The 2013 MacBook Air 13" offers the same thin/lightweight body, quiet fan and quality manufacturing that made the previous MacBook Airs a success, except this year's model boasts a record-breaking battery life of 14 hours.
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The Windows 8 Alternative
Sony Vaio Pro 13
Don't like Apple? An excellent Windows 8 alternative is the Sony Vaio Pro 13. It has a beautiful screen, an amazing processor, good sound quality, 6½ hours of battery life and it weighs almost nothing. It can stand up to a MacBook any day.
Samsung Series 7 Ultra (NP740U3E)
The Series 7 Ultra has processing power, battery life, a quality screen, beautiful finish and tons of connectivity. That said, the touch screen doesn't add much—all it does is jack up the price and drag down the battery. Otherwise, it's a keeper!
Dell Inspiron 14z (2012)
Seeing as audio quality could be better and the screen isn't great, the Dell Inspiron 14Z only gets a three star score in our review. However, this 14" ultrabook works quietly, has a built-in DVD drive and a set of standard connections. What's more, it sells at a reasonable price.