Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2012)
Apple's ever-popular MacBook Air is the laptop that spiritually spawned the ultrabook category; the most recent 13-inch model is an excellent blend of construction quality, battery life, and performance. It's also Apple's go-to laptop of choice.
- Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $1,000.00
The good: The 13-inch MacBook Air has new Intel CPUs, better battery life, and an improved 720p Webcam, and finally adds USB 3.0 ports, while shaving $100 off the price from last year's models.
The bad: The design, while strong, stays largely the same: there's no Ethernet port, and the base SSD storage option of 128GB is smaller than a standard hard drive, though common for ultrabooks.
The bottom line: This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.
October 31, 2012 3:21 PM PDT
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