Mac­Book Air

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The Ap­ple kit we’re most ex­cited about Ru­mours may be swirling about Retina screen up­dates and sin­gle re­versible USB ports, but the 2014 Mac­Book Air is a highly ca­pa­ble Mac in a tiny pack­age. You can build an 11in model with an i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM that’s good for any­thing short of 3D ren­der­ing or heavy gam­ing, and with an ex­ter­nal mon­i­tor be­comes a solid work­horse. It’s hugely por­ta­ble too, so there’s a lot to love about the Air the way it is right now. The 2014 Mac­Book Air re­fresh was a mere speed bump, but the range also went down in price. The lower-specced model in each screen size is down £100, with the high-end ver­sions £130 cheaper.

The Mac­Book Air is oth­er­wise un­changed. The range uses Haswell pro­ces­sors, which are de­signed to use very lit­tle power. The graph­ics chipset is sig­nif­i­cantly speed­ier than its pre­de­ces­sor, and the flash stor­age is up to 45% faster than the 2012 model, or nine times quicker than a tra­di­tional hard drive. 802.11ac Wi-Fi made its Mac de­but with the 2013 Airs, and it’s up to three times quicker than 802.11n. Bat­tery life is awe­some, with the 13-inch mod­els last­ing up to 12 hours, and the 11-inch Mac­Book Airs run­ning for up to nine hours on a sin­gle charge.

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