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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the usability and battery. The performance and design are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Apple MacBook Air review (2018): A good buy and a tough call


The new Air is precisely the upgrade many users have been holding out for, with a slimmed-down body, sharper Retina display, long battery life and a useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Though it's more than fast enough for common use cases, some might...

Lighter ; Slimmed-down design ; Sharp Retina display ; Long battery life ; Spacious and reliable trackpad ; It has Touch ID

Underpowered compared to a similarly priced MacBook Pro ; No option to upgrade the processor ; No more SD slot ; Screen is dimmer than the Pro's

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop


This reimagined MacBook Air fixes almost all previous design issues, but not without adding a couple of its own.

The MacBook is now smaller and lighter, with a better display, faster processors and a bigger touchpad. The MacOS experience and all-day battery are still big selling points.

The starting price has shot up significantly, despite sticking with dual-core CPUs. The shallow butterfly keyboard and limited ports may feel like a step back from the previous Air.

The MacBook Air's long overdue makeover adds welcome additions like a high-res screen and Touch ID, but it includes some unwelcome trade-offs -- including a much higher price.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Tom Brant (

Apple MacBook Air (2018)


Though no speedster, the refreshed MacBook Air finally gets a Retina Display and updated components, making it a sleek ultraportable laptop worthy of its pioneering predecessor's name.

Retina Display offers vivid colors. Very comfortable Force Touch trackpad. Secure boot capability. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Excellent battery life.

No CPU configuration options. Y-series, not U-series, CPU. No touch screen. No USB Type-A ports or dedicated video output. Shallow key travel. Expensive as configured. Occasional fan noise.

Bottom Line: Though no speedster, the refreshed MacBook Air finally gets a Retina Display and updated components, making it a sleek ultraportable laptop worthy of its pioneering predecessor's name.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: Return of the Mac


Its first major remodel for some years, the new Air brings a smaller footprint, higher-res display, Touch ID and a divisive keyboard. Is it a winner?

High-res ‘Retina’ display with smaller bezel than previous Air models ; Large trackpad with Force Touch control ; Touch ID login via fingerprint is great ; Smaller and lighter footprint adds to appeal

Loud and sometimes unresponsive keyboard ; Only Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and no SD card slot ; Confuses the MacBook/Air/Pro lineup ; No Face ID ; Strong Windows 10 competition now

A remodel that's been long overdue, the new Air brings a shrunken footprint, higher-res display, less bezel, Touch ID login, fewer ports, a divisive keyboard and a higher price tag than its predecessor. Some great features for sure, but a few irks hold...

Dec, 2018

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Apple MacBook Air 13" (2018) review


The lightest MacBook finally gets its long-awaited update - is it a breath of fresh Air?

Screen a significant step up from previous gen Air ; Classy design with outstanding keyboard ; Same great battery life, despite hardware upgrades

No longer as affordable as the Air once was ; Only slightly faster than before ; Loses ports in the name of thinness

Not as affordable as the Air used to be, but this latest version justifies the added expense with a stunning design, screen and features. More than enough MacBook for most people.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (

Apple MacBook Air 2018 (i5, 256 GB) Laptop Review


Better display and slow processor. Apple pretty much ignored its MacBook Air for a couple of years and there was much speculation about the end of the series. Now, we get a completely redesigned model including a modern display. Is it an alternative to...

high quality case ; good screen ; 2x USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3 ; long battery runtime ; great touchpad ; Touch-ID fingerprint scanner ; often silent operation ; very good speakers ; decent everyday performance

comparatively low CPU performance ; display is not as good as on the MacBook Pros ; only USB-C and stereo jack ; fan is way too loud for this level of performance ; long charging time ; old Wi-Fi module without Bluetooth 5.0 ; no SD reader ; very high...

After our time with the new MacBook Air, we are still struggling with the verdict. Besides the device itself, you also have to consider Apple's other laptops, especially the two 13-inch MacBook Pro models. But let's start with the new Air first.The new...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Jayesh Mansukhani (

Apple Macbook 13.3"


Apple's updated Macbook is a great step forward in design and usability.

Nov, 2008

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Apple MacBook Air review: An icon reborn


Apple revamps the MacBook Air for 2018 but it loses some of its appeal in the process

Retina display ; Beautiful design ; Decent battery life

Performance is disappointing ; Overpriced

With a stunning screen, great keyboard and good battery life, the Huawei Matebook X Pro really is a stunning laptop at a price that's more than competitive with the new MacBook Air. The difference is that, with a U-series mobile chip under the hood and...

Dec, 2018

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Apple MacBook Air 13" (2018) review


Air to the throne.

Screen ; Sound ; Battery life ; Keyboard

Expensive ; Dongle life

Air apparent to the MacBook for the majority

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Andrew O'Hara (

MacBook Air 2018 Review: Apple's most popular Mac gets an impactful upgrade


Apple has repeatedly described the MacBook Air as the most popular Mac in its lineup, with years of neglect leaving some intimidatingly large shoes for the new 2018 upgrade to fill. After spending the last several days using it as our daily driver,...

Nov, 2018

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:3


Battery capacity (Watt hours):50.3
Battery life (max):12
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Standby time:30


Front Camera:Y


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Gold / Grey / Silver
Product Type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:2560 x 1600
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum Resolution:5120 x 2880
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel UHD Graphics 617


Full-size keyboard:Y
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Trackpad


Internal Memory:8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:2133
Memory form factor:On-board


Bluetooth version:4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-25 - 45

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB Type-C


Ambient light sensor:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
Docking connector:N
DVI port:N
Headphone outputs:1
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:30


Processor boost frequency:3.6
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3
Processor family:8th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.6


Bundled software:iMovieGarageBandSiriSafariFaceTimePhoto BoothiTunesiBooksApp StoreTime Machine / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine
Operating system installed:macOS Mojave


Card reader integrated:N
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
SSD capacity:128 / 256 / 512
SSD interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:SSD
Total SSDs capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):4.1
Height (rear):1.56