Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1369 2011- (MC965 / MC966)
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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt)
21 July 2011
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-...
Cons: Pricey. Starting memory configuration only 2GB rather than 4GB. Intel Core 2 Duo processor based on two-year-old technology.
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.
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.
Pros: Very fast, impossibly thin, strong metal build, comes with Mac OS X Lion.
Conclusion: Much has remained unchanged, some things are clearly upgraded. Also the camps of Apple friends and 'enemies' persist presumably unchanged. As a testing editor I, of course, have to offer praise as well as criticism concerning the current MacBook Air .
Pros: Design with high recognisability, Excellent workmanship, High mobility thanks to slender dimensions, Keyboard is pleasant to use, Very good measurement results for the display, Good 3D performance thanks to Geforce 9400M, As always: the first-class aluminium chassis in one piece. The flat design ...
Cons: Very limited range of interfaces, Battery and memory not exchangeable, No integrated broadband/WiMAX available, The wish list for the MacBook Air basically stays the same: at least one more USB port, a matte display variant, integrated UMTS/HSDPA.
Excerpt: This 3-pound 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 WiFi and Bluetooth, the only connections are a single USB port, a headphone jack and a micro DVI port.
Pros: True next-gen design. Incredible keyboard and screen. Good battery life — more than three hours. Competitive price.
Cons: Lack of connectors a real problem. Some devices hard to wedge into the flip-down USB port. Disappointing performance. Pokey hard drive.
Excerpt: The thinnest ultraportable on the market, Apple's MacBook Air will win many over with its gorgeous design. But its feature set won't satisfy every road warrior.
Pros: Amazingly thin aluminum case packs a 13.3-inch LED screen and full-size keyboard, Extra-large TrackPad recognizes multi-touch gestures, Remote Disc function lets you access other optical drives, Decent performance, battery life for an ultraportable
Cons: Can't use Remote Disc to stream music, movies, Only one USB port, Lacks Ethernet jack, media card reader, optical drive, No option for WWAN radio, Few upgrade options, Battery is not user-replaceable
Conclusion: The MacBook Air is fascinating. We especially liked the excellent workmanship, the high-quality materials used, its robustness, its low weight , and of course, its compact size (especially the slimness).
Pros: Exemplary design, High-quality workmanship, Very good display, Very good full-size keyboard, Size
Cons: Poorly equipped with interfaces, Battery and memory cannot be exchanged by user
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.
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 wirel...
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.