Review: Apple's new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010)
1 December 2013
Excerpt: At its "Back to the Mac" event, Apple launched a revamped 13-inch MacBook Air and an entirely new 11-inch MacBook Air as products combining the company's MacBook line with lessons learned in iPad development.
Pros: Solid construction despite featherweight, ultra-thin design, Great battery life and instant-on usability, Speedy SSD performance, Quite, cool operation, New SD Card slot on the 13 inch model, Smart flash drive alternative to installer DVDs
Cons: Limited RAM and CPU upgrade options, Optical, Ethernet, HDMI all require dongles, No backlit keyboard option
Apple MacBook Air MC504LL/A Review (13-inch model) (3)
23 January 2013
Conclusion: We give the conclusion from both the Apple user and the Windows user’s perspective. In my case I still think that MacBook Pro is the best option as your workhorse and I have combined it with the iPad for real mobile use and fun. However, the MacBook Air does offer some advantages for those users who don’t do as much video editing as I do, and hence can do with less processing power.
Pros: Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times., Quiet operation, Beautiful screen with a high resolution (1440 by 900), Nice design: Compact but robust Unibody, Complete software package for multimedia editing, Good battery life and very high standby time, Multi-touch trackpad
Cons: 256GB Flash Storage is not much, neither is 2GB RAM, No backlit keyboard, Limited connectivity: no connectivity accessories supplied, No optical drive, No protective sleeve, which you would expect for a mobile device like this., When opening the MBA and pushing the screen back results in lifting the bottom part because of the low weight. Using two hands solves the problem of course., High costs
Summary: The 11-inch MacBook Air continues to define the premium ultraportable laptop segment. From its uni-body aluminium chassis, to its razor thin profile, the 11-inch Air does more than just look pretty -- it comes equipped with a powerful Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor that helps the slimmest MacBook ever deliver quite a performance punch.
Pros: Ultra-slim form factor, Uni-body aluminium chassis, Thunderbolt port
Excerpt: There’s a new soul in town, and it’s the 4th generation MacBook Air. This week Apple introduced their long overdue update to the MacBook Air in the form ...
Pros: Gorgeous unibody design, small and built to last, excellent display and keyboard, peppy performance – especially for loading applications, finally two USB ports are included!, 30 days of standby battery power with instant on, system runs cool.
Cons: No SD card slot, unit is sealed so RAM and hard drive can’t be upgraded, no ethernet port, 4GB should really come standard at this price, battery life is a bit underwhelming, limited hard drive space, built-in 3G would’ve been a nice option to have, keyboard isn’t backlit
Summary: As with the previous Apple MacBook Air, the latest model is still a slight compromise. It's not quite fast enough to be your only computer, but if you need a travelling companion there's nothing more stylish or portable currently on the market.
Conclusion: The MacBook Air comes pre-installed with OS X 10.6.5 and your usual suite of i applications such as iPhoto, iMovie and Garage band that will help you get started quickly. A trial version for Microsoft Office 2008 was also present on our unit.
Summary: Mac-Netbook? The 11.6" MacBook Air may compete in the Netbook league with its size and weight - case, display, and performance, however, are clearly a class higher. Whether the price of at least two Netbooks is justified, and how the Air fairs in our tests, can be discovered in the following review.
Pros: Extremely thin and light, Exceptional manufacturing quality, Robust and high quality aluminum case, Exceptional input devices, Quiet with a low load, Graphics performance, As usual for Apple unibody notebooks - design, build quality, and material quality.
Cons: Few interfaces, No UMTS, Few and difficult to access upgrade possibilities, No backlit keyboard, A non reflective display, and a longer battery life.