Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2024) Review: Price, Specs, Rating, Availability

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it is secure to say the 13-inch MacBook Air could have reached its peak in design. Apple’s overhaul of its light-weight laptop computer in 2022 left little to be desired. It packed fashionable options (like MagSafe charging and a 1080p webcam) and a modern chassis (permitting it to suit proper in with the high-end Professional lineup) that was nicely well worth the value enhance. It is sensible for Apple to proceed to recycle the identical exterior construct. However that additionally means it now comes all the way down to pushing what’s below the hood.

On this case, Apple upgraded the 13-inch MacBook Air with an M3 chip. Introduced back in October, it is the most recent entry-level chipsets in Apple’s most up-to-date batch of M-series processors.

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The corporate did throw in a few further new options, together with assist for two exterior shows and Wi-Fi 6E for double the Wi-Fi speeds. Apart from that, nonetheless, all else stays the identical as within the earlier model—together with battery life, which Apple claims is as much as 18 hours.

With such iterative enhancements, the worth is similar as its predecessor. The base model starts at $1,099 whereas the maxed-out model will price $2,299. And Apple is constant to promote the M2-powered MacBook Air for $999, which remains to be a really succesful machine.

Whatever the chipset you choose, each fashions stay light-weight and very best for getting work accomplished on the go. However with the inclusion of the M3, this new model is now essentially the most highly effective MacBook Air you should purchase.

Tried and True

Should you’re not accustomed to the redesign on the last-generation 13-inch MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends), you then’re possible not aware of the identical options on the present model both. It has a sq. chassis as a substitute of a wedge design, an even bigger and brighter 13.6-inch LCD panel (with a 60-Hz refresh price), and a 1080p webcam tucked into the notch on prime of the display. It additionally retains the identical weight, coming in at 2.7 kilos, and packs a four-speaker sound system plus a three-mic array.

{Photograph}: Brenda Stolyar

{Photograph}: Brenda Stolyar

The port choice is similar, too—you may get a MagSafe charging port, two USB 4/Thunderbolt ports, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Usually, the restricted ports would not trouble me, since I solely use the MacBook for writing, sending emails, making video calls, and streaming content material. But it surely’s noticeable when connecting it to 2 exterior screens (extra on that later) since you’re left with zero ports. I’d’ve appreciated to see at the very least one further USB-C port to account for the brand new capacity to connect with an additional monitor.

It is available in the identical colours, too: Starlight, Midnight, Area Grey, and Silver. Apple despatched me the Midnight model. It is the one coloration that comes with an anodization seal—a particular remedy that is supposed to cut back fingerprint smudges.

{Photograph}: Brenda Stolyar

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