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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2018)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 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. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and battery. The performance and design are also appreciated, but many are critical about the energy efficiency and 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 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Thomas Newton (trustedreviews.com)

MacBook Air 2018 Review | Trusted Reviews

 

If you have the budget, then this MacBook Air offers a proper upgrade on past iterations

A classic design, refreshed for 2018 ; Lightweight, premium-feel body ; Retina Display screen ; Pro features for a lower price

Only has two USB-C ports

The MacBook Air 2018 is a streamlined and powerful laptop brimming with up-to-date features.

Feb, 2019

Expert review by (engadget.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

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 : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (2018) Review

 

Thin and light design; Sharp Retina display; Eco-friendly aluminum chassis; Booming audio; Thunderbolt 3 ports; Touch ID without the Touch Bar ; Slower than competition; Expensive starting price; Display could be brighter ; The new MacBook Air is a...

Slower than competition; Expensive starting price; Display could be brighter ; The new MacBook Air is a welcome upgrade with a sharper display in a thinner and lighter design, but this laptop could use more power.

The new MacBook Air is a welcome upgrade with a sharper display in a thinner and lighter design, but this laptop could use more power.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

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

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

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 (notebookcheck.net)

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 (tech.firstpost.com)

Apple Macbook 13.3"

 

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

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Justin Jaffe (cnet.com.au)

MacBook Air 2018 vs. MacBook Air 2017: Which one should you buy?

 

With two distinct versions in its lineup, Apple now has a MacBook Air for everyone.

Mar, 2019

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

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

Camera

Front Camera:Y

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Display

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

Graphics

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

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:German / UK International
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:Trackpad

Memory

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

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.2
Ethernet LAN:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / 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

Performance

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

Power

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

Processor

Processor boost frequency:3.6
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:8th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor Model:i5-8210Y

Software

Bundled software:- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Siri\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- iBooks\n- App Store\n- Time Machine / iMovieGarageBandSiriSafariFaceTimePhoto BoothiTunesiBooksApp StoreTime Machine / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSiri\nSafari\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\niBooks\nApp Store\nTime Machine
Operating system installed:macOS Mojave

Storage

Card reader integrated:N
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
SSD capacity:128 / 1500 / 256 / 512
SSD interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:SSD
Total SSDs capacity:128 / 1500 / 256 / 512
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 1500 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:212.4
Height (front):4.1
Height (rear):1.56
Weight:1.25
Width:304.1