The MacBook Air is definitely a laptop that’s been around for a long long time with the last new model being released two years ago. The company could phase out the 13-inch laptop in the not-too-distant future in favor of the thinner and more expensive 12-inch MacBook. However, as long as the MacBook Air remains available, it’s a worthwhile choice for high school and college students.
A Good Student Laptop!
Great Value (for a Mac): Living the student life, If you want an Apple laptop, and you don’t want to spend at least $1,299 for a 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Air is your go to! The entry-level Air carries a $999 MSRP
Battery Life: Students need a laptop they can carry around campus all day long, without needing to recharge. The MacBook Air lasted an amazing 14 hours on a charge during the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous surfing over Wi-Fi. Its endurance is 6 hours longer than the average ultraportable laptop and way ahead of the MacBook 12-inch (9:38), the MacBook Pro 13-inch (9:50) and the MacBook Pro 15-inch (10:32). Only a handful of PC laptops offer 14 hours of battery life or more.
Thin and Light Form Factor: While the MacBook 12-inch and some PC notebooks are even sleeker, the MacBook Air is still one of the more portable notebooks on the market, at just 0.68 inches thick and 2.96 pounds. When you have to fit your laptop into a backpack that’s filled with heavy books, you don’t want it weighing you down.
Regular USB Ports: Nobody likes carrying dongles with them everywhere they go, especially not students. The MacBook Air is the only MacBook with regular USB 3.0 ports, the most common type. So, if you need use a flash drive, attach an external hard drive or use a wireless mouse that has a dongle, you’ll really appreciate the Air’s pair of standard USB ports.
The MacBook Air is a great choice for school, as long as you’re willing to tolerate its trade-offs. You get great battery life and decent mainstream performance in a premium, lightweight design. The major downside is the screen which is below par when compared with existing Macs. However, the MacBook Air, is perfect for all daily school tasks like writing papers, making presentations etc. Thus, if you can work with its low-res screen and prior-generation CPU, the Air is definitely worth considering.
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