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.
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.
Excerpt: When Apple revealed the newly redesigned MacBook Air at a press event in Cupertino, Steve skipped the theatrics of pulling one out of a manila envelope or any other “gee whiz, that’s thin!” gimmicks. But once the new machines arrived at the office (one of each size, hooray!), their improvements--both in design and performance--made a bigger impression than any Steve stunts could’ve.
Excerpt: The 2013 MacBook Air 11-inch looks identical to last year's model. If you are looking for a slim, lightweight laptop the MacBook Air is the best around. In fact the 11in MacBook Air is as light as it gets without sacrificing power and usability.
Pros: As fast as the 13-inch model; so light you will forget you are carrying it; longer battery life
Cons: Limited storage capacity; slower processor clock speed than previously; not enough RAM as standard
Excerpt: The smaller MacBook Air is one of the most affordable Macs you can buy. Upon its original launch, there was a small murmur that the 11-inch MacBook Air was the netbook that Steve Jobs said Apple would never make, but in reality, this diminutive Mac has always offered more.
Pros: Build and overall design, plenty of power, battery life
Cons: Perhaps a little too small for those with larger hands
Summary: The latest thin and light MacBook Air remains a worthwhile purchase, especially for mobile workers. You can run any applications you'll need for business use, and you'll get double the battery life and storage space at the original 2011 price tag.
Pros: Lightweight, sleek design, nippy performance, long battery life, good value
Cons: Not shipping with Mac OS Mavericks yet, no Retina screen