Time for a New Laptop

3 Laptops That Beat the MacBook Air at Its Own Game

June 1, 2017 Tech By

Steve Jobs famously revealed the MacBook Air in 2008, unsheathing it from a 9 x 12-inch envelope. Nearly a decade on, the machine is still the envy of laptop manufacturers — the perfect balance between tablet and professional laptop. Unfortunately, Apple effectively antiquated the MacBook Air in 2016, choosing to prioritize a cheaper-but-still-expensive MacBook Pro instead.

You can still buy a MacBook Air, but there are a number of non-Apple alternatives that are arguably better and more 2017-friendly. Below are three of our favorites. All boast great battery life, fast performance and a beautiful display, and they all cost less than the now out-of-date MacBook Air.

HP Envy 13

HP gets competitive with updates to its 2-in-1 tablet and line of high-end laptops, with 14 hours of battery and a top-of-the-line processor.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft’s best 2-in-1 yet. With a 13-hour battery life and speedy performance, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is a great laptop that also doubles as a tablet.

Huawei MateBook X

Boasting a beautiful display, a Dolby Atmos sound system and a nearly bezel-less design, the MateBook X looks and feels like a MacBook Air, but with a better sound system and the likelihood of a lower going rate.

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