Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 11" A1370 Late 2010- (MC505 / MC506)
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Apple Macbook Air 11 128GB
8 November 2011
Excerpt: The first generation Apple MacBook Air launched back in 2008 won universal acclaim for its slim design but the device lacked good hardware chops. Three years on and the slimmest, smallest MacBook Air ever borrows the same svelte design from its predecessor but now packs a powerful performance punch...
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: 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.
Macbook Air 11.6 inch video review – really a portable laptop you must love
22 November 2010
Excerpt: Managed to snug the 11.6 inch MacBook Air for a couple of hours last week and gave it a quick video hands-on and a, let’s say, mini review. I really had no time to run any tests on it and actually I’m not at all familiar with Mac OS, as you will be able to see in the clip.
Excerpt: Anyone who recalls Steve Jobs railing against netbooks at the launch of the iPad might have been puzzled when the same guy revealed the latest addition to the MacBook Air line in October.
Pros: Class-leading boot and resume times, Full-size keyboard, enormous trackpad, Surprising power for productivity and gaming, Gorgeous, high resolution 11.6-inch display, Unmatched aluminum unibody build quality, Respectable volume for its size
Cons: Shallow, mushy keyboard, Limited port selection, Display doesn’t lean back past 45 degrees, No removable battery, RAM, HDD
Review: Apple's new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010)
30 October 2010
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's 2010 MacBook Air (11 & 13 inch) Thoroughly Reviewed
26 October 2010
Conclusion: I really like the form factor of the 11-inch MacBook Air. It's great to carry around. It's like an iPad for people who have to get real work done. I just wish it was faster. If Intel made a 32nm Core 2 Duo, clocked high enough the 11 would be perfect.
Excerpt: The Good Very thin and light for any notebook. Extremely fast SSD. Sharp, color-rich LCD. Full-size keyboard and trackpad. Good graphics performance. Very long standby time. Finally two USB ports. The Bad Expensive compared to some CULV systems. Uses an older Core 2 Duo instead of Core i3 or i5.
Pros: Very thin and light for any notebook., Extremely fast SSD., Sharp, color-rich LCD., Full-size keyboard and trackpad., Good graphics performance., Very long standby time., Finally two USB ports.
Cons: Expensive compared to some CULV systems., Uses an older Core 2 Duo instead of Core i3 or i5., Battery life is strictly adequate., No card reader or FireWire., No backlit keyboard.