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.
Conclusion: While we tip our hats to that particular class of notebook for sliding prices for compact notebooks south, along with consumer expectations, the MacBook Air makes few of the same concessions in a form factor that no company outside Apple can really contest. For users who prize both mobility and utility, this may be the most livable 11.6-inch notebook we’ve ever had the pleasure of using.
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
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. Battery life is strictly adequate. No card reader or FireWire. No backlit keyboard. Key specs and design The entry-level Macbook Air 11-inch ($999) is the subject of this review.
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.
Summary: Apple said it would never make a netbook, and it hasn't. The 11-inch MacBook Air is a powerful ultraportable that makes other systems in its class look positively bloated. More important, this machine never keeps you waiting, thanks to the way it uses flash memory. We just wish the hinge for the display were a bit tighter to prevent unwanted movement.
Pros: Amazingly thin and light design, Wakes instantly from sleep boots very fast, Comfortable keyboard and large gesture-friendly touchpad, Webcam makes FaceTime calls, Surprisingly strong speakers, Good battery life
Cons: No SD Card slot, Keyboard not backlit, Lid sometimes falls back, Competing ultraportables have faster CPUs
Excerpt: The Good Stylish and lightweight form factor Full sized, backlit keyboard & multi-gesture trackpad Extremely bright, sharp 13" LED display Above average battery life Accessories available to supplement functionality The Bad No internal optical drive Limited port connectivity No internal hard drive or memory expansion options Battery not user replaceable Slower processor After posting my initial first impressions of Apple's new MacBook Air, I put this notebook through two...
Pros: Stylish and lightweight form factor Full sized, backlit keyboard & multi-gesture trackpad Extremely bright, sharp 13" LED display Above average battery life Accessories available to supplement functionality
Cons: No internal optical drive Limited port connectivity No internal hard drive or memory expansion options Battery not user replaceable Slower processor
Excerpt: It can't match the outstanding battery performance of its 13-inch counterpart, but the updated 11-inch version of the MacBook Air still provides a welcome improvement in battery life, as well as performance that bodes very well for the forthcoming generation of Haswell-based laptops . See all Ultraportable laptop reviews .
Excerpt: A few weeks ago we brought you news of Apple’s new MacBook Air upgrades, you can read our 13-inch MacBook Air review here, but the 11-inch version is something different, and the closest thing Apple has created to a netbook. Although Apple certainly doesn't call it a netbook and after using it for a while, it becomes clear comparisons aren't fair.