Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" A1369 2011- (MC965 / MC966)
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Sleek 13-inch MacBook Air gets a big battery boost
7 April 2013
Summary: The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is as thin and stunningly designed as ever, but it's now packing the latest Intel Haswell processor, giving a significant boost to battery life. Overall performance hasn't really improved though and the retina display is still absent.
Cons: Processing power hasn't seen much improvement; Neither has the screen; Pricey.
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
Summary: For the configuration we received, the price of Rs. 98,900 makes the Air an expensive proposition, and not value for money. However, that discounts the fact that it is a much better package, and a beautiful, upmarket piece of equipment. This is one of those products you buy, when your heart rules your head, and your wallet, which is the fraternity Apple caters to.
Pros: Excellent build quality and stunning design, Good configuration, reasonably powerful, Very portable, especially the 11 inch version
Cons: Expensive, but then, aren't all Apple products?, 4 GB RAM should be standard, Lack of keypad backlighting is a killjoy, Display quality is a let down
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 . Yes, the MBA is as always unmatched when it comes to workmanship quality and material impression. Possible competitors like the Dell Adamo, the Thinkpad X300 / X301 or also the MSI X340 have no chance in this regard.
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 furthermore makes the MBA an ideal companion, despite the 13-inch display.
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.
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.
Summary: While the Air came in last in most of our benchmarks, it’s more than fast enough for typical desktop-application use. We wouldn’t want to convert 5GB of photos from RAW with it, but for browsing the web, watching movies, and checking email, it’s plenty sufficient. With an Ethernet port and a couple more USB ports, this would be a killer laptop.
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.