Light as air, but not for everyone. I had wanted a macbook air ever since i first laid eyes on one and finally decided to purchase when i saw this brand new sealed 11 inch very reasonably priced on amazon. The price has gradually dropped a fair bit since first launch when it was priced well over the £1000 price point. I don’t want to spend too much time describing the air as i’m assuming you will have no doubt seen one close up by now at an apple store or equivalent. It is every inch as thin and light as they tell you but still has the feel of a top quality premium product as you have come to expect from apple. The lightness makes it an absolute pleasure carrying it around or resting on your lap. I won’t say it’s like having nothing there, but it is pretty close. The thinness of the air coupled with the premium materials really makes it stand out from any other laptop or netbook. I found the thickest part of the air was thinner than the iphone 4s, and about the same depth as the iphone 5. It has the signature lit apple logo on the back, a gorgeous large trackpad which is a pleasure to use, and a backlit keyboard which makes it easy to use even if the light is poor or limited.
11inch mba i7 4gig ram and 256gig ssd. I brought a top end (at the time) mba which was my first apple laptop some months back. Having brought mbpros for my daughter and wife and seen how good they were i thought that i would make the switch and i am so glad that i did. The mba is a dream it boots up and shuts down in a blink of an eye and runs as many apps as you care to simultaneously with no trace of slowing down. Surfing the net is great in that no cumbersome antivirus is required. The local apple store have been great in helping migrate my work, contacts diaries over from my windows laptop and i would recommend taking out an 1 year one to one subscription to help familiarise one’s self with the apple os and apps. Having said that i have found much of it very intuitive and haven’t had many problems switching. If one did want to continue to use say ms office this can of course be purchased in a mac version and if one wanted to use win 7 this can be installed alongside os lion and accessed from ‘boot camp’. Just a note that the wp app ‘pages’ seem seamlessly compatible with msword. With the mba the ram and ssd (solid state drive) are fixed to the mainboard and are not therefore upgradeable so it is important to buy the best spec you can afford.
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch Laptop (Intel Dual-Core i5 1.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Intel HD, OS X) – Silver – 2011 – MC968B/A – UK Keyboard
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It might be expensive, but the macbook air is an amazing piece of kit. I bought one a month ago to replace my 2008 macbook and samsung nc10, with the intention of installing both lion and windows 7. After partitioning the 128gb ssd and installing both operating systems, with a shared 30gb fat32 which is accessible from both, i am pleased to report that the 11′ air not surprisingly easily out-performs not just the laptops it replaced, but also my desktop pc in my home office. On the os x side i generally use it for software development using xcode, and in windows i use it for c#. Net, some other dev tools, vmware vcenter and handbrake. The i5 processor and ssd ensures that there’s no peformance lags no matter what i’m doing (even in windows), the touchpad is huge & so responsive and the keyboard allows me to type flat out with none of the usual frustration that comes from flexing keyboards and badly spaced keys. I quickly added an apple hdmi adapter and a cheap usb ethernet adapter just in case – it might only have one usb on each side but my samsung bd-rom works fine without the second usb cable connected. After using a cheap case from pc world for a couple of weeks i have wrapped it in a fairly nice casecrown faux leather folio-style case. Well, the battery life is nothing like the 5-6 hours i used to get from my nc10. I would also like an sd slot and also another usb port would be nice. All that said, the good comfortably outweighs the bad. As for the ipad vs mba debate, even though the form-factor is similar i have both and use both, often in different ways and often to do similar things. My ipad still gets loads of use every day – being able to hold it in one hand and operate it with the other makes the ipad much more convenient in many situations.
Top class computer use it every day never failed yet well made, light, take it everywhere picks up internet no problem.
First mac but will not be my last. I am not going to go into any technical details as there are a whole host of reviews that can be uncovered by a simple google search, instead i want to concentrate more on the ‘feel’ of the airfirst impressions are. I had tested one in the apple store several times, but it is hard to appreciate its size and portability until you own one. I seem to find myself randomly picking it u just to spin it round and marvel at it’s size and weight. If any thing it is a little too portable, i took it out for the first time on thursday, and couldn’t even tell it was in my bag. So much so that my paranoia of protecting my shiny new toy kicked in and i found myself opening my bag every five minutes to check i had not been pick pocketed. Hopefully this paranoia will wear off after a few weeks. Aa a previous windows fan and windows 7 user i was a little sceptical about swithching to a mac and not too sure how hard it would be to adapt to using a new operating system. A few days of messing around have proved my fears were unjustified and i have actually enjoyed and still am enjoying the learning curve, infact after only two days of using my macbook air i logged back onto my windows pc and found that i kept trying to use multi-touch which is a part of the new lion os.
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch Laptop (Intel Dual-Core i5 1.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Intel HD, OS X) – Silver – 2011 – MC968B/A – UK Keyboard : Apple 11 inch macbook air (dual-core i5,1. 6ghz,4gb,128gb flash,hd graphics). Is the best piece of electrical equipment i ever purchased durable light.