Few years ago, the MacBook Air was a technological wonder. But then, every laptop manufacturer began to rip off its design and create their own ultra-thin notebooks. Many people predicted that the Air series will soon become a history, just like the Nintendo Wii U and Palm Pre. However, Apple busted this theory with their latest MacBook Air 13-inch laptop that packs cutting-edge technology in an ultra-portable chassis.
MacBook Air 13-inch – Design:
The MacBook Air’s iconic slim design needs no introduction. At 2.98 pounds, it is light enough to carry with you all day long. The aluminum chassis looks simple yet brilliant, and the black keys look stunning against a silver background. The Air 13’s frame is 0.68-inch high, 12.8-inches wide and 8.94-inches deep.
MacBook Air 13-inch – CPU, RAM, Graphics, and Storage:
The MacBook Air’s 1.6 GHz Intel Core-i5-5250U CPU which can reach a speed of 2.7 GHz (using Turbo Boost feature) produces plenty of processing speed for multitasking. The laptop has 4GB of RAM that is expandable up to 8 GB. Although the Intel HD Graphics 6000 does not produce spectacular graphics, it is far better than the previous generation of Intel’s integrated graphics. The 128GB SSD is super fast and outperforms every other ultraportable when it comes to data transfer. When tested, it copied 4.97 GB of media files at a speed of 358.4 MBps which is leagues better than the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (175 MBps), HP x360 (141.4 MBps) and the Asus UX305 (154.2 MBps). On Geekbench 3, the Air’s Core i5-5250U scored 5,783 which is very good for an ultrabook.
MacBook Air 13-inch – Display and Battery:
At 1440×900 pixels of resolution, the MacBook Air lags behind its competitors, because even the ultraportables costing less than $300 are sporting a full-HD display. However, Apple may have opted for the low-resolution screen to limit the power usage. Also, the company wanted to make sure that the Retina display on the 12-inch MacBook remains unique. We would’ve appreciated if Apple had a variant of the MacBook Air with Retina display.
Just like its predecessors, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch delivers epic battery life. When used continuously for web surfing, the notebook lasted for 14 hours. So, you can carry the machine wherever you go without worrying to charge it.
MacBook Air 13-inch – Ports and Software:
The 13-inch Air has one USB-C port, one Thunderbolt 2 port, an SD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports.This is more than what you can ask for in such a slim design.
Keyboards and Touchpad:
The Air 13’s keyboard is what every touch typist dreams of. With 1 mm of travel, the keys are neatly aligned to make you feel comfortable even during extended typing sessions. The touchpad feels very accurate with no pauses. Kudos to Apple for coming up with a great keyboard and touchpad in such a compact design.
The OS X Yosemite looks stunning and offers a host of utilities.
MacBook Air 13-inch – Bottom Line:
The MacBook Air 13-inch notebooks give you excellent performance and a ridiculously high battery life, all for $999. However, its design has remained same since 2010 and is due for an overhaul. Also, a 1080p screen would have been greatly appreciated. If you forget the display panel, this machine is the finest ultraportable laptop in the market right now. It is super fast, looks fantastic and above all, it’s a MacBook Air.