Apple 13″ MacBook Air

Last updated: August 5, 2023

The MacBook Air has narrowed the gap between itself and the MacBook Pro in recent years. It features impressive power and portability, as well as a long battery life.

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Key Takeaway: Impressive power, while remaining incredibly portable. Long battery life.

In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the Apple 13" MacBook Air placed 9th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The new MacBook Air is up to 2.5x faster than before. It features the latest Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O, a backlit keyboard, and OS X Lion, the next major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. MacBook Air also comes standard with flash storage, so it boots up in seconds, launches apps quickly, and wakes from sleep in an instant. And a long-lasting battery powers MacBook Air for up to 7 hours and offers up to 30 days of standby time. All in a durable unibody design that’s thin, light, and ready for anything.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Now that it uses current-gen Intel CPUs, the MacBook is definitely a viable everyday laptop, rather than a specialty product--its performance was very close to the 2011 13-inch MacBook Pro in most of our benchmark tests, and its battery life similarly excellent.
Frankly, compared to most modern laptops, the MacBook Air is woefully out of date, but it may still be worth it for anyone that needs long battery life and a ton of storage.
The trackpad is perfect for selecting text, dragging windows, or using multitouch gestures.
• Among the faster models we've tested • Has a very long battery life • Better than usual sound • Comes with a fast, more-efficient solid-state drive
It’s fast enough for the things that most people use a computer for—browsing, working on documents, and light photo editing—and it has an excellent high-resolution screen, a great trackpad, enough battery life to last most people through an eight-hour workday, and a (relatively) reasonable price.
They're backlit and they have significantly greater travel than those on the newer Apple keyboards, but at the expense of much less stability.
In addition, you get more up-to-date processors running the show and up to 16GB of RAM – a clear improvement on the 8GB maximum seen in the previous generation.
The MacBook Air may be going gray (well, silver) as it ages, but we still love its long battery life, solid performance and safety-first MagSafe 2 power port.

What reviewers didn't like

There's been some concern that Apple lists the MacBook Pro models on its Web site as having an SDXC card slot, for high-capacity SD cards, and only lists the card reader on the Air as an SD card one.
For the most part, the MacBook Air pretty much looks the same as it has since 2010, and there don’t appear to be any changes in tow, either. That’s a shame, especially because we’re starting to see a ton of bezel-less laptops with smaller footprints and high-resolution displays that put the MacBook Air in its place.
However, our tests found it was still a bit sluggish for more demanding tasks like watching videos on a secondary 4K monitor.
• No optical drive • Battery is not easily removable • Comes with only 3 months of tech support
As mentioned above, current MacBook models use USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 for all connectivity, including power. This means that if you have any hard drives, scanners, printers, thumb drives, or card readers that use USB Type-A ports, you need a hub or adapter
Two USB Type A ports and a dedicated charging jack seem downright luxurious by comparison, especially if you need to plug in older peripherals.
Force Touch, a setting that lets you tap gently on the trackpad instead of clicking down, is turned on by default. Personally, I’m not a fan, as I find that it’s easy to mistakenly click on links when browsing the web.
Two downsides, however, are that its display is stuck in the past decade, and it's up to a pound heavier than competitors.
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