Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 11" A1465 2012- (MD223 / MD224)
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Battery performance 8
Gaming performance 7
Review Apple MacBook Air 11 Mid 2012 Subnotebook
22 August 2012
Summary: Fresh Air. Cupertino's smallest notebook receives new components in Apple's mid 2012 update. Cornerstones of the new Macbook Air 11 are the Ivy Bridge processors, flash storage, an 11.6" display and new USB 3.0 ports. Have various Ultrabooks caused the air to get thinner?
Pros: Compact, light subnotebook, High quality aluminum unibody, USB 3.0 for fast peripherals, Very good input devices, Improved application and graphics performance, Convincing battery runtims, The quality case, Intel's current hardware with its USB 3.0 integration, the optimized Mac OS X.
Cons: Choice of connectors is lacking, Reflective display surface, Still only 1366x768 pixel resolution, Difficult to upgrade and repair, High temperatures under load
Conclusion: In short, while we've seen several 13.3-inch ultrabooks that offer some strong competition for the larger MacBook Air, the 11.6-inch part of the laptop market doesn't seem to be nearly as crowded, at least in the United States. So if you're looking for a laptop that's nearly as small as a netbook, but powerful enough to handle demanding tasks without getting bogged down, the smaller Air is still our favorite offering.
Pros: Speedy Intel "Ivy Bridge" processor, solid-state storage, and USB 3.0 ports, Familiar sleek and sturdy design, Excellent keyboard for such a small and slim laptop
Cons: Not any thinner or lighter than last year's model, Battery life a bit less than last year's model
Conclusion: The ultrabooks are catching up to the pioneer Apple MacBook Air 11-inch (Mid-2012) in terms of portability and capabilities, but the latest iteration is a nice system for those who want a second or third Mac around the house. However, for the price, competition is fierce.
Cons: Ultrabooks are catching up on weight and performance. Middling battery life. Chassis precludes full sized HDMI or Ethernet ports. New MagSafe 2 port needs adapter for old MagSafe adapters and monitors. No SD card slot. Small amount of flash storage.
Conclusion: With a superb build quality, an ultra-slim body and a fantastic performance, the MacBook Air MD224HN/A seems like a laptop that compromises on nothing. The battery life is also good enough for a satisfactorily long usage. You do have to pay a big price for this hot machine, but it definitely seems worth it for what it has to offer.
Pros: Excellent performance, good battery, stunning build and built quality
Cons: The expensive price that you have to shell out for it