Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012) comparison

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

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Price $998 at 1 store $879 to $899 at 2 stores $1,119 at 1 store $1,649 at 1 store $1,269 to $1,523 at 4 stores
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Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 20 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 3.5 stars out of 11 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date June 11, 2012 June 10, 2013 September 03, 2013 June 03, 2013 June 19, 2013
The Bottom Line This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be. Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes. A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price. The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal. If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment.

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Product Description Apple MacBook Air MacBook Air (13 in, Summer 2012) - 13.3 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB
Flash storage SSD
MacBook Air - 128 GB
Apple MacBook Air - 13.3 in - Core i5 - Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM Flash storage SSD
- 13.3 in - 4th gen Core i3 4010U - Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
- 15.4 in - 4th gen Core i7 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD
- 13 in - 4th gen Core i5
Packaged Quantity 1
1
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Software Included Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Dashboard
Notification Center
Drivers & Utilities
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple DVD Player
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Automator
Apple Image Capture
Apple Dictionary
Apple Calculator
Apple Preview
Apple System Preferences
Apple TextEdit
Apple Stickies
Reminders
Apple Time Machine
Calendar
Contacts
Notes
Dictation
iCloud
Photo Booth
Messages
Apple AirPlay
Game Center
Apple Mac OS X Chess
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple AirDrop
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Battery up to 7 hour(s)
up to 12 hour(s)
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System Type Notebook
Notebook
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Display 13.3 in
LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
13.3 in LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
13.3 in 3200 x 1800
15.4 in 2880 x 1800
13 in 3200 x 1800
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 5000
Info unavailable Info unavailable Intel HD 4400
Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Storage 128 GB
Flash storage SSD
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
128 GB SSD
256 GB SSD
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Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.68 in
12.8 in x 8.9 in x 0.7 in
15.5 mm
14.13 in x 9.73 in x 0.71 in
13.6 mm
Weight 2.96 lbs
3 lbs
3.1 lbs
4.46 lbs
3.06 lbs
Networking 802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 4.0 None
802.11ac
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Optical Drive None
None
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Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 1.8 GHz
( 2.8 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel
Core i5 4 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i3 4010U / 1.7 GHz / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i7 2 GHz / 6 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i5
Memory 4 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
4 GB
8 GB
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