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3 Laptops That Beat the MacBook Air at Its Own Game

With new competitors from HP, Microsoft, and Huawei, you’ve got lots of options for your next lightweight laptop.


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 All boast great battery life, fast performance and a beautiful display, and they all cost less than the now out-of-date MacBook Air.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.

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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.

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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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