2013 Apple MacBook Air: Great battery, but pricey and limited

Tim needs a new pair of shoes.

Time to upgrade

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) new MacBook Air is a hit with reviewers. Although some are disappointed that the 2013 model didn't get a Retina display, they're psyched with the battery life and improved performance. Mind you, they're still expensive and impossible to upgrade.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers count their pennies.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

James Galbraith takes a gander:

...the new MacBook Air models are here. ...all of the changes...are hidden under the hood. ...this new Air is more evolutionary than revolutionary.

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The Haswell processors require less power than Ivy Bridge, which improves battery life. ... Haswell also includes...Intel HD Graphics 5000, which Apple says provides 40 percent higher performance...802.11ac wireless networking...and the flash storage has also been improved.

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All four have the same dual-core 1.3GHz Core i5...and 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR memory, which cannot be upgraded. ...our preliminary findings show much improved battery life.  MORE

Heeee's Walt Mossberg. Shutup:

Intel [says] the 4th Generation Core processors, can boost battery life by 50 percent...designed specifically for the slim, light laptops Windows PC makers call Ultrabooks and Apple calls its MacBook Air.

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I tested just the battery life of two new models...the latest MacBook Air [and] the Sony Vaio Pro 13. ... Their major downside is price [which is] much higher than the $600 to $800 Windows buyers have traditionally spent on a well-equipped laptop.

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In my tests, the Air lasted an amazing 10 hours and 14 minutes. ...the Sony lasted 11 hours and 52 minutes.  MORE

And here's Rene Ritchie (no relation) eschewing Retina:

This is for the airplane travelers and live bloggers, for coffee-shop hopping entrepreneurs and class-changing students.

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You can have screen density, lightness, or battery life, and you only get 2 out of the three. This is...the perfect compromise for many, many people.  MORE

Michael A. Prospero compares the new Air to the current Pro:

The MacBook Air [is] the better choice for the majority of shoppers. The Air has a thinner and lighter chassis, offers slightly better performance and lasts much longer on a charge.

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However, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a sharper and richer display, and you can use Pro with two external monitors. ... Plus, you get an extra Thunderbolt port, HDMI and a greater number of configuration options.  MORE

But RapidShift ain't buying it:

I just purchased a HP Folio 9470m and I couldn’t be happier. ... The 13 hour battery life of the new air is great, but I don’t like that the battery can not be removed and the HDD/RAM can’t be accessed.

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Bought new for $700 off ebay compared to...$900-1200. ... Ethernet port...removable battery & HDD...4gb expandable memory up to 16GB...Mobile broadband sim slot...battery slice option.  MORE

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