Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

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Reviewed by ylord (Currently owns)

I ordered the i7/8GB/256GB model.

Design: no matter how outdated the design is, it's incredibly thin and beautiful. Very ergonomic, comfy-to-use, and definitely not a wrist killer (cofmacbookprocof); but most of all: portable and light. Such attributes seal the deal between an MBP and a MBA. 9/10 because the design is kinda outdated and not-so-impressive anymore (but still prettier than any ultrabook).

Keyboard: this is the first MacBook I've ever owned, so I have no complaints so far about it. It's smooth, backlit and typing here is a delight, so definitely a 10/10.

Trackpad: what can I say? Apple makes the best trackpads in the world. There is simply no match in the PC industry. Not even close, by a long, long shot. And it's not just about the design, it's about how functional, well made and useful it is. I have plenty of mice, but I haven't even considered using one with this machine. 10/10.

Display: I'll just say it could be better. Don't get me wrong, colors and brightness are perfect, but now that the competition is catching up, Apple should step up and make retina the standard for its laptops. Unfortunately, a retina display that doesn't eat up the battery life so fast is still in the to-do list. You won't see the pixels unless you take a closer look, but still, you can see them and it'd definitely look better with a retina display, so 8/10.

Performance: it's just perfect. Incredibly fast and responsive, no matter how many apps you use, you fly with this machine. 10/10.

Heat/noise: the first thing I noticed when I started using my MacBook Air is how silent it is. No, I really mean it, it's insanely quiet unless you start doing some real hard work (compiling, video editing, too many Adobe apps open at the same time, etc.), so definitely a 10/10.

Battery life: from 8 to 14h depending on what I'm doing. Some say it's thanks to Intel, but I'm yet to see a laptop that matches the MacBook Air in both thinness, performance and battery life.

Software: OS X Mountain Lion runs very, very fast in here. Both the boot time and the shutdown time are pretty low, and the OS takes good care of optimising the system resources for the provided hardware.

TL;DR the best laptop I've ever owned. I'm in love with this machine.

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