Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 11" A1370 2011- (MC968 / MC969)
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Macbook Air 11″ (July 2011) Review
31 January 2012
Conclusion: Macbook gets an average life to around 5 hours with screen brightness set to medium and laptop brightness turned off. Oh yes, I forgot to mention, it comes with a backlit keyboard! This is great for anybody who is on the go and is often in dark rooms or just when there is no light. Here are some pictures of the laptop . Now, if you want to see a whole series I am doing on the laptop, head over to my channel and check that out.
Summary: This year's 11-inch MacBook Air improves on last year's model in several significant ways and is by far the fastest ultraportable you're likely to find, though some users will consider the limited flash storage space to be a hindrance.
Pros: The new 11-inch Apple MacBook Air is dramatically faster than last year's version, has a backlit keyboard, and comes with a high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port.
Cons: The $999 entry-level Air still has the same limited fixed flash storage and RAM as last year's version, which most people will want to upgrade from--and there's still no SD card slot, Ethernet port, or 3G wireless option.
Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2011 (1.6 GHz, 128 GB SSD) Subnotebook
6 September 2011
Summary: Netbook? No thanks. The smallest and cheapest notebook that Apple currently has to offer is called the MacBook Air 11. It weighs in at less than a kilogram and is just 1.7 cm at its thickest point. On the outside: an aluminium unibody case. On the inside: a Sandy Bridge CPU which along with the SSD delivers superior performance.
Pros: Low weight and small size, Outstanding aluminium case, Very good input devices, Keyboard backlighting, Very good application performance, This is exactly what an “entry-level” model should look like.
Cons: Not so many ports, Reflective display, RAM is soldered down, The former entry-level model the MacBook White.
Excerpt: The refresh of the new 11.6″ and 13.3″ Macbook Air last July 2011 has introduced more powerful Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors into the line-up. I got the 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Core i5 Macbook Air 11.6″ to test out. See full review after the jump.
Conclusion: If there’s one complaint we have with Apple and the 2010 MacBook Air it’s that Apple didn’t release the notebook earlier. If it had been been available just a month before I probably wouldn’t be typing this review from a MacBook Pro.
Conclusion: But with Apple positioning it as the new entry-level MacBook, is it the notebook to replace your white MacBook? That's a complicated question to answer. For those who need portability, you can't beat the 11.6-inch screen and light weight. Could we see using it as our everyday laptop, as many did with the white MacBook? Probably not. For that, we'd recommend spending $300 more for the 13.3-inch version.
Pros: Thin, light, and sleek design, Hugely upgraded performance over previous version, Sturdy body, Excellent bundled software
Cons: Shallow keyboard, Some features require a learning curve, Mediocre battery life
Summary: You really have to look at the 11-inch MacBook Air in two ways to evaluate it: First as an ultraportable and next as the most affordable laptop Apple offers. As an ultraportable, the Air is superior in almost every way. It offers a bright display with wide viewing angles, good sound, a comfy backlit keyboard, a large and intuitive touchpad, and a processor that's fast enough to handle most tasks.
Summary: A very good laptop, uprated with the latest Intel processors, and also Apple's 10Gbit/s Thunderbolt connectivity. There are few Thunderbolt-enabled devices around, but expect more in 2012. The lack of USB 3.0 connectivity is a point against the MacBook Air and the price could cause a sharp increase in blood pressure.
Pros: Better performance, courtesy of Intel processors, plus faster and more system memory for the price; Thunderbolt connection; backlit keyboard.
Cons: Few Thunderbolt peripherals; no USB 3.0 ports; as usual for a Mac – pricey.