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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1304 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but wouldn't recommend

    Posted
    techsaavyge
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    Overall, this is a great laptop. I've been using it for the last week, and it gets a lot of things right, but the few drawbacks it has, I think should cause people to reconsider. First, the good. In my opinion, the best part about any macbook is the trackpad. The trackpads are so precise and responsive, and the force touch is just a joy to use. It is miles ahead of any windows laptop, and makes the user experience that much better when not using a mouse. This one is no different. The trackpad on this macbook air is big and beautiful, and has a lot of intuitive gesture support. Second, the screen. The aspect ratio is much better for pretty much anything besides watching video. It's not a ridiculous 4K screen that will kill your battery life, but it's also higher than 1080p. In my opinion, it's the perfect resolution, and everything is crisp, and the screen gets ample bright. It's also not as reflective as other laptops. Third, battery life. This laptop lasted pretty solidly during daily use of watching video, browsing the Internet, and other miscellaneous tasks. I never ran any benchmarks or heavy stuff, and I figure most people won't be buying this for that. And lastly, this Mac has the typical benefits of others, such as a great build quality, macOS (if you like it), nice colors, and a solid hinge. Now, for the bad. There were several issues with this laptop in my opinion, most of them negligible, besides two of them. This laptop did get a bit hot from time to time doing normal things, but it never got loud so I was okay with that. It only has two thunderbolt 3 ports, which is kind of a bummer, but I bought an adapter so it's not the end of the world. The issue that would cause me to warn against this laptop is the performance. And I'm not saying this laptop has very poor performance, it's just not worth the price. If you're buying this laptop, you probably want it to last you at least 3 years, and probably more like 5. Well, it comes with an 8th gen DUAL CORE i5, not the new quad core i5. This essentially means the processor has about half the power of the quad core ones, and apple didn't include them in this laptop even though Intel came out with them before. The macbook pro has the quad core, and pretty much every other competitor does too, so in terms of future-proofing your laptop, this one isn't it. I wouldn't of thought it a big deal at first, but simple things such as scrolling through a pdf online or switching between desktops have low frame rates and are laggy. It just detracts a lot from the user experience, and is kind of a deal breaker in my opinion, especially since that performance is only going to degrade over time. The next big issue is the keyboard. Personally, the low key travel doesn't bother me too much as it does other people, except for the spacebar. The issue is, however, that so many people are having dust issues with the keyboard where keys stop working or become finnicky, based on my research. Apple has recognized this issue, and is offering free repairs, but ONLY for the pre-2018 models. So this one will not get free repair, even though many people are having issues with this one too. The possibility of my keyboard malfunctioning a few months or a year from now is a scary thought, since this laptop isn't cheap. And the fact that Apple refuses to recognize the issue for this laptop does not comfort me as a consumer. You may be someone who doesn't care too much for performance because you don't plan on doing anything heavy, or don't care about the keyboard that much. But at that point, why spend $1400 on this laptop, when you can get more for less with others? If you're deadset on macOS, I honestly recommend buying an old magsafe macbook pro, because those are way cheaper and still have most of the benefits. Therefore, while this laptop was pretty great, I would not recommend it. The price simply does not justify what you're getting.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it so far, in spite of the underwhelmin specs

    Posted
    blaine00
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    Short version: This computer does everything I need it to do and I really enjoy using it. Those two things are what is important. There is no major lag that I've noticed for my use. The screen is great. The keyboard is fine for me... though the keys are much more shallow that what you'd find on most keyboards. Port selection could be better... you'll need to buy some dongles if you expect to plug anything into this computer. I love it so far. Longer version: When I initially purchased this device, I went through a period of buyer's remorse. This thing is not cheap... and... if you are just looking at specs, there are cheaper options. But, I've decided to judge this computer by the user experience and how effectively it allows me to get my work done... instead of just the numbers on paper. If you are a gamer, this is not your device. If you primarily do something resource intensive like video editing, this 'may' work for you, but you're better off with the MacBook Pro. This is a great "general use" computer. I use it for my college classes and it has yet to let me down. The most intensive thing I do with this computer is occasionally play retro games through emulators. When playing SNES games, the fan really starts to speed up and the computer starts getting a hot. That is honestly the only time I notice the fan. I would expect similar results from other games. Once again, don't buy this for games. My day to day work flow consists of having multiple Chrome browser windows open, using OneNote, iMessage, and a few other little utilities. I frequently have a lot of stuff opened and I often have to switch from desktop to desktop (using Spaces) to get work done. This laptop handles that all without lag. I find the display to be great. I never have the brightness turned up beyond 25%. If you use the laptop outside and in direct sunlight, you might have issues seeing the screen. While using the laptop on my back porch (in the shade), I can see the display just fine. Viewing angles are excellent and colors seem accurate. The MacBook Pro technically has a better display (higher color gamut and brighter), this is fine for most people. It is WAY better than the display on the previous MacBook Air model. The keyboard is different than what you would find on most computers. Although the keys are shallow, key presses give a nice solid click that I enjoy. It isn't quiet... though. In a quiet environment, the clicking and clacking of the keys will certainly travel. But, it isn't that bad. Just go test the keyboard in the store. Trackpad... is amazing. Learn the multi-touch gestures. Trust me. After being able to use a trackpad this large, I don't know if I'll be able to go back to using any other laptop. The port situation isn't awesome... you'll need dongles (adapter) for anything you want to plug into this computer. That is unless you are one of the less than 1% of the population who has switched all of your peripherals to USB-C. You haven't? Buy some adapters. This computer feels extremely high quality and solid. It's minimalist design is part of what makes it so enjoyable to use. It is also very light weight and slim. Of course, you shouldn't expect to be able to easily get into this thing for upgrades. It is intentionally designed to just be a single solid piece of hardware. You won't be able to upgrade or change anything... So, think of it in the same way you would think of an iPad. What you get is what you get. While it isn't perfect, I've grown to really love this laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall... Apple still doing same old thing!

    Posted
    nathan77sa
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    I have been using Mac's for 30+ years. Apple goes through cycles every so many years where they want to be the first with the new technology. When they come out with it they dump all the old forgetting most of us are still using the old. This MacBook Air is great except the USB-C only ports. Are you kidding me Apple! No other ports. Charging with the new USB-C is awful compared to the older magnetic charger connection. The reason Apple first went to the older magnetic charging cable was in case you hit the cord it would disconnect without issue. Not with USB-C. Not only will it not disconnect if you hit it, it is down right hard to unplug. The connection is so tight. Then there is the need to buy an adaptor to use older connections like USB 2.0/3.0 or a camera SD card. Poor choice Apple! You did this back in the day when you thought nobody needed older port connections going to USB. Yes, I understand the need to go to newer tech but to dump everything cold turkey and expect everyone to do the same actually had me looking at windows machines. Problem is I hate windows os so much I will live with the short sided mindless thinking of Apple. I love the new Mac OS. I love the new keys of the butterfly keyboard. Another thing is the limited offering of the entry level computers. Apple it does not cost you so much to install a larger SSD. Are you kidding me shipping computers in 2019 with SSD at 128g. This was good 10 years ago not now. Your entry level should be shipping with 500g-1TB SSD. This is really stupid a 128g SSD. I love Apple but they are being cheap. Of course the quality is great of the Air. If you are new to Apple this is still a great computer. If your upgrading from an older MacBook Pro or Air the faster Mac OS with the SSD and new processors should be as fast or faster than the older i7 intel chips in MacBooks over 5 yrs old.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lock out finger print feature really works.To well

    Posted
    SueRlovesBestBuy
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    Was very happy to get this new lock out figure print feature as laptops are easily stolen. I thought that this feature would deter a theft. I didn't remember my password once I recorded my fingerprint because, hey my fingerprint wouldn't be changing right. Well I should have known better, locked myself out. Cann't shut it off or you have to reenter the password. Fingerprint feature in the long run is a useless feature. Went without laptop for 9 days because the first person (a man) at Best Buy Geek Squad didn't want to be bothered to help me get back into it without me bring it in. Like I have time to drive an hour stand in line and let them take 3 mins to fix it and then drive another hour back home all with an autistic person with me. No I don't. So I called back and spoke to a very nice lady named Amanda that told me what to do.First time it didn't work.Second time, like magic I was in. Only took 10 mins tops, call and all. Thank you Amanda from Best Buy West Lebanon, N.H. for taking the time to help me. So watch that lock out feature and keep your password. So now that I am back on line I need to figure out how to use the lockout fingerprint feature again because it did not just pop back up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Mac Except the Fan + Fingerprint scanner

    Posted
    Marvin
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    Early this year, I brought it in my local Best Buy store. I used their Price Match program and got a great deal. Thanks Best Buy. They had the grey version in stock. That's fine because I covered it with a unique Macbook skin. The cooling fan cause problem when editing video. It produces noise. The fingerprint scanner is awful. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't recognize my fingerprints. You will be wasting your time using this security feature. I disabled it because it is unreliable. It is faster to key in your password. I upgraded to MacBook Air from a Macbook 12. I upgraded it even though the MacBook 12 retina display is better than the MacBook Air. Plus the MacBook 12 is more portable than the MacBook Air. However, the new MacBook Air has 2 USB-C ports. It helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great as a laptop

    Posted
    Hilarious
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    this being my first mac, the only thing I have to compare it to is either a PC or iPad... as a laptop it works well and I have access to many sites without all the popups PCs are prone to get. my only negative is that there doesn't seem as many compatible apps in the App Store between the Mac and other iOS products. its a hassle to have to go to each app's website to see if there's an applicable extension or app that's just not listed in the official Mac App Store. handoff works better on this than it did on my 1st gen iPad Pro and I'm glad I splurged for the Touch ID. hopefully the new Mac OS coming this fall will address some of my issues and developers in the future will be able to streamline their designs between devices so some things sync better within apps

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Laptop for College Student

    Posted
    Midnight21
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    I bought this MacBook Air because I commute to college and needed something light and portable. I thought of using an iPad with a keyboard but I decided against that because I prefer to use Word and other software that while iPad versions are available, they are limited. I bought this laptop during a flash sale at Best Buy so I was able to get upgraded memory for a cheaper price than buying it at an Apple store. So far it has been great and has met my needs. The only negative thing is that I needed to purchase additional cables, such as USB-C to USB adapter and USB-C to lightning adapter, simply to use my devices with my MacBook Air. In my opinion, it kind of defeats the purpose of making a really light and slim laptop if I need to carry all these cables with me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Improvement

    Posted
    TimB
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    The new MacBook Air is a very capable improvement over the previous generation. I personally came from a 2013 MacBook Pro and was a bit concerned that even though it was a newer device, that performance would suffer. I couldn’t be more wrong. The screen is excellent, on par or better than I had previously. I also LOVE the new key mechanism on the keyboard. Very nice to type on. And the performance has been a tick up from the MacBook Pro I came from. And lastly, the added TouchID is a very welcome addition. I hate typing in passwords! The only downside, which I understand, is the lack of ports. This has just two USB-C ports on the left side. It’s required me to buy a few new cables, but hopefully I’m covered for a long while now as I slowly convert to the new USB standard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade, but No Keyboard Travel

    Posted
    TheNerdry
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    Overall, a great upgrade if you're looking to replace your aging Mac. It's relatively fast with the new 8th Gen processor. Note that you will need adapters (USB-C) for regular use which adds some additional cost, and don't forget about the case, and Applecare. The downside is that the keyboard does have very little travel. So for those that haven't upgraded a Mac for a while may have trouble with getting used to it like I have. Otherwise it's a great travel laptop to take notes. So far the battery life is pretty true to spec, and the resolution is fantastic. And while the brightness of the MacBook Pro is much better, I'll remind you of what you're probably buying the Air to do...basic computing and for that. It's great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Build Quality, Under Powered

    Posted
    NickA
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    Like the title says, the build quality of a MacBook is unlike any other laptop out there, and this MacBook Air is no exception. It's solid, light and good looking. I even like the keyboard. The screen is nice and bright, no issues seeing it in any lighting conditions, even direct sunlight. The lack of touchscreen doesn't bother me as I keep my laptops connected to an external display anyway. My biggest gripe with this laptop is the dual core processor. For the price of this laptop, I can't believe they didn't put a quad core i5. If you're doing basic productivity work, emails, web surfing it's fine. But as soon as you push it, it becomes sluggish. If you have to have Mac OS, or you just hate Windows, and you don't plan on doing anything processor intensive, you can't go wrong with this laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All new design but still an Air at heart!

    Posted
    PoovyFarms
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    All of the beloved ports are gone. No more SD card reader. Not sure about you, but I loved using my SD card slot for expandable storage. With so much taken away, It's nice Apple gave us a host of new and improved items to check off in the PRO column. Upgraded Retina display, Space gray and Gold Finishes, 8th Gen processors, lightning fast SSDs, faster 2133MHz ram, UHD Graphics 617 (graphics card), and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports all in a compact footprint weighing only 2.75 pounds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good but some issues

    Posted
    RobStone
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    In general, it’s an excellent laptop. It runs macOS pretty easily, and is reasonably quick. The form factor is the best part, with it being able to be slipped into a small manila envelope, in case I discreetly have to leave it in my car or in my bag. A couple clipboards include the USB-C, which means that I have to get another adapter to use old USB equipment. The other issue is that the screen isn’t as bright as the MacBook Pro, and has a slight tint. All in all, these are minor quibbles , and I am pretty satisfied overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Time for an upgrade

    Posted
    Hossman
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    My old Mac was 7 years old so I decided to get this one. I used it for less than a week and returned it and upgraded the RAM and hard drive space. The computer is AWESOME. It does what I need it to do. If I had to list a negative, I would say the screen brightness could have been improved. A few of the positives are the improved speaker quality, the Liquid Retina display, the keyboard and the processor. I would definitely recommend this computer for anyone who is doing basic computing. If you need a computer to edit high quality pictures, videos or music, go with the MacBook Pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great computer but lacking in ports

    Posted
    GerryE
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    I have always used Macs and decided it was time for an upgrade to the new MB Air. Nice feel, works as it should, lots of nice features. The only thing lacking is the # of connection ports. Seems short sighted to only include 2 USB-C ports. Need one for charging so that only leaves one for connecting to a hub for other devices; extra cost of course. This has all of the functions I need so I didn't see a need to go to the next model up just for more ports. Bad call on my part.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love my MacBook air

    Posted
    Kandy
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    I love my MacBook. It’s very slim and lightweight. I love the pink color. I purchased a hard shell case online and love that also. It’s nice to not have to worry about putting it in and out of a soft case. The only thing I don’t like is apple. The AppStore is very lacking and there is a lot of stuff you can’t do with a Mac that you could on other computers. That’s the reason for 4 stars. If apple would lift restrictions and let you use it how you want then it’d be perfect.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love my Mac

    Posted
    Madi
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    Love my Mac, was suppose to get an email with free 6months of free virus protection... it never came, I called and no one ever could give me an answer or solution. I love you Mac I wouldn’t trade it for the world this model has Touch ID and that color of pink just won my heart. But I got so upset with the virus protection I just bought one. So that is why I only have 4 stars , I wish I could give that virus experience a negative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good laptop

    Posted
    Jose
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    Thin and fast. Got mine price matched $200 off. 4 starts because Apple should include the lightning to usb-c cable or adapter as that had to be a separate purchase. Also, the touch ID works to unlock and pay but it doesnt work when you turn on the computer which was disappointing and kind of ridiculous seeing as touch ID is not only for convenience but also password protection. Great machine though. If those two issues get fixed this would get a perfect score.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect except for the keyboard

    Posted
    Sara1701
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    Because of the issues with the particular butterfly keyboard this computer has, I now have to have the keyboard replaced. It's unfortunate that apple didn't take the time to correct the issue on all laptops being sold prior to them being sold. Also unfortunate that Best Buy didn't warn me about it to begin with but I do love the computer. It's fast and so far very reliable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    About time

    Posted
    Wyatt
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    This is a great upgrade from the old MacBook Air. I love the better looking screen , It is not better than the MacBooks pro screen but it is way better than the old MacBook Air screen . The speakers are great. Overall I love the new MacBook Air. If you had to say anything bad about it I would say it would be the Price of the MacBook Air. But tother than that this is a great laptop

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Macbook

    Posted
    BabyPants
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    I think my MacBook was definitely overpriced . However, it’s a computer which runs well and serves its purpose. I just think for what I use it I think back and I could have gotten a less expensive version. I recommend you analyze your use before you commit to an expensive item. I have it 4 stars because there is nothing wrong with the product but it’s the price that is simply too high.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend