Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Haswell
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 5000
The Verge Battery Test 13 hours and 29 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.8 inches
Depth 8.94 inches
Thickness .68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Mac OS X

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1440 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

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

Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 512 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

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 54 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 12 hr

Benchmarks

The Verge Battery Test 13 hours and 29 minutes

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Schoensen (Currently owns)

    I too have to say that I have never written a review for any product on the verge yet. However as a longstanding mac user I expected the update to be as subtle as my jump from the 2004 Powerbook to the 2008 Macbook. In a certain way I always was disappointed by the macbook. It was fast and reliable and after 5 years I love this piece of equipment. Except the battery and the hard-disk (which I changed to a SSD last year) it still works and my GF is happy to take it, use it and love it. But somehow it was not special.

    Enter the macbook air. I really love the form factor. The design is everything I ever wanted and wished from a laptop. The battery life is amazing. I actually use it like my ipad whenever I use it to write or take it out for some work in a café or train. I personally have no complaints about the speed and usability. However heavy sites like the verge are only a bit faster than when displayed on my old macbook which is 5 years old.
    It has the best trackpad but actually the keyboard is a bit to 'clicky' for me (Sorry John Gruber ;-)).

    All in all, it is the best computer around. I struggled, thinking I might buy the macbook pro retina because a retina display is undoubtedly the future, but having decided for thinness, less weight and an amazing battery life I am really happy.

    Go and buy it.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by suryatherisingstar (Currently owns)

    I usually don't write reviews for the products I own, but it is different with my MBA. After using it for a while I couldn't resist to share my experience with others. I own a MBA 13" with the highest configuration, it is on par with any other laptops out their including the MBP retina. This machine holds everything I throw at it including heavy software development, light photo editing and gaming. The design including keyboard, touchpad, heat/noise of MBA is unbeatable even though lot of manufacturers tried to copied it.
    Except for the display, this is the best machine you can get!!!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by mdooley (Currently owns)

    Amazing. This is the single best ultrabook on the market, in terms of all of components of the score I made, and also just basic design. I recommend this to anyone that wants a laptop at all. Obviously many people have said the greatest points about this already, and more articulately than me, so I will let them do they thang, so to speak, and leave it at that. the best laptop you can get, period.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by mdooley (Currently owns)

    Amazing. This is the single best ultrabook on the market, in terms of all of components of the score I made, and also just basic design. I recommend this to anyone that wants a laptop at all. Obviously many people have said the greatest points about this already, and more articulately than me, so I will let them do they thang, so to speak, and leave it at that. the best laptop you can get, period.

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  • 10.0
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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jmanes (Currently owns)

    I recently purchased this MacBook Air with a 512GB SSD, 8GB of ram and a 1.7 Intel Core i7 CPU. This was an upgrade for me considering my last Air was the 2012 model with baseline specs.

    Design overall is beautiful as usual. Very nice to use and nice to the touch. Great consumer product in that respect. However the design is much like the iPhone 4 to 4S. After buying it if you are used to the 2012 model it feels a little stale.

    The keyboard is fantastic, but not as good as Lenovo's notebook keyboards. I would say Apples keyboard takes an easy second (or maybe third behind some of HPs keyboards). It takes a while to adjust to the keys if you are used to Lenovo's quality keyboards. The touchpad is perfect. 10/10 in that respect. I have never used a better touchpad in my life thus far.

    After a full charge I was able to push 14 hours of battery life with 70% brightness. I usually listen to music and browse the web, so I was not doing anything too intensive. I did not experience any heat or noise issues and the performance was wonderful throughout it all. I recommend this to anyone out there.

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    Reviewed by robbieelias (Currently owns)

    Just last year, I bought a brand new Zenbook Prime which seemed amazing to me at the time because it was my first ultrabook. After a while, I noticed the the performance and trackpad were really lacking especially after playing with my friend's MBA.

    One year later, I've decided to give the Macbook Air and OS X a try and I'm not regretting it so far. This model is meant to stand out for its battery life and the tests don't lie, it does have amazing battery life. Performance is better than Windows ultrabooks with the same specs, mainly due to software optimizations. The keyboard is amazing even though I'm still getting used to the shortcuts. The trackpad is out of this world and is in a different league compared to Windows trackpads. Despite the screen resolution, it is still very good looking and on par with my 1080p Zenbook, except for the slightly glossy display. Nothing else stands out really, which is a very good thing...

    I'd like to end by saying that Mac OS X is better than Windows in many, many ways other than maybe gaming and compatibility. It has been much easier to get work done on my Mac compared to my PC.

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