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Always On: Unboxing Apple's MacBook Air

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Always On: Unboxing Apple's MacBook Air

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The new MacBook Air is one of the most universally useful laptops with impressive performance and battery life.

Just in time for back to school, we are unboxing Apple's new MacBook Air, the 13-inch model that they announced at WWDC. There are hardly any changes on the inside except for, well it sounds like a pretty awesome new battery. Let's get it out of the box. My sweet new knife from Gerber, thanks, guys. There's so many things on here. I don't even know where to start. These laptop's most been popular with students the whole MacBook line and then of course, the Air is very backpack friendly because it's so thin and light. Okay. MacBook Air. Alrighty. Here we go. The box hasn't changed. Let's cut our plastic over here carefully. Okay. I mean, if I'm being honest, they didn't really need to change the design. This is a beautiful laptop and so far, no other notebook maker has been able to touch it, I mean, pretty. All right, stick it out here. Clean, black and white packaging as always. I mean, I'm sure there's gonna come a point where we say they gotta change something about this but that point is not quite here yet. It just looks good. We have our power cord, pretty much it. Let's get the plastic off. Get our MacBook out of here. Come on, a little bit. There we go. Okay. We've all seen the MacBook Air before. Let's talk about the specs. As I mentioned, there are no physical changes to the exterior but the headline on the new MacBook Air is that it gets Intel's new Haswell chip. It's an i5 1.3 GHz configurable up to a 2.6 GHz dual core chip. It's powered by other 4 gigs or 8 gigs of internal RAM. In terms of graphics, you get an integrated Intel HD 5,000 processor. The best thing about the new Haswell chip, the battery life. Apple said it would be 12 hours. When CNET tested it, we got 14 hours and 25 minutes. It exceeds the previous 13-inch model by about half a day. There are some disappointments, you do not get a higher resolution screen and it's not a touchscreen, which some people had hoped for. But the rest is very good. It's 1440 by 900. There's also a front-facing 720p camera. The MacBook Air is 12.8 inches wide and 8.94 inches deep and it weighs just under 3 pounds. It has 2 USB 3 ports and a Thunderbolt port but unfortunately, it does not get a new HDMI port. It does come with an SDXC card slot. Storage is still unfortunately pretty small. It starts at a 128 gig solid-state drive, although you can of course upgrade but it will cost you. There is also no optical drive as on the previous models. WiFi is upgraded to 802.11ac which should play very nicely across the Apple line and it has Bluetooth 4.0. Despite the interior improvements, the price on the MacBook Air is actually $100 cheaper than the previous model. It starts at $1099. On the inside, the MacBook Air 13 inches doing everything right, better battery life. For me, trumps in HDMI port or a higher resolution screen, and this design is so sleek, it should fit in anybody's backpack plus it's 1100 bucks. This thing kinda works for everybody. Of course, that is just my opinion. It just so happened out CNET editors agree with me. Head on over and read our full review for all the details.
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