13-inch MacBook Air (Mid-2013)

The 13-inch MacBook Air is the best Mac Apple has for sale. It’s cheap, light and powerful, and while the 13-inch screen isn’t Retina, it looks great, and leaves lots of room for a great keyboard and trackpad.

With Intel’s new Haswell chipsets, the mid-2013 model is better than ever.

While I’d build one with a larger SSD and 8 GB of RAM, the new $1099 machine is hard to beat. The base model packs a 1.3 GHz Dual-Core i5, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 128 GB Flash Storage and 4 GB of RAM with an impressive 12 hours of battery life.

If your Mac is getting creaky, or you are looking to switch from The Dark Side, the Air is what I recommend to most people, and there’s never been a better time to pick one up.