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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1898 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hands down the best computer Ive ever purchased.

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    MacNation
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    So happy with this laptop. Its so unassuming physically yet it is so powerful and Retina display is immaculate. I feel like the price for the model I bought, about $1100, checks all the boxes. I dont even know where to begin with the review. The weight is so low I have down jackets that weigh more, It charges really fast and the battery lasts what seems like limitless. I have a light carrying case and when I put the computer in it, it takes a few moments to realize I have the laptop in it. The graphics are beautiful and Ive watched several movies in HD/4k and the image is gorgeous. The screen size I believe is the perfect size for managability and efficiency. One really cool function I have never had on a computer, only on my iPhone, is the fingerprint to unlock the screen and provide passwords. This cuts down on user time and enables you to hit the ground running everytime one starts using the computer. The keyboard's functionality is top-notch too and my "words per minute" is just as fast, if not faster, as an isolated keyboard. Furthermore, the MacBook Air uses the iCloud to seemlessly run all my Macintosh devices together, which is such an advantage as it was designed to do so. As long as Im connected to the Intranet my MacBook knows when Im on iPhone and updates for example my Notes, My Calendar, and iTunes, etc; creating a system or personal network of data that runs through the cloud. This System allows to maintain low local data storage to enable high rates of computer speed. Overall, what a beautiful device that really has everything. Looking back one thing I would have done differently was I wish I had opted to maximum RAM. Not that the computer is extremely fast but I do believe in the value of maximizing the RAM for computer systems as this the computers core strength in operating the operating system and software. I was just trying to save money but will go for the upgrade next week. One thing to also be aware of is how few ports there are on this computer. I had to purchase an adaptor derive the different ports needed the use different functions and devices. However, one adaptor serves several different ports. I believe I paid around 80 dollars or so. I think the design has to do with this. The width of the laptop I estimate to be at centimeters but if the cost of having the laptop extremely thin is need for an adaptor Im all for it. External ports on a laptop or ugly in my opinion anyway and dirt can in the crevices and damage the laptop anyway. In conclusion, I cannot recommend this computer enough and in this case you really do get what you pay for. Everything about this MacBook is just so solid! Pay a little extra for the Macintosh instead of a PC; the life span of this computer I believe will far outlast that of a PC and the computer will be cheaper over time than that of a competitor. The MacBook is just so sexy go for it! BestBuy offers zero percent financing for 12 months on items that cost this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid upgrade

    Posted
    Bill
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    All-in-all, no complaints. I owned two previous MacBook Airs and I enjoyed them all. I do the normal browsing, email, social media as well as some photo editing and some programming. I use Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Code, mostly for prototyping and testing ideas. I connect remotely to various systems as well. The touchpad is silky smooth (always a strong point with Apple laptops IMHO) and I've not noticed the cursor moving while I type from my palm resting. I did buy a dongle for a USB-A connector and haven't attached a mouse yet. The sound is surprisingly good. For many types of music the sound is crisp, clear, and louder than my previous MBA - I've enjoyed all the music I've listened to. Songs that depend on a heavier distortion response might be a little weaker but overall given the size of these speakers, it's been a positive experience. The display is beautiful. This is the most significant upgrade to me, compared to the previous MBA. Looking though my photo album, many pictures just pop. The keyboard....I'm one of those who disliked the butterfly keyboard. I purchased a laptop with a 1st gen butterfly keyboard and it just sat in the corner and later sold it to a friend who didn't mind it. This generation has just enough of a bounce that it's providing some feedback I need. I use a ThinkPad and a mechanical keyboard on another computer and from time to time I miss some key hits, mostly when using the shift key quickly. I have not had a missed key press with this butterfly no matter how quickly I type or how "messy" (trying to force a mistake). They keyboard is growing on me. I've done a lot of typing at this point and I don't dislike it nearly as much as I used to. I'm not compiling FireFox or the Linux kernel. I'm not editing 4K video. I'm using this laptop for a variety of tasks, some more demanding than others, like my development and it's doing just fine. For my expectations, the laptop is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Great Upgrade to the Air but...

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    Joepure
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    Having the responsibility for about 8 MacBooks and another 5 Windows PC's in my coterie, I feel qualified to talk about the new Late 2018 MacBook Air 13" base model. On every level, it is an upgrade over the older editions aesthetically and functionally. It's fast enough for most purposes outside of heavy video editing or rendering heavy applications like CAD/CAM or Animation. Since I have had other USB-C MacBooks, the noise about dongles and legacy ports just is not important to me. If you live in a world where you need all of the old stuff - don't buy this machine. Battery life seems to be a bit less than the 10 hour claim, but for the average day, I don't feel compelled to have to take the wall charger and cable. I love the Touch Sensor and T2 chip, and hope that it finds its way into the full lineup of MacBooks in the future. I think the new Retina Screen is good. It's not great and is noticeably less bright than my other MacBooks (12" and 13" MBPro). When working on it, the screen is fine. But in brightly lit areas, it's not as sharp or as bright as I was expecting. What I must say is that this computer is not a great value. After 3 weeks, the 128gb drive is pretty-much filled with essential programs. There's no excuse for this configuration other than Apple's greed and pretending that it is at a popular price point. I am sorry that I did not buy a MacBook Pro (for $200/more). It's a better machine on every functional level. A faster processor, better graphics chip, more storage and a much better screen. The weight difference and form factors are (to me) the same as the current Pro and as such, I think that it is the better option. I will keep this new MBA, only because it's not returnable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice entry-level MacBook

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    Dhelix12
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    I was able to obtain a $200 discount off a price match, which is a great price point for this MacBook Air. Speaking purely from the perspective of choosing this computer for the MacOS experience, I have enjoyed using it. I’m using this computer for basic use such as email, Microsoft Office, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Contrary to reports of how underpowered the processor is, I have not experienced any lag, even when using Photoshop, Illustrator and Safari (multiple tabs) at the same time. Portability-wise, battery life is great (8-9 hours with some media consumption) and does not get overly hot or loud. TouchID is more convenient than I thought, but I use my Apple Watch to unlock my Air. The speakers pump out full and rich sound and can get quite loud without any static or vibrations distorting it. As usual, the Mac trackpad is still, in my opinion, the best in the market. For the cons of the new Air, the keyboard did take some time getting used to with the shallow travel and somewhat loud clacky noises, but I was fine with them after a week of use. After 2.5 months, I haven’t had keyboard issues yet, but I recommend getting AppleCare+ because tech reviewers are starting to experience them, despite being the 3rd generation butterfly switches. I am also not a fan of the webcam, which just does not look sharp when video chatting. There have been complaints about the brightness of the screen. Working indoors near sunlight, I have not had any problems seeing things on the display, although I was at or near max brightness. If your screen is facing very bright sunlight, the brightness would not be high enough to counter it. All in all, for portability, relatively light intensive work and ease of use, I would recommend the new Air (at a reduced price) if you want the MacOS experience. If you plan on doing more intensive work such as graphic design and video editing, the MacBook Pro or other PCs like the Dell XPS 13 will be a much better value since the Air cannot upgrade beyond the i5 Y series chips or have dedicated graphics.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple MacBook Air vs. Windows PC

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    Dakota
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    I'm a big Apple fan/user. I bought my MacBook Air 2018 version, in December 2018, and I am very happy with it. It is definitely different from a Windows based PC. As for the battery and its longevity, my battery lasts a couple of days after a full charge. I use mine daily, sometimes 3 hours straight for school, and it's great. My Windows PC battery lasted a long time too, but it depends how often you use your computer. So results may vary. My favorite thing I love about my MacBook Air is that I can answer calls, FaceTime and text just like I do on my iPhone. It syncs, so there are no duplicates. If I take a picture with my iPhone, I can AirDrop it directly to my Mac. I don't have to email the photo and download it, like I had to do with my Windows PC. My Apple Watch can unlock my Mac, so I don't have to type in my password all the time. For those who are a little intimidated with computers, especially if you're switching from one platform to another, I recommend attending the Apple store "How-To's" to learn more about your Mac. Since I have owned and used both a Windows based PC and now a Mac, I'm definitely loving the Mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This is the Macbook Air We Were Given

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    MichaelT
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    Design of the MacBook Air is great as expected. I think the implementation, the craftsmanship, trackpad, it all looks really good. The processor, despite being the Y series processor works very well. I think it would have been nice for Apple to use the i7 Y processor as the standard configuation, given that this device has seen a price increase. However, the Y series dual cores are plenty powerful. Battery life, Sound, Hardware, Build, all really good. Let me mention where I think Apple could have done much bettter. The butterfly keyboards just aren't pleasant to type on. They keys are shallow, although the new gen butterfly keyboards better than last gen. Just not that good. Some people will like them and some will dislike, the bad part is if you dislike, you have no other options. The display is quite DIM. While the colors are great, the display is quite dim and it isn't nearly as good as the Macbook Pro displays, although it is miles better than the previous gen Macbook Air. Lastly, I don't understand why base configurations still come with 128gb. When will will this end? It quite simply isn't enough storage to not have to worry about managing your storage. 256 should be the bare minimum. Prices of SSD's have come down in recent years. Overall, it is not quite the Macbook Air that we wanted, and I am hopeful that next years Macbook Pro's keep an option with the new keyboard to have a non-touch bar display. As a developer, I want my function keys. This implementation is good, but it isn't a great value. It should have and could have been done a bit better. We were all looking for a $899 Mac Laptop, this was unveiled to us as not being it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A dream for a former Windows user!

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    Drew
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    It’s a Mac, of course it’s fabulous! I’m a recent convert to Apple, having bought a MacBook last year and absolutely love everything about it. If you have suffered through Windows as long as I have, I simply go back to the time-honored phrase of why people buy Apple: it just works. The legendary build quality, beauty, and stunning form and function are just icing on the cake. This MacBook Air is for my wife, a teacher, who just needs a reliable general-purpose machine, so we opted for the 8 GB/128 GB hard drive configuration. The solid-state drive is a dream—it boots instantly—and unlike most Windows machines, we don’t need to restart all the time. This newest version of the MacBook Air has amazing screen resolution, although I’m sure that comes at a cost to the battery life. I haven’t tested the battery much so I can’t comment on its life, but if the specs are accurate, it is more than we need. Some people don’t like the reduced travel action of the keypad but I love it, especially if it helps to keep the dimensions small. The MacBook Air appeals to my minimalist approach to computers so I have no problem with having only two accessory ports. For fans of Apple, I’m merely preaching to the choir; for Windows users considering a change, you’ll never regret buying a Mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Premium Laptop, Premium Price

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    KyleTheSmiles
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    This is a great laptop for those who are always on the go and need something durable and able to handle day-to-day tasks. This means schoolwork, browsing with multiple tabs, photo editing, editing videos in 1080p, ect. For me, I use it for schoolwork and it handles everything I throw at it well, but this is not to make up for it having a Y-Series Chip. It's 2019, and dual-core processors should not be in $1000 machines marketed as ultra-books. The build quality is beautiful, aesthetics aside, the shallow keyboard can be a pain to get used to. It's a satisfying keyboard, the clicks feel great and the backlighting is fluid, but it does take about a week to get acclimated to it. Touchpad is one of the biggest highlights, its massive and accurate, ForceTouch is a bonus too. Screen is great, it is a bit dim but that should not affect your buying decision. TouchID is nice, but if you have an Apple Watch you'll barely ever use it. Speakers are great, much better than my 2015 MBP, and way better than the older MBA. If you're in the Apple ecosystem and need to buy something on a budget, this is the laptop to choose, but keep your options open and perhaps wait for this to be discounted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Delightful

    Posted
    Chris
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    I had a 2012 MacBook Air that I passed on to a family member a couple of years ago when I got a new Windows 10 laptop. While I had no complaints about that Windows laptop, it just didn't seem to be a worthy successor. The build quality was just okay, and while Windows 10 is far superior to its predecessors, it almost painfully lacked the elegance of Mac OS. I just happened to be in my local Best Buy on the day they were having a flash sale on the new 2018 MacBooks, and I was so taken with the new design, the vastly improved retina screen, and the nostalgic pull of a laptop that felt solid and well-built and was such a pleasure to use, that I ended up buying one. While the overall unit is smaller than my old 2012 model, the MUCH smaller bezels around the screen allow for the same sized screen in a smaller package. And the screen itself is remarkably nice. I have had no problems with the brightness. The new keyboard is also to my liking...I've never been a "fast" typist, but I feel like I type much faster on this keyboard than on others. All in all, I'm very happy with his purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer for a low-key user

    Posted
    tomachka
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    I purchased this MBA when it initially released in November and I am very happy with it. Although this is not my first time in the macOS system, this is my first personal Mac computer. I had been eyeing the old MBA for a while, but I kept waiting and hoping Apple would release an updated version with Retina display and finally they did! As someone who's not a stranger to the Apple ecosystem, I knew that the Retina display would be far superior to the old MBA. I made the switch from a 2012-2013 HP Envy m6 15" and I am not looking back! This thing is lightweight, which makes me want to take it to school with me, it's fast (I mean all new computers are but still), and I don't mind the keyboard. I would say I'm a fast typer and I have not noticed any issues using the butterfly keys on this computer. Overall, I really don't do much on it besides homework, browsing the internet, and watching movies/TV. It's not like I'm a graphic designer so the processor power and the storage is more than plenty for me. Plus, most of my files/pictures/documents I keep in the cloud or on a flash drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great mobile lightweight Macbook

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    sixwhiskey
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    I picked up this Macbook Air because of its size, but I should have realized that the screensize and the location of the USB-C connector location was going to be a problem for me. I did not deduct the rating due to my dislikes but rather due to the nuance that was noticed above open windows. Every once in a while I would have a Internet Browser open and right across the top edge of the window would flicker. I searched this and found several others complaining about this and it did not appear to be a permanent fix. To resolve this flickering, just move the window and it does not happen again. There is absolutely no other issues I had this Macbook at all except fro what was identified above. It performs as necessary to meet my spreed sheet needs and the amount of ram was enough to meet the challenge of web surfing/Stock Quoting/Price Quoting/Video Watching on a its local screen as well as another external monitor. I ended up returning the MacBook Air and went with the more expensive MacBook Pro (15"). Now everything is bigger and faster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air 128GB SSD

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    ThunderHawk
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    It was time to upgrade my 2010 MacBook Pro and my wife’s 2009 iMac. Replaced my Pro with a 13” Gold MacBook Air, 128GB SSD with Retina display and also got one for my wife. (BB was happy to see me!) What a difference! The MacBook Air is so light. Why carry around the extra weight of a DVD/CD player? Haven’t used it in years. The Retina display is amazing. The screen display is crystal clear. With all the docs and pictures transferred over from the MacBook Pro, still have 53GB of free space. May not sound like a lot, but 53GB will last me until I upgrade to whatever Apple has on the market in 5+ years. The stereo speakers on each side of the keyboard are amazing. Clear sound with wonderful stereo separation. The MacBook Air (latest model as of this writing) is a pleasure to use and it’s fast. I also like the security of the finger print reader to login to the Air. Would highly recommend one consider this laptop, especially if you have a MacBook Pro to replace.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but one big flaw...

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    KnoxDawg
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    I was very eager to pick up the new 2018 MB Air as I’ve been wanting the Retina screen for years. Once I started up the new MBA, everything was good: speakers were great for such a small laptop, Gen 3 butterfly keyboard is improved, Touch ID worked great. My only complaint is subjective: screen brightness. Compare the new Air to a 13 inch MacBook Pro and the new Air’s screen is just simply not as bright. I tried to get used to it, but my Air’s screen just wasn’t bright enough. I ended up returning the Air and got a non-touch bar MB Pro and that screen is much better and brighter, same brightness as Max brightness on MB Air vs 4 notches from Max on MB Pro. If you can look beyond screen brightness or need it for a darker room, it’s a great machine. 4/5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing New Air!

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    Wenis
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    I had the original MacBook Air 11.6in from 2012 and absolutely loved it. It finally reached its last days here recently, which was devastating for me. I did a lot of researched and decided the newest MacBook Air would work best for my needs as opposed to the Pro, and I have to say I LOVE it! The initial concerns were there being no more standard USB ports (thunderbolt 3 now) as well as people complaining online about the new butterfly keyboard’s noise. The only thing annoying with the port is that I’ll now have to buy a $70 adapter to use all my things via USB, however it does free up a lot of space on the Mac, as I can charge it from any port (charger is also through thunderbolt) so when I’m not charging it, I have an extra port! I also didn’t find it to be any heavier than my 11 inch air, though I know it probably is because it’s 13 inches, however I think they did an amazing job with the feel, weight, and design of this new air. I’m very pleased with my purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful laptop for people who type a lot.

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    Orlin
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    The MacBook Air is a great laptop that after a brief adjustment period is wonderful for anyone who is looking for a lightweight secure laptop to take with them on the go. the battery life is great for typical use giving me about 7-8 hours of life while streaming music to AirPods. The integration with other apple products makes life much easier as I tend to ignore my phone while I am on my computer so having my calls and texts not only be sent as a notification but also being able to respond to them as well is perfect for me. The only downside that I have with this laptop is the lack of usb type a. Usb type c is a wonderful standard and once it is implemented on both the computer and accessories side it will be great but as it sits now being forced to carry a dongle with me at all times is a little disappointing but doesn't really take too much away for the overall experience for the user. If you are looking to upgrade from windows to OS X this is definitely the best place to start.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    first laptop

    Posted
    samdan043775
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    so I have always wanted a laptop and I went with this one. I am brand new to the apple line after being a android user for years. I got my iPhone loved it so much I switch everything over to apple. I researched everything about laptops, from the best to medium range laptops and talked to the best buy rep about everything and anything about the air and the pro and explained the differences and asked what I would be using it for. He took his time and never once made me feel rushed into buying one, or that I was bothering him with all my questions, so. we both agreed on this one. And well, perfectly honest, its everything I could ask for. everything is smooth and well thought out. its fast and easy to use, although I'm still learning how to use it and what it can do, so far it is well worth the investment. I have to remember its a laptop not a phone where I download apps too.. in all you'll be happy with it..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WORTH THE UPGRADE

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    pratba23
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    I know a lot of people say that the new MacBook Air has its downfalls and that you may as well buy the MacBook pro Well, I highly disagree. The MacBook air has great brightness for everyday use, it is SUPER LIGHT (which is great for someone looking for a computer that won't break your back). And the new screen is incredible. Most reviews for these computers are pointed towards people who are YouTubers or "creative types". From the perspective of just a normal person using this computer, I can easily say this is one of the best options for a personal laptop currently on the market. For someone who doesn't need insane levels of power or RAM or someone who doesn't necessarily need the extra ports, this is a great computer. A normal person only needs one single USB type C to USB dongle to get by, and I barely ever use mine. Happy Shopping!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Amazing computer but the HD facetime camera :/

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    Mary
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    I absolutely loved this computer when I got it but when I opened the camera the quality was awful and is so below apple standards. I thought the one I had must be defective so I went to the store to check the model and it was horrible too. I called Apple and attempted to fix it but it seems that right now nothing can be done to fix the issue. I returned it as the old Macbook Air had a much better camera and I use it all the time for video calls. I mean if you are planning to update to a beautiful retina screen why would you leave an outdated camera when just about everything is done by video calls now. Very disappointing. For now I will keep the old one and hope that next year the camera will catch up to the screen capabilities.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mind Blown

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    GREATpurchase
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    I was very nervous to go with a Macbook Air, after always having a PC or Windows laptop. I have an Iphone and Iwatch and decided streamlining all my electronics would just make more sense. I am more than pleased with the MacBook Air. The picture quality is phenomenal, The integration and ability to sync all of my devices and their information is so convenient, the TOUCH ID on the laptop is an imperative step for privacy, and my fingers adjusted the the keyboard pretty quickly. The lightness of the MBAir is so lovely. I can not express how wonderful it is to be able to type out my texting conversations as well, much nicer on a big screen and being able to type quickly. Remind me of the old AOL AIM days--Miss them! Very glad about my purchase, can not wait to start back at school and see how useful this MacBook will be for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great computer way over priced

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    Marvamillion
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    It's an Apple so of course the quality and computing power is there But.... Is it worth the money ? That's a nope there are so many laptops out there with just as much and more computing power than this for literally half the price Apple products historically have ran the same processors as everything else on the market you are literally paying for the name even iPhones up until the X had Samsung processors in them they were made by Samsung ..the irony. So if you just have to have the Apple user platform with your Starbucks latte ..and you don't mind paying twice the price which you shouldn't anyway your drinking a Starbucks coffee then this is the laptop for you. If you need a really good computer for a reasonable price then compare the hardware with hp Microsoft Dell etc for a lot less

    I would recommend this to a friend