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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect laptop for everyone

    Posted
    annnnee
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've had a Dell laptop for about 4 years and also had a Dell Desktop. Wanted to switch over to Mac, as many friends who owned PCs had told me that the new Windows 8 operating system was a bit weird and unmanageable. The only thing I worried about was the Wifi issues that many people had complained about. At first, I was hesitant to go for the Air, and wanted to try the pro instead, however the pro with retina was about 400 dollars more expensive at the time, and also was a bit heavier than the air. Since I am starting out in the fall as a college student, I wanted a super light weight portable laptop that I could carry around without having to worry about breaking. Despite the many reviews about the Wifi having issues, I splurged and bought it. I have had no issues with ANY Wifi connections so far, and the internet moves faster than my old PC even though they are connected to the same Wifi. Overall, the laptop is super easy to use, even for beginners, and if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can do SO much with both devices. I can talk to my friends via iMessage not only on my iPhone now, but also on my Macbook and email notifications are so much easier. Before, I used to have to open Chrome/Internet and then login to my email every time. Now, everything is within a simple click on the dock, and all the apps are within easy reach. Although the Mac is very different from the PC, it didn't take me too long to get used to using OS operating system. Everything is super easy and fast, and setup took only a few minutes. Also, the battery life is indeed amazing. Apple promised 12 hours of battery life on the new Air, and although I have not kept track of my usage hours, I have to say that it is a pretty strong battery life. On my Dell pc, I could barely go 2 hours without having to plug it in. I have used my new Macbook Air for about 5 days now, and only had to charge it once. It was only charged for a little amount of time before the battery was full. Also, when I shut down the Air, and leave it off for a few days, the battery life remains the same. As for the Dell, I would charge it 100% and turn it off, but within a day the battery would drop down to 95% just from turning it on. Overall, it is hard to explain every single detail about the Macbook Air here, but it is definitely worth it. I would recommend this is any college student, or even high school students who want a simple laptop that is super manageable and easy to use. It turns on within 10 seconds, and also shuts off very quickly. The only thing I would say is that the price is a bit high for a laptop, but sometimes there are discounts and sales. Got mine for 50$ off sale, and an additional 100$ off student discount. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The laptop I've loved the most

    Posted
    megmarie77
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Well, I have quite the story to tell... I went to my local bestbuy store three weeks ago to purchase a computer. I am a student so I had to get something in a price range I could afford so I originally chose the HP Split x2. This computer had a major hardware issue and crapped out right out of the box. Because I live in a different town than my Bestbuy, I had to wait a week to bring it back to the store. I asked to do an even trade and they no longer had the product in. I told them I need to walk out with a computer because I need my computer for school and for work, and I need to work pretty much immediately. After spending two hours in the store with the poor employee, they were not able to find me any other computer in my price range, which is where my wonderful new macbook air comes in... They were able to find me an open box unit, give me the Apple student discount and an additional discount because of my trouble. I walked out of the store with my Macbook Air and a 500 gig external HDD, and I still received a little bit of money back. Whoever said Macs were not comparable to Windows PCs in price are clearly a couple seasons ago because the Windows PCs I looked at that were comparably speced were a comparable price or even more expensive. I have loved this computer more than any computer I have ever owned (all Windows or Linux OSs). I am definitely not a fanboy (or girl) but honestly the performance of this computer is remarkable. It is faster and more reliable than the other computer I bought that had the exact same specs. This computer is very fast. The slowest boot time I have encountered thus far was seven seconds. When I wake from sleep it's instant. The applications open and run without any glitches. I have not experienced even a little hiccup with any application. Wifi works fast and I can expect fairly fast downloads with this. Video streaming has worked without any need to stop and load. I regularly get between ten and twelve hours of battery life and I am on my computer ALOT, although I'm not a gamer. I use my computer for writing mostly. I surf the internet, watch youtube and hulu, do class work etc... This computer has performed all these functions very well. I was concerned at first with the 128 gigs of storage but I have downloaded Office and probably ten other apps and I still have 100 gigs left. My media is stored on my external hard drive. I stream most of my media now anyway and I actually haven't accessed my libraries at all. It's amazing how much I don't use the things I have kept for so long. Anyway, I will never buy another Windows PC. I may run Linux on this as well as the Mac OS but I haven't decided yet. Some people have complained about wifi issues. I have never experienced them. Some have complained about a lack of ports. Almost everything I do is on line anyway. As long as I have USB and SD I'm good. This computer is gorgeous. Like if it could reproduce I would marry it. Sometimes I close it and just stare at it because it is truly beautiful. I do have the Moshi hard shell on it but it's so thin most people don't even know it's got a case, and I use a key board cover because I'm obsessive about clean keyboards. Bottom line: I highly recommend this product and I recommend buying from Bestbuy. They will take care of you if there is an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a great notebook!

    Posted
    Jaffrey
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I converted to a Mac last year when my company started offering us a choice that included Macs. My first Mac is a MacBook Air and here are reasons why I would recommend the Air: 1. Battery life is incredible! I can easily get 12-14 hours of actual usage before it needs to be charged. Plus the charging is also very quick. I am getting better battery use out of the Air than most tablets out there. 2. The machine is fast and silent! I love the instant on and off. This has more to do with how the Mac OS works, but still it makes a difference. It literally is as fast to turn on and off as a tablet, but you have all the power of a 13 inch laptop. 3. The keyboard and mouse are simply great. There is no other notebook or tablet keyboard that can come close. The mouse on this is incredible and the multiple touch works flawlessly. 4. I really like the Mac OS. I like how easy everything is and there are no annoying pop ups asking me to update this and that on a continuous basis. Plus unlike my windows laptops it doesn't slow down and I don't need to do any maintenance on the software to make it run smoothly all the time. 5. Love the design and build quality. Very minimalist and classy looking. Bug and other issues: 1. As someone has pointed out, the laptop can randomly go to sleep and requires a hard reset to wake. It's happened to me a couple of time. But in both cases no info was lost and it takes only around 30 seconds to wake from a full reset (if not less). My guess is that this is a bug due to the aggressive battery savings built in. It only happens when you are not connected. Others: 2. The screen isn't retina so the MacBook Pro with retina may appeal more to some. However, the screen quality is pretty good since it has sub pixel smoothing and other enhancements that make text look sharper. This sort of optimization can only be done on a fixed orientation display (not a tablet), therefore a laptop with lower resolution can actually have a better display than a tablet with a higher pixel density display because the laptop display can be optimized. 3. This isn't a touch screen laptop, but I prefer not to touch the screen of my laptops. The excellent multi touch mouse pad on the Air makes it actually a better touch interface than the touch screen laptops. Net: once you start using a MacBook Air it's hard going back to anything else. Perhaps the retina MacBook Pro, but that gets you a better display at the cost of 2-4 hours of battery life. I'll take the battery life and better performance of the Air.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for a first computer

    Posted
    TNails

    This is my first laptop ever. I am a college student and over the past few months or so I have been looking for the perfect laptop for school. I have been doing a lot of research on today's laptops (youtube reviews, amazon reviews, etc.) I have been really considering a Windows laptop, specifically an HP or Asus, simply because they're cheaper and most of them now are touch screen and I thought it would be cool to have a touchscreen laptop. After visiting a nearby Best Buy and playing around with a few Windows laptops I realized that the Windows 8 platform was a little "hard to grasp" and could take some getting used to. I asked my manager, who is a huge techno geek, on his opinion and he strongly recommended a MacBook. I was a little hesitant because my manager is an Apple fanboy and is extremely biased. Also because I didn't like the iPhone 4-5 (I have a Galaxy S3) and I thought that MacBooks are all hype as well. After doing more research on MacBooks, watching some reviews, I went on ahead and ordered the 2013 MacBook Air. I upgraded it to a 8GB memory, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 I am completely unbiased when it comes to technology nor am I an Apple fanboy. I think very highly of myself and I believe that I deserve the best, so I only buy what's best. Apple doesn't make the best phones (iPhones are overrated btw), but I can honestly say that they make the greatest laptops. The laptop is extremely light in weight compared to other laptops. The backlit keyboard is reliable. The design is sleek and stylish. The graphics are awesome. For first time laptop owners, this laptop is very simple to set up and very easy to use. The battery life is decent as well. It charges extremely fast, almost faster than my phone. With Windows 8 I would prefer the laptop to have a touch screen, but I really don't mind not having a touch screen on my Macbook. If you want a good laptop I suggest a HP, Sony, Toshiba, but If you think highly of yourself and you want the best laptop, Macintosh is the way to go! Sure they are expensive but I promise you that you will get what you pay for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flawless laptop for a college student

    Posted
    HowYouDoiin
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    I was always an anti-Mac a few years ago. I always sided with Windows because of the price many companies offered for laptops. There were times where the prices of laptop were less than a premium Macbook and it even offered more internally than the Macbook. When it comes to computers/laptops, I always look at the specs first and then the quality next. Windows laptops always had the better specs than Macbooks back in a few years ago. Price also was a factor too as Macbooks are still in my opinion a little too much. I know it is business and Apple is still trying to get as much until the people drift away from Macbooks (people are not going to drift away. the Macbooks are just too good). Nevertheless it might seem the 4GB on this laptop is too small for your tastes, trust me, 4GB is more than enough. The work I've been doing on this laptop is just surfing the web with always 9+ tabs, taking notes with "Evernote", viewing powerpoints, writing paper, etc. I haven't played any games such as LoL or CS:GO, but from videos I've seen this Macbook Air can work like a powerhorse if need be. The keyboard is simply amazing, I never though I would actually not miss my numeric keyboard. It is simply an awesome experience to use the keyboard. The trackpad is my favorite part of the Macbook Air. With a large trackpad and the gestures Apple integrated into the Macbook Air, you can do tasks so quickly and efficiently. Switch desktops? Four finger swipe left or right. View your mission control? Four finger swipe up. I am able to do my online Chemistry homework without any problems at all. The speakers on this Air is remarkable. I don't know how Apple does it but they do it well. Sound quality is above average and the volume can go pretty high. Screen size is just perfect for me. I was using a 15.6" HP Envy and although I do see a difference in screen size, the 1440x900 makes up for it. Watching American TV shows or Korean variety shows is awesome. Battery performance is just amazing. I am absolutely thankful to purchase the Macbook Air with the Haswell processor. 12 hours. Yes, 12 hours on a single charge. That's if you have your brightness at like 5-6 ticks. Surfing the web is 12 hours. I once saw the battery remaining at 19 hours while I was viewing a pdf. Simply amazing. One thing that I recommend is to quit applications you don't need so you can maximize your battery life. Portability is simply amazing. 2.96 lbs. Wow. I'm a college freshmen now and I can tell you that carrying a 4.5+ lbs laptop is heavy already. Add some books and you will experience the worst time of your life. At the college I'm currently attending, the heat and humidity makes your life carrying that laptop inside your backpack just awful. Sweat is on your straps and the back of backpack is just not good. There have been creaks here and there when I pick up the Air and such. However, I would go ahead and buy a pentalobe screwdriver for Macbook Air and tighten it yourself. The Apple Genius Associate can only do so much to help you. They might help you tighten it a bit more and they might not because it would be useless since it's an exterior manufacturing defect or some sort. There are times where I would surf on the web and the page would lag for a bit and then fully load. Although it is kind of an annoyance, it is still manageable. This laptop is amazing. Just amazing. For all of you college students or about to be college students I would definitely recommend this laptop. Even if you've used Windows all of your life (I have), take that leap of faith and go to the "dark side." "Once you go Mac you will never go back." I purchased this laptop at an incredible price, around $200 lower than the retail price. If you can manage to grab a piece of machinery at this price then definitely go for it. Thanks!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, but every aspect is fine-tuned

    Posted
    reviewer0000000000000001

    As far as the Maverick OS experience goes, this laptop is probably at the top for just about anyone's needs except gamers/game developers. Since I was already emptying my wallet for this, I decided to upgrade the processor to an i7 and get the 8 gigs of ram. While I can't say I've noticed the processor making a difference, the 8 gigs of ram has certainly come in handy for my multitasking. I've primarily been a Microsoft guy my whole life, and I don't plan on changing that even after this purchase. However, hardware aside, the Maverick OS does make the mundane tasks on a computer fun and relatively easy. Unfortunately, Apple decided it was worth hundreds of extra dollars, and that irritates me. The difference is the Haswell processor. Whatever Intel did with their 4th generation i-core processors - it works. The power management is solid. Especially on the less-taxing Maverick OS. You can expect as much battery life as an iPad in some situations. The design of the Macbook Air becomes a perfect bow on top of a nice package. I am definitely one that believes the aesthetics of a machine can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your experience. I routinely wield this laptop one handed with ease. I barely feel it in my bag. Also, the metal casing is one that many companies that produce Windows laptops should take note of. I understand that plastic is cheaper, but I feel much more secure using the Macbook Air all day because of its sturdiness. I can't leave out the track pad either. While this may seem like a minor detail, it truly is unrivaled. Browsing through anything on the computer is incredibly easy with the pad. It has perfect positioning, and great responsiveness. All of the motions work without err as far as my experience has reached. Downsides: Now, there are a couple notable kickers here. First, the laptop costs a fortune. I believe I paid close to 1400 dollars for mine. This is the point where you have to really ask yourself, is this worth it? For many, it is. This Macbook Air will certainly last you for quite awhile. But if you really aren't sold or too concerned with the fanciness of a machine, you really should look far away from Apple products. Second, while you can get Office, you can only get the 2011 version. Microsoft does this on purpose. Microsoft and Apple are not friends. And as such, you can expect that there will be some discrepancies in cross-platform support for some applications. Don't think you can do everything on a Macbook that you can on a Windows laptop...I assure you that you can't. Even so, most people probably won't notice, and that's important to notice. Apple may have come out with alternatives to the things they're lacking, but the truth is the standard is Microsoft for most professional software. Summary: All of that being said, you probably aren't going to buy a Mac for its Microsoft support. You definitely won't buy it for the deal value. For what this laptop accomplishes, it's at the top in my book. You can run just about everything the majority of people need to run, and it does it all with extraordinary battery life and an attractive interface. That's why you buy this laptop. NOTE: I think in retrospect, I would've gone with the 11 inch version. It kind of maximizes the portability aspects that the MacAir is good for. Also saves you a little cash. NOTE 2: Don't listen to these people who worry about storage. 128GB is plenty of on-board storage currently, and if you truly need more you can save a lot of money just by grabbing flash drives or using the cloud. NOTE 3: The whole thunderbolt business is absurd. You have to buy seemingly millions of adapters to plug this machine into anything. Just give me an HDMI port.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All around AMAZING!

    Posted
    Jpeppard
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This thing is by all measures amazing. I brought this unit home last night at 6PM, played on it non-stop until 2 AM, and I have used it for 2 hours today, still 26% battery and 3 hours estimated battery left. This is with a full featured i5 that boosts up to 2.6 GHz! No sacrifice in performance, paired with the SSD, this is seriously quick performance. Bootcamped Windows 8 to test out the performance, Microsoft needs to seriously re-evaluate their ultrabook experience. Even with Apples purposefully crippled Windows drivers this unit gives a better Windows 8 experience than the first party Asus and HP ultrabooks I sampled at Best Buy. The irony is, besides the occasional game that needs Windows support, I find my self spending all my time in OSX. It has more efficient battery use, the CPU seems to heat up less often, and the trackpad is PHENOMENAL! I don't want to take my hands off the thing. Swiping between programs and Safari tabs is seriously slick and responsive. Biggest downfall is the 128GB solid state drive. Very limiting depending on what you need this unit to do for you. I personally have all my music and files saved in the cloud on google music and skydrive, there is little need for more than 5 GB onboard for office and a few other programs. For many years I was heavily anti-apple. Always thought the price point was too high, and you weren't really gaining anything for that extra cash. Now at 999, I am singing the praises of this unit. The Air is perfected in this generation. Light, solid, amazingly fast, with battery life that no other laptop can offer in this form factor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great workhorse for people on the go

    Posted
    Spantechular
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After lugging around a 15-inch MacBook Pro for work, my shoulders needed a break. I switched to the 11-inch 2012 MacBook Air and while I enjoyed the notebook's portable form factor, I missed having a built-in card reader and needed something with more storage and a little more screen real estate. Once Apple announced its refreshed MacBook Airs, I quickly set my sights on the 13-inch model due to the fact that it retained its predecessor's solid build quality, while drastically improving its performance and battery life. The 2013 Air sports a fourth-generation Intel Haswell processor, which gives the new 13-inch MacBook Air 12 hours of battery life. While it may sound like a marketing gimmick, the updated Air delivers on this claim. In fact, its battery can easily exceed 12 hours of work. Arguably the second big draw for the updated MacBook Air is its improved flash memory, which Apple claims is over 40 percent better than last year's model. Boot times were noticeably quicker and data reads and writes are considerably faster. Aside from the aforementioned highlights, the 2013 13-inch MacBook Air's biggest shortcoming is its display. It's not terrible, but in a market saturated with high-res displays, the Air's screen is easily outclassed by many of its competitors. That being said, if you're not the type to obsess over pixel density and you're looking for a solid machine that will get you through a day at the office or classroom, the 2013 MacBook Air is definitely a worthy contender.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best apple laptop available for students

    Posted
    Justinkm
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I own a macbook pro and an iMac (27') but decided to update my macbook pro with the new Macbook air. I was skeptical at first but decided to give this option a shot. I can tell you that this was not only the cheapest option currently available, but also it the most outstanding laptop I could have gotten. The first thin you will notice is the weight which is almost non existent (compared to the macbook pro). There after you will notice the incredible speed, once it is turned on it will change the way you ever see other computer speeds. Booting time happens in a blink of the eye, sleep to on happens before you even get to turn on he computer, and your opinion of loading times will have to be re-evaluated. Now for the battery life, the display stated 14 hours left of battery when I checked it. Even if this was incorrect and the 12 hours advertised will still blow my mind. This means I can go to school, do my work, and still have enough juice to do what I like at the end of the day. For the complaints I have been reading regarding wireless problems, I do not know if this issue has been patched since, or if I just do not have the same problems? But I have yet to experience any such problems. Not saying its not true, but I have not yet had the agony of this wireless issue. If you are looking for a solid piece of equipment that will last for years to come, this should be on your list as top contender! I will actually order a second one fully loaded for business use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I definitely recommend this computer

    Posted
    Chase

    This will be a quick review of my personal experiences with the MacBook Air. I have had this laptop for about a year and still love it. It has 4th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 5000, Wi-Fi support, Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports, a 720p HD webcam, and operates using OS X. The MacBook Air has a high-resolution 13.3” screen that possesses excellent brightness even in direct sunlight. This is all wrapped up into a good looking, thin, and lightweight platform. Although I like this laptop a lot, there are a few minor flaws to note. Battery life is not the best. Apple claims up to twelve hours of battery life on the 13.3” screen model but I have yet to get anywhere close to that. While in use I average around five or six hours of battery life. Another drawback to the MacBook Air is the lack of an internal disk drive. I do have the external disk drive from Apple that works great but it can be a bit of a hassle to have to carry around as well. The final flaw I have to note is the fact that there is only one USB port. I do not consider this a major problem as you can just plug in a USB splitter, but once again that is something you will have to tote around. Now I will mention the upsides of the MacBook Air. There are a lot of great features that the Air possesses so I will just hit what I believe to be the highlights. First off, as with any Apple product, it is extremely easy to use. The interface is very well laid out, straight forward, and easy to use. Also, if you have an iPod, iPhone, or any other Apple device it is easy to sync them together. The MacBook Air is loaded with standard features and gives you the ability to adapt it to fit your personal needs. As I mentioned above, the screen is excellent. Even if you are in direct sunlight, the screen is still very visible. The backlit keyboard is great if you are working in a dark environment. Apple did an outstanding job of packing so much into such a small package. The whole computer is only about a half of an inch thick at the widest point with the length and width not being much larger than the screen itself. The computer also has a durable metal exterior but still retains being lightweight. This computer is the total package. There are a few minor drawbacks to the MacBook Air as I mentioned earlier, but nothing that would prevent me from recommending it to a friend. By no means is this a cheap computer, but you would be hard pressed to find a better one for the money. I would recommend this laptop to anyone looking for high quality, easy to use, and dependable computer. My rating for the MacBook Air is a solid five stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite notebook yet!

    Posted
    stbeeman
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    I've been a dedicated Mac user since 2003, and a fan of Mac notebooks for that entire time. I've owned a Titanium, a G4 PowerBook, and a few Intel PowerBooks, but this is my first foray into the modern portable Mac; all my others are desktop systems. I bought a MacBook Pro principally for its weight (or lack thereof) as my intended use for the system was to augment my iPad and iPhone with a good data entry and content creation platform, and to keep it light enough to travel with the Wintel piece of junk work forces me to carry. The system is speedy enough for any task I've thrown at it, and has unbelievable battery life! It has been everything I thought I wanted and more. Some insight into my product selection: I considered both the MacBook Air 11 inch and the MacBook Pro 13 inch. I rejected the 11 inch because the screen was so small, and it was a non-standard aspect ratio. However, now that I've been using my 13 inch MacBook Air for a while, I have to say it looks gargantuan! I frequently wonder if the even smaller 11 inch system could have done the same job. My gut says I made the right call, but it's questionable enough that it's worth noting. The hardest rejection to make was the Retina display on the MacBook Pro. It is simply stunning in every regard, and if I thought I would be doing a lot of photo editing (unlikely, probably just arranging collections for me) then I would have spent the extra money to buy it. In the end, I intend to use my MacBook Air for word processing/text entry, some presentations, and the occasional application or web site I can't use on my iPad. The Retina display just wasn't a necessity for my needs. Having said all that, if the rumors are true and a 12inch MBA comes out this year (or a 12 inch MB Pro) I may well trade up. That form factor would address my size/weight concerns in all likelihood (my MBA is as heavy as I will go) and I can't imagine any future Apple product without a Retina display.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Laptop

    Posted
    RevTJ
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    Was torn between replacing my 7 yo MacBook and my 1st Gen iPad. Since a new iPad seems to be imminent, decided to replace the MacBook. Didn't want to spend the money for a Pro (wasn't sure whether I really needed a Pro either), but was concerned about the Air maybe not being powerful enough in comparison, but BB had a great price so decided to give it a try. Transferring data was easy but does require buying a cable. It's definitely powerful enough, does everything you'd expect from a Mac, but it's incredibly lightweight. I mean incredibly lightweight. Just slip it in the sleeve and into my tote and off I go. You can use one hand to hold it. I worried about taking it places without the brick of a charger, but the battery life is really good. It actually feels like the charger weighs more than the Air. In fact, haven't used the old iPad since I got this and may hold off getting the iPad replacement. Lightweight does not mean really light or flimsy build. It still has a little heft. and does weigh more than an iPad, particularly the new ones. I got the 13" instead of the 11" because I do photo stuff. However, if I'd gotten the 11", might think about not replacing the iPad for really quite some time. However, if you do a lot of photoshop, video/audio editing and need an ethernet connection, you probably would want something like the Pro with Retina. I don't miss the the DVD drive as I have an iMac and dropbox/iCloud. The SDHC slot is great to use. The touchpad, something I'm getting used to, is very responsive and natural. I wish it had an ethernet connection, but the wifi is working fine. People at meetings see it and want to pick it up and play with it. Can't believe that it's that thin and light and still does everything a laptop does. Very pleased with the decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If it's not Broke, Don't fix it! :)

    Posted
    Catluvx2
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    I had the original MacBook Air for years. It put me through nursing school. When it was time to pass it on, I was sad. It had several issues through the years, but most of them were covered under warranty. So when it came time to shop for a new computer, I had no clue where to start. I am not what you would call a computer guru by any means. I need simplicity. I need it to function well and be dependable. I am not a fan of Windows 8 at all- this I knew. During one trip to the store to window shop, I was advised by a salesperson that if I wanted a computer to last and be quality that I needed to buy an Apple. And this was by a Microsoft Rep!! So that pretty much sealed the deal! Yet the decision and the extra cost held me back from actually doing it. Fast forward about a year- Windows day of doom for XP had arrived and I was feeling the pressure. My old dinosaur of a desktop (a Sony Viao from approx 2001) had seen it's end. It was too old to even update. I couldn't even give it away. I went back to the store yet again. After much soul searching I decided to spend the money on what worked for me in the past and what I really loved instead of just getting a cheap computer to 'get me by for now.' I haven't regretted it for one second. I love the thinness of it, and the light up keyboard. The battery life is phenomenal!! The only negative thing I can say about it is the mouse pad is different from the original and it takes some getting used to it. I don't think it works as well as the split mouse pad I had on the original but for big projects I just attach a wireless mouse. Overall, my love affair with the macbook air continues :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!!!

    Posted
    jcanboi
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    Apple products are full of awe. I have all apple products and even though they are expensive, i will continue to purchase them. I had the 2011 macbook pro originally. it is a great computer but after awhile its weight started to become an issue. I wanted something lighter, with great battery life and great specifications so it was between the retina macbook pro and the macbook air. I decided on the air because its the lightest and the battery life is superb. The retina display is great on the macbook pro but it is not a necessity for me. The screen on the macbook air is still great without it being retina. I have had the problem of the macbook air going into sleep mode and then not waking up needing a hard reset in order for it to be usable again. It doesn't happen often tho and i know there will be a patch out soon enough to fix this issue so no worries there. Thats the only issue i have had with this monster of a machine. Overall, the macbook air is GREAT... by the way, i opted for the 4GB memory and 128GB hard drive model. I am good with that much memory, plus i have the new 3TB Airport Time Capsule that i store everything on. My onboard memory is hardly used. GREAT LAPTOP and having a Airport Time Capsule with it is a KILLER addition. You can back up everything on your Time Capsule using time machine and with file sharing you can have access to ALL your files ANYWHERE you go. You should need nothing more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Handsome Reward

    Posted
    OsiTech
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    Let's get this one out of the way = I love Apple products. That being said I have lots of non Apple products. My work machine is an HP Elitebook (HP really should have named it EliteAnvil) running Windows 8.1, this MacAir replaced a Gateway running Windows 8, etc I have an 2006ish iMac that I use as a server at home, still running great, but I digress. I tried the 11.6 but it was too small, I tried the Macbook Pro with Retina but I run dual screen at home so I did not get the full benefit of the allegedly better screen. I purchased this laptop because I needed something that will boot up quickly in case I have an idea that I needed to get on the web and also something very light. This MacAir fits both bills perfectly. It's insanely fast to boot up and is very very light. The drive space is scant (I went with the basic 128gig) but so far I am at less than 30% used and I don't foresee myself adding any more than I have since I use the cloud heavily so it will work out. On the older iMac, whenever I load my iPhoto library it starts having fainting spells, not so on this MacAir, works very well and very speedy. I don't do photo processing or have Paramount Pictures as a competitor so I don't know how it will work with heavy photo/video usage. But as far as regular Joe surfing web, doing accounting, school work, writing emails, etc it hasn't missed a beat and it ridiculously fast. I recommend this to you if you need a higher performance light weight rig (i5 processor is very speedy especially when coupled with SSD) and if you want a laptop that you can actually carry with you on the road. Go ahead, treat yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for the price

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    RVAguy
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    A great buy! I recommend to anyone looking for a great quality laptop. When I was looking for a new laptop, this wasn't really in my price range but after reading other reviews and testing it, I knew I had to have it. The computer is just seamless. The operating is flawless and is extremely fast. I typically get 10-12 hours of battery life while running 2-3 applications at a time. It's the lightest laptop I have ever experienced and the quality feels very premium. The power adaptor is just awesome, snaps right into place and will disconnect if tugged on inadvertently. It typically charges from 5%-100% in about an hour and a half. The stereo speakers sound really great with good sound balance and hidden behind the LED-backlit keyboard. The display is also very good, a little lacking once you view the retina display but the quality is really great nonetheless. The touchpad is made of a glass material for long term wear and works flawlessly. The multi-gesturing is very handy while using the computer especially to zoom in and out and while editing pictures. Altho, be careful with it, it can scratch easily even when just plugging in the power adaptor. When running intensive apps the computer becomes very warm although the fan built-in cools it off quite quickly. I knew when purchasing the laptop that the storage capacity is on the low side which is fine for what I use it for, just wish there was more for the price. All around one of best laptops available. Check one out and really consider putting this on your list. You may think you can't justify the price, like I did, but now I cannot imagine not having it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best laptop out there

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    pmek99
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    This is easily the best laptop that I have ever owned. I spent months trying out various PC laptops and none of them could deliver what I was looking for. Ultimately, I just decided to go ahead and spend the money and buy a Macbook Air. I sprung for the 13" as it was on sale at the time. Best decision I could have made. While more expensive, this computer is light (~2 lbs), fast, reliable (have had no lock ups in the time that i have had it - unlike some of the other laptops I tried), and the battery life is amazing. I can get up to 15hrs of battery life depending on what I am doing! Add to that the great chiclet-style keyboard, the best laptop trackpad out there, backlighting on the keyboard, and a great/bright display. It is worth the price of admission in my opinion. OSX may not be for everyone. I've used it in the past and find it intuitive. It also helps that there are OSX versions of Office, and knowing that Windows could even run on this if need be. On top of that, I use Citrix Web Access for work, and it actually runs more reliably through Safari on my MacBook than it does on the other PCs we have around the house. I also consider myself a photography enthusiast, and to me there are so many more options for various photography editing applications on Mac (whether it be an app, or a full-fledged program). I would say this is a perfect laptop for someone who wants a solid, reliable, portable, easy to use laptop. Yes, it is a little more expensive than a comparable PC laptop, but you are also getting a more stable OS and the support that Apple throws behind their products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Deal and Great Service

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    Ccullen
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    The 13" Apple Macbook Air has to be the best laptop that I have ever owned. I have used a previous Macbook for four years at my school. The quality of that laptop and it's reliability made me decide to buy a personal laptop. I purchased this while on sale, and was able to get a great discount where I am a student. I was very pleased with Best Buy's generosity in the price. I could not find a price that could even somewhat compare, and I did plenty of research. Shipping was prompt, I received this computer within 3 business days. The laptop was easy to set up, and it is very fast. It was very easy to transfer my files from my PC onto this laptop. The Macbook Air is everything that I dreamed it would be. The speed is exceptional. I have never owned a laptop that is so speedy. The software installed on this is wonderful (Comes with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers). This is a great deal from Best Buy. I definitely recommend going with an Apple laptop. They are worth the extra money. The battery on this unit is also stunning. It has been in use and unplugged for the past 4 hours and I still have 74% battery left. I am very impressed with this laptop and I recommend it to any student that is looking for a inexpensive laptop that will last.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best.Laptop.Ever

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    b20crx
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    2013 MBA 13" is the epitome of what an ultra book should be. Aluminum case is gorgeous. Very fast at everything, I don't think I can go back to a traditional hdd laptop. Haswell chip is excellent at sipping juice. I regularly average around 14 plus hours battery life which is well over Apple's quoted battery time. It's nice to get more than expected. I have thrown everything at this laptop and it hardly ever gets flustered. Video conversion, Photoshop, Flash, Premiere Pro, AE, FCP, nothing seems to slow it down for what I have asked it to do, very impressed. I'd have to say this is the best laptop I've owned since I got my first Macbook after switching from a Win 7 machine a few years ago. Definitely opt for the 13" if possible, the addition of the SD slot is a great way to add storage without carrying an external drive. Hopefully, my Nifty mini-drive and a Sandisk Extreme will take care of my only (minor) issue with the machine, hdd storage. I am waiting to take delivery of an Apple Thunderbolt display, cannot wait to hook this up to that 27" screen and start daisy chaining Thunderbolt peripherals. Don't forget, if you are a student to check Best Buy college deals... I caught this laptop on sale plus and additional $100 off for being a student.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best investment ever!

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    dannlouiser
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    I love Apple products but became a committed Windows user, out of necessity, during law school. Out in practice, I was still using my 2007 Sony Vaio which must have weighed 10 pounds, had about 5-6 minutes of battery life, and worst of all needed updates every 8 minutes. I finally took the dive when the MacBook Air went on sale right before Thanksgiving. I was able to get the 13" for less than the cost of an 11" so it was hard to pass up. Well, I can honestly say, aside from my car, this has been my best work related purchase ever! I charge it every two days or so, I take it everywhere! All you have to do is open it and it's ready to go which is amazing. The screen clarity and sound are amazing, and I love all the keyboard controls for sound, brightness, etc. I also love the seamless operating with my iPhone and iPad Mini; literally, you do X on your phone and it's immediately available on the computer and iPad. The built in camera is nice since we are facing a switch to video conferences and depositions. The speed is great and it never ever freezes up or makes me wait. Just overall, a very pleasant experience. Oh, and I bought a great snap on cover on Amazon for like $12, and it works like a charm!

    I would recommend this to a friend