MacBook Air

The gym bunny slimmed down version of the MacBook Pro

With two screen-size (11” and 13”) versions of the Apple MacBook Air, we managed to get our hands on the 13-inch version to put it through its paces.  One of the major plus points of the 13 inch Air is the extra 3 hours of battery life Apple claim to have over its smaller counterpart. So the first thing we did was to charge and discharge the machine entirely. For the best part of a day, the battery performed amazingly well as we streamed HD videos and played music through the notebook’s speakers at high volumes. Impressively, the battery did last the day and clocked up 10 hours before we plugged back in. Even more impressive is the MacBook Air’s ability to retain battery charge for up to 30 days while left on standby!

On performance, Apple has deployed the latest magic from Intel to deliver processing speed and graphics capable of dealing with any task we threw at it. For the techies reading this, that’s 4th generation Intel Core Processors and Intel HD Graphics 5000 card.

The MacBook Air is, of course, a beautiful looking, elegantly shaped and sleek notebook. Its size and weight are conducive to taking it with you wherever you go. Taking it away from our 802.11ac Base Station was difficult considering the machine’s next-generation wireless technology made web surfing seem infinitely faster than on previous Mac’s we’ve worked with. But take it to cafes, and on trains, we did, and there again the battery life impressed us massively, as did the machine’s ability to wake up thanks to its flash storage and processor.

MacBook Air

Key Features:

  • 128 GB HDD (upgradable to 512 GB)
  • Intel Dual Core i5 1.3 GHz Processor
  • Thunderbolt and two USB 3 connections
  • Up to 12 hours Battery Life
  • Ultra-thin design set the trend for market competitors
  • Preinstalled with powerful programs like GarageBand, iPhoto, and iMovie

Who was the MacBook Air designed for?

Have we mentioned the fantastic battery life of the Air? The beauty of the MacBook Air is that you can be so productive for so long and stay away from the mains power supply. People in the creative industries, students, and business people will all benefit from the machine’s impressive performance to battery life ratio.

Having got to grips with the Air over just a few days and played around with the myriad of Apps, we can safely say that this machine is designed for anyone who desires a lightweight, sturdy and portable notebook.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Market leading Battery Life
  • Faster and more responsive than other notebooks in the same class
  • OS X Mavericks Operating System

Cons:

  • No HDMI output
  • Limited Hard Drive Space

While the lack of an HDMI output may seem like a hindrance, MacBook Air’s claim to fame isn’t media heavy. Yes, this computer is sturdy and can be great for editing music and videos, however, if your primary concern is watching movies, there are much more suitable options with larger screens and easier on your wallet. Check them out here.

Of course, if you are hell bent on transferring your screen to a full-sized television, you can always achieve this through an HDMI converter which connects to your thunderbolt.

The secondary qualm of the MacBook Air is the fact that it’s solid state drive doesn’t contain a lot of storage space, only 128gigs. However, this can be remedied with an external hard drive, and upgrade to 512 gigs, or cloud storage for those files you can’t live without!

Apple MacBook

Overall Rating – 9.1/10

Verdict: The best all-purpose notebook on the market with the best battery life. Mac again proves that it runs the show when it comes to style, functionality, and ingenuity.

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