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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 703 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and design. The performance and usability are also appreciated. The image quality and price get less positive views.

portability, usability, performance, design, battery

price, image quality

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 (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2016)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 160 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2016) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, April 2014) review: Latest MacBook Air is faster, runs longer, costs less

 

The 13-inch MacBook Air gets a minor CPU upgrade and $100 price cut, keeping it near the top of our recommended laptop list.

While minor, the small upgrade to the stock CPU in Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air results in improved performance. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch Air now starts at $999, which is $100 less than the...

Newer features such as touchscreens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.

If you own a MacBook Air from the past couple of years there's really no need to upgrade, but a small spec bump and minor price cut make the most-current Air even more attractive.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch, 256GB

 

It may be a case of "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

New Intel fourth-gen CPUs help the updated MacBook Air achieve amazing battery life. The multitouch trackpad is still the industry's best, and even better, the 13-inch MacBook Air now starts at $100 less than the previous model.

Newer features such as touch screens and higher-resolution displays are still missing. The ultrabook competition is catching up, in terms of design.

Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

Jun, 2013

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Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.com)

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 : Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt)

 

The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt) is a formidable player in the ultraportable space, thanks to a Core i5 processor, the return of the backlit keyboard, and the addition of a Thunderbolt port.

Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory provide a big performance lift. Backlit keyboard is back. Stunning design. Screen resolution is superb. Great clickpad implementation. Quick wake-from-sleep times. Thunderbolt port.

Pricey. Battery life could have been longer.

Though pricey, flash storage (or solid-state drives) is used for a number of reasons. One is its physical size: A flash storage module is about the size of a chewing gum stick, a huge factor in keeping the MacBook Air is as thin as it is. It's also...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010)

 

At its "Back to the Mac" event, Apple launched a revamped 13-inch MacBook Air and an entirely new 11-inch MacBook Air as products combining the company's MacBook line with lessons learned in iPad development.

Solid construction despite featherweight, ultra-thin design ; Great battery life and instant-on usability ; Speedy SSD performance ; Quite, cool operation ; New SD Card slot on the 13 inch model ; Smart flash drive alternative to installer DVDs

Limited RAM and CPU upgrade options ; Optical, Ethernet, HDMI all require dongles ; No backlit keyboard option

In raw benchmarks, the new MacBook Air scores about the same as the previous models, which were offered at the same clock speeds. Our benchmarks were slightly better, but the newer, high end Air also had 4GB to work with. While not nearly as fast as a...

PC ADVISOR - GOLD

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 13.3in (Mid-2011) review

 

A new refresh to the Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2011) sees much faster performance added to peerless build quality and attention to detail.

The Apple MacBook Air 13in (Mid-2011) that we reviewed carries the maximum memory and storage of 4GB and 256GB. If you can work with 128GB of flash storage, the price drops to £1099, which is unbeatable even amongst shabbier-built ultraportable...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Air 13 review

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This Apple MacBook Air 13-inch is getting a bit long in the tooth now, and has been replaced with a newer 2017 version. Is the older model still worth a look? Read on for the laptop's full test results.

Nov, 2016

Consumer review (reviewstream.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13″

 

by Vince Eightt TRUSTWORTHY all reviewsLike? Support the author Finally, the bring-your-own device philosophy is knocking at our office's door, and in order to act like an exemplary worker, I have to be the first to follow it: I'm a system...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review (epinions.com)

A good combination of value and appeal.

 

The general problem with Apple products that I've seen hinges on its rabid fanbase and their propensity for praising every single product released even if it really is a rip-off at the core. The other smaller issue has to do with Apple's general ...

Form factor; general battery life; price-for-features; return of backlit keyboard

RAM not upgradeable; hard drive not (easily) upgradeable; poor screen quality

Sep, 2011

Consumer review (ciao.com)

Apple MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz - 13.3" TFT

 

MacBook Air ultraportable may not like too many people hope, but the entry in the category of pocket-sized notebook. Can be a tie with the MacBook 13 "only has a 0.76-inch thickness, so it is quite reasonable if Apple as a call tertipis notebook in the...

Platform Portable Multimedia Notebook Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Onboard

quite expensive

Jun, 2009

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