The first MacBook Air was released in 2008, designed to balance performance and portability. Fast forward 5 years later, and the latest version of the MacBook Air, released in June 2013, could possibly be the solution to travelling light and efficiently.
We certainly think so. At first glance, the new MacBook Air, which comes in 11 and 13 inch versions, does not seem that different from its predecessor. The only difference is a second microphone hole on the left side, designed to form a dual-mic setup to reduce background noise. But that is hardly the biggest upgrade received. All the good stuff lies beneath the hood.
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Much has been made about the MacBook Air’s fantastic battery life, we’ll get to that in a sec. Other improvements include new Intel Haswell processors which use less power without compromising on quality, and a more stable Wi-Fi connection thanks to beam-forming technology which focuses Wi-Fi signals onto your MacBook Air. While these upgrades are significant, the unbelievably strong battery life is what will make the MacBook Air such a valuable commodity for heavy notebook users.
The 11 inch version can run up to 9 hours on a single charge, and the 13 inch version can run up to 12 hours. This basically means that you can spend an entire working day using your MacBook Air without plugging in (unless you work crazy hours). For us, this is a godsend, as we’re constantly on the move throughout the day, going from one meeting to the next. We spend way too much time at coffee joints using our Macs, and public places have limited power sockets. More often than not, they are already used by somebody else. That’s why we have to bring external battery packs around in case we run out of juice. But with MacBook Air’s increased battery life, carrying that extra load is a thing of the past. We won’t even need to bring our chargers around anymore.
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When we travel, even for leisure purposes, our minds still tend to drift back to work-related matters (this can be interpreted as a blessing or a curse, or both). The MacBook Air weighs only 1.08kg, so it is a perfect work companion during vacations or long trips. We plan to carry just the MacBook Air with us, without the charger, so we can limit ourselves to “only” 12 hours of work during our holidays. As mentioned, this can be a blessing or a curse, but it certainly is a good option to have.
The MacBook Air is truly a game changer. Many laptops are deemed to have solid battery lives, but the MacBook Air is an all-day, full-fledged dynamo which you can count on for long-lasting performance. If you’re a student, business person constantly on the move, or a frequent flyer, the MacBook Air is the perfect choice for you.
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