Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Mr Review0
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2013)
Mr Review test criteria
Mr Review score:
I believe that one of the main selling points of Apple is that they strive to innovate. Therefore each and every product should boast brand new features the second that it is launched. Therefore I was rather intrigued when I discovered that the brand new Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch made very few changes from its previous incarnations. Was this a bad thing? Let’s find out!
One of the main selling points of this version of the Air is its battery life. I will dwell on that a little later though. The first thing that we want to discuss is the look. As you can probably guess, as an Apple product this is an incredibly sleek machine. It looks ever so delicate, but it is built like a beast. If you are after something which look sublime then I think you have the laptop that you need right here. There is a downside though. When you turn it on you don’t get that beautiful retina display. This is something that you are going to greatly miss if you are an avid user of Apple products. Sure, it looks great and all, but that extra sparkle is always nice, is it not?
So what features does it have on the side? Well, Apple has decided to incorporate two microphones into the device this time around. You will see the two small pinholes on the side if you look carefully. The reason behind this is to aid noise cancellation, which is important if you are doing a bit of FaceTime. You also have two rather hand USB 3.0 Ports, an SDXC card slot, jack for your head phones and thunderbolt port. There are a couple of downsides though. There is no Ethernet port. Sure, we have Wi-Fi in this day and age, but if you are travelling in an area where a wired connection is the norm this is a downside. No optical drive either.
You do get a lot of power in the model. The processor isn’t really an upgrade from previous editions of the unit, but it does seem a bit ‘improved’ when it comes to speed. There are three different flavours of storage space you can have. This is 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. The only downside here is that you can run out of space pretty quickly, and it is going to be VERY difficult to upgrade the space later on. You also have the choice between either 4GB of memory or 8GB. Choose wisely as you will NOT be able to change later on. Sure, 8GB may be fine for most applications you use now, but it may not be in the future which does concern me.
And now for that battery it boasts a whopping….12 hours of battery life! This is under most conditions. Yes, the previous version of the MacBook Air boasted 7 hours, but the Apple techs have been working hard to get that battery really working hard. This is great considering the amount of power that you get inside of it. This truly makes it the BEST portable laptop around.
If you are searching for a laptop to carry around easily then I think you have found the right one here. It is incredibly light and that battery life phenomenal. If you are going to be running a lot of ‘power hungry’ applications though, you may want to look into one of its older brothers.
WHAT THE * MEANS ABOVE
If a link has a * by it, that means it is an affiliated link and therefore it helps Mr Review stay free to use, as it is tracked to us. If you go through it, it can sometimes result in a payment to the site. You shouldn’t notice any difference and the link will never negatively impact the product. Plus the editorial line (the things we write) is NEVER impacted by these links. If it isn’t possible to get an affiliate link for the top deal, it is still included in exactly the same way, just with a non-paying link. For more details, read How This Site Is Financed.