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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: When Apple released the re-designed Air in 2010, we gave it a score of 8.5 out of 10 and an editor’s choice award. At the time, we were impressed by the performance of the Air, considering its absurdly thin size. Now the qualifier to that statement can be removed.
Pros: Excellent backlit keyboard, Glass touchpad is still great, Beautiful high-resolution display, Surprisingly enjoyable audio, Second-gen Core i5 packs a punch, Absurdly thin and light
Cons: Average battery life, Port selection remains limited, Can become too warm for lap use, Gaming performance takes a step back
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 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
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.