CNET First Look
Apple's 2012 13-inch MacBook Air is more for lessThere are some subtle but welcome improvements to the latest 13-inch MacBook Air, but the most significant might be its lower price.
I'm Scott Stein and this is the 201213. Inch MacBook Air. Now while this may -- -- -- schools that fifteen inch Retina Display MacBook Pro. This is probably -- -- be the MacBook you're gonna wanna buy at a starting price of 1199. To thousand dollars less expensive than that big fancy MacBook Pro. And the feature set and size are a lot more portable a little under three pounds like always and -- faster performance as well as better battery life. Although overall this is not really a huge jump up what we saw last year there are improvements and when you're -- with that price drop it makes it a better purchase overall. The other differences here are really under the hood nothing you can see USB three point now instead of USB 2.0. A higher definition webcam on top. And you know it's still missing ethernet. Time in an SD card slot as before you get the backlit keyboard. And not really much else that's new so maybe you feel like. It's not a tremendous surprise in the laptop you don't have any options for storage other than -- for instance. Only you can upgrade that now the 512 gigabytes of storage. But frame lofty 500 dollars more than you'd be paying for the top end models to keep in mind he ran his views -- you may wanna upgrade that at point of purchase. For a lot of people -- gonna want that larger screen and maybe the SD card slot and the better battery life. This tested out at about seven and a half hours on our test was pretty spectacular is gonna last -- a good long time. Authors of anything -- want to put it through. They say there were no. Changes speakers of this MacBook Air there is one small one -- -- AC adapter connector here MagSafe too which replaces last year's MagSafe. There's a new connector cord that comes with your MacBook Air it's a little more jetting out here and it's a wider connector that -- here. Important part is and it's not compatible with your older MagSafe cables as you can see. You'll need to bind 99 an adapter to make sure that us. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the gradually. Improved but still really good thirteen inch MacBook Air --