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For now, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to buy a notebook other than the Air, unless you’re a creative professional who deals with a lot of video- and photo-editing. Between the Air’s two sizes (11 inches versus 13), we favor the 13-incher because of its inclusion of an SD card slot, and because it never hurts to have a bit of extra screen.
Assuming you don’t download a ton of media (stream it instead!) or do heavy-duty video editing, the Air with 128GB of storage should be plenty. We wouldn’t recommend buying the model with 256GB, because it costs an extra $300, which quite frankly is a ripoff.
And as more of our storage is migrating into the “cloud” (i.e., online storage, streaming and syncing services like iCloud, Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud Drive), the optical drive and big internal hard drives are no longer necessary elements in a notebook. The Air is awesome-looking, thin, capable, and so light you’ll want to carry it everywhere. The only thing its missing is an optical drive, which you can buy separately if you really need one.
Things To Look Forward To: A refresh of the MacBook Pros is right around the corner if you must have an optical drive built into your laptop.
- Stunning 13. 3-Inch Retina Display
- Touch ID
- Dual-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 Processor