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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 60 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Superbly Portable and Great Display

    Posted .

    I've been using my MacBook Air for several months now as my carry around computer. I have a ThinkPad T400 for work and a MacBook Pro for home. I also use an iPad for much of my casual browsing. It was actually the purchase of the iPad that prompted me to look for something lighter than my T400 as the platform I carry in my backpack every day and for travel. The display is brilliant and just the right size for travel... not too big and not too small with "just right" resolution. Web pages and other content display nicely. I have an HP Mini1000 netbook that I no longer use due to screen size and performance. The Air was a lot more expensive, but then my time is worth far more than the difference in price between the two. The keyboard is great. Since I use a MacBook Pro at home, I've become adept at using the Mac keyboard. Though I do wish I had the option of turning on a backlight. I miss that on my Air...the Pro has it. Because the Air uses SSD rather and a disk drive, it starts up very quickly. It is almost has fast as my iPad when coming out of sleep mode. That "low overhead" from "off" to "in use" has me hooked on the iPad and now the Air. It is such a dream to have the device ready to use (or put away) almost instantly. I love the aluminum cases on the MacBook Pro and Air notebooks. They are really sleek and double as a heat sink, so the units are very quite. The Air is basically silent at all times. Since I have other notebooks, I don't find the lack of a DVD drive to be a problem. I can easily share the drive on my MacBook Pro and most software is downloaded anyway these days. Battery life is also excellent. Since the Air turns on and off so quickly, I can go for a full day with no problem between charges and sometimes more than a day when I'm not using it all day long. I also have MS Office 2011 for the Mac. That suite allows me to easily connect to my corporate environment to do work very seamlessly. I would also like a backlit keyboard that I could turn on when needed. I miss that feature in low light situations. Though my Macs are not complete replacements for my Windows notebooks (unless you add VM and Windows on the Mac), I have found the Air to be a very respectable road machine that is a more complete solution than my iPad for work based travel, while having a better mix of weight, performance and battery life than I have found in PC notebooks. My T400 now stays on my desk in my office and I take my iPad and my Air with me everywhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Refresh!

    Posted .

    Macbook air got lukewarm reviews for its debut, however, that has all changed. This line now is much more pocket friendly and extremely versatile. It's hard to describe the feeling this device gives you until you physically go and try one out for yourself. It's VERY sleek and modern. The weight is so minimal, you won't even realize you're carrying a fully functioning computer. For those who complain of the lack of a optical drive, know this......OPTICAL DRIVES ARE THE NEW FLOPPY. With more and more companies focusing on cloud-based technology, you will be more then ready with this little beauty. The only CONs I have are the lack of a back light on the keyboard. I loved this on the Pro line.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight and Effecient

    Posted .

    Having been a long user of Microsoft products. I was attracted to the Macbook Air but its sheer design. First, this ultra thin- masterpiece may not seem to have too much power. As a former Sony Vaio owner which was made for performance. The Vaio doesn't seem to compare to this this Macbook. The screen is vivid and bright, the over functionality is user-friendly and sophisticated. It really doesn't take too long to use to the Mac's interface. Thus far, I have no complaints with the power of this Macbook, however. There is some downside: It only comes with two USB ports and no external CD drive. Shouldn't be too much of an issue. Mac sells an external drive that can be plugged into the one of the UBS ports. With respect to only having two USB ports, there nothing a portable USB port can't fix. The battery is also onboard, this is probably the biggest concern for me. But having been a long user of Apples' iPhone, I have confidence that the battery will last for quite awhile. Pricing of this Macbook might tip the scale a bit, but again, the convenience of having a lightweight notebook is worth it's weight in gold. I use this Macbook primarily for my education but also use it for graphic design. Thus far running Photoshop CS5 seems to run flawlessly. Overall, very satisfied with this product. I highly recommend it if you looking for something lightweight and efficient.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Portable for the Road!

    Posted .

    I was taken in by the Macbook air ad, went to see it, hold it, had to have it! I expected so so performance and speed. I got the 128 SSD drive with 4gb memory.What a surprise, This is not your old macbook air. This one is fast, and full featured. Boot time is a fairly simple way to judge expected performance. This thing boots faster than my 2011 macbook pro 17 with 8gb memory. No sacrifices here. It's a real mac, with full features. I would not reccomend it asa a primary computer but as one for business or personal travel, in a netbook form factor. Top of the heap. Mind you, this is NOT a netbook. Netbooks won't measure up to this computer. You may be worried about the absence of a dvd/cd drive. I bought apple's external drive for $79.00. Problem solved. I pack it along if I think I will need it and leave it home if I won't. I bought the 11" model because if you are going to go portable go portable. If you need a 13".... get the macbook pro 13".

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air

    Posted .

    I've been contemplating the switch from Windows to Mac for the last year and I finally made the jump. I've owned this computer for a little over a month and I can honestly say that this Mac blows away everything that I have ever used or owned. That's tough for me to say, as I really do love Sony products, and that's all I've ever owned (Sony VAIO's). I currently have this Mac, the iPad, iPhone, & Apple TV. Everything works seamlessly together, without the need for syncing/set-up that is required by Windows based products. I've tried to resist the urge to buy Apple products, but they really are superior. They may have a higher price, but you get what you pay for. Also, the portability of the Mac is 2nd to none. It's lighter than any of the netbooks out there and has way more to offer than most of the higher end laptops. I use this for developing iPhone & iPad apps and my wife uses it mostly for surfing the web and email. It's also a lot more comfortable using on the couch, kitchen table, or where ever you'd like to use it. At first I thought I would miss the DVD/CD drive, but with the App Store, there's no reason to ever use a disc. And if I need to use a disc, I can just tell my Mac to use the DVD/CD drive on my VAIO thru my home network. It is a pretty sick machine for the price. It's about time a company finally got the home computer experience right.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Performing Mac Air

    Posted .

    This is my second Mac, I exchanged the first for this only 10 days old. Been using a PC for a long time. With this Mac Air, there's no comparison. It takes about 15 seconds to restart, performance is excellent, the size is fantastic and I cannot ask for anything better, except maybe the hard drive a little bigger for the price. Then again there is one size up a higher price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Performance but No Upgrade Path

    Posted .

    The refresh to the Macbook Air line was a great one. They increased the screen resolutions for both the 11.6'' and the 13'' and also numerous other changes. The inclusion (by default) of a SSD Hard Drive is a welcomed change but it is on board so you cannot currently upgrade later on (at least in this revision). The RAM is the same way so be sure you get what you really want and don't settle in hopes of upgrading later. The only thing I wish they would have included was the FireWire or USB 3.0. All in all, it is a great machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    More than I expected!

    Posted .

    I have been an IBM Thinkpad user since the beginning of time - mostly for business - and as corporate policy tightens, I found myself no longer able to use my work PC for much personal use. I therefore researched just about every laptop made before ending my search with the MacBook Air. The solid state hard drive is AMAZINGLY fast, the Dual Core processor is more than enough. I am running PARALLEL with WinXP, MS Office and AutoCad Lt without a single issue. The Mac OS is really smooth, and I am only running the XP when I have to use the MS Office or AutoCad Lt - the Mac software and OS is really an improvement over Windows and Windows based programs. The screen is perfect for movies and programs, the touchpad is GREAT! I use an iPhone and just like the iPhone, the touchpad was easy to learn quickly. The MBA doesn't have a DVD/CD drive, but I use an old desktop Windows PC as a simple server on my home network and just share the DVD drive on it - super easy with a software download from apple.com. If there is one thing to say negative, it is a pricey PC, but the size, weight, construction, specifications and software are great!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portability, 10x Better than a NetBook

    Posted .

    I recently purchased this to go from my 15.4" MacBook Pro and so far I Love the change. Not that the Pro isn't good, it was because the Pro is more of a "powerhouse" than what I personally needed on the go. Wife has decided the Pro would be a better fit for her so we keep it in the family I work on the go a lot and the new Air has plenty of battery to last me the entire work day. It does not have a CD/DVD drive which I was fine with because I haven't quite a few USB thumb drives that I keep with me that cover all my needs if I can't get wifi. The ONLY feature that my MacBook Pro had that I really miss is the backlit keyboard but I know this also helps the Air achieve a longer battery life, not that big a deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A great notebook, within limits

    Posted .

    I currently own a MacBook Pro 17" (with i7 processor, anti-glare screen, 256GB SSD and 8 GB RAM). My entire life is on my 17" MBP. I use it to store all my music, all my iPad/iPhone applications, and the selection of movies I want to watch for the week. I loaded Mac OS X on it, as well as Windows 7, so that I can use an external blu-ray drive to watch blu-ray movies on the 1080p screen. (Thanks a lot, Steve, for not putting blu-ray drives in your machines.) I bought the super-light 13" MacBook Air with 256GB drive because lugging around a 6.6 pound machine gets old after a while. I've had the MBA for about three weeks now. Although I'm pleased with the MBA, there are some clear limitations you should understand before you buy. Pros: * Lightweight form factor * Higher resolution screen than most competitors in its class * 256GB SSD, which is very versatile and fast * Full-size keyboard * Dual-core processor is snappy and responsive * Love the "instant" on * Performed well with Windows 7/Mac OS X loaded * Great battery life * Good speakers (especially compared to the Sony Vaio Z) Cons: * Glossy screen is horrible in an office with windows * No built-in wireless (Thanks again, Steve.) * No firewire or ethernet, and only two USB * No optical drive The last two cons were no big deal for me, but you should be aware that you will need to make accommodations if you own an MBA. I rip all my movies using Mac the Ripper and Handbrake, then play the digital files using Apple's DVD player software or Quicktime. I also have an external disk drive, so loading software is no problem. The dual-core processor handled all video with no flickering or stuttering, and was able to multi-task while the movie was on. Also, I loaded Windows 7 on the machine, and was able to watch blu-ray movies on the MBA screen, as well as on a 23" Cinema Display playing at full 1080p resolution connected through the mini display port. Again, with no stuttering or flickering. The MBA was able to handle the dual-screen set up in Mac and Windows no problem. Please note, however, that after I loaded Windows 7 and performed the windows update, the system locked up and could not be fixed. I had to go back to a restore point and load the updates one at a time. However, I blame Microsoft for that, not the MBA. You'd think if Microsoft was going to copy everything Apple did, they could at least copy their software update procedures, but no. The glossy screen was a bigger negative for me, since I watch a lot of dark shows such as X-Files, Night Stalker and Firefly in a bright office, which turn the screen into a black mirrored surface. Now my big frowning face appears in every episode whenever there's a scene shot at night, which is 98% of the scenes. The instant on function is pretty cool, although I've been doing that with my MBP 17" since I bought it almost a year ago. The only time I turn off either machine is to restart in Windows 7 and go back again. Otherwise, I leave them on all the time. Since they have solid state disk drives, there's no spinning disks to worry about and the batteries last a long time in standby. I put both machines to sleep, stick them in an Incase bag, and off I go. When I'm ready to play, I open the lid and they turn on. The battery on the MBA goes about 3 hours playing videos, about 7 hours using Word and Mail. In standby, the battery is supposed to last a month, but I've never gone that long. I gave the MBA a complete workout with some of the software I use regularly on the MBP and a Mac Pro I've had for three years. Although the dual-core processor in the MBA worked well for most tasks, it choked on processor-intensive tasks like video encoding (e.g., using Handbrake to rip a movie) and importing my photo library into Aperture 3. Also, forget about rendering a timeline in FInal Cut Pro. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the MBA, except for that goofy glossy screen. I would never use an MBA as my sole machine, but as a portable adjunct to the MBP 17", it works reasonably well. P.S.: For some reason, no one has a laptop case built specifically for the 13" MBA. You'll need to go with a case built for the 13" MacBook Pro. I used one by Hurley that I bought at the Apple store, and it worked fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Love this laptop

    Posted .

    I am starting to love this laptop. The hardware is definitely the highlight. For productivity purposes I loaded Windows 7 using bootcamp and truthfully, I have found that I am running in Windows 7 far more than OSX. There are some features of Windows 7 that I really miss on the OSX side (snap, organized toolbar, keyboard shortcuts, options to minimize/maximize without having to use the stupid SMALL buttons and apps that simply aren't available for Mac). However, for browsing the Internet and just playing around using OSX will get a little longer battery life. I have been getting 4-5 hours running Windows 7 and 4.5-6 hours running OSX. I also installed Office on the Mac side, but do not be mistaken, Office for MAC is NOT office for Windows. It's serviceable. . .but not as complete. I have started using this laptop to access my work environment and truthfully, I am very close to making this my primary laptop for work and play. Not to mention that it's so easy to carry around for meetings, etc. If your work uses Citrix or Terminal Services to deliver your apps, this machine could easily become your go-to device. All of my DVD's are on network storage and this laptop has no problems playing HD movies streamed on my home network or from Netflix. Bottom line, I think this might be one of the best Windows laptops on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent compromise between iPad and Macbook

    Posted .

    Started out wanting an iPad to supplement a work issued PC desktop replacement and work issued iPhone 4. Deciding on this for increased photo editing capabilities (RAW files in Aperture), and much better screen. Portability took a hit, but I find I take my work PC home far less now as I can accomplish a lot of the tasks on this. I tend to do a lot of late night work, sometimes in bed, and decision to remove the backlit keyboard from the earlier MacBook air is not one I am happy with and honestly was the largest sticking point to choosing this over the iPad. Great for travel, this would be perfect *for me* if it had a backlit keyboard and a HDMI out without having to use an adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Portable Computer ... and Fast

    Posted .

    Since I travel a greal deal as part of my job, I am continuously on the look out for a light, fast, sufficiently powerful computer. I currently own a Lenovo X201 ( a great Windows machine) and the old MacBook Air. This new computer rules the roost. First, it is fast -- from pushing the on button until the computer is available is about 30 seconds. Second, it has definitely improved on the old Macbook Air -- two USB ports rather than one; larger hard disk; faster processor. For my needs, this is the ultimately portable notebook. Worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Thin, Light, Reliable

    Posted .

    I'm not sure I could praise this laptop highly enough. I generally use a mix of Linux and Apple products for work and home. I liked the idea of the previous Macbook Air, but wasn't wiling to pay such a high price for one. I bought this MBA 13.3" as a second laptop for personal use to replace a 10.1" Netbook running Linux. At first, the screen seemed ridiculously huge and I know I wouldn't have liked this laptop except that it is so very thin, ludicrously so. It's like an iPad that opens to reveal a keyboard inside (but without the disadvantages of iOS, which I don't care for). I do some hobby software development and run a couple largish applications (e.g., Logos Bible Software 4) and I've been pleasantly surprised by the performance. The battery life is unbelievable. I find it is actually lasting longer than advertised on the marketing slicks. I need to get an external DVD drive for it since it would occasionally be useful to be able to play DVDs and I have purchased an external drive so that I have enough space for my digital movie collection, but other than that, I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Cosmetically wonderful, technically disappointing.

    Posted .

    I'm a new MAC user, but not completely unfamiliar with it. I've chosen other PC's because of price and overall personal familiarity with the systems. There's a comfort zone there that was hard to part with. But given a MACBOOK AIR as a gift, I dove in and started to familiarize myself with the apple concept. Cosmetically - it can't be beat. The "air" is truly as light as air - and it's pretty darn appealing. The graphics are attractive and fun, and I'm glad I can use APPS. The keyboard takes some getting used to (miss my backspacing options - ugh), and it seems like you have to use more pressure on the keyboard than with my old HP to get the keys to type. Overall - just taking some basic getting used to. No "real" complaints. My disappointment lies in the following: 1. I've had it 2 months, and it has had SEVERAL unexpected "shut downs", with error reports being sent to APPLE. Wasn't doing anything unusual, just basic "stuff" (email, etc). 2. It seems the shut downs are more common with when I open the lid following sleep mode. 3. Tons of POP UPS - which I'm trying to figure out how to control - this is probably my fault for not finding the right tools to end the annoyance, but still - it would be nice if this was a "step" that is outlined in the set up "steps" when I first got the computer. 4. It's light and wonderful - BUT - I think I would have rather had the other MAC that has the CD/DVD drive already in it. 5. I have the larger "AIR" - but still - the screen is just a wee bit too small, and I miss my larger laptop screen on my HP. 6. Not compatible off the bat with mwv files, and other types of "standard" files I could easily open with my other PC's. Again, I realize I probably need to go download some programs - but in this day and age, and with the outrageous price of this thing, it's not asking too much (I feel) to have such things already bundled on the computer when it's purchased. Just a few "off the bat" issues that are bugging me. All in all - obviously this is a fabulous little laptop. I just don't know that, in the end, it was worth paying $1000+ OVER the price of other just-as-good laptops. I guess time will tell.. but right now, I'm sort of wishing I saved myself the money. Again - wonderful bells & whistles, but maybe not $1500 dollars worth. But it is something I would recommend to anyone who has the money to spend on a good laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great introduction to the Mac world

    Posted .

    I received my 13" MacBook Air for Christmas when my Windows laptop was on its last legs after 5 years. It's incredible! Fast, portable and reliable, I've converted to Mac and I'm not looking back! I primarily use this for personal stuff (web stuff and the occasional game) as well as light schoolwork and it's been great. I was initially nervous about the lack of optical drive, but have yet to find it a problem. Plus if I ever do want one, I've always got the option of purchasing a USB one. The MacBook Air is pricey, but worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice

    Posted .

    I have never been an Apple guy. I knew they made good stuff but never bought their goods because I play PC games and have a high end gaming PC. I bought an iPad to see what the hoopla was all about. The iPad was cool so I thought if the iPad is this good then the Mac Books must be really good. SO I bought a 17" MBP. A lot of money but took it back cuz I couldn't justify spending close to 3 grand on a laptop when all I was using it for was browsing the web, bill pay, and FB. I then bought the 15" thinking the lower price would make me feel good about it. Still cost over 2 grand so I took that back. By this time I was in love with the Mac product and wanted something, so I got the 13" MBA. Not cheap but it serves its purpose and it functions like the MBP's without the MBP prices. Because of the SSD it does make it more expensive than the base model 13" MBP. 13" is a bit small for me cuz I am a big man (not fat) but I will get use to it considering I was going to use the 9.7" iPad to do what I am doing with the MBA. The fact it doesn't have an optical drive (CD drive) means nothing to me because I never used it on my HP lap top. I like it , just gotta get used to it being so small and thin...

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another hit for Apple

    Posted .

    Had used PC''s since the word existed until my iPhone introduced me to the world of Apple. Since then I have purchased an iMac and now the Macbook Air. The latest version of the Macbook Air is a wonderful piece of engineering and aesthetic design. Lightweight, starts like lightning whether on standby of from full-off position. Don't miss the CD/DVD drive at all - it connects seamlessly with the CD/DVD drive on my iMac via my home wireless network. I also use the tethering capability on my iPhone to connect to the internet whenever WiFi is not convenient. Would heartily recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This is the best computer for my needs.

    Posted .

    Everything is 98% perfect about this MBA. I have only 2 complaints. This is the 2nd time I have had to exchange this MBA. The first one had issues with backlit keys not coming on from sleep mode. To be more specific, I have my backlit keys set to 10 secs. When you turn on your MBA from Sleep Mode, the keys lit up for 10 secs. (my personal settings) then turn off after. But when you type your password to get into your desktop with a numerical passcode, keys do not lit up. Keys light up if your password start with a letter. Everything is normal from here on. Turns out the 2nd exchange did the same thing, so it's a software issue. Now, the pinch to zoom is non-operative. So I exchanged again (3rd one). The first two days, everything is fine. Then today (3rd day owning the MBA), the pinch to zoom is not functioning again. Not sure if this is a software issue. I had not tampered with any settings. I'm just afraid this may escalate to something bigger down the line. So I may exchange one more time for a MB Pro 13.3. I will miss the SSD speed on this MBA. I'm afraid that the pinch to zoom may resurface on the next MBA I exchange this for. I might visit the Apple Store before I do anything to return/exchange this back to Best Buys The last complaint is there is no way you can prevent Safari from automatically downloading files you prefer to view or listen to in the internet. It will auto download files you wish only to view or listen to and play on the internet.. It then allows you to view or listen to files via iPhoto or iTunes. This is not good. You never know what these files may contain. I did a google search and found that there are no settings in Safari to disable auto-download. You need to download the following web browser: Opera or Mozilla for Mac to surf the net. These have, withIn preferences, settings to prevent auto downloads. Other than that, its the perfect computer if it just didn't have these two issues. My use is the following: Surfing the net, email, iTunes with iPhone 4S sync, Word for Mac converting to PDF's, You Tube, and watching TV shows I've missed on Hulu.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer

    Posted .

    As someone that works in the Information Technology field, this computer does everything I ask of it and more. There are certain features that making your computer experience so much easier as well as convenient. I highly recommend this computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend