Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Air 13" (2011 -)
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2012)
14 June 2012
Summary: The 13-inch MacBook Air remains our favorite ultraportable notebook. In addition to best-in-class ergonomics, loud speakers and a svelte profile, you now get faster performance and much longer battery life than the Ultrabook competition for $100 less than before. The only reason we dropped the rating from a perfect 5 stars to 4.5 stars is because some Ultrabooks offer higher-resolution screens and more compact designs.
Pros: Iconic beautifully thin design, Very long battery life, Fast boot time and faster flash memory than previous Air, Superior touchpad, Vast easy-to-use App Store, Impressively loud speakers
Cons: Other ultraportables have higher-resolution screens, SD Card sticks out
Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2013 MD760D/A Subnotebook
25 April 2012
Excerpt: Battery Life Extensions. Traditionally, Apple products have long product cycles and are only upgraded conservatively here and there. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that the MacBook Air 13 is the spitting image of its predecessor. In the following review, we will take a close look at what has changed on the inside. Since the launch of the MacBook Air 2008, the only major case update Apple has performed was in 2010.
Pros: Great workmanship, Light and slim, Very good backlit keyboard, Silent at low load, Good system performance, Fast storage devices, Very good battery life, Thunderbolt offers extensive upgrade possibilities, Port posiitioning, Although the design is already 5 years old (or older), it still excites customers with its slim unibody case. The long battery life and good keyboard ensure comfortable use.
Cons: Case edge is quite sharp in certain areas, No mobile broadband module available, Wobbly display in slanted position, Non-removable battery, No internal upgrade options, Reflective display, No display port adapter in delivery, Small gaps between ports, At load, very loud, Short guarantee period, A matte display, an integrated mobile broadband module (4G/LTE) and hinges which support the display better (at wide angles).
Conclusion: In the review of Apple's 2011 MacBook Air we wrote, "Overall there is not much new to report about the latest MacBook Air, and that is a good thing." That is basically also true for the MacBook Air 13 Mid 2012. However, there are a few improvements worth mentioning as well as things that could still be improved in our opinion. But one thing at a time. The MacBook Air 13 convinces, as before, with flawless workmanship and timeless, elegant design .
Pros: High manufacturing quality, Low weight, Compact size, Fast SSD, Good overall performance, Usually very quiet, The higher system performance is remarkable. Fortunately, the design and workmanship have not been modified.
Cons: Moderate screen resolution, Reflective screen, Average brightness, Barely any maintenance or upgrade possibilities, Weaknesses in thermal design
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Bright and crisp display, Comfy backlit keyboard, Nearly double performance of last model, Thunderbolt support, Best-in-class trackpad
Summary: Outwardly the MacBook Air has hardly changed since its release. But on the inside, it's rocking Ivy Bridge for better graphics and performance, with a far more practical 256GB SSD. With all these spec boosts, the Air might just be the ultimate all-rounder.
Pros: More grunt, but remains totally silent, Flawless build quality
Cons: Starts expensive, and only gets pricier, Skinny rivals are snapping at its heels