Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2012

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The Apple MacBook Air 13″ 2012 edition is  a bestselling 2012 laptop from Apple that received positive reviews for it’s stunningly thin and lightweight design, exceptional battery life,  snappy boot times, top quality touchpad, and great audio quality along with a $100 price cut on the previous years model and improved hardware performance. On the down side some reviewers cited a low display resolution, average graphics performance, lack of storage, and not many aesthetic changes the 2011 models as potential pitfalls. All in all the Macbook Air of 2012 continues Apples legacy of streamlined ultra-slick (albeit pricey) laptops.

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Critic Reviews

  • 90
    LaptopMag June 14, 2012

    Apple makes the quintessential ultraportable notebook even better by giving the MacBook Air faster performance and longer battery life.

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  • 80
    CNet June 18, 2012

    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.

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  • 88
    TheVerge June 21, 2012

    If you bought last year's Air, I'm not sure there's enough here to make you want to upgrade, but if you're in the market for a new laptop and don't need the power (or the price tag) of the new Pro, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than the Air.

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  • 80
    PCMag June 15, 2012

    The new Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Mid 2012) is a simple upgrade of the class-leading line, with a $100 price drop.

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  • 88
    Notebookcheck August 14, 2012

    Basically, Apple's MacBook Air 13 2012 remains what it was – a very good subnotebook with a very high quality claim.

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  • 80
    TrustedReviews July 4, 2012

    Apple has updated what was already one of the better ultraportable laptops on the market to keep it competitive, with a downright impressive set of specification upgrades and (in theory) some of the best connectivity going thanks to its dual USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt combination.

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Full Specifications

Processor Intel Core i5 1.8GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 [View Benchmarks]
Graphics TypeIntegrated
RAM 4GB DDR3
Operating System Mac OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion
Battery Life7 hours
Hard Drive 1128 SSD
Display Size13.3 inch
Display TypeTN
Display Resolution1440 x 900
ConnectivityHeadphone Output|Thunderbolt|USB 2.0|USB 3.0
Additional FeaturesBacklit Keyboard|Built-InWebcam|HD Display|Memory Card Reader
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