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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018)
alaScore 89

172 reviews

Dec, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and screen. The performance and portability also get good views. Many are negative about the energy efficiency and price.

design, portability, performance, screen, usability

price, energy

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 (2018) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Best and worst smartphone trends of 2018

 

Another year has passed and a whole bunch of devices has gone through our office. We have completed more than 80 smartphone reviews in 2018 and what an...

Dec, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Apple MacBook Air review (2018): A good buy and a tough call

 

The new Air is precisely the upgrade many users have been holding out for, with a slimmed-down body, sharper Retina display, long battery life and a useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Though it's more than fast enough for common use cases, some might...

Lighter ; Slimmed-down design ; Sharp Retina display ; Long battery life ; Spacious and reliable trackpad ; It has Touch ID

Underpowered compared to a similarly priced MacBook Pro ; No option to upgrade the processor ; No more SD slot ; Screen is dimmer than the Pro's

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop

 

This reimagined MacBook Air fixes almost all previous design issues, but not without adding a couple of its own.

The MacBook is now smaller and lighter, with a better display, faster processors and a bigger touchpad. The MacOS experience and all-day battery are still big selling points.

The starting price has shot up significantly, despite sticking with dual-core CPUs. The shallow butterfly keyboard and limited ports may feel like a step back from the previous Air.

The MacBook Air's long overdue makeover adds welcome additions like a high-res screen and Touch ID, but it includes some unwelcome trade-offs -- including a much higher price.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2018)

 

Though no speedster, the refreshed MacBook Air finally gets a Retina Display and updated components, making it a sleek ultraportable laptop worthy of its pioneering predecessor's name.

Retina Display offers vivid colors. Very comfortable Force Touch trackpad. Secure boot capability. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Excellent battery life.

No CPU configuration options. Y-series, not U-series, CPU. No touch screen. No USB Type-A ports or dedicated video output. Shallow key travel. Expensive as configured. Occasional fan noise.

Bottom Line: Though no speedster, the refreshed MacBook Air finally gets a Retina Display and updated components, making it a sleek ultraportable laptop worthy of its pioneering predecessor's name.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2018) Review

 

Thin and light design; Sharp Retina display; Eco-friendly aluminum chassis; Booming audio; Thunderbolt 3 ports; Touch ID without the Touch Bar ; Slower than competition; Expensive starting price; Display could be brighter ; The new MacBook Air is a...

Slower than competition; Expensive starting price; Display could be brighter ; The new MacBook Air is a welcome upgrade with a sharper display in a thinner and lighter design, but this laptop could use more power.

The new MacBook Air is a welcome upgrade with a sharper display in a thinner and lighter design, but this laptop could use more power.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review

 

Notebookcheck reviews the new 2018 Apple MacBook Air with a Core i5 CPU and 256 GB SSD storage. The highlight is the new 13.3-inch Retina display, which fixes one of the biggest issues we had with the previous generations.

high quality case;good screen;2x USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3;long battery runtime;great touchpad;Touch-ID fingerprint scanner;often silent operation;very good speakers;decent everyday performance

comparatively low CPU performance;display is not as good as on the MacBook Pros;only USB-C and stereo jack;fan is way too loud for this level of performance;long charging time;old Wi-Fi module without Bluetooth 5.0;no SD reader;very high prices for...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (zdnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: Apple's veteran ultraportable gets a facelift Review | ZDNet

 

This long-overdue update refines the MacBook Air's elegant, lightweight design, while adding up-to-date features such as a Retina Display and the T2 security chip.

Slimmer, lighter design ; High-resolution Retina display ; 10hr battery ; 2x Thunderbolt/USB-C ports

Expensive ; Only mid-range performance ; No build-to-order processor upgrade ; No user-upgrades or repairs

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Sachin Bahal (TheCanadianTechie)

Apple MacBook Air (2018) Review

 

When Apple announced the new MacBook Air, it brought with an improved design, USB-C, Touch ID and a Retina Display. I've been testing out the new MacBook Air for about a week and while it's an improvement over previous models, it still has some issues....

Lighter design ; Good keyboard ; Great looking retina display ; USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3

No Intel Core i7 option ; Only 2 USB-C ports ; More expensive than previous models

Overall, the new MacBook Air is a great laptop for those who want good performance, great battery life and easy to travel with. However, it’s disappointing that Apple doesn’t offer the Intel Core i7 in the new MacBook Air and this year’s model is more...

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Alex Cranz (gizmodo.com)

The New MacBook Air Is Boring and Too Expensive

 

The MacBook Air is an icon: A wedge-shaped computer fashioned from a block of aluminum into a device so thin it can fit in a paper envelope. But other laptop makers have riffed on Apple's idea in the last ten years. Instead of aluminum (or in the case...

It's pretty, light, and almost affordable for a Mac.

It's pretty, light, and almost affordable for a Mac.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Andrew O'Hara (appleinsider.com)

MacBook Air 2018 Review: Apple's most popular Mac gets an impactful upgrade

 

Apple has repeatedly described the MacBook Air as the most popular Mac in its lineup, with years of neglect leaving some intimidatingly large shoes for the new 2018 upgrade to fill. After spending the last several days using it as our daily driver,...

Nov, 2018