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Product Spotlight: The 2013 Macbook Air is our favorite laptop choice

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Product Spotlight: The 2013 Macbook Air is our favorite laptop choice

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The 2013 Macbook Air is an excellent gift this holiday, with an amazing battery life, and a multitouch trackpad that is still the industry's best.

I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here shining a product spotlight on the 2013 version of Apple's MacBook Air. From the outside this may seem very familiar, just like the MacBook Air from last year, the year before, and it actually looks the same from the outside. However, on the inside, there's enough new stuff going on here but I feel comfortable saying this is one of the most universally useful computers you can buy right now, the big difference this time around is this has one of Intel's latest 4th generation core i-Series processor otherwise known by the codename Haswell. And that gives you a performance boost to be sure but more important than that, it gives you a really good battery boost and Apple is already very well known for giving you excellent battery life with your laptop. So, when you add Haswell to that, this particular system on our video playback test ran for 12 hours straight, which is astronomical. Now, if you're going online all the time or playing games and doing a lot of other heavy lifting with it, it's not gonna last for 12 hours but you still are gonna be able to get through pretty much a full day with the 13-inch MacBook Air. Now, that Haswell architecture also gives you better integrated graphics, Mac gaming is still not fantastic but if you do find some games you can play, you're gonna get better on with the forms here without having to have a discreet graphics card, which is not an option in a system like this. You also of course get a Thunderbolt port that access a video out and lets you access a super fast of that Thunderbolt peripherals and I think the most interesting thing about the 2013 version of the MacBook Air is that it's $1099 now. It used to be more expensive, they've cut the price by $100 and when you add that to the really high-end battery life, you get a product that is just a gold standard for what we think of as an UltraBook to what you said term for a MacBook that's reserved for Windows PCs. But despite that, this still with pretty much what everyone thinks so when they think of an UltraBook and that's because it's still very thin, very light even though the design is a couple years old and the touch pad and keyboard are just unmatched anywhere especially the multitouch gestures on the touchpad. I'm Dan Ackerman and that's the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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