Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1369 2011- (MC965 / MC966)
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MacBook Air 13” Review (Late 2011)
29 November 2011
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.
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. The second-gen Intel Core i5 in the new model provides performance that is almost indistinguishable from a larger laptop.
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
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 experience has paid off. Our only suggestion: if you don’t have a multi-touch trackpad Apple laptop or use an Apple desktop, invest in the Magic Trackpad for the full effect.
A fresh processor, backlit keyboard, and a Thunderbolt port — the new MacBook Air is here, and it's more than just a spec refresh
22 July 2011
Summary: You’ll be forgiven for thinking this new version of the MacBook Air is just a minor spec-bump over the old — on paper it’s basically the same machine with a new processor and a Thunderbolt port. But in reality, it’s much more than that: it’s the first Air that’s capable enough to replace not only the old white MacBook but also the MacBook Pro — at least for some.
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: That said, is this the notebook to replace the white MacBook, as Apple hopes? Being that it's more powerful, elegant, and portable than the original MacBook ever was, we think so, at least in this 13.3-inch version. Whatever kind of diet the MacBook Air is on—gaining muscle without gaining weight—we want to know the secret.
Pros: Thin, light, and sleek design, Hugely upgraded performance over previous version, Sturdy body, Excellent bundled software
Cons: Shallow keyboard, Some features require a learning curve, Mediocre battery life
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. You also get an improved backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt support, and the more powerful and versatle Mac OS X Lion.
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. The first thing we used it for was simple Internet surfing and some writing while in the car.