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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2017)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1224 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2017). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the battery and design are generally positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably, but reviews about the connectivity and energy efficiency are mixed. There are some critical comments about the sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2017) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air review: An old friend shows its age

 

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air doesn't have much new under the hood, but it remains the least expensive way to get a Mac laptop.

The MacBook Air remains the least expensive MacBook, and has finally received a minor spec upgrade. Battery life is excellent, and performance for everyday tasks remains smooth. It's the only MacBook left with standard USB ports or a MagSafe connection.

The design feels dated, with a thick bezel around a low-resolution screen. Windows laptops in the same price range offer newer components, higher-res screens and lighter, slimmer bodies.

The MacBook Air lives to fight another day, thanks to its mainstream price and long battery life, but this classic laptop is definitely in its twilight.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2017)

 

The MacBook Air remains an excellent ultraportable choice for students and other macOS fans with basic computing needs, but despite killer battery life, it will disappoint power users with its low-resolution display and outdated processor.

Thin and light. Long-lasting battery. Multiple USB ports.

Low-resolution display. Older Intel Core i5 CPU.

The MacBook Air arguably started the ultrabook party, and it's still there even as a younger, thinner, and better-equipped crowd has arrived. But it has yet to overstay its welcome. For macOS fans—especially note-taking, paper-writing college...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) Review

 

Long battery life; Comfortable keyboard; Solid performance; Convenient MagSafe power port ; Lackluster display; Heavier than competitors ; The MacBook Air may not be a flagship notebook, but this 13-inch ultraportable is still a pretty good value.

Lackluster display; Heavier than competitors ; The MacBook Air may not be a flagship notebook, but this 13-inch ultraportable is still a pretty good value.

The MacBook Air may not be a flagship notebook, but this 13-inch ultraportable is still a pretty good value.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

MacBook Air (2017) review

 

Grabbing a MacBook Air now fetches you faster storage

Excellent battery life ; Nippy storage ; Keyboard

Dated design ; Display ; Speakers

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now comes with much faster storage, better battery life and slightly improved performance in other areas. On the other hand, its display and design are beyond dated.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air (2017) review

 

Apple 's MacBook Air is as close to iconic as a piece of consumer technology gets. It's the single laptop model you're most likely to see everywhere, from college campuses to airports to coffee shops and even offices. And it's been that way for a very...

The MacBook Air remains the least expensive MacBook, and has finally received a minor spec upgrade. Battery life is excellent, and performance for everyday tasks remains smooth. It's the only MacBook left with standard USB ports or a MagSafe connection.

The design feels dated, with a thick bezel around a low-resolution screen. Windows laptops in the same price range offer newer components, higher-res screens and lighter, slimmer bodies.

The MacBook Air lives to fight another day, thanks to its mainstream price and long battery life, but this classic laptop is definitely in its twilight.

Aug, 2017

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Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch review

 

Not too long ago, the MacBook Air practically stood alone in the computer landscape with its unique blend of design, size, and performance, an improvement on the thin laptop with low-voltage CPU. The MacBook Air, in turn, influenced the arrival of the...

The 13-inch MacBook Air has new Intel CPUs, better battery life, and an improved 720p Webcam, and finally adds USB 3.0 ports, while shaving $100 off the price from last year's models.

The design, while strong, stays largely the same: there's no Ethernet port, and the base SSD storage option of 128GB is smaller than a standard hard drive, though common for ultrabooks.

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.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2017) review

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The Apple MacBook Air gets a refresh with this 2017 model. It doesn't change much, following the company's modus operandi this year - a bump in specs to keep it relevant, as we've seen with the iPad and iMac ranges too. So is this facelift enough to...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Karen Haslam (macworld.co.uk)

MacBook Air (2017) review: Apple's still selling the old MacBook Air, should you buy it?

 

A new MacBook Air was introduced in October 2018, but Apple is still selling the older MacBook Air. It's bigger, heavier, and lacks the Retina display, but is the old MacBook Air worth buying anyway? We examine the few things that the 2017 (or 2015)...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Zach Marzouk , Jane McCallion , IT Pro (itpro.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 13in (mid-2017) review: has Apple changed enough to stay on top?

 

Is the 2017 MacBook Air enough of an upgrade to justify itself?

Thin and light construction; incredible battery life

Screen is underwhelming

Performance and storage upgrades keep the already superb MacBook Air ticking over, but the iffy quality screen is starting to hold it back

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Simon Jary (macworld.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air (mid 2017) review

 

Apple has merely tweaked the processor speed with its 2017 update to its MacBook Air, but it remains an affordable, lightweight, compact cracker of a laptop.

The 13-inch MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, starting at £949 (US$999). It might lack the super-sharp Retina screen of the Macbook and MacBook Pro models but its display and performance is fine for most everyday uses. It boasts enough USB...

Jun, 2017

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