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First, the MacBook Air

The quick-starting MacBook Air ranges in price from $900 for the 11-inch model with 128GB of storage to $1,200 for a 13-inch screen with 256GB of storage. They run on 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processors, weigh less than three pounds, and both boast 720p FaceTime cameras for endless Skype sessions. Though, we'd go with the 13-inch Air, as it has a SDXC card slot, hugely convenient when uploading photos from a camera, and gets 12 hours of battery for web use and movie viewing.

Once you've gotten used to the functionality of OS X, it can be hard to switch to anything else.

Now onto the alternatives . . .

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