Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1369 2011- (MC965 / MC966)
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Apple's Haswell-Powered 13-Inch MacBook Air
24 July 2013
Excerpt: Intel's roll-out of their 4th generation Haswell-based Core series processors has been a little pokey, quite frankly, when you compare this launch to the deluge of products that hit the market when Ivy Bridge broke cover last year. Regardless, Apple always seems to have an inside track on Intel's latest technology and so, as it turns out, our first Haswell-powered notebook has finally arrived and it's none other than the Apple MacBook Air .
Pros: Hello Haswell! Great performance, Sleek, light-weight design, Thin, sturdy and smudge-resistant, Wicked-Fast PCIe SSD, Impressively-long battery life, Priced $100 less than previous gen
Summary: Laptop Magazine's Mark Spoonauer calls it "the best ultraportable value on the market." If every ounce counts, the 11-inch MacBook Air (Est. $1,000 and up) delivers roughly the same performance for $100 and a half-pound less. For more power, features and an eye-popping screen, consider stepping up to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Pros: Longest battery life, Fast, responsive performance, Iconic thin, light design sets the standard, Lower price than last year
Cons: Lower- res screen than rivals, No optical drive, Ethernet or HDMI port
Summary: Apple hasnâ€™t changed the exterior of the 13-inch MacBook Air, and thatâ€™s no bad thing because we love its lightweight, stylishly slim looks. The real story is in the extended battery life, which laptop users are going to love. Storage is increased in both size and performance, and the addition of 802.11ac Wi-Fi is another huge step forward.
Some may find the 128GB of the lower-priced system confining and we'd recommend the upgrade to 8GB of RAM for all users.
Sleek 13-inch MacBook Air gets a big battery boost
7 April 2013
Summary: The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is as thin and stunningly designed as ever, but it's now packing the latest Intel Haswell processor, giving a significant boost to battery life. Overall performance hasn't really improved though and the retina display is still absent.
Cons: Processing power hasn't seen much improvement; Neither has the screen; Pricey.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for an ultraportable, the Air should definitely be on your list. It’s thin, light and portable. The Air has an attractive design. It’s well put together, offers more than enough performance for most mobile users, and has a good screen. For business users there are still some caveats with the Air including inability to get WWAN, limited upgrades and the lack of stepped up support options.
Pros: Simple and Elegant Design, Good Build Quality, Snappy Performance with ULV CPUs and SSDs, Above Average LCD, WXGA+ Resolution, Good Battery Life, MagSafe Power Connector
Cons: Stiff Noisy Trackpad Button, No Upgrades for Hard Drive or Memory, Non-User Replaceable Battery, No WWAN, No Software Support after 90 Days
Excerpt: The Good Dramatically faster for both everyday and serious work. Better value than most Windows-based opponents. Battery life still holds up with the added speed. 4GB of RAM now standard on 13-inch models. Thunderbolt opens up fast storage, docking possibilities. Backlit keyboard returns at last. Lion a good fit for the hardware. Still extremely portable. Excellent keyboard and trackpad. Quiet in most use cases. Sharp, low-glare display.
Pros: Dramatically faster for both everyday and serious work., Better value than most Windows-based opponents., Battery life still holds up with the added speed., 4GB of RAM now standard on 13-inch models., Thunderbolt opens up fast storage, docking possibilities., Backlit keyboard returns at last., Lion a good fit for the hardware., Still extremely portable., Excellent keyboard and trackpad., Quiet in most use cases., Sharp, low-glare display.
Cons: No more than 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD., Can't be user-upgraded., Not as fast as costlier rivals., Battery life could still be longer., Display isn't as vivid as on a MacBook Pro or similar.
Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2011 (1.7 GHz, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook
26 August 2011
Summary: Turbo Air. After the refresh of the Air’s case in autumn of last year, we now see completely new internal hardware based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge technology. The extremely thin aluminium chassis remains unchanged, still setting the bar for attractiveness, overall feel, and slenderness.
Pros: Low weight and small size, Outstanding aluminium case, Very good input devices, Backlit keyboard, Very good application performance for a subnotebook, Everything good about the previous model, but with significantly more power under the hood.
Cons: Relatively expensive, Not so many ports, Reflective display, Non-upgradeable system memory, A large range of Thunderbolt accessories.
Excerpt: If you're an Apple fan, then the 13-inch MacBook Air is a no brainer
Pros: Consumer testers thought the laptop was easy to use, Thin and light, Great performance, Quick startup times, Great for viewing from many angles, Excellent battery life, Doesn't get too warm during operation and charging, Quiet, Good tech support
Cons: Hard to turn wireless on and off, Poor video quality, Difficult to run intensive programs on, Expensive