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Battery life on the mid-2013 MacBook Air

It just occurred to me how rarely I think about battery life these days.

Even after a year and a half I can get 8 hours or more on my MacBook Air, with a bare minimum of about 6 hours on a full charge. That’s had a profound effect on my ability to be mobile. I’ve used this computer in cars, trains, and airplanes, even trans-Pacific flights. I very rarely have to scramble for open plugs in public places, nor do I often find myself racing the clock to get something done before my battery dies.

If you’re looking for that kind of peace of mind as you travel (or even as you commute locally), consider the MacBook Air. I never thought I’d get away with using a MacBook Air as my only computer, but the modern Airs are champs.

In contrast, I had a 2010 or 2011 Air assigned to me at a previous job, and those machines were jokes for all but the most casual computer user. MAMP would cause the fan to start almost immediately, and you could forget any audio processing.

With the MacBook Air I have now, I run Ableton and Logic without issue, sometimes simultaneously. In fact, I can’t really think of anything I’ve tried to do with this computer that I felt was bottlenecked by the hardware. (It’s worth noting that I mostly only do games on iOS. I have a suspicion that power-hungry games might not perform so well on this machine, but I do not know.)

Anyways, all of this is to say that if you’ve ever wondered if a MacBook Air would work for you and how it would hold up over time, my experience with the mid-2013 machine has been excellent.

And is battery is just amazing… life-changing really, for a extremely mobile person like me.