The MacBook Air hasn't evolved much since it's introduction in 2010, at least, when it comes down to it's design. The device still sports an impressively thin form that means the device is not only super light, but incredibly portable, so much so that very little effort is needed to pick up your entire workstation and take it with you.

The Air's 13" screen is easily the best that i've ever used, with a 1440x900 resolution that produces a really high quality display and the perfect amount of screen real estate for me. I constantly got frustrated with the 11" Air's small display, and those two additional inches make a definite and noticeable improvement. The screen resides above a beautiful island-style keyboard that's a breeze to type on and, as many reviewers concur, the best touchpad available on a notebook.

Running off the latest generation of the Intel Core series, Ivy Bridge, the MacBook Air packs some impressive performance. In general, non-gaming use (things like video playback, web browsing, etc.), i've yet to feel the device get hot and, when Flash isn't been used, hear the fans at all. The notebook's only features an Intel integrated graphics chipset, but that's enough to power high-level graphics at native resolution in more casual games like Portal 2 and Minecraft just fine, albeit with some noticeable fan noise.

For a device that is so incredibly thin, the power it houses is amazing, especially with it's ability to push out some really high-level graphics at playable speeds. The display produces a perfect amount of screen real estate for most tasks and, even though not technically retina, will probably still have you trying hard to discern the individual pixels from a normal distance away.

Honestly, the 13" MacBook Air is the best notebook i've ever owned. I could even go as far as to say it's the best device, Apple-made or otherwise, my cash has ever been spent on.

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  • Software 9
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