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Review: MacBook Air 13″ 2013

The Air was designed to balance both performance and portability; it has a full-sized keyboard design and a machined aluminium casing with extremely low weight and thickness.

The MacBook Air is designed for thinness; it is also lighter than most competing models. The computer features a glossy LED backlit display and a full-size keyboard, as well as a large trackpad that responds to Multi-Touch gestures such as pinching, swiping, and rotating. With the release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the Air’s multi-touch trackpad also supports handwriting recognition of Chinese characters.

macbook-air_2The MacBook Air was the first subcompact laptop offered by Apple since the full-featured 12″ PowerBook G4 was discontinued in 2006. It was also Apple’s first computer with an optional solid-state storage drive. ArsTechnica found “moderate” performance improvements of the 64 GB solid-state drive of the first generation Air over the standard 80 GB hard drive in tests. On October 14, 2008, new models were announced with improved capacities of 128 GB (solid-state) and 120 GB (hard drive). For the late 2010 MacBook Air, only flash storage is available, in 64 or 128 GB capacities on the 11″ model, and 128 or 256 GB on the 13″.

11-inch model

11-inch : 128GB 11-inch : 256GB
1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
Intel HD Graphics 5000 Intel HD Graphics 5000
4GB memory 4GB memory
128GB flash storage 256GB flash storage
Price: $999.00 Price: $1,199.00

13-inch model

13-inch : 128GB 13-inch : 256GB
1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
Intel HD Graphics 5000 Intel HD Graphics 5000
4GB memory 4GB memory
256GB flash storage 256GB flash storage
Price: $1,099.00 Price: $1,299.00

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