Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 2013)

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Note: be sure to read our 13-inch MacBook Air review for lots more on Apple's latest laptops. When my parents bought me my first laptop, I fought tooth and nail to spend the extra money and get a bigger model. The 15-inch Dell Inspiron E1505 I cajoled them into purchasing was backpack-fillingly large and back-breakingly heavy, but man did it have screen space. Eventually, my computing needs changed. My laptop stopped being my TV, my game console, my desk, and my serving tray for...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 2.38 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Haswell
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 5000

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 11.8 inches
Depth 7.56 inches
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 2.38 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Mac OS X

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 11.6 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Multitouch points 4

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Haswell
Model Core i5
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.3 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.6 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Haswell
Model Core i7
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.3 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 5000

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB
Max. config RAM size 8 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 512 GB

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 3.0 2
Thunderbolt 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11ac
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Battery

Size 38 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 9 hr

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9.3

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  • Performance 10
  • Heat / noise 9
  • Battery life 10
  • Software 9

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    Reviewed by Dakenson (Currently owns)

    For an architecture student who performs professional architectural rendering, a machine like this one sounds like a bad option but I've found that if you know how to squish all the juice out of it it actually becomes one of the best in the market. You get the best of both worlds because after installing Windows you have it's power and features while keeping the Mac OS X software, perfect battery life and amazing size and weight, ideal for carrying around college.

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    Reviewed by maseinface (Currently owns)

    This notebook is a heck of a machine. The best part about the 11" MacBook Air is the fact that it is no longer the "little brother" (as far as performance is concerned) to the 13" Air. The ability to configure the 11" machine with 8GB of RAM and a Core i7 processor allows this small computer to perform better than most of the laptops on the market today. Furthermore, the addition of haswell to the MacBook air gives it impeccable battery life, only to improve with the release of Mavericks later this fall.

    The only detriments to this computer have to do with the lack of a retina display (which is accepted due to the great battery life, which a retina display would surely hinder) and the size of the trackpad. While the trackpad is as functional as ever, it is noticeably smaller than the 13" Air's iteration.

    The ability to have an iPad sized device with the performance of a 13" Air is the reason to get this device. Travelers and people who are always on the go who need performance and battery life owe it to themselves to purchase a MacBook Air.

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    Reviewed by mdooley (Currently owns)

    Fantastic computer. Definitely the best ultra-tiny ultrabook out there. Can't beat OS X and battery life, keyboard, trackpad, etc. for the price and size.

    The screen is not high res, but that doesn't matter to me at all. Apparently that drains the battery and performance like crazy, so I'm not interested. Highly recommend this little guys, he gets the job done and then some.

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