Fast. Easy to use. Long battery life. Long everything life. Reliable. Durable. And last but not least — ultra light.
Everything a traveler could possibly want in a laptop is found in the Macbook Air. It’s the laptop of choice of The Luxe Travel Team and our recent trip to Sicily, but you’ll be happy to know it’s a top choice for many people, travelers, homebodies, students and professionals alike. Before we go on we have no affiliation with Apple, views are completely our own.
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB SSD (solid state drive, also called flash)
- 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor (Turbo Boost upt to 2.7GHx)
- 13.3 inch display, LED-backlit, widescreen
- 12-15 hours of battery life
- 1.35 kg (2.96 lbs)
- 1.7 cm (0.68 in) thick when closed
- 2 USB 3 ports
- Thunderbolt port (convertible to HDMI audio/video output)
- MagSafe 2 power port
- SDXC card slot
- 720p FaceTime HD camera
- OS X Mavericks (Operating System)
For full specs, have a look at Apple’s Macbook Air specs page. You might even want to consider the Air’s 11.8 inch little sister, though for comfort and only a half-pound more in weight, plus the SD card slot, the 13.3 inch we deem the best, as travellers you’re going to want a SD card slot!
Those are the basics, but I won’t get into too much geek-speak with you. You may be have read that more RAM leads to a faster computer, and that it should be in multiples of 4 (so 4 or 8GB rather than 6), with 8GB being great for really fast operation and multi-tasking. However, this is mostly applicable to PC laptops. MacBooks are all around more efficient, so 4GB of RAM in a Mac is more equivalent to 8GB in a PC in terms of multi-tasking capability.
The screen is the ideal size for working, and its high resolution is easy to eyeball for several hours without fatigue. It’s also very efficient at connecting to an external display through airplay or thunderbolt port. If you’re mobile and have clients on the move this is a big plus. Create the presentation on the beach, walk into the office and present, close the deal and return to the beach for a drink, that’s my idea of a good work life balance.
Its combination of durability and portability is one of its most attractive features. It’s so easy to carry around and easy to slip into a number of bags that would be hard pressed to comfortably fit a thicker, heavier PC. I’ve slipped it into a moderate sized handbag as well as a little 15-liter rucksack with ease. And the best part? I could still carry the handbag comfortably (and fashionably) at mid-arm, and I could hardly feel a difference in the weight of the rucksack. (I’m scarred by experiences of lugging around heavy PC laptops through airports, and pulling out the atrocious machines at security points is an embarrassing hassle.) (Sorry for the PC bashing this macbook air has led to an epiphany)
The MacBook Air operates on fancy new Flash memory rather than conventional hardware, meaning there are no moving parts in the computer (no fans, for instance). Plus, all internal parts are sautered together and vacuumed up really tightly. That means bumps and general wears of travel are far less likely to cause damage to the computer, because there are no bits and pieces vulnerable to potential light-moderate impacts.
The Air has overwhelmingly good reviews across many sites and sellers. The price is not bad either – the closest PC equivalent is the Sony VAIO Pro 13, and you’ll be paying a bit more for that (by the way, that’s paying more for less battery life, reviews not quite as good and no Mac-quality average life of 5 years). Overall, it’s definitely an investment rather than expense due to the great productivity and satisfaction you’ll gain from it.
The renowned U.S. Consumer Report ranks it in the top 10 laptops overall for the 13-14inch range, and in the top 3 laptops for travelers.
You probably know in your gut, like I did, that the MacBook Air is the best choice. It has a great name, technical support and a reputation for high-quality and innovation backing it. I’m beyond happy with it, as are all my fellow travelers who’ve taken on the MacBook Air 13 as their companion.