∞ Review: 13-inch MacBook Air

With the release of the latest 13-inch MacBook, Apple has once again reduced the number of factors users have to consider when purchasing a laptop computer.

There was a time when you went shopping for a laptop that you would have to consider all the things you wanted to do with the machine and eliminate models based on those criteria. Things like having enough power to record music or process a mix are a thing of the past.

All of Apple’s laptops are powerful enough to do all of those things these days. The only real consideration left is the screen size you want.

I chose the 13-inch MacBook Air. I have, and love, the last generation 11-inch model, but the screen was a bit small for my taste. I thought the 13-inch might do everything it did and give me the screen real estate that I wanted. I was right.

I’ve been using the 13-inch Air since last Friday, doing all of my day-to-day work on it. The machine was comfortable as soon as I turned it on. I didn’t force myself to use it for a week to see how it worked, I wanted to keep using it.

My main laptop when at home is a 17-inch MacBook Pro, so you may think that it was a big change when I started using the 13-inch. In fact, it wasn’t. The size of the keyboard and ample screen resolution made the switch pretty easy.

What the smaller screen did do was make me use gestures more on the 13-inch. Scrolling through Web sites and even navigating left or right are now done using gestures. I didn’t see the full benefit of gestures until now, but I don’t know what I’d do without them now.

The battery life is amazing too. I sat outside working most of the day on Friday on a single charge. That work consists of writing and posting stories on the Web, working with images, and other small tasks, but that’s what most of us do on a regular basis. I’m impressed enough with the battery, that I don’t really think about unplugging it and working somewhere other than my office.

Of course, the MacBook comes with Thunderbolt, a new I/O technology that’s available in many Apple computers now. Thunderbolt can handle everything from displays to high-speed peripheral devices on a single connection. I don’t have any devices yet, but as a musician, I can’t wait to try some out.

Speaking of music. One of the final tests I did with the 13-inch MacBook was with music recording. I figured if anything was going to trip up the Air, it would be recording my guitar into it.

Latency for a musician is enough to kill a session. In other words, if you strum your guitar and the computer can’t process the audio fast enough to output in real-time, you get a delay in hearing what you played. It’s like watching a movie and the audio track isn’t synced with the video.

I used the Apogee Duet 2 as my audio interface, plugged it into the MacBook Air, plugged in my guitar and launched GarageBand. With absolutely no configuration, I was recording my guitar in GarageBand with zero (or near zero) latency.

I added some drum tracks to the project, switched amps in the middle of the song, added effects and did pretty much everything else I could think of to make the MacBook Air flinch under the pressure.

It handled everything I could throw at it and never missed a beat. Now that is what I want out of a laptop.

With OS X Lion pre-installed, the MacBook Air gives users Apple’s latest hardware, including some of the industries fastest technologies and the most modern operating system on the market today.

The 13-inch MacBook Air is the computer that all other laptops will be measured against. It has power, portability, and a sleek design that is only matched by other MacBooks.



  • http://natebeaty.com nate beaty

    I want a 3-inch MacBook!

    • http://www.loopinsight.com Jim Dalrymple

      Damn, you’re quick!

    • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com Anonymous

      The 3-inch version is called the MatchBook

      • http://www.loopinsight.com Jim Dalrymple

        LOL

      • Fdrick

        Funny!

      • Davidhodder

        Very clever. You never know it may well happen!  Will it have a kit of voice controlled tiny fingers to operate it or perhaps e remote control?  Who knows!

    • pete

      been out for years. It’s called “iPod.”

    • Douglas

      That’s the iPhone ;-)

      • Stephen

        Nope, the iPad and iPhone are SERIOUSLY restricted and locked down versions of MacOS. Very disappointing in my opinion of what they could, should be.

        • http://profiles.google.com/andrewlgm Andrew M.

          definitely agree with this last one.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAKYSSRNLQ3ISZC2DEVM3U5HTY Stephen Watson

          They don’t use “locked down versions” of MacOS – they run iOS. The two may share a large amount of common code but they are different and targeted at very different devices.

          They are what they are and that is why the MBA exists.

    • http://laptop-rev.blogspot.com Mymiftah

      how large 3-inch?

    • Cromario1

      to match you 3 inch pecker. hahahaha

  • Steven Fisher

    Good story, Jim. You did a great job of painting how you use it and how well it works for it. :)

  • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

    Nice review, I like the personal perspective.

    Specs and speed aside, I think the MacBook Airs are the sexiest laptops to date and I somehow wish I had use for one, but that is not the case unfortunately.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cockasian Mark Robinson

      They’re the best computers on the market. If you have a use for a computer, then you have a use for a mac

      • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

        Believe me, I’m trying to convince myself of this every day, but my wallet disagrees.

        When it comes to a desktop/laptop computer I need power and the MBA unfortunately doesn’t fit my needs. I wish it did, but it doesn’t. Instead I’m sticking with my iPad 2 and I just ordered a 2.7 GHz Mac mini :D

        • Madhu Shanmughan

          I guess you are a Mallu. 

          • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

            Nope, not from Malaysia. I’m from Germany as my profile would’ve told you :)

          • Aryanbharat

            Mallu is not Malaysia.  It is a slang for Malayalee

          • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

            See, there I was trying to be smart, googling the term and I found wrong information, dammit :)

            Thanks for correcting me, but as I said, I’m from Germany.

        • Bob Jacobson

          I find the Air quite powerful, even the older generation, and moreover, incredibly fast.  The SSDs (solid-state drives) are magnificent, no latency, no noise, no overheating, no fans.  I know an iPad can’t deliver the same power.  What will you do, carry around an iPad in one hand and a Mini in the other, always looking for a power outlet?

          • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

            Interesting comment about the text/resolution issue, I didn’t know that.

            About the computing power issue. I know about their speed for general tasks, but my needs are better met by an iPad an a stronger desktop machine/laptop. When I’m on the go, I seldom need the computing power of a laptop I’ve found out. The iPad is more than sufficient. Back at home my Mac is faced with a lot of processor heavy tasks, which is one of the areas the MBA is lacking.

            For those times I actually need the power of a laptop when I’m not at home, I still have my 15″ MBP (2008).

            Regarding SSDs: I’m definitely going to upgrade my Mac mini to a SSD in due time (read: when they’re more affordable). Nothing big, just ≤ 120 GB, but a fast one.

          • Blowyourmindwith

            I was wandering if you’d tell me whether 500GB of ssd would be better  in the sense of speed?

            and is 15 inches better writing than 13?

          • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

            The speed of a SSD depends on the storage chips and the controllers. A 500 GB SSD isn’t necessarily faster than a 120 GB and the other way round.

            As for the writing question: I tend to do a lot of writing for university, meaning lots of research, which is why I usually have one window with a text document and one source opened. The larger the screen (given a minimal resolution of 1440*900 px) the easier it is to work like this. The keyboards on the 13″ and 15″ models are identical as far as I know.

            Hope that helps.

          • Cjreynolds1

            the storage space has no relation to the speed but i personally would recommend the 500GB size, the screen size on the air is limited to 13 inches but that is a sufficient screen size for most tasks

          • Quoc

            why don’t you just get one of the new seagate XT hybrid drives? it will be  a few years till 100% SSDs are cheap enough to be good value for general use.

  • Scotty

    Good review Jim, like the others have said before me I like the use cases you brought forward.  That gives me a lot of confidence that it will meet my needs.

    I’m not sure who to ask so I’ll ask you… I am going to get one for my wife but Lion will bust her version of the Adobe Suite (CS).  Is there a way around this that you know of or would I have to install Snow Leopard on it then do a migration from her existing machine.

    Thanks.

    • Keith T

      Scotty, Why not try to use Carbon Copy cloner to image your wife’s existing drive to an external hard drive. You can now try CS on her new Air and if it truly doesn’t work under Lion just move the image from the hard drive right over top of the new MacAir, again, using CC. CC is very easy to use and I have 4 Macs in our home between my wife and myself and use it all the time to capture full bootable Images. I have on many occasions used the external drives to boot up from, even on a machine that it hasn’t been created from. This is one of joys of Mac OS; it allows you to do this. Caveat being that It may not work with a mix of older Macs and new macs, and definitely won’t work cross platform from the older “G” series.

      • rio671

        If the MacBook Air comes with Lion installed, you won’t be able to boot from a previous OS.

        • jason Keefer

          attach an external disc drive…. insert snow leopard disc…. boot from disc…. too easy

    • Bob

      just torrent it…then you get it for free!

  • Rbbd

    Airs are terrible, keep drinking that kool-aid  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Means/100001249260591 Darren Means

      If you don’t like it that is fine, but to say these people are drinking “kool-ade” smacks of hypocrisy. By expressing the over used epithet “kool-ade”, wouldn’t that indicate that the only comment that follows that description here is actually yours?

      • Criduchat

        Wow!   You gotta admit that he scores on brilliant originality:

        “keep drinking that kool-aid”.  You just don’t get creativity like that every day.  I wonder if he’d let me borrow it.  I will be holding a discussion with a group who have Down’s syndrome …

        • Pshopper

          What an insult to the folks with Downs…. 

          Mr. ‘koolaid’ is a right wing nut job, and probably 14. Maybe he’ll understand that insult since it has also. - PKay

          • Pshopper

            …been around for years. (oops)

          • Tbo

            Actually it is intellectual idiocy to assume he is “rightwing.” And it is just plain hypocritical to talk of “rightwingers” like they are always nut jobs. Anyway, this isn’t the place for your stupid political views…it’s a comment thread on an article written about a computer.  You must be one of those leftwing nut jobs. :)

    • guest

      What a well reasoned and thought out post, I wish I had such eloquence.

    • Anonymous

      SPECS SPECS SPECS SPECS SPECS SPECS SPECS. (facepalm) Seriously its 2011

    • Bayoublue

      I’ve had mine for six months and love it.  How many do you own and what is the basis for your obviously well-founded opinion?

      • Damianfisher

        cool

    • http://twitter.com/ckurowic Chris Kurowicki

      Really? You should enlighten us as to why they are “terrible”. You are entitled to your opinion of course, no matter how skewed it may be. 

    • Chriscartermusic

      You’re still conforming if your non-conformist, you’re just conforming to the other side. so keep drinking that kool-aid while I enjoy my Air way more than you could ever enjoy your PC

    • GregoryGlamour

      Great review.  Very insightful with specifics. We’ll drink the Kool-Aid and you keep going with your beer. Obviously it’s making your brain much smarter allowing you to communicate so effectively.

    • Chad-emerson Thompson 1

      Nah dude, I disagree.

  • Rbbd

    Airs are terrible, keep drinking that kool-aid  

  • http://www.facebook.com/cockasian Mark Robinson

    I really enjoy using my mac air. It’s fast, light, looks good, durable, and easy to use. lion is a bit glitchy right now but thats the only thing thats really a drawback. I can’t really find anything “terrible” about the air

  • Conq4ever

    I don’t know, Rbbd, I spend six months of the year traveling in foreign countries and man, is the Airbook a nice machine!  For what you really need a laptop for, i.e. portability and ease of use, it beats everything.  And I am still using the first edition…  I would upgrade to the new model with the flash memory but I can’t justify it yet because the Airbook that I have is still ticking.

  • http://twitter.com/supertino Super Tino

    If the new generation of Macbook Airs do no significantly lift Mac sales, then traditional computers are truly dying. iPhone replaced lost iPod sales and now iPad is replacing lost Mac (and PC) sales.

    • http://www.multiplexcomic.com/ Gordon McAlpin

      Mac sales have been GROWING since the introduction of the iPad. iPad sales aren’t replacing them.

      And Apple has sold more iPhones than all iPods combined, so “replacing” seems a funny way to characterize it there, too.

      • http://twitter.com/supertino Super Tino

        I actually agree with everything you said. I should have said “more than just replaced lost sales”. 

        Although Mac sales have been growing much faster than PC, as Tim Cook himself said, iPad has cannibalized some Mac sales. In truth, I was actually alluding to my frustration on why Macs can’t grow significantly much faster. It is so much better than a Windows machine (OS, UI, UX, Hardware) that it clearly deserves even better growth rates. And if it doesn’t, it’s most likely due to the move towards more portable machines (aka iPad).

        • Anon

          There is so much software written purely for windows PCs.

          Until you have all the games, software and hardware support that you have for PCs in Macs, it will never overtake PCs.

          Oh and then there is cost, until you can build a Mac out of spare parts and loose change, or pick one up that can run 99% of what someone needs you aren’t going to become the dominant platform.

          • Len

            Crud. Your argument is decades out of date and you’ve never used a Mac or done any research on it to amount to a hill of beans. This childish and ill-informed babble just makes me tired.

          • Anonymous

            I am a Mac user (Macbook Air 13″ mid-2011, Macbook Pro 13″ mid-2009, Macbook 2011, etc…) but I have to agree with him (Anon). The reason why most people will not change to Mac is that many software companies only support Windows. I’m not talking about Photoshop or Office but professional/enterprise-targetted applications.

            Unless Apple can get software developers to port most of their existing software to Mac, Macs will never become the leading platform. Although, with the release of the Mac App Store, things are changing.

          • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

            Keep telling that to yourself.

    • Sunjik Lee

      Most stupid statement I’ve ever read. iPhone replaces lost iPod sales because iPhone IS an iPod touch with a phone. iPad is NOT a computer, not even close. 

      • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

        I disagree. I firmly believe that the iPad did and does cannibalise Mac sales to a certain degree and the numbers Horace Dediu posts on Asymco.com seem to support that notion.

        The reason for this is that the iPad is indeed a computer, just one for special tasks. When I bought my iPad 2, the alternative I considered, was the first generation MacBook Air (11″), but I found that in some areas the iPad was simply more capable so I went with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Means/100001249260591 Darren Means

      Mac computer sales were up 14% from 3.47 million a year ago to 3.95 million, so sales of mac computers is actually growing even over what they normally sell, whereas PC growth was only 2.6%. At just over 11% growth over PC’s, I don’t think you can realistically ask for more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Means/100001249260591 Darren Means

      Mac computer sales were up 14% from 3.47 million a year ago to 3.95 million, so sales of mac computers is actually growing even over what they normally sell, whereas PC growth was only 2.6%. At just over 11% growth over PC’s, I don’t think you can realistically ask for more.

  • http://twitter.com/supertino Super Tino

    If the new generation of Macbook Airs do no significantly lift Mac sales, then traditional computers are truly dying. iPhone replaced lost iPod sales and now iPad is replacing lost Mac (and PC) sales.

  • http://twitter.com/supertino Super Tino

    If the new generation of Macbook Airs do no significantly lift Mac sales, then traditional computers are truly dying. iPhone replaced lost iPod sales and now iPad is replacing lost Mac (and PC) sales.

  • Mary

    If my next mac could be one of these, I’d be a happy, mobile bunny

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Conrad-Rowe/1654857054 Conrad Rowe

    I agree with Super Tino that the Mac’s are the BEST Computers on the market. I use pc for a long time and after switching to a Mac, I don’t know why everybody doesn’t have a Mac. Plan and simple english, You get what you pay for. End of Story.

  • Mafer8882

    its this mac work good with adobe programs?????

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GJ5LJ2JBT2IRF2FQON3XEGITHY fishnetchic

      absolutely, like a dream!

    • Sunjik Lee

      Everything except for flash. Flash player is known to be a huge memory and CPU hog on macs, much more than Windows. 

  • Macfan

    I’m sorry, I believe the Macbook is better than Macbook Air.  It was a waste of money and time to work on the Air.  You have a CD/DVD Drive and more space to hold on it than the Air.  While the size might be different.  Comparing the Macbook and Macbook Air, the Macbook shows more capabilities than the Air does.  Unfortunately, since Apple decided to discontinue the Macbook without informing the public, my next computer would be the Macbook Pro since it has similar features with the Macbook.  Time to save money for the Pro.

    • Darren Mo

      Actually, despite minor drawbacks such as the lack of an optical drive or less storage, the MacBook Air has several very important advantages over the legacy white MacBook. Firstly, the MacBook Air includes the latest Intel Core i5 “Sandy Bridge” CPU and a fast solid state drive which provides significantly more performance than the white MacBook’s Intel Core 2 Duo and laptop hard drive. Secondly, the MacBook Air contains next-generation I/O in the form of Thunderbolt where the white MacBook only has USB. Thirdly, the MacBook Air has a smoother glass trackpad for better gesture control. Fourthly, the MacBook Air’s solid state drive enables instant wake from standby, even after 30 days. And finally, the MacBook Air provides a more satisfying user experience overall than the white MacBook due to its backlit keyboard, its higher pixel density display, and its sturdier, thinner, lighter, and sexier aluminum unibody enclosure.

    • Steven Fisher

      Sometimes, the biggest feature a product can have is a lack of features. Simplicity is definitely worth something.

      I understand that you think the MacBook Pro is a better system for you, and you’re probably right. Me, I’m much more deeply torn. Other than the quad core on the MacBook Pro, I’d prefer a MacBook Air. I think it’s probably worth giving up the quad core rather than getting extra size and weight.

    • Michael8852

      I agree the availability of a CD/DVD drive and more memory and larger hard drive makes the Macbook Pro the better computer for serious computer work writher work or school. The Air is a nice second computer maybe for someone with an iMac or Macbook Pro but never a primary computer.

      • William

        I use a MacBook air as my primary computer, I even play games on it =D And it’s last years 1.4ghz version

    • Compton

      lol, Macfan, the Macbook is way worse than the Air in almost all respects. The new i7 Sandy Bridge processor combined with a solid state drive means that it completely destroys it in benchmarks, it has a longer battery life, boots faster… And when is the last time you used the CD Drive? Just mount an .iso or something, its not 2001 anymore! When you want to watch a movie or something, then you just use a slim external drive that you’re able to carry around with the saved space.

       I have been able to do everything I did on my Core 2 Quad w/ a 260M on my Air, faster. And with Thunderbolt, hopefully in the near future you’ll be able to use an external graphics card, with the Sonnet Echo Express. And with the ability to daisy chain, you could turn the new Thunderbolt display into a hub with a high-speed hard drive, a high-performance graphics card, a cd drive, firewire, charging capabilities and speakers all with one cable.

      Just my two cents. The multi-touch gestures are pretty awesome too.

    • Glenn Stewart

      There are a lot of advantages to the Pro. The processors found on the Pro line are a tad faster than the Air. Storage is larger. Dedicated graphics processing is also an advantage.

      But Macfac, I think you haven’t taken the SSD into consideration. There is a 4-7x speed advantage on having the SSD.

      I’ve been editing a large video in Final Cut Pro on a 2010 Air (old) and i7 MacBook Pro (2011).

      A lot of the editing process requires reading and writing to disk, and the Air blows the Pro out of the water with this. But whenever processing was required, the Pro came into it’s own.

      This current Air takes the processing of the Pro (if not quite) with the speed advantage of the SSD. Add to this the higher resolution screen of the Air, and it proves to be a much better editing machine that the similar sized Pro.

      A 15″ or 17″ with SSD would be comparable, but at a much larger price tag.

      I think Apple have a got a winning product on their hands, and they’ll continue to produce the Pro and Air to satisfy.

      • Anonymous

        My new Macbook Pro has 512 gb ssd and 17 inch screen, compare it to that, if you compare it right.

        Read the last bit of your post, and you did it, kudos for you ;-)

        • Junk

          What a Tosser!

        • Junk

          What a Tosser!

          • Anonymous

            what do you mean, junk?

    • Glenn Stewart

      Just realised you were comparing the Air with a normal Macbook. Unfortunately it’s not even in the same ball park.

      Resolution: Air higher Battery life: comparable Weight: Air lighter Processor: Current Air 2 to 2.5x previous Macbook Disk: SSD has proven 4x minimum of Macbook

      There is absolutely no need for the old Macbook given the stats.

      Apple made the right decision to end its life.

  • Ckinsley

    I can’t help but agree with everything said about the Macbook Air 13 inch. I have been a lifelong PC user and lived and breathed windows and Microsoft despite urgings from friends and associates to make the change. In December I decided to bite the bullet and make the switch. After a month or two of learning Apple, I will never go back. I therefore today have the Apple suite (Macbook air, iPad and iPhone). Incredible the ease with which everything ‘just works’ (and works and works). Fast, powerful, ease of use and seriously cool applications.

    Chris in New Zealand

  • Christian

    Good review. I am the similar to Chris. Having been using PC’s & Windows for 15 years over the last 6 months I’ve moved myself to iPad & iPhone and I completed the switch last Thursday when I treated myself to a new 13″ Macbook Air i5 128GB. I’m not a geek but have been tinkering with my new toy every night since! :-) Having had 15 years of challenges with lethargic software and hardware I have it refreshing that all my Apple devices ‘just work’ as Chris put it. I am now digesting whether I should be switching from Google Chrome to Safari. I also have a part time job (unpaid) in life of providing IT support to my family (parents and siblings) of 10 so as and when the budget allows I will be moving everyone over to Apple. Goodbye PC’s and Microsoft!!! :-)

  • Jim

    I sold my ipad to get the AIR.  I would recommend the MBA to anyone that can appreciate the best of the best.

  • http://expertendurance.com Dillon Martin

    I’m seriously considering the 13″ Air to replace my aging 2007 Macbook. Being a mobile blogger as well I love the slimness and portability and I don’t think I could do everything I need on an iPad.

    However, I’m wondering how to best deal with the problem of having a large library of photos and music that I want to access at home even if the computer is not running. This way I could use my apple tv without having to turn on the computer.

    Dillon

    • Christian

      > Dillion

      You could potentially use dropbox (www.dropbox.com) for your requirement.I’ve got 60GB of photos on dropbox which I access at any time on any of my three Apple devices. I don’t currently use dropbox for music but I understand it works well. While I appreciate there’s a cost to dropbox ($120 per year) there’s also the benefit and comfort that all your data/photos & music is also being remotely backed up.

      Good luck. Christian

    • DAvid

      If you keep your files on a NAS drive, you should be able to access them no matter the device. Have a look at NAS and media servers to see if they would meet our needs.

  • Burgo

    I just got the new 13″ MacBook Air and I must say I am very impressed so far. On day to day tasks (email, internet, office stuff etc.) it is hands down the fastest computer I have used (although not the most powerful in terms of pure brute force power). The weight of it and general feel seems to be what a laptop should be; it isn’t hard to carry around all day (which is a major consideration for me). The battery life is also pretty amazing (I believe this is the case on most Macs…) and boot up times are insanely fast thanks to the SSD. Don’t get me wrong I still have a specced out Windows PC for gaming and 3D modelling so I am not having it as my only computer. As a first time Mac buyer I must say I think I made the right choice this time.

  • Keith T

    Great review Jim!!! I like reviews like Jim’s as they give a real life perspective of the actual machine in everyday use, it is not just a one day (couple hour use) reviewer perspective.

    I have 4 Macs (Brand New 13″ i5 | Air 11″ 128GB 4GB | Air 11 128Gb 2GB | iMac 3.06Ghz.

    I just sold the Air with 4Gb after purchasing the MacBook Pro 13 i5 for a couple of reasons only; I do photography and found that screen size was a little too small and processing power was just not enough. I had the Air for around 3 months and at the beginning used it quite a bit as I wanted it to be a “on site tether/backup” solution but had a lot of lag when doing any photo processing (used mainly LR).

    All that being said I really am curious about the new 13″ Air as it is using the new processor. I am disappointed that you can still only have a maximum amount of 4GB of memory in them. 

    I would also be curious if you can now use OS in 64 bit as this was not possible with the previous models (at least the 11″ that I had)

  • Tom

    a mac review from a mac obsessive. is anybody stupid enough not to see this as nothing but a mac ad?

    macs are brilliant. but this ‘review’ isn’t.

  • goose

    Macfan, have you seen the specs for the new Air models? I have the core I-7 256GB with 4gb RAM, trust me it is quicker than a macbook. Unless of course you meant Macbook Pro, even then then difference in speed is now hardly noticeable. Lack of an optical drive is not an issue for most these days.

  • tweakers

    Which configuration did you purchase Jim?

  • Christian

    RAD writeup Jim.

    I’m in the music industry, and had NO IDEA that the duet2 had come out. LOVE that they have four outs now (for headphones AND for monitors).

    I wonder if the sound quality is BETTER than that of the Ensemble (which we use to record pretty great vox: levelfourmusic dot com).

    Plus I’m in the market to update my 15″ MacBook Pro. I’m waiting to see what the new lineup gets which is rumored to be released b4 Christmas time. Hopefully a 15″ type air!

  • Tina

    Ordered the 11″ the day the update dropped.  Sleek, thin, and light as…  well… air.  Yet functionality beats the macbook I replaced.  Granted, I sprang for the fully loaded model, but it seems to handle everything I throw at it effortlessly.  Two complaints: 1.  Lion is a bit glitchy still–not a big deal, but I’m looking forward to updates.  2.  Battery life could be better.  That being said, I’m super happy, can’t wait for more Thunderbolt peripherals, and the new backlit keyboard is a major plus.  I plan to add a Thunderbolt display and daisy chain a couple of external drives for Time Machine backups and heavy-duty storage.  Then it will approach perfection.

  • Joise

    There is no way I am going to get this what so called “Macbook Air”. I will never touch a laptop equipped with intel graphic ever. Intel graphic sucks as hell.

    • Compton

      again…

      http://www.sonnettech.com/product/thunderbolt/index.html

      now you have no reason to complain.

    • Sweaty-Vag

      As you’ve never owned a new MacBook Air you are just talking out of your ass, based on bunch of hoo ha you’ve ingested in cyberia. My real world experience coming from owning both 2011 MacBook Pros and Airs can tell you that the Intel3000 graphics are a major improvement on Intels part and have proven to be quite a capable graphics solution in a portable. 

  • Go2thesun

    i still have a  mac book tiger – it is the perfect size for most things. It even froze when i did as  i was homeless. so its looking  about as disabled and beat up as me,  but you can’t beat a mac for features, security and  reliability. I will be sad to lose mac mail , but i do dream of updated tech and the  ideas  and work it  could help develop . 

  • Rodney Bugden

    Once you’ve had Mac you want go back……….recent convert from the PC world….Macbook Pro love it

  • DS

    I’m eagerly waiting the delivery of my new MacBook Air 11″ – maxed out… :)

    Been using a MacBook Pro 17″ and a MacMini (as the PVR), recently purchased an iPad 2 – in the classroom with the MacBook plugged into a projector and the iPad to control it (via VNC or Remote) – it is an absolutely fantastically great winning combination.

    Prior to the MacBook Pro 17″, I’d been a PC devotee since computer time began.  I did like Linux though and, when I found out the OS X was based on BSD Unix, just had to have one.  I now have 3 Macs (well, 2 and waiting for the new one), an iPad 2, iPhone 3G and will be grabbing an Apple TV next pay.

    Love their products – they just work.

    :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPJRH4Y3AVX4JE4N3KCIIXCBQQ Newborn

    I have the Macbook Pro and the Air. The Air eleven (the screen). I use almost solely the Air. Why? It’s the real portable. The Book Pro became the desk one, much heavier. Both very good anyway. Never had PC or Wndows because never could bear the dumb interface and the bloating of the OS.

  • Akshaya Kumar

    Every note book have own area, you can not compare in pro & air.

  • Skippy_skippy_productions

    What I don’t understand is this; thunderbolt has fast throughput so what else is it good for if it can’t capture anything faster than usb 2 on this 13″ air

  • Skippy_skippy_productions

    What I don’t understand is this; thunderbolt has fast throughput so what else is it good for if it can’t capture anything faster than usb 2 on this 13″ air

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GJ5LJ2JBT2IRF2FQON3XEGITHY fishnetchic

    i have both the macbook pro(latest) and the macbook air 11.6, 3 months old.I have started using the macboook air more than the beefier one, why?it is FASTER! Not only is it lighter to carry around, it can do everything i want, so have not needed the macbookpro. i might consider buying the macbook pro 13inch, but right now the little one is fine, you can increase the font size in a swipe action, i plug in a 75gb mini external harddrive, or simply use wifi, bluetooth or soon icloud, so no need for the cd part(although i got the external mac one, thinking i would miss it.i seriously dont.) anyway…mac is great no mater what the choices! I am happy with all roducts and would be happy with either at the end of the day, although I have to admit air is winning right now.the speed is brill.

  • Hasan

    God bless Apple Inc. ~OM

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.maday Brian Maday

    I hope to get an iBook 13 as soon as my penny collection gets just a bit larger. I would like to make one point – I recently read that anything that runs under Lion is a ‘true’ computer, and things that run on iOS are favored by people who don’t necessarily LIKE computers. I’ll be interested on the comments on This one!

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      Well, iBooks don’t exist anymore, I’m sure you meant the 13″ MacBook Air.

      As for your question:

      OS X Lion is a desktop operating system just like the previous versions of OS X, Windows and Linux. By that logic, yes, anything that runs Lion, whether it be a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini or iMac, is a computer in the traditional sense.

      iOS on the other hand is an operating system designed to run on devices like tablets and smartphones. They’re not as capable as actual desktop or laptop computers, but they do many things better than a desktop computer.

      While I would agree that iOS devices, especially the iPad, are well suited for people who are not very experienced with computers, I don’t think that people who don’t like computers use them, because they still are computers.

      What’s different, is that these devices are less complex and often offer a better user experience for certain tasks. Example:

      I have a MacBook Pro with OS X Snow Leopard and an iPad. The latter I use for email, calendaring, task management, web surfing, reading books and long form articles and games.

      All these things I can do with my MacBook Pro, too, but the iPad makes them more enjoyable and easier.

      I hope this helps.

  • Sunjik Lee

    I still do not understand the logic behind Apple’s decision to have only glossy screens for the Air. I mean sure, have them for the iMacs since you’re not really going to be taking it anywhere and you can set it in a place where there isn’t excessive glare, but why in the world would you have it for an ultraportable laptop? 

    Try using it in a coffee shop with windows and you’ll realize it isn’t too productive to see reflections of everything while you work. Sure, you could turn the brightness all the way up for a somewhat better experience, but then there goes your “legendary” battery life. Also whats with the 64GB harddrive for the 11″ model? Combine that with the fact that new the iCloud functions by having the actual data on your harddrive and not uploading it to the cloud (which Jobs claimed it would takes “weeks”), and you get a very unusable standalone laptop. Better drop another grand and get an iMac.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Air’s aesthetics and the fact that its light enough that you can play Frisbee with it, but if you want something that’s cheaper, similar specs, full customization and actually usable then look elsewhere. I personally owned a Macbook Air and recently got a Thinkpad X220, and I’m glad I did. I can actually use it in windowed rooms and it has much greater battery life. 

    Just to drive the point home, with a Macbook Air you DO get what you paid for in terms of aesthetics; usability, not so much, especially since there are much more better alternatives that may not be as pretty as the Air but are certainly more usable, and for a cheaper price. 

  • Sunjik Lee

    I still do not understand the logic behind Apple’s decision to have only glossy screens for the Air. I mean sure, have them for the iMacs since you’re not really going to be taking it anywhere and you can set it in a place where there isn’t excessive glare, but why in the world would you have it for an ultraportable laptop? 

    Try using it in a coffee shop with windows and you’ll realize it isn’t too productive to see reflections of everything while you work. Sure, you could turn the brightness all the way up for a somewhat better experience, but then there goes your “legendary” battery life. Also whats with the 64GB harddrive for the 11″ model? Combine that with the fact that new the iCloud functions by having the actual data on your harddrive and not uploading it to the cloud (which Jobs claimed it would takes “weeks”), and you get a very unusable standalone laptop. Better drop another grand and get an iMac.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Air’s aesthetics and the fact that its light enough that you can play Frisbee with it, but if you want something that’s cheaper, similar specs, full customization and actually usable then look elsewhere. I personally owned a Macbook Air and recently got a Thinkpad X220, and I’m glad I did. I can actually use it in windowed rooms and it has much greater battery life. 

    Just to drive the point home, with a Macbook Air you DO get what you paid for in terms of aesthetics; usability, not so much, especially since there are much more better alternatives that may not be as pretty as the Air but are certainly more usable, and for a cheaper price. 

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      Jobs didn’t say anything like it. On the contrary, he was talking how iTunes would only upload the music files that are not listed in the iTunes Store. He was not talking about personal documents and the iCloud.

      64 GB might not be enough for you and it isn’t enough for me, but I know many people, including hard core geeks that can live with 64 GB on a machine like the MacBook Air.

      The Air is a machine with a special purpose, just as the iPad and the iMac and every other PC. What’s important is whether it meets your requirements.

      All in all you shouldn’t make blanket statement like this, just because you don’t see how certain aspects of a PC could be useful to you.

      As for the glossy displays I can tell you this much: They resonate with non-geeks because they offer great contrast, deeper blacks and generally more vibrant colours. They just look better out of the box and many people can live with the trade-off of having to live with reflections. The manufacturers originally started using them because they were cheaper to produce; they could omit the anti glare coating, which isn’t cheap. — Personally, I don’t like glossy displays, and I’m glad my MBP doesn’t have it, but I know enough people that do.

  • Anonymous

    I have the last model of the MBA 13 and it will go to my wife now and I will get the new one just not sure whether I will pay the extra $100 for the build to order fastest chip– I did that with the older one.

    If you travel, the MBA is a must have if you need a laptop and not just an ipad. On many trips I take the ipad2 and apple wireless keyboard and in-case origami case, but when I need to work on spreadsheets and use a lot of functions in excel– nothing beats the MBA.

    At home the MBA is still my main computer and it has the power for everything, including media. I want the extra speed of the new model for my heaviest processing speeds. I plan to get the apple cinema display as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XENVNKXRXRIHZBGMN35N44M3VA dreyfus_ffm

    It is amazing, how Apple’s “vision” works almost every time. When the original MBA was released, it was an overpriced toy. A shiny and desirable toy, but a toy. And Apple knew it. Best feature? Fits in a manila envelope! Imagine Ballmer pulling that off…

    A few years later, everything falls into place. Thunderbolt answers all connectivity issues, the revamped Cinema Display is a full-blown docking station, even including ports the computer does not have. And the price is still on the high side, but it is a lot cheaper than premium ultra-portable, or “sub-” notebooks used to be (remember that some Vaios with < 10" screen and unusable keyboards were running up to $4k less than 2 years ago).

    The MBA is the new mainstream MacBook, and the competition is nowhere to be seen.

    • Nebelkopf

      Right on–  but the issue is not with Ballmer. While Win is bloated, and needs constant, annoying updates, it is Apples HARDWARE that makes the difference. By controlling every bit of hardware in the Macs, they avoid all of the effects that various junk PC makers have on the software. I love my new MBA i7, and Lion:  but when I have to use WIN, it runs like a charm on all my various Macs. That is the advantage of having the vision to control all the hardware and drivers on a Mac boot partition. Been with Apple since Apple2 (yeah, I’m an old guy)!

  • http://www.melbourneweddingphotographers.net.au Wedding Photographer

    Well, to say something different from everybody else, (and true)- the only “frustration” I have, with my new 11inch Air, is that I am forever thinking I left my computer somewhere, because my tote back is now so light! Go Apple, always the winners! The other “drawback” is that my wife is seriously on my case to buy her an 11inch Air… just as well her birthday is soon :)  Jim this was an excellent review, especially the real world use of the machine in your music. I have found that batching images is surprisingly fast- on my desk I have a 27inch iMac i7, fully ramped up with 16GB of ram, and while there’s a difference, it ain’t serious…

  • Nasperato

    I am tempted to buy a MB Air, but I find two flaws in it:  (1) Why are CPUs a generation or two behind MB Pro? Why not offer one with same CPU line (Quad i357 2.x GHz) rather than a slow Duo 1.7 G?(2) Not having a DVD reader is a hassle. Why not make room for a DVD ROM so one does not have to carry an external? When/If apple adds the above two features, I am in for one more apple product.

    • http://www.go2linux.org/ Guillermo Garron

      I think that’s the reason why they have the pro and the air. If you need light-still-powerful go for the air, if you need all the stuff you are asking for, then go for the pro. If you wallet can afford it, get both of them.

  • Kate

    I’ve been wondering about the altitude limitations listed on the Tech Specs on the Apple Website.  I checked with an Apple rep online and she checked with a supervisor, and then told me, “You are correct.  A MacBook Air cannot be operated on an airplane.” I posted on another forum (upcoming cross-country flights are where I hope to use a lighter, more portable laptop rather than my c 2004 MacBook, slow, heavy,  but still going strong!).  One user there suggested that the altitude specs were for unpressurized cabins.  Here’s what it says on the Apple site: Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feetMaximum storage altitude: 15,000 feetMaximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feetDo you (or anyone here) know what the real story is? I’d love to know!

    • Kathryn

      I dont know if I am answering this right but when i bought my air (11 inch) they told me that the 11 inch is the only laptop that has the ability to use on flights because of the TSA requirements now in place, as for the specs idk but the vibe i got from the sales associate was that this computer can be operated on a plane and can be operated safely

      • Kate

        Thank you, Kathyrn, for your post.  I’ve been surprised that no one else seems bothered by the altitude restrictions.  It’s interesting that you were told the 11-inch model was okay for in-flight use.  I’ll have to look into that, maybe with the local Apple reseler instead on online at the Apple store.

    • Kathryn

      I dont know if I am answering this right but when i bought my air (11 inch) they told me that the 11 inch is the only laptop that has the ability to use on flights because of the TSA requirements now in place, as for the specs idk but the vibe i got from the sales associate was that this computer can be operated on a plane and can be operated safely

  • macsaywat

    windows all day buying a mac is unthinkable y do such a bad deed

  • http://davidchola.com Dave Cho

    Sounds like a good reason to upgrade from my current 13inch macbook to something a lot more versatile in size and power. A nice compelling review

  • Nebelkopf

    Wow! Just set up the Air 1.8(i7).  Love! Ever wonder why Win7 runs better on a Mac partition than on a PC?

  • SjwE

    I have had a 13″ Macbook Air for about 6 months having been a PC laptop user, most recently a Toshiba R series. the latter was lighter & had a (rarely used) DVD. Much of the MAc is nice the 256GB SSD disk is good to have but be warned for serious scientific work it can have disadavantages. The way the Mac handles windows prevents multiple instances of some software from running. The MAc is obviously great for pictures and music but its methods for handling file directories and networked printers is very poor compared with a PC.

    If I could get a good price for mine secondhand I’d sell it today

  • http://profiles.google.com/dryuu1 Daniel Roberts

    I am a high-speed turbo shrimp wearing sandals. Moo.

  • http://www.go2linux.org/ Guillermo Garron

    I’ve the 13″ Macbook pro, and I really love it, that is my main laptop (actually the only one) I usually work on my Desktop (Linux powered) but I can do anything on the laptop as well. And the 11″ Air is the size of a netbook, but with the power of a desktop! Apple is incredible. The best thing, you are away from windows.

  • BitchPlease

    I want the 5 inch Mac Book dammit! IT IS A GREAT LAPTOP!

  • Mbedward

    Liked your view that the Mac Book Air can be used for music programs.  Will it provide the same performance when one uses Logic Pro?  Also, do you expect any difficulties with Lightroom? MVB

  • Jalondon48

    Yes i still waiting for a Ipod with all air book utilities

  • J-rod

    i have the 13″ air and its seriously crazy…..i will never use another machine – i cant believe how cool technology is getting these days. Rock on Mac Book Air :-)

  • http://twitter.com/statenyoung Staten Young

    Great article!

  • Smith

    Intel HD 3000… I’ll pass.

  • james braselton

    hi  there  i  have   the   maxed    out   macbook  air   2.13  ghz  duo  core   4  gb  ram   256  gb   ssd   the  external  opical  drive  you  want   a   3  inch   air  its  comming   its  posted   on  the  internet   called  iphone   air    but   planets  too  hot  we  need  a  300,000  light  year   solar  power  air   and  wire less   trasfer   all  execcess  energy  too  power   earth    with    50  billion  hummans  or  higher

  • Anonymous

    Yes Finally a MATTE Option sooo coool!!! so happy!!!  

  • Anonymous

    Yes Finally a MATTE Option sooo coool!!! so happy!!!  

  • Mik Shridhar Højlund Bøll

    Congratulations with your new computer! And thanks for sharing your thoughts and your user experience with it. However the single situation (the guitar one) does not tell much about the greatness of this specific computer.

    I mean computers today are powerfull. So what makes this one differ from all other powerfull computers of today? Guitar sessions?!?

    I was sent from Apples startpage via link to this review with the premise that this MacBook Air will set new notebook standards, and what do I get to read about? Guitar sessions! I dont’ play the guitar and I don’t even have my own car… :) 

    Come on. You and Apple can do better than that. Kind regards

    This is written on a MacBook with Mac OS X Lion 10.7. It belongs to my love of my life.

  • Hilda

     i have a macbook which i bought this year.I like it very much,by which i can do many things.I like travelling and i have many video clips about trip which i want to join together and show to the friends.I can do that by using boilsoft video joiner for mac on macbook.I also like the size of my computer which i can take anywhere.

  • laurel kathryn

    I agree with Jim. The MacBook Air is an incredible computer! I got one for college (the 11 inch) and it is the perfect size for me! It fits easily in my backpack and doesnt weigh it down anymore than my smallest textbook! The MacBook Air is really user friendly and not to mention LIGHTENING FAST! I have a Mac Desktop and i thought that was fast then i got this and it blows all my expectations out of the water! At first i was worried about the 11 inch screen but i dont even realize its so small. I would recommend this computer to any one it truly is a piece of artwork!

  • Zootiam

    I’m sure its fine for light recording but for running lots of virtual Keyboard tracks et al  I’ll happily stick with my Protools TDM . It always works great with no latency whatsoever and I can’t say thats the case using any native processing

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67HPGTLRF7DAGD46724I36UP5Y reza

    I have two 13-inch macbook pro, a 15-inch macbook pro and a 13-inch macbook air. they are very lovely. high performance, good user friendly, silence, beautiful and very good design. one word : All In One.

  • Rich

    I just bought a 13″ Air and I LOVE it.

    Great Mac….

  • NewUser1

    Serious piece of kit. Using it as my primary machine in the office. Only drawback is lack of MS Project support. VMware should stake care of that. Had thought for a long time that the Mac message and marketing were what drove it’s success. Now that I’m using one its clear the user experience and capabilities of the machine increase productivity and make the work day go much easier. With costs at 3 times the wintel kit we won’t switch soon but I am not alone in sneaking a Macbook into the office. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKYLPINBYPYTWTQTQ573W3BT4I John

    Macs were invented to simplify life. That is why so many people like them now, because we are in the generation of simple minded individuals.

  • Javorstoykov2004

    Bastards! Just bought a Mac Book Air form the store but the older one. Nobody told me that after a week a new one will be released! You suck!!!

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      It looks like you didn’t do your due diligence and checked which item you were buying.

  • malcolmnation94

    It seems like this guy is being payed by apple..

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      It seems like you’re stupid, saying something like this on this blog.

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      It seems like you’re stupid, saying something like this on this blog.

  • Lachy

    I find 11 inch too small

  • Pelee

    I want to know if the laptop gets warm or hot after several hours?  The 15″ and 17″ macbook pros do get very warm and hot.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Jim, I also like your review but am disappointed that you also didn’t highlight disadvantages and how you over came them. Also, as tweakers mentioned, what options did you upgrade/purchase? (RAM, SSD, video accessories, AppleCare, etc. ). I would also like you opinion on the Air over Pro 13″ Cheers, Dave   

  • http://twitter.com/RWKrajewski Richard W Krajewski

    I bought a 13″ air a few weeks ago.  Yes it’s great.  Drawbacks are:

    1. The unit is unbalanced (you can’t open it with one hand without it tipping over)  
    2. The SD card slot, while greatly appreciated, doesn’t take the card in all the way (there is around 7mm that sticks out the side – that’s just sloppy design that even the cheapest laptop avoids with a spring return mechanism).  

    3.  Lion is a dumbed down OS that marks a decline as a serious operating system from Snow Leopard.  

    I am operating Windows 7 and OSX Lion on the 128GB Air.  Once SSD prices come down I expect to upgrade the storage.  The cost differential for a 256GB model is seriously not worth it.

  • Anonymous

    I have last year’s 17″ MacBook Pro but I’m lusting after the new 13″ Air. When the first Air models came out I wasn’t impressed with the drop-down pocket for the I/O ports, but the newer models have handled my doubts. It would be the perfect model to take with me on a trip and to carry from room to room throughout the day. I find that I’m always looking stuff up, and the 17″ gets a bit heavy at times. Maybe next year’s model when I can better justify the expense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keyplymouth Sheila Key

    I have traveled around the world with my Macbook Pro for nearly 2 years, we have been through some tough times together and it died in Fiji. It’s seems heavier each time I pick up my backpack.  I really really want a Macbook Air now only because it’s much lighter

  • Thomas Smith

    I never even considered using a Mac before, let alone a macbook air… how I have changed… since I opted to take the plunge I keep kicking myself for not doing it before!

  • Marc Weiss

    I am considering the Mac Air but I am a pc user. Can I get a program to be able to still use my pc programs and operating system in addition to the mac programs and operating systems so that while I am learning the mac I can still use all my pc stuff on the mac Air

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      The simple answer is yes; yes you can still run your Windows applications on the MacBook Air. The slightly more complicated answer is the matter of choice: You can either install Windows on a separate partition and choose which OS to boot at startup, or you can install Windows in a virtual machine and run it inside Mac OS X. Both ways have their downsides and upsides and there are certain things one has to consider when doing this on a MacBook Air.

      On the other hand; many Windows applications have Mac OS X counterparts and some software vendors offer licence transfers from one OS to another. Sometimes for free, sometimes for a small fee. If you want to know more feel free to ask.

  • Ronald_tsc

    Please give a solution for MACBOOK PRO hard freeze..it never got solve..

  • Jaidev

    I am Loving it !!!

  • Anonymous

    After reading this review I called Apple to inquire as to why my new 2011 MBA 13″ (w/ i7) runs for dramatically less than 7 hours on battery. According to the support representative on should only expect 4 hours of usage even with the screen set at 50%. I’m curious how the author of the review used his working outdoors for most of a day. 

  • Mybusinessmy

    Lion can definitely be removed, because I bought a laptop configured with it and the Genius Bar downgraded it to Snow Leopard. It can be done. 

  • Coacheson

    Besides not having a disc drive and large enough hard drive, Yes, the best.  I prefer my 13 inch MacBook Pro with Lion installed.  And yes the kool-aid tastes great and goes down easily; better than drinking the Draino from Microsoft.  It’s the OS, not the cute little aluminum box.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanJHunt Dan Hunt

    Great review, nice use of personal tasks to test the MBA out. (and the fact that they were the exact tasks I would use one for helped a lot.) 

    Im thinking of trading my 2010 17” MacBook Pro for an MBA and maybe even getting some change… anyone got any thoughts?

  • Terd Buster

    Seems alot of people are just plain tards. Great Review! There will always be idiots to say something stupid! Thanks for your take on the Air. I just bought a new MacBook Pro, I will also buy an Air now. I already have an iPhone 4, iPad 2 3G, and a new 27″ iMac. Oh, and an Apple TV. Guess I should just get a Mac Mini now. LoL. 

  • Jack

    air is waste of money lol stick to macbook pros ;p

  • wg4f

    This journalist is an idiot, 80% of what he said was complete biased macfaggottry combined with not knowing a damn thing about computers. Idiots

  • Navinjain72

    i love to have mba but with a one year old 15 inch pro how I can convince my self

  • Jazzyjaynyc

    So, what r u gonna do with the previous Macbook Air 11inch? I have one and its incredible…

  • Edubble34

    chipped my MBA the first day I got it. Damn!

  • William

    I have a MacBook air myself and I love it! It even runs games decently

    • Guest

      Like what, Minesweeper?

  • Anonymous

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  • Atwank

    i like the pro more than the air, and i don’t no why?????

  • Laksnorie

    HI 

    Does some one know how to configure WI on a MacBook Air my MBA wifi is very erratic it trips very often causing very poor internet experience. 

    I tried all I can in Networks => Advanced tabs on TCP IP  I also don’t see the Airport stuff in my MBA.

  • roana bianca reyes

    Read this on my own beloved 13-inch MacBook Air :) Thanks for sharing! ~From someone who just switched from PC ;)

  • http://twitter.com/pictureme2 jackie Spellen

    I want one of these…  Well, I want another laptop from apple and it should be a Mac Air (this time)!!!  Please…. 

  • http://twitter.com/pictureme2 jackie Spellen

    I want one of these…  Well, I want another laptop from apple and it should be a Mac Air (this time)!!!  Please…. 

  • Benny

    Nice

  • T3zureislnz

    I bought my 13″ MacBook Air in June, and I’m loving it!! The battery lasts long, and turning it on takes only seconds!

  • T3zureislnz

    I bought my 13″ MacBook Air in June, and I’m loving it!! The battery lasts long, and turning it on takes only seconds!

  • Steve Strickland

    the one downside for me was no disc drive so i bought the apple external drive fantastic though it is don’t bother. With app store as easy as it is cloud hosting for storage discs are going the way of vinyl and cassette?There dead in the water!! 

  • COOLBEANS

    i got the 13 inch macbook pro i chose it cause dvd player nd better hard rive the only thing apples gotta do is make a hdmi outlet cause i had to buy a adapter for 60 dollars and hdmi for 50

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=71002662 Ernesto Juarez Urquilla

    the change from a macbook pro to a 13 inch macbook air couldnt be so terrible after all, I could get used to the use of benefit of gestures…

  • Adiaggio

    they are perfect all product but only one bad thing is that they do not know what is going on with they official seller in all country example slovenia … if something go wrong they dont know how open the mac laptop can you imagine ???? and of course if you buy a new mac they will sell you a old one it is hepend to me i have buy a new but i get a use one they staff work on him for a two years?????? no sorry nothing after i say that is not new one i need more than one week to get a new one , they say it was mistake …..they have mix ha,ha if i didnt see they will leave it to me ….. oh apple need to know what is going with they product here i have wrote them but they nothing no replay . another thing if is something wrong with a laptop ah long story anyway you will get back a handicap laptop…. tks 

  • Face

    idiot

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      Yes, yes you are.

  • ur mama

    i LUV the apple computers! microsoft sucks s***

  • Blowme

    “industry’s”

  • Fred

    I’m using a 13″ and i find it nice as well.

  • Talia

    Just got an 11″ MacBook Air with the guts of the 13″ but lighter as a complement to my 15″ Mac Book Pro.  What a joy not to have to lug that laptop around anymore, noble workhorse that it is.

  • kamran-daliri

    apple macbook air is best in the world tecnologey.

  • Melanie

    I am trying to decide between purchasing the Mac Book Air and the Mac Book Pro.  I love the convenience of the lightweight Air.  My concern is that I be able to download photos and work with photo shop.  I am a real computer novice.  I have rarely worked with any computer photography.  I am however, a new grandma.  Need I say more. Melanie

  • Cablelessray

    everything is amazing about this comp except lacking a 800 firewire port… as i work in video (as a producer so no need to edit but need to trasfer and review high amounts of files) this is a huge problem… maybe thunderbolt will solve it in the future but for now it doesn’t help.

    P.S. I still love Apple and i’m using my 13 inch macbook pro i7 until this is solved 

  • Doris_rena

    I’m still not use to my new Macbook air but I’m getting there. I found it difficult to manoeuvre with some games.

  • Bob Jacobson

    I have an Air (last generation) and have seen the new ones. Their resolution of OS-dependent typography is dreadful.  The fineness of the pixels means that letters in words are so small, they’re almost invisible.  The resolution is great if shown on a large display, like my 23″ — but then,what’s the point of having an Air?

    Until the Air firmware or a new OS permits modification of text resolution at the system level so that miniature characters can be made easily readable — without me holding the screen up to my eye — I will consider the Air still a work in progress, not ready for public consumption (unless everybody suddenly gets 40/20 eyesight).

  • Juansanchez

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  • Dman

    Just bought it. The fact that I can have it in on my crouch without the computer burning up my balls is a advantage that should be emphasized!

  • Beth

    I have a new Mac air 11 inch. Only issue is with flash. Numerous websites that cannot be viewed due to flash not being available. Any suggestions?

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      Not to be snarky, but you can always install Flash, it’s not like anybody’s preventing you from it.

      My advice though, would be to install Google Chrome. It has a Flash plug-in built-in, which means that it is only active when you’re running Chrome. It’s way easier on the MacBook Air’s resources. You can simply launch Chrome whenever you encounter a website that requires Flash.

  • Kathleencastro

    I switched from pcs to macs. I freakin love em!

  • Dh

    just plain shit

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  • Chinarich

    I purchased a 13 inch MacBook Air at the new Shanghai store on Saturday. I set it up and started using it immediately for information gathering and writing. The keyboard feel and response is fantastic. I have used Dell laptops for work for many years. The comparison between the two laptops is not fair. The Dell machine running windows is thick in more ways than just physical. The MBA is beautiful, light, quiet, and much faster with the 1.8G processor and the SSD. Apple is far ahead of any others that I have used or seen. 

  • Tkgreen

    I bought a AIR back in 2009 and was quickly disappointed  with it. I  actually tried to use it in several trips and just did not see enough power to use my day to day activities. The fact that the screen was not flexible enough in the flight, I was not able to see my screen when the guy in front of me was lining back as a result I was frustrated and SOLD it.

  • http://www.LATraficTicketLawyer.com Traftiklyr

    Just bought a 13″ MBA and am thoroughly happy with the product as well as the Apple Support. A great product, so lightweight you forget you’re carrying it around. Very powerful and OS X Lion is a fabulous OS. I came in from Snow Leopard and am very impressed with the changes. The price is a bit steep compared to conventional PC’s but it is worth the differential to get the latest technology that my co-workers jaws drop at the sight of. Overall extremely happy. Once again, thank you Apple for being on the cutting edge. Now why didn’t i listen to my money manager when he told me to buy Apple stock at $30. and not it is up to >$400. per share. DUMB on my part.

  • Jack

    to dam slow !!!!!!!!!!!!  and the drives are way to small !!!!!!!!!

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      Where is the “dam slow”? I’ve never hear of it.

      Boy, you do love your exclamation marks.

  • Egspal

    Am considering a new MBA for my husband for his 70th birthday.  Tossing up between that and an i-pad.   Any comments.  He loves his photographs and we have many trip photos to sort out and put in albums.  What would be best?  Egspal

    • http://mangochut.net/ mangochutney

      The iPad is no use for this purpose. My recommendation would be a 13″ MacBook Air.

  • Cheer_cheyanna

    Well I have a MacBookAir. So from experience, I agree they are one of the best computers my fingers have ever touched. Anyone who is looking, I advice you to pick this one.

  • Balcoach2

    I would like a Mac book but they seem to cost more than I want to pay for a laptop. I have not been convinced that the additional cost is worth it. I have an open mind about it and if someone can point out the additional benefit of a MacBook compared to a much cheaper windows pc, I’m all ears.

  • Anabeatrizrodrigues

    I struggled for years with PCs and I have been mesmerized by the power of Macbook Air. I simply have all “2TB” documents at an external hard drive and also have the portability of Macbook air, which weight is perfect for women’s not that strong arms or shoulders! Perfect design, awesome softwares / functions, excellent investment! 

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  • Rfa

    Sure would like to hear discussion on modifications of work flow using a computer with no hard drive. Does it support Thumb drives?

    Since I travel only occasionally, I want a computer with  3G options other than an expensive, year contract with ATT. I need it on a monthly basis so I can use it only when I travel. Any ‘air’ on that?

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    very impressive and also this is the future Sevan desktops to lose

  • macairfan

    I’ve had my 13″ MBA i7 for a few days, after using my old Powerbook G4 for 9 years, and what can I say, but this is soooooooo much nicer. I will mainly use it for photo editing of my kayaking, assorted pictures and just web stuff. I’m hoping it will be as dependable as my old PB was.

  • http://www.ln46c750.net/ michael

    Im going to buy this soon, its my first ever apple product (no ipods ipads or anything) hoping the quality is as good as the other main competitors, if not i will be dissapointed as they seems to be massive hype behind the product.

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  • Jason

    I have to agree with this article. I just bought a 13 inch Air and it far exceeds any expectations I had.

    After years of drooling over the stunning design I finally caved in to my desire and do not regret it one bit!

    I was resistant for a few reasons when the first generation was launched. Firstly I wasn’t “a Mac person” and didn’t feel comfortable when trying out OSX, wasn’t sure about the lack of DVD drive, only 64Gig SSD etc.

    After finally buying it I love Lion OSX, the gestures are genius, the battery life is unbelievable, it looks and feels awesome, I honestly cannot find a single fault with it. I’m kind of glad I waited for the upgraded model with Lion, the 128Gig SSD, the backlit keyboard etc. It really sets the standard.

  • Idris muhammad k

    what a nice product,i really enjoyed it.

  • Jim

    I love my MacBook Air, but wish I had gone for the 13 inch.  I love the battery life and weight.  Working with people around the office, I am much more apt to pick it up and show them something than with a standard weight laptop.  With moving hard drives, most laptops only seem to last a couple of hours, and even less if want to use the DVD player.  I’ve also used it on sales calls to show pictures and it works great for that.  I’m sure an iPad would do that well, but with the real keyboard, the macbook air a pretty cool tool for everything I do, including reading.  

    Don’t tell the FAA, but I never turn it off.  When I want to use it, it’s ready with no startup.  That’s probably my favorite thing about it.  Also, my 11 inch hides in the seat back pocket in front of me right behind the magazine.  That way, I don’t need to get up and dig into the overhead after take-off and I can wait until the last minute before the door closes to put it away.  

  • Haha1986

    Apple Inc did a fantastic job in combining performance, mobility and design together.

  • Pwcrain2009

    I can’t remember password etc!! I am jusy lost !!! I am 84 years old HELP ME PLEASE

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  • Terri

    I’m contemplating plugging my MacBook Air in to the monitor at work (keeping my laptop closed) so that I have a Mac screen on my work monitor rather than a PC. Will this mean I’m shortening the life of my new MacBook Air?

  • Adelaida22

    Love it..nothing better than my MacBook Air….but i only have the 11 inch but its all i need

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Richardson/100003310060273 Joey Richardson

    Those look really nice. I’m trying to find some cool notebook style cases, and I came across Portenzo.com. I really like all the custom options, and I am considering ordering one. Does anyone know about the Portenzo custom ipad cases?

  • Masihkarimzadeh

    my son brought me macbookair form china and still i could not find any note book for working with this laptop

  • Kzfath

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  • Damianfisher1

    I find the Air quite powerful, even the older generation, and moreover, incredibly fast.  The SSDs (solid-state drives) are magnificent, no latency, no noise, no overheating, no fans.  I know an iPad can’t deliver the same power.  What will you do, carry around an iPad in one hand and a Mini in the other, always looking for a power outlet?But see my comment below about the eyesight-challenging text resolution, a problem that Apple hasn’t addressed since the first Air appeared about three years ago.

  • Josey Whales

    My brother has had everything from Commador 64 to latest PC he can afford. For 20 yrs, always working on this, crash that, I didn’t care. Stumbled on a Mac, did not know it was different. Thought I had betamax of comp. 2 months on line, learning, only help from my Mac. I will run circles around him, before he knows I have started using it. I was ignorant, look it up. Everything you said can be summed up in one word, ignorance. This knowledge was acquired from a person who has seen computers for 20 yrs, but learned in 2 months why anyone would want one. My MacBookPro is amazing.

  • Shanin Burton

    There actually is a fan on board. You just have to work your Air really hard, before it kicks on.  I’ve experienced it coming on while running lengthy video files.