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Apple MacBook Air (summer 2012) | CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The 13-inch MacBook Air has new Intel CPUs, better battery life, and an improved 720p Webcam, and finally adds USB 3.0 ports, while shaving $100 off the price of last year's models.
The bad: The design, while strong, stays largely the same: there's no Ethernet port, and the base SSD storage option of 128GB is smaller than a standard hard drive, though common for ultrabooks.
The cost: $1,124.95 to $1,199.99
The bottom line: This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.

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Though "Ultrabook" is a trademarked Intel term, it's used more broadly for the now-popular class of thin notebooks without optical drives. If you're not looking for a desktop replacement, just something sleek and light, open up an ultrabook. ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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