The biggest news surrounding the 13-inch MacBook Air is that, with Intel's Haswell CPU and other power-saving technologies, the notebook should last up to 12 hours on a charge. That's about 5 hours longer than the previous generation. Also, the Air will now have 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which should provide up to three times the throughput of 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Now that Apple has updated its MacBook Air, how does it compare to the competition? This handy chart will let you compare specs at a glance.
Note: All the specs listed are for the starting configurations.
|MacBook Air||Acer Aspire S7-392||Samsung ATIV Book 9||Sony VAIO Pro 13||Toshiba Kirabook|
|Display||13.3 inches/1440 x 900||13.3 inches/1920 x 1080||13.3 inches/1600 x 900||13.3 inches/1920 x 1080||13.3 inches/2560 x 1440|
|CPU||1.3-GHz Intel Core i5-4250U||Intel 4th gen.||1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-3317U||1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200U||Intel Core i5-3337|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 5000||Intel 4th gen.||Intel HD 4000||Intel HD Graphics 4400||Intel HD|
|Hard Drive||128GB||128GB||128GB SSD||128GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|Wireless||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC||802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||2 USB 3.0, Thunderbolt||USB 3.0, microHDMI||USB 2.0, USB 3.0, microHDMI||2 USB 3.0, HDMI||3 USB 3.0, HDMI|
|Size||12.8 x 8.9 x 0.11-0.68 inches||12.7 x 8.8 x 0.46 inches||12.3 x 8.6 x 0.51 inches||12.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches||12.44 x 8.15 x 0.7 inches|
|Weight||3 lbs.||2.9 lbs.||2.5 lbs.||2.4 lbs.||2.7 lbs.|
In some ways, the Air remains the same as last year. The Retina display many were hoping for has yet to materialize. In fact, the Air's 1440 x 900 resolution is the lowest among all its competition. The Air also lacks a touch screen, OS X isn't optimized for that as Windows 8 is.
Still, when it comes to ultraportable notebooks, battery life trumps all. We're looking forward to testing Apple's claims.