If you\u2019re looking for the best MacBook for college but don\u2019t have the funds for a MacBook Pro, consider this 2017 Apple MacBook Air instead! Although it\u2019s not a newer model, it still brings many of the performance perks & proprietary features to the table that Apple is known for. Enjoy 128 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor packed into this 2.96-pound machine.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Apple MacBook Air Core i5\r\nThis Apple MacBook Air Core i5 may not have the specs of a new Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch model, but it still packs a punch for the price. Powered by a 5th generation Intel core processor, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and a 128 GB SSD with 8 GB of RAM, this 13 inch MacBook Air brings the reliability and performance that Apple products are known for at a fraction of the price.\r\n\r\nPower & Performance\r\nThis MacBook Air is powered by a 1.8GHz dual-core 5th-generation Intel Core i5 processor. Using Turbo Boost, it can run at speeds of up to 2.9GHz. For graphic rendering, it uses the Intel HD Graphics 6000, and it has 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM. While this setup definitely won\u2019t be able to keep up with modern high-requirement games, you should still be able to play older games on lower settings without any issues. That said, the MacBook Air Core i5 feels much more at home with media creation than gaming.\r\nBattery\r\nInternally, this MacBook Air houses a built-in 54 Wh lipo battery that provides the laptop with up to 12 hours of battery life during casual use, and up to 30 days if it\u2019s left on standby. Along with the MacBook, you also get a 45W MagSafe 2 power adapter. This charger has a self-preserving design because the charger is held in by magnets, meaning it will easily disconnect instead of pulling your laptop to the floor. You can plug the charger directly into a wall, or use the cable if your outlet is far away.\r\nPorts & Expandability\r\nSince it\u2019s an older model, it doesn\u2019t have Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connections found on the newer Apple MacBook Air 13, but it still has a fair amount of connection options. This 2017 MacBook Air has two USB 3 ports, a Thunderbolt 2 port, and an SDXC card slot. By today\u2019s standard, the internal SSD is rather low at 128 GB, but it\u2019s still far more than most Chromebooks. On the other hand, the included 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM feels much more modern.\r\nBuild Quality\r\nApple\u2019s MacBooks are known for their iconic aluminum body shells, which undoubtedly contributed to the large amount of metallic-chassis laptops on the market today. This model is no exception; it has a full aluminum body, weighs a total of 2.96 lbs., and is 0.7 inches thick when closed. Although it\u2019s no longer one of the thinnest laptops on the market, the Air still is fairly lightweight & very thin, making it easy to transport. Unfortunately, this model lacks the Retina display found on the Apple MacBook Pro M1 13", but it still offers a great visual performance nonetheless.\r\nValue\r\nOriginally retailing for $999, this MacBook Air is now available for $642.92. It may be a nearly 3-year-old device, but we still think this is a fair price. Scoring 4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 7,499 Amazon ratings), this Climate Pledge Friendly device comes with a 1-year Apple limited warranty. Taking into account the fact that this device is still capable (and outperforms many modern devices), has an adequate amount of internal storage, and is an Apple-labeled product available for less than $650, we can definitely recommend this device with confidence.\r\nApple MacBook Air Core i5 Wrap Up\r\nThis Apple MacBook Air Core i5 is an older model that\u2019s still worth the price. While the 128 GB of SSD storage may be too little for some people, you can always use an external HD with this laptop. The 8 GB of RAM should be adequate for the majority of users, and although this laptop doesn\u2019t have a Retina display, we still would recommend it for anyone who wants a MacBook but doesn\u2019t want to break the bank.