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Always loved apple products. I''m really impressed with this MacBook Air very good for people who travel like me, I love that that the keybored lights up and the glass trackpad is very good for scrolling on pages.
I am a massive apple fan and I am overly impressed by this macbook. First of all the appearance is stunning, it has a smooth grey finish and the island style keys are easy to type with and the keys light up. The apple on the back of the laptop also lights up. It is light, slim and very portable
Apple's software is very easy to use especially if you have ever owned an apple device before. Safari is clean and tidy, the camera is great, sound is clear and loud.
It is a free upgrade to Mavericks software, which gives you pages free, however Microsoft Office is able to go on it. The battery life is also phenomenal, can easily last a full week depending on use.
I bought an apple macbook as I have had problems with past windows laptops being slow and I can guarantee that this laptop is fast and does not freeze or crash at all. I am so happy with this product. I know that this laptop will last me at least 8 years as the average lifetime for a Macbook is 8-10 years.
The MacBook Air is the first Apple product I have owned and it has blown me away. First, lets talk appearance. The MacBook is the most beautiful piece of electronic equipment I have seen. How about performance? Its got it all covered with high quality screen and all the required ports and connections. The battery runs for around 7 hours of "full power" use (i.e. playing videos/music and on highest screen and power settings) and can run for much longer with power saving optimised. The best thing about the MacBook Air is that you feel immediately more suave simply by having it in your hands; it is mind boggling that Apple have squeezed this much performance into such a thin product. Other key points is that the MacBook doesn't heat up after use like other laptops and notebooks, meaning it is comfortable when working for hours with only your lap as a desk. All in all the MacBook Air is a prefect product if you have the cash. Enjoy.
In general, I'm not a love of Apple hardware, I find it over-hyped and un-compatible (apart from the iPod ofcourse, couldn't live without that). I bought the Air as something I could carry around, whip out on the train, in Starbucks, that kind of usage. Certainly not to replace a more heavy duty windows device.
I chose the air for two reasons:
1. The size and design. . . Its compact enough to sit happily in a bag, or on a small train table.
2. The MacOS. . . having just said i'm not a fan, I do appreciate some things about the MacOS that make it useful, namely, they have this reputation of "just working". My current laptop takes a while to power up and often has little malfunctions..... not ideal when travelling and wanting to quickly get setup
ANYWAY... onto my review...
*DESIGN: The Air feels remarkably sturdy, I had concerns that perhaps it would be quite flimsy, given how thin the device is. But in fairness to apple, I'm not worried that its going to break if I leave it in my bag. I'd be more concerned about throwing my blackberry in than I would with this. I've been carrying it round for over a fortnight now, not a scratch in sight.
*SCREEN: The screen is really quite stunning, very similar to the iPad screen, beautifully clear and bright. One thing I would say is that, like with everything these days, its very glossy, so beware on a sunny day, you wont see a thing. In total honesty, this is neither a good nor bad thing, everything has this glossy finish nowdays, so if this point puts you off, you should disregard the point completely. You'll be hard pushed to find an alternative without the glossy screen. There are things you can buy to cover the screen with to reduce sun-glare.
*BATTERY: DEFINATELY ONE OF THE BEST FEATURES HERE, I've managed to get over 10 hours from a single charge, I know many laptops claim to exceed this, but in reality they never do. Running in power saver mode, my Acer lasts about 5 hours browsing the internet. The Air quite happily lasted 10, browsing the internet AND with software open. Considering why I wanted the Air (as a portable laptop to browse the internet and work on the move), this is an absolute godsend. It's so nice not to have to carry round a powercable and wonder where youll next find a charge.
*SOFTWARE. Coming from being a windows lover, I was astounded by how much software there is on the device ( I feel like im doing Apple a disservice by calling it a laptop). . . The only thing I bought was Microsoft office for Mac, and that was purely because I wanted the familiarity.
Generally speaking, I'd reccomend this for people wanting it for the kind of occasional use im talking about in this review. If you're an artsy student wanting this for design, you'd have to look again at an actual Mac Book since this one lacks the memory and extra hardware that comes with those (Lack of CD drive here). Equally, be under no illusions, as nice as the Air is, it is simply a fashion accessory, you don't want this as your main laptop as pretty as it might seem.
All in all, its a great thing to use on the move, you wont miss your laptop at all. Even considering the pricetag its a worthwhile investment...
I bought this laptop after hearing amazing reviews and I am bewildered. Amazing quality, gorgeous bright screen with great screen durability, doesn't heat up like most laptops, fantastic lightweight build that is so thin that it slips in between documents and you won't even notice it, great battery life, small size, speedy wifi connections, tiny power adapter and great full-size keyboard that is backlit for work in low lighting. This is one of the best laptops I have ever used.
Now the cons:
- there needs to be more than one usb port. It can be handled if you need more through a small usb hub, but that's not ideal. One more port should have been included.
- Wired ethernet. Would have been nice to have that built in too, but the dongle works well and is really almost never needed for me at least.
- built in battery that require unscrewing many screws to replace. This is a design decision and I don't really enjoy it. If the battery holds up reasonably well for a year or so and it's easy to get replacement batteries, I think it's not a bad decision, but if these batteries are not good quality and don';t last it'll make me angry. I'd like the option to bring an extra battery, but I've never done it before so even if I had the option I probably wouldn't use it. If you need to work for long hours on the plane, this is not very good. Mixed feelings about this decision, but I love the design so much (and it would be different with a removable battery) that it feels like it outweighs this issue....not rational, but that's the way I feel.
That's it. This is the greatest laptop I've used, despite it's minor inconveniences. As long as you're aware of how you work and what you need and compare that with the macbook air's capabilities, you'll simply love this machine like I did.
I purchased this macbook six months or so ago and ultra thin is exactly the right phrase for it. Anyone who i show it to is amazed by the size and weight of it and for its size and weight i find it is a exceptional laptop. The one fault i have encountered more then anything else to me was the memory of it. Which made it necessary to also get a external hard drive, which can be pricy. There is also a need to get external CD and DVD drive as the Air is too ultra thin to have its own disc drive but the external is easy to use and portable. If you desperately require the extra space and disc drive then it amount to the same as a normal mac but if you don't then it fulfills all the usual operations of a Mac but taking up half the baggage space.
I recently purchased this sleek looking laptop for £1400. While I would expected a little more for its price it has certainly lived up to its expectations. Some critics out their feel that the MacBook Air is nothing more than a fashion accessory coined by Apple in the hope that the many Apple-loving techno savies would purchase it on the basis of Apple's other high quality products. But writing from experience I strongly disagree.
'The Goodies of the product'
I opened my laptop for this first time and noticed a crisp, sleek, thin design enriched with a smooth surface and a beautiful 13.3 inch screen. I starting typing with the keyboard and while might not realise it the keyboard itself has been designed for a minimum effort use to overcome the robustness many laptop keyboards face nowadays. Then again I neglected in mentioning that the keyboard itself is backlit! After playing around with the keyboard and testing the volume I realised that this laptop is certainly a step-up from my HP Pavillion (which in essence is far from being average, it was very good). The sound whilst playing 'she will be loved' was crystal clear and I was very happy thus far with the buy. Furthermore, the intensity of using the touchpad is too much to handle. Apple have incorporated the standard iphone system of multitouch enabling us to play around with photos, increase/decrease the size of windows, zoomin and out orscroll with easy to use multi-finger pinch, swipe and twist motions.
Moving on I decided to test the quality of the screen. When I put in 'The Departed' I skipped to the bar scene and to be honest it was better than watching on my Sony Bravia LCD. Considering that such a beautiful LED screen was made by the current best technological manufacturers it was obvious that the reason for such a high price was the high quality it was giving thus far. But what struck me the most is that the brightness of the screen is immense and for an acute keratoconus patient such as me it makes viewing movies and web browsing or any other daily laptop use that much easier. If you are a game buff like me the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 allows a beautiful array of gaming with any juddering or slowing down which anachronistic video cards usually entail.
'The Badies of the product '
However, it wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. As I started surfing through the technicalities I realised that the compromise for good design, portablity and excellent audio video was that the actual memory and other technicalities were quite poor. The 120 GB hard drive is nothing to boast about. So now I cant even rip my blue rays into my Mac because Mr Jobs I dont want to use your 'super companion optical drive' to wirelessly rent movies from the itunes store when I already tonnes of movies. Moreover, the 2.13 GHZ processing speed was their 'top of the line' for MacBook Air. I thought to myself my Pavillion was 2.4 GHZ and 4200 rpm which slows down overall performance and was pretty annoyed at this drawback. Nonethelss the core2 duo processor speed balances out the overall speed of the laptop and it balances out to become slightly less than average.
A recommended buy?
Well if you have the money I do not see why not. Despite the drawbacks of the product the advantages are unanimous and certainly do outweigh 'the badies'. But you shouldn't take my word for it. Buy one and see for youself. You can thank me later :)
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We got this laptop in the reconditioned section of the apple store a year ago and it cost about £750 (my boyfriend bought it with his 21st birthday money). I use it on and off now but prefer to use my beast of a laptop most of the time, firstly because my boyfriend is very protective of "his baby" and because it isnt perfect for everything.
The technical info is all online and in the discription of this review so this will really just be a techno-novice's review about using this laptop. We got Mac office on this so that it would be more compatible for work and documents from the other computers.
My boyfriend was attracted to this by the ususal tricks; namely the thinness and resulting portability, the fact it is a mac, and the good design spec and aesthetics. I liked it because it was thin and small and I could carry it easily in my handbag.
Overall the experience of the air has been good but it is rubbish for somethings. The battery life is no where near that of other laptops which are available and it is not as good as it was advertised to be. I know that battery live varied depending on how you use it and what you have open and how you charge it etc, but it only lasts about 2 hours before you need to charge it. This really reduces its portability and is a bit of a shame and point of contempt over here.
Secondly, it gets reaalllly hot and overheats quickly. This computer really isnt designed for watching movies/video on for a long time because it gets too hot and it freezes the screen. The heat that this computer kicks out is amazing. You cant put it on your lap and it has actually nearly burnt me when I just had shorts on and was trying to use it. It doesnt help that the case is aluminum but this is a real problem.
Also, because it is so small, there are only 3 input/outputs; one headphone jack and one usb and one mini thing so that you can hook it up (via an adaptor) to a projector. This is a problem when you want to use more than one usb thing at a time and it is just generally frustrating when you can't plug things into it. There is also no cd drive, and buying one seperately costs about £50 - aka loads. This is annoying and puts me off the computer.
It is a smart laptop and all of the functioning and programmes that come with the mac are good and nice to have a change from the standard windows set up. Overall though, there has been a lot of development since the Air was developed and I think that now there are better thin laptops for less money, such as by acer etc. I really like the mac but I dont think I would reccomend it unless you are a millionaire with nothing else to buy. Also I am really glad we didn't pay the full price for it!
So I borrowed my step fathers laptop for a week when I went away on holiday, as I wanted something a little bit more lightweight than my Macbook to take with me and I just wanted to access the internet and do some homework while I was away.
I have to say it was ideal for this kind of thing, for traveling, accessing the internet and just using it for basic use the MacBook air really does win.
The slight downside is the fact it doesn't have a disk drive, and only has one usb port, but to be honest this is not a huge downside, as anything that can be put on a disk can be put onto a memory stick, and programs such as openoffice etc can be downloaded free of charge so there's no need to pay for MacOffice or mess around with an external disk drive.
The one USB port is obvious, just take it in turns with camera, memory stick, phone etc, can be slightly annoying but it is designed for travel after all.
I like it because it is really lightweight and the keys light up in the dark meaning that when you're in bed, or just generally in low light level situations (EG: a plane or coach at night) you can still work/browse the internet.
I'd say it's definitely a luxury item, no one in their right mind would buy one just for a 'basic use' laptop, unless they earned good money, or had their heart set on it for the design and the fact that it's a Mac (if they're a Mac geek like me).
Buy one if you can afford it though, they're really cool, and well worth it!
Fast, reliable, easy to use.
The battery life isn't amazing (some netbooks come with 9 hours, whereas this is around 4 or 5 at a push) but like I said, Macs are always expensive for the money because the design is so good.