You could call it the ancestor of the Ultrabook. When the Apple MacBook Air first came out, it was a very innovative product. It was small, light, constructed in aluminium and thanks to the built-in SSD the smallest MacBook also performed really well. Since then a lot has changed. Some very impressive Ultrabooks are out there, the MacBook Air has evolved and it's become a common laptop.
When you look at this latest edition and compared it to the previous one with Ivy Bridge hardware, it's difficult to pinpoint many differences. It's a solidly built, deluxe aluminium laptop with the trademark sleek Apple design. It weighs only 1.09 kg, has a backlit keyboard, a large and smooth touchpad, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt connector.
That Thunderbolt connector makes it possible to connect a second monitor via a DisplayPort cable, but also things like an Ethernet cable or an external disk. Thanks to the impressive speed of Thunderbolt, you can even use external storage directly for video editing. The other connectors are the magnetic contact for the charger, and audio port. There's no memory card reader on the smallest version of the MacBook Air.
The screen has not changed either. It's still a 11.6-inch 1366x768 TN display. While it's one of the best TN screens we've seen, it of course can't compete with the beauty of the IPS Retina display of the deluxe MacBook Pro Retina vindt. The screen here has a glossy finish, and pretty wide edge around it. It gives the impression that the Air could have been even more compact, except of course now there's plenty of space for the keyboard.