Best Buy's normal price for this laptop is $1,299. That is the same price as Apple. For this deal, Best Buy offers free shipping. Both retailers charge sales tax in most states.
The same model is only slightly discounted at Amazon.com. There, it carries a price tag of $1,235.
The Haswell version of Intel's Core processors is this year's model. It offers performance and -- more importantly for mobile device users -- battery improvements over last year's version, the Ivy Bridge series of microprocessors.
Haswell is considered key, in fact, for Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets, as the Surface Pro 2 sports these processors. Microsoft was hammered in 2012 over the battery life of its Surface Pro tablets, which averaged between 4 and 4 1/2 hours of battery life, hardly enough for a full day of work.
Along with the Haswell CPU, this Macbook Air features the following specifications:
1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz) with 3 MB shared L3 cache
Integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 with 512 MB of GDDR5 memory
Faster all-flash storage, 4GB expandable to 8GB
802.11ac WiFi support (the latest, though still draft, version)
One Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps -- formerly known as Intel's Light Peak)
Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
SDXC card slot
MagSafe 2 power port
720p FaceTime HD camera
Thin, light, durable design
OS X Mountain Lion (upgradeable to OS Mavericks when it ships)
Up to 12 hours of battery life1 (13-inch model)
Up to 9 hours of battery life1 (11-inch model)
For those who eschew WiFi for cabled Ethernet, Indeed, there is no wired Ethernet port; However, Apple has a solution -- not an app -- for you. The Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter takes the place of a separate port, and allows users to easily connect their MacBook Air to a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet network. It connects to the laptop's Thunderbolt port and provides an RJ-45 port that supports 10/100/1000BASE-T networks.
Don't worry about losing your only Thunderbolt port; Thunderbolt I/O is capable of being daisy-chained, unlike USB 3.0. We would assume, though, that there are USB 3.0 adapters, as well.
In terms of dimensions, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air is 12.8 inches x 8.94 inches x 0.68 inches. It weighs in at 2.96 pounds.