This is my first venture into apple and without help i would have been unable to get started, but after a couple of days i am delighted with my purchase and cannot fault it, or amazon.
Fantastic portability and endurance. Firstly, my household is a mixed pc/mac/android home. In general, we buy the best product for the job and are not driven by brand snobbery. However, i can honestly say, we’ve never had a single problem with any of our apple or mac products, so the macbook air 13 was always the standard against which other ultra-portables were going to have to compete. Whilst the price seems pretty unjustified for a computer that you can’t easily upgrade, in all other respects, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s light, reasonably powerful and lasts an eternity on a single charge. The screen resolution is more than sufficient for me to edit my hi-res slr photos on the run via photoshop and lightroom. It’s been faultless in connecting to any wifi source and interfaces with my samsung galaxy s3 phone even better than it does with our iphone 4s. The speed at which the solid state drive allows the system to boot up from off is remarkable and i’ve never felt limited by the 128 gb storage (i use an external portable drive for most files). In short, we are really pleased.
Don’t think i’ll ever go back. I started a new job about 3 months ago and it’s a bring your own kit kind of place. Everyone there is a techie and they all have macbooks and kept at me to ditch my 17′ dell monster laptop and get a mac. I do a lot of commuting and general travelling around with the laptop so the weighty dell was becoming an issue and i finally decided to take their advice and buy a mac after 20 odd years of microsoft/pcs. After a few months of using my 13′ macbook air i think i may be converted, it’s a brilliant piece of kit. My only problem with it is that it has made all my other devices redundant, i have a 17′ laptop, a desktop pc with triple monitors and an ipad, all of which never get used now. Work are just about to buy me a 27′ thunderbolt monitor to plug my air into, which i’m sure will be the final nail in the coffin for my desktop pc. What do i love:- rock solid os- instant on- small/light- quick- long battery life- trackpad, when i now use a ms laptop i just find myself cursing its trackpad, the mac one is pure brilliance- easy to use, i have had no issues at all getting used to it coming from a windows environment- i do a lot of presentations and have fallen in love with keynote, i now hate powerpoint if i ever have to use it. – imovie, don’t use it much but it’s included for free and really easy to use- no fan noisewhat do i hate:- i now have a load of expensive kit that i never use because the air does the job of all of them- my wife has a brand new ultrabook but i can see her eyeing up my air and she keeps trying to steal it, so i expect it won’t be long before i’m forced to buy her one- once i use it with the 27′ display at work, i can see me ‘needing’ to shell out for one of those at home as wellall in all, can’t see me buying another microsoft based pc/laptop anytime soon.
I wanted to switch from pc to apple for matching up with iphone and ipad and so far i’m liking it albeit with reservations. There are still some things i haven’t quite worked out, not sure if possible or not so still learning. File structure is one of the hardest things to grasp, especially trying to go up levels beyond the favourites. I can save to levels above this, but where and how do i get into macintosh hd, then users then my name with more folders that displayed in my favourites?. I’m sure there’s a way but how??. No alt gr key for spell corrections in word is a key stroke i like to use, no delete key but a combination option (fn + backspace). So far it looks as though i’m against it but honestly i’m not. It’s just these days it should all be simple and not require a manual.
I already own an ipad and a imac, but wanted a more portable ‘real’ computer and after looking at all the options, decided to go for the macbook air but with 8gb ram. I quickly found out that the memory increase was a factory only option so went for the 4gb version. I quite technical and my philosophy has always go for more ram (i have 16gb on the imac) so i was really shocked to find that the air performed so well on ‘only’ 4gb. I’ve have around 5 or 6 applications open at the same time, including running a windows installation via parallels. No slow down, no sluggish response. Just running as quick as you’d ever expect. Certainly made me rethink my views on memory.Some of this may be down to how osx handles memory and in use applications better than windows, but it’s an achievement regardless.
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop (Intel Dual Core i5 1.8GHz, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, HD Graphics 4000, OS X Lion) – Silver – 2012 – MD232B/A – UK Keyboard : Good – got it as per time committed. This is my first apple product – i love the lightness of the product. It took me a while to set it up as although it seems obvious once you find how to do things on a macbook, it takes a while to get used to different key board configurations and ways of doing things. I am discovering new things everyday and love the speed with which things get downloaded and set up on its own. However i am really unhappy that even though i ordered the product from amazon in the uk, i have received an american-style key board. For example, there is no ‘pound’ or ‘euro’ sign. Will apple or amazon replace this for me?.