The 13.3" MacBook Air is light and versatile, making it well-suited for travelling. It is designed primarily for web browsing and returning emails, but is not ideal for intensive multimedia use. The model is consistently a best-seller at national retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.
Updated in mid-2012, the current MacBook Air comes with an 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a solid-state drive that starts at 128GB capacity. The 13.3" screen has a 1440x800 native resolution and a built-in web camera offers 720p Face time chats that can connect with other MacBooks for video chatting.
The MacBook Air comes with a versatile Thunderbolt port that allows VGA, HDMI, and DVI outputs -- but adaptors for those tasks are sold separately. It also has a SD card reader, but it lacks at optical drive for reading and writing CDs and DVDs.
The MacBook Air comes with OS X Mountain Lion installed, the most recent Apple operating system for MacBooks. Standard software includes Safari, FaceTime, iCloud, Calendar, Messages, access to the Mac App store and integration with Twitter and Facebook.CostHelper Bottom Line: Advertised prices for the Apple MacBook Air 13 vary from $100-$500 from the base MSRP of $1,099 for the 128GB model, and $64-$600 from the $1,299 base MSRP for the 256GB model. Often the best time of year to buy a Mac computer is around the beginning of the school when student discounts are available.
Prices For Apple MacBook Air 13(Prices as of 08/19/2013)
|MD231LL/A ||MD232LL/A ||Source|
|(128GB storage) ||(256GB storage) |
|$100 ||Upgrade to 8GB memory|
|$100 ||Upgrade to Intel i7 processor|
|$500 ||Upgrade to 512GB storage|
|$79 ||External optical drive|
|$20 ||Pages (word processing program compatible with Word documents)|
|$20 ||Keynote (presentation software compatible with PowerPoint)|
|Weight||2.96 lbs. |
|Operating System||Mac OS X Mountain Lion|
|Processor||1.3GH dual-core Intel Core i5 ($1,299 model can be upgraded to 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor)|
|Memory||4GB (can be upgraded to 8GB)|
|Hard Drive Type||Solid-state drive|
|Storage Capacity||128GB-256GB ($1499 model can be upgraded to 512GB)|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 5000|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours|
|Audio||Stereo speakers; omnidirectional microphone|
|Ports||Thunderbolt port (for VGA, HDMI, DVI outputs with adapters sold separately); 2 USB 3.0; SD card slot; headphone jack|
|Other Features||FaceTimeHD camera|
|Warranty||1 year, limited|
For manufacturer information about this product, go to Apple.
What People Are Saying:
The MacBook Air 13 was listed as a 2012 Consumer Reports recommended model, calling it "an excellent performer" with a very long battery life. In addition, it's a best-selling model at Best Buy and Amazon. While most reviewers found it to be one of the best ultrabooks available, owners of previous iterations might not find enough reason to upgrade.
- PC Mag: "The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop. Although a new processor gives you a little extra performance and some tests, the real additions are things like the new (for Mac) USB 3.0 ports and free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion."
- CNET: "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."
- Engadget: "(A)s an all-around performer, the Air triumphs. It ticks off the most boxes, and in particular, succeeds in the areas that matter most to shoppers: speed, longevity and comfortable design. Until PC makers can get all these things right, the Air remains the ultraportable to beat."