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Best Laptops 2014: 10 Best PCs and Macs to buy

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MacBook Air 13 inch 2014

Originally reviewed by 20 May 2014

Best laptop for battery life

Key features:
  • 11.6- and 13.3-inch screen options
  • 9/12 hours battery life, depending on display
  • Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs
Apple didn’t change the MacBook Air design too much with the 2014 edition. In part, this is because Intel hadn’t yet released its new generation of processors. There are still some significant improvements, though. For the 2014 edition, Apple has increased the processor clock speed a bit and managed to boost battery life even further. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air will last for up to 12 hours off a charge. That is fantastic, and something almost all Windows rivals can’t really touch.

Where you pay is the screen – the MacBook Air hasn’t been given the Retina treatment yet and its colour reproduction isn’t among the best. For pure practicality, the MacBook Air is a real winner, though. These days, you don't have to sell your organs to afford one.

Price: £783 (£850 at time of review)

Our Score

9/10
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