Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Review (Mid 2013, Haswell)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Mid 2013

This is our Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Review 2013, for the latest generation of MacBook Air laptops from Apple. My daughter has had an Apple laptop since she was 4. She had a Clamshell iBook which she carried around like other kids would a teddy. 9 years later, and at the start of her in-between years we decided it was time for her to get a new machine. But which one? Well the brand was easy to decide on. But which particular Apple model? An iMac or MacBook? Quickly we decided that a portable machine was the way to go. After a bit of umming and ahing we narrowed it down to the MacBook Air. Eventually chiseling the choice down to the 13 inch baseline model. Sure it doesn’t have a Retina screen. Also the Flash hard drive is no behemoth at 128 GB. But the price was reasonable. The 4GB RAM would be fine. This will not be a video editing powerhouse. But rather an every day personal computer to fire off emails, browse the web, do a little homework and most importantly (from her point of view) login to Facebook.

Everything should be made as simple as possible,
but not simpler.
~ Albert Einstein

As a professional web developer. The machine would not be roomy enough for my data. But boy is it cute. It is so light. It is certainly no toy though. It just floats on your lap. Perfectly balanced and with a Zen like poise. I am pretty sure Mr Jobs would have approved. No noisy fans here thank you. Very few moving parts. The only things that budge are the perfectly weighted keyboard keys and of course the hinge for the lid. As a tactile experience I think this little Mac has it all. The trackpad just glides. It is a work of art. The screen is bright, with a great viewing angle. The illuminated keyboard is another classic Apple laptop feature, which my iFingers will never tire from touching.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works.
~ Steve Jobs

This (largely) solid-state computer is one of those things I have dreamt of for many years. Especially after experiencing many failures of high revving hard drives. To have a machine, like the iPhone and iPad with no fragile and delicate hard drive to break is like a breath of fresh air, if you pardon the pun. But anyone who has worked with computers for more than a decade knows if the machine breaks, and especially a laptop. It is the drive that has given up. Well its the first place I would look. It’s great to do away with this weak link. Sure at the moment, we might have to sacrifice some space to store stuff. But I suspect this will prove to be a very robust and reliable machine. (Touch aluminium).

If it had a more hard drive space and double the RAM, I would trade in my iMac for one. It is very fast. It seems a lot faster than my wife’s 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 which has 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM. It flies. I know some reviews have said that this new generation of Haswell chips in this MacBook Air are not quite as fast as the previous incarnation. But to me. It rocks. No, not a scientific measure by any means, but anything I wanted to do, didn’t seem to take long. It is definitely the fastest computer in the iFamily household. I am very jealous of my daughter. Not because she has ten times the number of Facebook friends than I have; in just her first week on this social network. But because she has a gorgeous, slim and light laptop.

Apple MacBook Air 2013

The Apple marketing team have decided that the unique selling point is its battery life. 12 hours is claimed. Again I am not going to even bother putting this to the test. Besides my daughter would never let me use it for that amount of time. But I have no reason to doubt this assertion. I am watching the battery drain out of my better half’s 13″ MacBook Pro as I write this. Maybe when my daughter goes to bed, I will be able to continue typing on the Air. I think I could probably write a book on one charge. If I could stay awake. I suspect it is the perfect machine for trans-atlantic travel.

Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.
~ Jonathan Ive

If you have teenage kids, this is the machine to have. Yes, an iMac has more screen real estate and more horse power, but for teenage kicks, the MacBook Air is the bomb. In fact I know that it is not only teenagers that love these. My mother has the previous generation Air, and she loves hers as much as her grand daughter. If you want to do the everyday things, that most of us want to do everyday living our digital lives; The MacBook Air is the computer you need. It is a class act. A machine for any generation, for any class. A whisper thin, elegant, super-model of a computer that floats and punches like Ali. A knock out.

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2013, Haswell) Specifications

Spec 13-inch MacBook Air
Price £ 949
Display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours. Native resolution:1440×900
Storage 128GB flash storage
Processor 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
Memory 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Height 0.3-1.7 cm (0.11-0.68 inches)
Width 32.5 cm (12.8 inches)
Depth 22.7 cm (8.94 inches)
Weight 1.35 kg (2.96 pounds)
Graphics and Video Intel HD Graphics 5000
Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560×1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colours
Thunderbolt digital video output
Native Mini DisplayPort output
DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
HDMI audio and video output using third-party Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter (sold separately)
Camera 720p FaceTime HD camera
Connections Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
MagSafe 2 power port
SDXC card slot
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible. Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Audio Stereo speakers
Dual microphones
Headphone port
Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
Keyboard and Trackpad Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement) with ambient light sensor
Multi-Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap and drag capabilities
Battery and Power Up to 12 hours wireless web
Up to 10 hours iTunes film playback
Up to 30 days standby time
Built-in, 54-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management; MagSafe 2 power port
Included Software OS X Mountain Lion
Includes Mail, Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Notification Center, Notes, Dictation, iCloud, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, AirPlay, Game Center, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Gatekeeper, Twitter and Facebook integration.

This 2013 MacBook Air would make a great gift idea or fantastic present for women, men and teenagers.

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