Apple MacBook Air 13.3" i5 1.7Ghz

Apple MacBook Air 13.3" i5 1.7Ghz

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    • Apple MacBook Air 13" (2014) 1.7GHz i7/8GB RAM/512GB Flash Storage

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  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Portable and sturdy; Runs OS X 10.7 Lion
    • The bad:
      No antiglare screen options; 128GB SSD drive is smaller than average hard drive

    Apple has been known for setting the bar high for stunning devices in the global market. With the release of the latest 13.3-inch MacBook Air, the standards are set even higher. This exceptionally designed and portable laptop greatly does better than its predecessor. It was released for the mainstream market, far off from Apple’s original niche product version of the Air.

     

    Some still feel hesitant in getting a MacBook Air because when one looks at it, the device appears to be simply fragile. But this device is undeniably sturdy with its aluminum construction that one does not necessarily need to put it in a protective case or sleeve. Measuring 0.68 x 12.8 x 8.94 inches and weighing 1,350 grams, this 13.3-inch model feels a bit heavier than its 11-inch counterpart. Nonetheless, it is still extremely easy to carry around. Physically, the new Air model is a beauty to behold. It essentially looks like the MacBook Air released in 2010, but it now sports a backlit keyboard which makes the latest version classier. It also has a multi-touch trackpad for effortless cursor control. It supports inertial scrolling, three-finger and four-finger swipe, drag capabilities, among others. Its 13.3-inch LCD with LED backlight display screen has a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. With this specs, users are in for a visual treat. The display is clear and bright, although some find it a bit too glossy for their taste. Unfortunately, this version of Air has no antiglare screen options. We love the former model wherein the screen was surrounded by a black bezel. Unfortunately, Apple's design engineers decided to forego the black bezel and replace it with a thick silver one. 

     

    Apple products are known for simplicity and functionality. Connection-wise, the Air has the necessary ports, which include two USB 3 ports, Headphone port, SD card slot, MagSafe 2 power port and Thunderbolt port. Apple replaced the Mini DisplayPort with the Thunderbolt. The latest MacBook Air is a practical everyday laptop with its 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M processor. Performance-wise, this device is faster than ever. Surfing the net is a breeze and even using apps like Photoshop, iMovie and iTunes is trouble-free. The device has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, which is actually a far cry from the standard hard drive. The Air runs in OS X 10.7 Lion that provides an easy-to-navigate display of installed apps. It also incorporates support for the Mac App Store. Some other interesting features that come with this operating system are AirDrop, which is a Lion-to-Lion file sharing using Wi-Fi direct, Mail 5 and FaceTime.

     

    Apple MacBook Air comes with a 720p HD camera, which is great when using FaceTime or even when just taking photos using the Photo Booth. It also comes with stereo speakers that are great when used for listening to music or watching movies solo. The speakers do not work well when playing music for a big crowd. Overall, the 13-3-inch Apple MacBook Air outperforms the old MacBooks and Airs. Fortunately, Apple engineers have decided to make this new player suitable for mainstream use.