Key Specifications

Review Price: £849.0013.3-inch, 1,440 x 900 screen1.35kg128GB or 256GB SSD1.4GHz Hãng sản xuất Intel Chip Core i54GB RAM2x USB 3.0Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt 2.0Memory card reader720p FaceTime camera

What is the 13-inch MacBook Air 2014?

It’s an exceedingly light update on the 2013 MacBook Air. Apple has given the 2014 MacBook Air a small processor speed bump, from 1.3GHz khổng lồ 1.4GHz, but the design, screen và basic features remain exactly the same. The only other technical improvement is a claimed 12 hours battery life, up from 10 hours last year, added to the fact each version is now £100 cheaper than before with the 13-inch starting at £850.

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Is this enough for the MacBook Air to continue as the gold standard of ultraportable laptops, or is the laông xã of the much-demanded improved screen update a blachồng mark too far? It’s an argument that will doubtless rage on for a while, but the MacBook Air’s chất lượng still remains hard lớn argue with.

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13-inch MacBook Air 2014: Design & Features

We’re not going to lớn waste much time here because there’s nothing much to lớn report apart from it’s the same, & that’s fine. The basic design of the MacBook Air hasn’t changed for several years, but we’re yet to lớn see a rival conclusively beat it. It’s a timeless piece of kiến thiết.

Nothing illustrates this better than the large, glass-surface touchpad, which has spawned many (often poor imitators). It remains one of the best things about all Mac laptops, where its kích thước, friction-không lấy phí surface và neat gesture tư vấn make using the MacBook Air very enjoyable. The backlit keyboard, by comparison, is just quietly excellent. Usual Mac / Windows differences aside (don’t ask where the ‘#’ key is), it has a great layout & it’s very nice to lớn type on.

Connectivity is, as ever, basic, with two USB 3.0 ports joined by a DisplayPort / Thunderbolt 2.0 port and a memory card slot. It’s just enough khổng lồ get by & that’s about it. Inside, meanwhile, you get công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 4.0 và 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is as much as you can ask for & should keep you future proof for several years khổng lồ come.

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13-inch MacBook Air 2014: Screen và Sound Quality

The MacBook Air’s screen, in contrast, is nothing like as ‘future proof’. It isn’t downright bad, but it’s certainly nothing more than adequate & quite a step behind what we’d expect from máy tính xách tay at this price và one with Apple’s hình ảnh sản phẩm on it.

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The resolution debate is something of a distraction, actually. A retina screen is, arguably, a stretch too far right now on cost and performance grounds (it would make the MacBook Air more expensive sầu and would likely reduce battery life considerably) and the 16:10 aspect (1,440 x 900) screen means a switch khổng lồ a 1080p screen to match rivals would necessitate a re-thiết kế. A 1,900 x 1,200 resolution would be ideal, but we suspect Apple can’t find anyone lớn make such a screen at a reasonable price. Apple has, more than likely, worked itself inkhổng lồ something or a corner here.

So far as resolution goes, however, we’re of the opinion this resolution works well at this kích cỡ — it’s a reasonable compromise between usable space, readability & sharpness. We’d like more, but there’s more to screen unique than just resolution, and it’s in these areas where the MacBook Air’s screen really disappoints.


The measured contrast ratio of 633:1 is half that of the Sony VAIO Pro 13 (1,215:1) and considerably worse than the 2,326:1 of the Toshibố Kira we reviewed recently. This shows up in videos, where the MacBook looks a little washed out và lacking depth in nuanced, dark scenes in comparison to lớn better screens. This is further supported by an underwhelming 0.5 nit blaông xã level, compared to lớn 0.1 for the Kira & a 0.3 average on most laptops in this class. This means blacks look ‘greyer’ on the MacBook than rivals.

Colours look pleasant enough, but tests show it only covers 59% of the sRGB colour space, much less than several laptops we’ve tested recently such as the Toshicha Kira (94%) và the Dell Precision M3800 (92%). Colour accuracy is decent enough & an uneducated eye won’t be disappointed with what they see day-to-day, but it will disappoint you if you put greater demvà on screen fidelity.


The saving grace is the brightness, which at 342 nits is very bright. We have seen brighter, but it’s more than bright enough for all but direct sunlight. Indeed, for a glossy-screened máy vi tính, the MacBook Air is quite usable in bright light, a fact helped by the lack of an extra touch layer as on many Windows rivals.

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And, as ever, the speakers on the MacBook Air always sound a little better than you initially expect. As with any máy vi tính this kích thước they lack a little bass & are at their best when you’re actually sat at your screen (go to other side of the room and things sound messy), but there’s a decent amount of mid-range that’s ample for casual music listening.