Update Oct. 2 : We’ve reviewed the newest MacBook Air and have updated this guide to reflect the latest model.
From the fairly affordable 13-inch MacBook Air and super-light 12-inch MacBook to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with the Touch Bar, Apple’s laptop lineup has never had more variety. But as a shopper, it’s never been harder to choose which notebook to get.
Most Affordable, Longest-Lasting: MacBook Air ($999)
Pros: The MacBook Air is the cheapest notebook in Apple’s lineup at $999, especially now that the 11-inch $899 MacBook Air has been retired. It has something else big going for it: about 10.5 hours of battery life on our tests, which makes it one of longer lasting ultraportables. That kind of endurance and pricing makes the Air a good option for students. The latest version offers a slightly faster Core i5 processor.
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