MacBook Air

MacBook Air

In 2008 Steve Jobs introduced the first ultra-thin, very lightweight MacBook Air by dramatically sliding it out of an inter-office envelope. The idea of a dramatically thin, lightweight, and fully functional laptop continues on.

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MD711LL/B 1.70GHz 11.6" MacBook Air 64GB
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MD712LL/B 1.70GHz 11.6" MacBook Air 128GB
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MD760LL/B 1.80GHz 13.3" MacBook Air 128GB
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MD761LL/B 1.80GHz 13.3" MacBook Air 256GB
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Introduced in 2008 and last redesigned in 2010, Apple’s MacBook Air ($899 and up from the Apple Store) started out as a significantly slimmer, lighter, and more expensive alternative to the 13″ MacBook and MacBook Pro. Currently available in 11.6″ (1366×768-pixel) and 13.3″ (1440×900-pixel) models, the MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, featuring non-Retina screens, 9- to 12-hour battery life, and 128-512GB of flash storage. To reduce their size, they use low-power Intel Core i5 processors, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt port; only the 13.3″ model includes an SDXC card reader. They are still Apple’s smallest all-in-one computers, and top choices for many students and casual computer users.

In April 2014, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air with marginally faster processors and dropped the price of the entry-level 11-inch model by $100. The MacBook Air line includes 1.4GHz processors across the line with Intel Haswell Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7GHz. All four models ship with 4GB of RAM standard, and built-to-order versions can go up to 8GB. Sources tell us that a completely revamped model with a thinner design, tweaked trackpad, new keyboard design, enhanced speakers, and a Retina display is in the works for 2015. It will lose standard USB ports and possibly battery life versus this version, making it less appealing to some people.

 

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Our recommendation:

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This April 2014 MacBook Air update is definitely not worth an update over the mid-2013 models (it is just a minor refresh), but with the enhanced processors, price-drop on the entry level model, plus the remarkable battery life, flash speeds, performance, and USB 3/Thunderbolt connectivity from the earlier model, now is the best time to jump into the MacBook Air line (unless you want to wait for the Retina line).

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April 29, 2014 10 months, 1 day ago