Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1369 2011- (MC965 / MC966)
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop
good house keeping
16 August 2011
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
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.
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-from-sleep times. Excellent graphics horsepower.
Cons: Pricey. Starting memory configuration only 2GB rather than 4GB. Intel Core 2 Duo processor based on two-year-old technology.
Excerpt: When Apple released the first Macbook Air model in February of 2008, the world took notice. No ultraportable notebook was this thin or light; magazine thin. It was clad in Apple’s signature metal casing and was very durable despite its diminutive form. But it was expensive and underpowered. It had only one USB port, and that port was under a constricting but visually appealing drop-down door.
Pros: Very fast, impossibly thin, strong metal build, comes with Mac OS X Lion.
Excerpt: Without a doubt, this is one of the niftiest-looking laptops we’ve ever tested. At 3 pounds and just one inch thick, it’s slightly smaller than Toshiba’s R500 (reviewed November 2007). But while the R500 was a capable, fully-featured portable PC, the MacBook Air makes serious compromises to maintain its petite profile. The most obvious sacrifice is the Air’s lack of an optical drive—something other ultraportables, including the similarly svelte R500, manage to include.
Conclusion: There are always numerous factors to take into consideration when evaluating a laptop, but the problem with the Air is that it introduces several intangible factors that we have never encountered when reviewing PCs. Like other Apple products such as the iPhone, the Air is so beautiful and easy to use that we found ourselves becoming one of those Mac people who fall in “love” with the Apple product.
Pros: Amazingly light; snappy performance; lot of neat features
Cons: Non-removable battery; few expansion options; Remote Disc is flaky
Conclusion: We're ultralight lovers here and we love the MacBook Air. While it makes compromises as all subnotebooks do, 3 key elements are uncompromised: display size, keyboard and processing power. The Air is thinner than numbers can express, so goreous it belongs in the museum of modern art and light enough for those with bad backs or chronic jet lag.
Pros: Fantastic good looks and so thin and uniquely designed that it doesn't look like a computer. Sturdy aluminum casing, very fast performance by ultralight and subnotebook standards. Lovely and bright LED display, innovative multi-touch trackpad is useful and easy to use. WiFi 802.11n for fast wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR for peripherals (free up that USB port) and using a mobile phone as a high speed modem. Backlit keyboard is handy as is the iSight camera...
Cons: Limited ports, no internal optical drive. Ethernet adapter isn't in the box, it requires a $29 separate purchase. Battery isn't swappable for those who need a spare on the road for long trips and the Air won't last a 6 hour flight. Hard drive space is limited on both models.
Excerpt: This 1.4kg sliver of a computer is truly breathtaking to look at. But here a good processor and 2 gigs of RAM don't translate to speedy performance, and aside from wi-fi and Bluetooth, the only connections are a single USB port, a headphone jack and a micro DVI port. We were frustrated by the constant swapping necessary. Frankly, the Air doesn't live up to Apple's "It just works" credo. The bright side is the screen — literally.