Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1369 2011- (MC965 / MC966)
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Apple MacBook Air 13" Laptop
26 May 2015
Excerpt: The Air is nicely streamlined for optimal portability. While it lacks the retina display of the standard or Pro model, it’s still a terrific option, especially if you need to move your laptop around a great deal.
Excerpt: When Apple launched its ultra-thin line of MacBook Air laptops just over three years ago, it seemed more like a gimmicky display of gadget porn than an eventual successor to the company’s most popular portable computers.
Pros: Thunderbolt port, Sandy Bridge CPU provide unprecedented zip. Backlit keyboard a welcome re-addition. Unsoldered Flash chips make storage upgrade easy.
Conclusion: The new MacBook Air hardware combined with Apple’s latest version of OS X — OS X Lion — is a powerful 1-2 punch that should please most OS X users new and old. While some may be put off by the heavy iOS undertones, we feel Apple’s attempts to blend the mobile and traditional desktop computing...
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.
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., Li...
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.
Excerpt: The original MacBook Air was more of a status symbol than a computer. Sure, it was a functional laptop that could glide into a manila envelope, but the $1,799 laptop was, by and large, a secondary machine — it trailed behind other ultraportables in performance, lacked some essential ports (it only...
Pros: Double the performance of the last gen Air, Over six hours of battery life, Best touchpad around, Backlit keyboard returns
Cons: Keys are a bit shallow, Webcam isn’t HD, No high resolution or matte screen option
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt) is a formidable player in the ultraportable space, thanks to a Core i5 processor, backlit keyboard, and Thunderbolt port.
Pros: Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory provide a big performance lift. Backlit keyboard is back. Stunning design. Screen resolution is superb. Great clickpad implementation. Quick wake-from-sleep times. Thunderbolt port.
Cons: Pricey. Battery life could have been longer.
Summary: We already loved the 13-inch MacBook Air, and Apple's improvements make it the perfect notebook as far as we're concerned. When you combine a sleek ultraportable design with a great display and touchpad then nearly double the performance--without sacrificing battery life--you're left with a winner.
Excerpt: When we did our review of the new MacBook Air , we had not yet taken it on a long journey. Over the holidays we had that chance on a trip from North Carolina to Wisconsin and back. And we found that the MacBook Air is a delight to use on the road in many situations.
Conclusion: The SD slot, extra USB, and a staggering increase in battery life make the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch a strong contender in the ultraportable space.
Pros: An SD slot and extra USB port fill an important void. Stunningly beautiful design. Bigger battery resulted in almost twice as much battery life as its predecessor. Higher resolution increases the value of the 13-inch screen. Best clickpad implementation, period. Lightest in its class. Zippy wake-...
Cons: Pricey. Starting memory configuration only 2GB rather than 4GB. Intel Core 2 Duo processor based on two-year-old technology.