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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 8639 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No more Windows devices

    Posted
    jdjax
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    After being a windows user for decades, I recently switched to Mac. I purchased a MacBook Pro early in 2017 and loved it. After my daughters VAIO laptop finally failed yet again (it's not that old), I decided I was getting her this Air model for Christmas. She loves it. She doesn't mind not having a touch screen. She doesn't care that it doesn't have tiles and that it doesn't convert to a tablet. What she loves is that it simply works when she needs it to. The simple interface! The touchpad that is usable! It all makes sense and is easy to use. No screen jumping! No different modes! No lockups! No worrying about drivers! The list goes on and on... I had spent countless hours on that VAIO - reloading the O/S, upgrading, downgrading, drivers, etc. Windows takes so long to do those things. I would literally spend a whole weekend trying to get that thing working and finally get it in good shape only to have her tell me a few weeks later it's acting up again. I am not basing this on 1 bad windows machine. I have had many laptops and desktops with Windows. It all went downhill (to me) after Windows 7. So for now, until Apple loses its way, I am sticking to something simple and reliable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    first laptop, and its been amazing!

    Posted
    azuki
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    most people think apple products are the way to go, and I know that sometimes there can be disagreement. but this here laptop I bought is definitely something I wouldn't think twice about getting, its been AMAZING. like it works very well, its sleek enough for me to carry around pretty much anywhere, the battery time is awesome, and having an apple phone makes things even better since you are able to sync up information with your computer. one problem I did encounter though - it was but a minor one - was that there seemed to be a kind of bug that would cause my chosen desktop picture to return to the default factory setting one? This was an issue at the very beginning, I think a few other people were having the same problem with their laptops when I investigated online. After a bit of searching though if there was any way to fix it I was able to solve the problem by looking at a forum online and making some adjustments to system preferences. Not sure if there can be anything done about this for future apple laptops, but just a heads up to those who are considering buying one that there is the slight possibility that there may be a similar bug. I'm not a computer expert, but its definitely something that can be solved with a little research.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop Ecosystem for the Price!

    Posted
    Nick
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    Typically a Desktop PC running Windows 10, I was actually debating between Apple Mac OS Vs PixelBook with Chrome OS since they were both in the same price range and competitive for my needs in laptop. I needed a laptop for school and basic things like Browser, Office, Videos, & Music Streaming while I'm away from home. I also wanted something light, slim, professional looking, and portable. I am also a music producer, and experimented by running Ableton Live 10 on the Air. I was surprised how well Ableton Live 10 runs for the specs! It can't hold up to some of the more beefier plugins for music production (as expected), but still can ran a good chunk of stuff simultaneously. This is something I could never do on Chrome OS, and it's nice to have that flexibility to record ideas on the go. I appreciate the ports it has too, for many of Apple products are getting rid of more and more ports. 9.3/10 for the price range & for getting into the Apple Ecosystem without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Good Laptop for a College Student

    Posted
    js114
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    We purchased this for my nephew's graduation and use in his college career. The Air was selected because it is hasn't been turned into a disposable appliance by Apple yet. The SSD module can be replaced with a larger one via 3rd party products if we so choose and it has the very useful magsafe power connector rather than using USB-C. Apple has done a disservice to customers by removing the connectivity on newer products. This isn't a fast laptop by any means, but it will be fine for a student doing the bulk of his work using Google's gSuite. We set him up with a 4 port usb hub and external 1tb drive for TimeMachine for backups. The Air has 2 usb ports, so one can be used for the Hub and things that can be left behind (like a trackball). I don't like Microsoft Windows of any flavor, and my nephew doesn't like how often his Windows laptop crashed due to software updates and errors, so the MacBook Air, will be far more reliable in the long term than a cheaper Windows machine. In reality, his University could have gotten away with a Chromebook; but this way, there is at least the ability to use local apps without being dependent on a network connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally switched to macOS - I AM SOLD

    Posted
    BrianMon

    Sold a smaller Lenovo Yoga 80TX after getting so fed up with how Windows 10 can't seamlessly integrate with my iPhone X. Bought the 2017 MacBook Air after a recent sale at $699 (WOW) and used my daughter's educational discount to get it for $50 less at $649 out the door sealed. This is the cheapest I have ever seen a MacBook so I went for it. All I can say is wow - this operates beautifully with my iPhone X (love that iMessage syncs up) and the software from High Sierra that was pre-installed works perfectly. The Mail app works great and Safari is a welcome change from the ever-spying Chrome I came from. Firefox Quantum is a good second browser on both my Mac and iPhone now. Downloaded LibreOffice to complement Apple's office apps (which are pretty great) and am tinkering with GarageBand. Won't be going back to Windows 10. This MacBook even unlocks by sensing my Apple Watch on my wrist - holy cow what a convenience! Not sure why the sale did not last more than a few days, but now it's back up to $999. Glad I got the great deal, for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great machine for my needs

    Posted
    Zuri
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    I picked this up on Black Friday when it was on sale. I opted for this one over the 2018 version first because of the price and second because I didn’t feel most of the new features in the new one were worth paying $400 more for. I was able to get this 2017 Air for a much better price and it fulfilled my needs perfectly. I’m coming from a 2010 Mabook (the last of the plastic white body) so I didn’t need the “latest and greatest” just something that would run better especially video editing. I mainly use it for video editing on Final Cut Pro which this machine can do. I edit 4K and 1080p video and I also do some light Photoshop work. Battery life is great. Keyboard is better than the newer one in my opinion or maybe I’m just more used to it. The only downside is that it does get a little hotter than I would like when editing on FCPX which is the reason for minus 1 star. Other than that it is a great overall machine. I am very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for College, Home and Travel

    Posted
    Titaniumgator
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    I'm a PC/ChromeBook Person, but when I decided to purchase this for my daughter, who'd been struggling with a moderate laptop, she immediately felt comfortable. Yes, it's pricey, but it's also part of an ecosystem that includes college students, their social media and communications and their networking needs. The Air made it easy for her to connect to wifi everywhere she went; even cellular hotspots. So, she was always able to use her spare time for study or classwork. It's familiar... she's an iPhone user. It's resilient.... she doesn't always place it on a hard flat surface, mere mortal laptops overheat and die... this one doesn't. You can compare "price for performance" and maybe come out better on paper for other PC alternatives; but there is nothing better than the Apple for how it is used in the day to day life of a college student. Nothing better for schoolwork, downtime at home, or travel. It not only "just works" it works great, it's trustworthy. ... and that's why this PCDad purchased an Apple for his Daughter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Avoid this

    Posted
    Gavin

    The Macbook Air was a good computer when it first came out, however now, it's very slow and should be avoided. The Macbook Air comes with a 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor, this processor is 3 generations old as new laptops come with an 8th generation core i5. Even budget laptops as low as $600 such as the Acer Aspire e15 come with an 8th generation core i5. On top of this, you're getting a screen that isn't even 1080P, the problem with this is that laptops as low as $400 such as the Toshiba Chromebook, come with 1080P screens. So to conclude, if you're thinking about buying this laptop, you'd be much better off getting a Dell Inspiron 13 7000, it has an 8th generation Core i5, a 1080P screen, and a 256GB SSD all at the price of $850.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for almost everyone- older model is best

    Posted
    Herbie25
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    We bought 8 macs total recently for summer camp. Kids use them for editing their own videos. Macs work perfectly. Only a few of us really use high power computers for our jobs. Almost everyone else needs a computer than does all this one does. Doc, spread sheets, video, music, streaming, email, internet... heck all program makers are making their software online use only. As long as as you have good enough computer to get online, you're good. We got these models instead of the newest Macs because these had the older magnetic charging cables, SD card sot, and USB inputs. The newest Macs, with the new plug and only thunderbolt or whatever they call it, I don't recommend. Nothing again the computer. But the world hasn't phased out SD cards, USB's and such yet. You will need those. The adapters are about $100. Get the older model with the SD slot and save yourself some headache

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny

    Posted
    Sukeee

    I am a long time windows user never had a Mac. This is my first Mac. I did a lot of research before the purchase and tried some models in the store. But not until I actually bought it and used it for a while did I really realize how easy it is to use. I am taking online college classes and full time job and kids...the Mac really makes it possible for me to take advantage of 10 minutes here 30 minutes there. It is even hard to explain why it is so much easier than windows computer. It is like a magic. I am so happy. I used to think MacBook is the way too over-priced now I feel it worths every penny. I did a lot of comparison between the models. I finally went with MacBook Air because I like the 13" screen, USB port, and pretty powerful processor. I felt a little pain to give up the retina screen. but when you are only looking at your own MacBook instead of having whole bunch of pros all around you, it doesn't seem so painful anymore. Actually the screen is very nice, enjoyed watching some HD videos on it. All in all I am really in love with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very fast, less storage

    Posted
    Hamabeguy
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    The MacBook is sleek, well-built, thin. This the fastest computer I've ever owned. It's also got great battery life; I only need to charge it once or twice a week (about 1-2 hours per charge!). This is definitely the type of computer you want for mobility and speed. However, the lack of storage is an issue for me. Perhaps I've been spoiled by my older, bulkier, slower 1 TB Acer. Having room only for documents and no other media is a little frustrating. An easy fix for this shortcoming is to use external storage or Cloud storage, if you're willing to spend more. Additionally, I've dropped and whacked this computer more than any other--it slides right out of my hands because it's so thin and smooth! As I've said before, it's well-built--to withstand low impact damage. Thus I highly recommend buying an outer shell, one that isn't thin or brittle, subject to damage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air

    Posted
    mongeeo
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    I was torn between which laptop to purchase after retiring as I needed something bigger than a tablet to do my personal work on but there were so many choices. I did some product reviews as I always do as I'm in my 60's and readily admit it can be hard to keep up with technology. I also talked with my daughter who has had a MacBook Air for the last 8ish years while completing nursing school. She encouraged me to give it a shot as I have an iPhone and she said that the two could mesh together easily and in a way I'd find helpful. I went to Best Buy and found a great salesperson who helped me better understand everything and away I went with a great buy. Now, after using it I'm really glad I made the decision as it works perfectly for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great product BUT Disapointed with Store service

    Posted
    Pepe
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    Bought online with a promise to be ready in 1hr to pick up in store. 1hr and a half later product was not ready. They asked me to wait there until ready (with no time frame) or cancel order and buy in store. When trying to buy in-store they didn't want to apply the discounts I got online. Sales person had to call corporate office to get the same discount. Finally I bought it In store at the same price I got online and cancelled the 1st order just to find out the next morning (thru an email) that product was on sale with an extra discount. I called to ask if I can get the extra discount considering I bought the same product the night before just before the store closed and the rep on the phone told me that she can't do that, that my only option could be to return again the product and buy again to get the extra discount. I had the intention to do it but didn't worth my time. Great product but 1st time I feel Disappointed with the Best Buy service.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, lightweight computer

    Posted
    BBJS
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    My wife loves this laptop. It's small and light and easily portable, and includes all of the great MacOS features she missed when using a windows PC. The battery life is great, the display is bright and crisp (though it's a smaller screen - this is a very lightweight portable machine, not something you're going to want to use as your main work computer for 8 hours a day!), and the lit keyboard helps for late night work or web browsing. I'm a PC guy myself, so personally I wouldn't pay the extra money for a MacOS machine when Windows laptops of comparable performance are more affordable, but if you enjoy the exquisite design, refinement, and user interface of an Apple product then you've signed up to pay a little extra. Before you use it next to a drink, make sure you buy a cover! You can get an outer shell and keyboard cover very affordably, and it will save you having to buy it again when you spill your latte!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great student laptop

    Posted
    bando
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    Excellent laptop for students. I got tired of spending $200-300 on crappy 11-12" notebooks that had little to no memory (32GB or less) for my kids. And they were cheaply made and all plastic (meaning their life was about one year). Windows based machines were always prompting for update, but then there was not enough GB to complete the update - how does that make any sense?! The MacBook Air is great value, and unbeatable value when you get it on sale. It is beautifully constructed, and the hardware is great - everything from the metal case to keyboard and trackpad. Mac OS X is also great and very user friendly, and has all the apps they've become very familiar with . The only wish I would have is that the base model has retina display, but at this price I don't think it's possible. Maybe in a few years it'll become standard. Once you've had a retina display iphone or ipad, it's hard not to have it on your computer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good basic Macbook

    Posted
    kendog
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    Wanted a Mac for the kids to support their academics. I have lots of Windows experience, but it was time for some no frills, and I didn't want to get into continued set up and maintenance required of Windows/PCs. Kids familiar with iPads from their middle school, so just a small leap. Good basic unit. Sale price, and student discount put the expensive Apple/Mac in price range. I am reading that this may be the last of this generation of Macbooks, prior to refresh/redesign, so I may already be on last generation, but so far so good, for the current needs. Wish I could afford one with more memory (than 128G internal/flash), but on a budget. The screen isn't the 'retina'?, but it is clear and the 13" size is just right tradeoff between portability and view-ability, IMO. No regrets. Giving 4 stars, because Apples/Mac are overpriced, IMO.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smaller, yet just fast as my old MacBook.

    Posted
    Tiberius
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    My old MacBook was a ten year old 17" MacBook Pro. I finally gave up and died. It was kind of a bummer, since it was still just as fast as the day I bought it, and ran El Capitain just fine. (try that with a windows laptop) I was concerned with the speed and my ability to multi-task with this little MacBook Air, but my concerns were unfounded. I have it hooked up to a 27 Inch monitor, and still have the 13 inch screen on the side, which I use mostly for Skype and FaceTime calls. It's runs cooler. and quieter than the old model, and runs just as fast if not faster. I can open dozens of applications and it doesn't flinch. I like being able to quit for the evening, put it to sleep then pick up in the morning, right where I left off last night. I haven't rebooted since the day I bought it, (try that with a windows Laptop) That reboot was only because the first thing it did when I connected it to my network, was a Systems Update. Love it, recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Apple is always expensive but quality is always

    Posted
    Chelsayye
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    With Apple, you get what you pay for! Although they’re expensive, but quality never fails. I also used my student deals thanks to the employee at Best Buy that helped me out which brought my total way cheaper than I had expected it to be! Especially Since I declined a lot of the protection plan is they had offered such as Apple care, and their Best Buy geek squad plan. I’ll probably regret that in the long run but Apple gives you two months to purchase AppleCare through them which is a whopping $200 but more or less worth it when you need a new laptop. since I declined a lot of the protection plan is they had offered such as Apple care, and their Best Buy geek squad plan. I’ll probably regret that in the long run but Apple gives you two months to purchase AppleCare through them which is a whopping $200 but more or less worth it when you need a new laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Must have gotten a dud.

    Posted
    Bubbles

    We have had 2 Mac book pro's, Apple phone, Apple tablet. I decided ti get a Mac-Air less than 3 months ago. It seemed a bit slow at first. Then I started getting the rainbow spinning wheel. Around the 1 1/2 month timeframe. After about two months the spinning wheel was on most of the time. Best Buy told me they wouldn't touch it and bring it to Apple store which is 1 1/2 hours by car. I have called Apple twice. The second call seemed to fix the problem via the phone. Now less than a week later it has the spinning wheel and is extremely slow. I would return it to Best Buy and get a better one but their return policy id pathetic. I was told I have one week otherwise take it to Apple. Needless to say I am disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop for Everyday use

    Posted
    Charlie
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    It's my first Macbook and I love it!!! At first I was hesitant to buy it, since the processor is outdated and the screen is non-touch low resolution. But after making the purchase and using my Mac for an entire week I can say that this computer is a workhorse built like a tank, with a slim factor. And the glowing apple in the back looks cool. It's no wonder why this little machine is still popular after 9 years. I got it for $849 using my student discount. The sound is also good. The keyboard is perfect since it doesn't make noise when I type. I was able to download Photoshop, Lightroom and Illustrator with no problem and I haven't experienced any lag with the i5 processor. I don't recommend using it if you need true colors as the screen is not the best. Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase! Try it out and take advantage of the return policy from bestbuy. You have up to 2 weeks to return it for any reason if you're not happy with your purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend