Quick Review of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2016 256GB

The Good
  • Thin and lightweight 13-inch computer at 1.3 kg
  • Incredibly long battery life of up to 12 hours
  • Sturdy, premium aluminum finish
  • Large, multi-gesture trackpad
  • Fast enough for everyday tasks thanks to the SSD & now 8GB RAM
The Bad
  • Aluminium prone to heating during intensive usage
  • Due to SSD, storage is comparatively limited
  • Expensive warranty upgrades, repairs & accessories like chargers
  • Need to buy an adapter to connect to TV (HDMI) or projector (VGA)

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2016 256GB Full Features & Specifications

Launched in: April 2016
Note: Scores are assigned in comparison to similarly priced products
Display   6 / 10
Screen Size 13.3 inch
Screen Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels 7 / 10
Screen Details LED-backlit Glossy Widescreen Display
Touchscreen No
2 in 1 Laptop (Convertible) No
Webcam Yes, 0.9 MP 10 / 10
Processor   7 / 10
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Intel Core i5 (5th Gen) 7 / 10
Processor Clock Speed 1.6GHz
Processor Details Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
Cache 3 MB
Memory   8 / 10
RAM 8GB 8 / 10
Memory Slots 1
RAM Frequency 1600MHz
Storage   9 / 10
Storage Type Solid State Drive (SSD)
Storage Capacity 256GB 9 / 10
Storage Interface PCIe
General Specs
Weight 1.35 kg
Dimensions (inches) 12.8 x 8.94 x 2.96
Colour Silver
Warranty 1 Year
Warranty Type International, Carry in
Warranty Details AppleCare 2 Year Extended Warranty at extra cost
Ports and Slots
USB 2.0 No
USB 3.0 Yes, 2
USB 3.1 No
Mini DisplayPort Yes
RJ45 LAN (Ethernet) No
Media Card Support SDXC
Optical Drive No
USB Type C No
Micro USB No
Graphics   5 / 10
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 6000
Input Headphone + Microphone Combo Jack
Speakers Stereo speakers
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0
WiFi Yes, IEEE 802.11ac
SIM Card Slot No
Power   10 / 10
Battery Capacity 54 WHr
Adapter 45 W
Removable Battery No
Battery Life (Upto) 12 hours
Pointer Input Trackpad
Keyboard Backlit, QWERTY
Fingerprint Scanner No
Operating System Mac OS X
OS Version Mac OS X El Capitan

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2016 256GB Features

Apple’s Macbook Air is a lineup of laptops which consists of products which are very lightweight, good in terms of specifications and well-designed. This is a 13-inch version of the laptop which makes it extremely portable to carry.  

Display and Audio

The Macbook Air comes with a 13.3-inch display which has a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. The device has a LED-backlit Glossy Widescreen Display which makes it easier to view even in daylight conditions. There is a 0.9MP webcam above the display provided for video calling and other utilities. For listening to audio, there are stereo speakers and a headphone + microphone combo jack.   

Performance and Operating System

On the performance front, the Macbook Air seems like a powerhouse as it houses an Intel core i5 (5th gen) processor. It has 8GB of RAM to handle multi-tasking seamlessly but there is just one memory slot provided in the laptop. For storage purposes, the laptop has 256GB SSD storage. Graphic performance is expected to be decent in this laptop as it packs in an integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000. Just like all Apple laptops, this one runs on macOS (El Capitan). Since new versions of the operating system has already been launched, you can upgrade the laptop. 

Connectivity and Battery

With transfer speeds that are 10 times faster than USB 2.0, it also has USB 3.0 compatibility. To transfer photos from a digital camera to this laptop, you can use SDXC media cards. With built-in Bluetooth support, you would be able to transfer files, listen to music or even use peripherals like a wireless BT mouse. With the Mini DisplayPort, you can connect it to external monitors supporting the connector, such as Apple's Cinema Display. You get a 54 WHr battery which will provide a battery life of 12 hours.    

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions of the laptop is 12.8 x 8.94 x 2.96 and it weighs around 1.35kg. 

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2016 256GB Ratings

User Reviews for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2016 256GB (Total: 5)
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By Swati Sharma on September 10, 2017
Apple macbook is probably the best choice if one is in the need to buy a laptop. It is very light and handy.
The Good
  • Handy
  • Decent hardware
The Bad
  • Outdated screen display
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By Avneet Singh on October 6, 2017 | Verified Owner
The updated MacBook has more performance and battery life into a wonderfully thin and light design.
The Good
  • Rich and vibrant display
  • Faster than predecessor
The Bad
  • Low resolution Web cam
  • One usb-c port
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By Swasti Garg on October 26, 2017 | Verified Owner
MacBook Air is a thin, lightweight laptop from Apple.
The Good
  • Lightweight metal body
  • Decent hardware specifications
  • Ultra-portable
The Bad
  • No built-in Ethernet port
  • Wireless only
  • No removable battery
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By Srishti Uppal on January 20, 2018
The best choice if one wants to buy a MacBook but does not want to spend a fortune. The webcam audio and video quality is quite impressive.
The Good
  • Battery life
  • Inclusion of USB port
The Bad
  • Not much difference from previous models
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By Rupal Jhajhria on March 8, 2018
Its a good laptop but as a person who uses an windows laptop, the two devices aren't very compatible. I have to learn all over again how to use this product solely because it is an apple product.
The Good
  • Extremely good storage
  • Never hangs or gets infected by virus
  • Greats in-built apps
  • Really fast processing
The Bad
  • High maintenance
  • Battery drains quickly
  • Difficult for first time users
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