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.
Excerpt: Quote from review: "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. With an 11.6-inch screen, barebones processor, no optical drive and all solid state storage, it wouldn't seem like a stretch to throw it in with a handful of similar models from Asus, Acer and Dell.
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: The 11" MacBook Air is an exceptional subnotebook . The case, input devices, and the graphics performance have yet to find an equal in this class. The antiquated Core 2 Duo SU9400 may be significantly slower than modern Core i5 ULV processors, but nevertheless there are no other notebooks in this weight class with faster processors. In addition to this, the inaudible system noise without load is also an impressive plus point.
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.
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.
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. Still, I do think I should give it a try, as I feel trying it over Windows at least for a while might not be that bad.