Apple MacBook Air (13-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model)

  • Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display
  • Touch ID and the latest Apple-designed keyboard
  • Dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel UHD Graphics 617
  • Fast SSD storage and 8GB memory
  • Stereo speakers with wider stereo sound
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life

Available in silver, space gray, and gold, the new thinner and lighter MacBook Air features a stunning Retina display, Touch ID, the latest Apple-designed keyboard, and a Force Touch trackpad—all housed in an iconic wedge design made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. And with all-day battery life, MacBook Air is your perfectly portable, do-it-all notebook.

List Price: $ 1,199.00

Price: $ 1,142.00

3 thoughts on “Apple MacBook Air (13-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model)

  1. 157 of 157 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Upgrade, November 11, 2018
    By 
    Rehomore (Maryland)

    I’ve been playing around with the new Air for the past five days and so far at least, am quite happy that I decided to upgrade from my 2013 version. That computer has provided excellent service for the past five years and still works well, but when I saw that Apple was offering $265 on a trade in, I decided to go for it. Here are my early impressions:

    It looks and feels better. It is sleeker, and surprisingly lighter, smaller and well, just nicer to play with. Slimmer bezels and thinner case make this computer extremely portable. I was a bit hesitant to go with the gold color, but it looks great and the color is a bit darker than the rose gold IPhone that I have.

    It is faster. It has a better processor and more memory. Maybe for complex tasks the Pro might be better, but for everyday web browsing, video watching, music, email etc., the new Air is definitely an upgrade.

    The retina display is beautiful. Not to take anything away from the 2013 model, which has an excellent display, but this is very nice. It’s not quite as bright as the older model, and I find myself adjusting it to the highest, or near highest level. This is obviously affecting battery life, which seems good to me in any event. But I don’t think 12 hours is a reasonable expectation, unless the screen brightness is set pretty low.

    The keyboard is nicer and the speakers sound surprisingly good. Pretty amazing when you consider how thin this laptop is. You will notice more bass, and clear and louder sound. The touch ID is cool. It recognizes my fingerprint in a split second with no issues.

    On the negative side, it’s expensive. For the price, it should probably have more hard drive space. And it’s a somewhat ridiculous $200 to upgrade to 256 GB. I also kind of wish it had a regular USB port. Welcome to the future. It does have a regular phone jack though. That adapter you need for the newer IPhones always bugged me.

    One more thing I just remembered. The viewing angles have been drastically improved. On my old Air, you had to tilt the screen just right and place it directly in front of you. Big difference here.

    Overall, this is a very beautiful laptop, and a great update if you are looking for something new.

  2. 82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Laptop but Overpriced, November 14, 2018
    By 
    Al Roge

    It’s a great laptop, especially love how the gold matches the new iPhone XS and the Series 4 watch however it is overpriced by at least $300. The processor performance is closer to the Macbook 12″ rather than the Macbook Pro. The Macbook Pro can be had for just $100 more and with sales on the pro happening often, I wouldn’t really suggest anyone to go with this when you can get a lot more for your money for virtually the same price at places like Best Buy.
  3. 52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The new MB Air — fantastic for the right user, November 30, 2018
    By 
    Social science professor (Kenosha, WI)

    This review is from: Apple MacBook Air (13-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB) – Space Gray (Latest Model) (Personal Computers)

    This review is not for power users (edit video regularly) – they should buy the more powerful MB Pro. The Pro without a Touch Bar is in the same price range as this MB Air and is a better option.

    This review is also not for people who need the smallest, lightest possible computer capable of running macOS, and are willing to sacrifice performance for portability. They should buy the 12″ MacBook.

    If you’re in neither of these groups, if you are a mainstream user and you’re not willing to buy a cheaper Windows machine, this review is to help you decide if the 2018 retina MacBook Air is the right Mac for you.

    I bought a silver one on launch day from my local Apple Store. I use it every day.

    Here’s my basis for comparison: I started with a 13″ MacBook Air in 2010 and then an 11″ Air in 2012; I loved both except for the low-resolution TN displays. In 2015, I bought a 13″ retina MB Pro, which I replaced 3 weeks ago with this 2018 MB Air. At work, I use a MB Pro with Touch Bar, which my employer bought for my office in 2016.

    I really love using the new MB Air and think most mainstream Mac users will, too. The form factor is great. It’s comfortable to hold and comfortable to use. The screen is fantastic compared to the previous generation MB Air. It has enough power for all of the computing I do, which includes a ton of writing, spreadsheets, analyzing data with SPSS/Stata/GRETL, web browsing with 10 tabs open at a time, listening to music in iTunes or streaming from TIDAL or Spotify, watching videos in YouTube and Netflix and movies I’ve purchased from iTunes, and editing photos. I really don’t edit video. You can find reviews from others who do, and they will tell you that this MB Air can handle a bit of video editing now and then just fine, but it struggles, and really shouldn’t be used if you edit video regularly – especially 4K video.

    KEYBOARD: I loved the previous chiclet-style Apple keyboards that Apple has stopped using. I used to complain about the newer butterfly keyboards. My computer at work is the first MB Pro to have the new butterfly keyboard and it is problematic. So I wasn’t expecting I’d like the keyboard on the 2018 MB Air.

    But I do. Because of the reduced key travel, I’ve modified my typing style to type with a light touch. (I didn’t TRY to do this, it just happened.) I can now type just as fast and just as accurately as on the previous keyboard, and with this light touch the keyboard isn’t loud at all. I actually enjoy typing on this keyboard, and I don’t miss the older type of keyboard.

    DISPLAY: Obviously, it’s way better than the previous MB Air display, which used the same display technology since 2010. It’s an IPS display which means better color and way better viewing angles. And it’s retina, or high-resolution.

    When I first got the new MB Air, I compared it side-by-side to my 2015 retina MB Pro before I sold that unit. To my eyes, they look equally bright and equally color-rich. Since my Pro was always bright enough for me, I’m sure the new MB Air will be, too. After I did this comparison, I checked the specs – both screens are rated at 300 nits of brightness.

    I compared the new MB Air I bought for personal use to the newer MB Pro that my employer provided for my office use. The Air isn’t as bright as the newer Pro, and the colors aren’t as rich. The newer Pro is one of the Touch Bar models and the display has “true-tone” technology. It looks really great. But that computer, the 2018 version, costs way more than the 2018 MB Air, and I’m perfectly happy with the display on the 2018 MB Air.

    USB-C PORTS: I used to complain about Apple replacing the very common USB-A ports with the newer USB-C ones. “Dongle hell!” Well, now that I have a new MB Air with USB-C ports and no USB-A, I can tell you that it really isn’t a big deal, not for me, at least. I bought a Satechi USB-C dock which has 3 USB-A ports, ethernet, HDMI, SD card slot, two USB-C ports, and pass-through charging. That’s really all I need. It’s about 2.5″ long and weighs about 3 ounces, so it really isn’t a burden to carry it in my laptop bag. In the 3 years since Apple began the transition to USB-C on its computers, many affordable solutions have become available. Like cables with a USB-C plug on one end, or tiny adapters you plug a USB-A cable into and it can then plug into a USB-C port.

    In summary, the “downsides” I was worried about – the butterfly keyboard, the move to USB-C ports, and the display not being as bright as the newer MacBook Pros – are non-issues, at least for me. They might be for you, so make sure you buy your computer from a reputable retailer that accepts returns with no restocking fee.

    If you buy this, I would URGE you to get a bigger SSD. The 128gb SSD in the base model is not going to be enough for most people. (But if funds are…

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