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on January 27, 2013
I have had a personal computer since my first Apple II+ back in 1981. I worked my way up through several macs, starting with a whopping 128K Ram version. I left Apple in the early 1990s because of 3 factors: 1)The OS: Too many times the "solution" for program conflicts was a "clean restart". Meaning essentially start over with a re-formatted hard drive. 2)Apple stuff was only sold in Apple stores and was way more expensive than PC stuff. 3)Windows had progressed to the point it was almost as friendly as the mac.

I am very happy I switched back. It was time for a new computer to replace my 3 year old Toshiba PC. I read a book on Windows 8 and decided it is not for me. I do real work (email, personal accounting, Internet, word processing).....very little in the way of media. I have a tablet I use for emphasizing that kind of stuff and did not want/need my main computer to look like my tablet. The book explained how I could supposedly make windows 8 look like I wanted but it was so full of workarounds I decided on the Mac.

I bought the 256GB Air upgraded to 8 GB Ram and a Core i7 processor. i also purchased an external optical drive.....$70 on Amazon.

I had compared the Mac Pro and its Retina display in Best Buy. The kicker over to the Air was that I couldn't in any way justify/use the Retina display for my purposes, and I didn't need more than a 13" screen. When at my desktop I use an external monitor.

What I like:

Size and weight of course....It fits in my briefcase very well alongside my 10" tablet. reboots in way under a minute. My old Win 7 machine sent me for at least one more cup of coffee. In fact the Solid State Storage drive is most likely the responsible reason for the speed so I cannot even be sure of the speed contribution from the extra Ram and processor.

The plus of the SSSD is that because you aren't spinning a disk you get better battery life (I haven't experiment with that, so no data) and also you don't have to worry about mechanical damage to the disk....vibration, etc.

Clean User Interface. Somehow Apple makes it seem cleaner and there is no missing functionality as far as my use is concerned. Accessing more obscure functions/options can sometimes be a little challenging but they are all there eventually. Most of these kinds of things are one-time settings.

Apple made the migration from Windows 7 pretty easy. I used an Ethernet cable with a Apple Thunderbolt adapter as hardware, Apple's free Migration Assistant as software. I initially tried the usb cable/software from StarTech but I could not make that work. Thanks Amazon for the easy return.

Be aware: Migration Assistant creates another user on your mac. I have made that user my main login and eventually will delete the original user the initial setup created.

Built in Bluetooth. I had it on my Toshiba but even Toshiba couldn't help me get it working, so I was tied into a dongle. The Mac's bluetooth works. I bought a bluetooth mouse and goodbye dongle.

Apple Support is totally 5 star. In the 2 or 3 times I have needed to get live help it has been less than 2 minutes to talk with someone live. Someone whose English is unaccented. Do not be daunted by their call-you-back system. The callbacks have been within a minute or two.

Apple UI writing makes you smile, I swear. For instance, instead of a "Send Mail" button it has a paper airplane icon. When the mail goes out it makes a swishing sound. Ok, stupid but it still gets my smile out. For another instance, when a download comes in the screen shows a ball-like icon flashing across the screen and going into the "download stack" in the "Dock"...the line across the bottom of the screen with app links, etc.
I haven't done anything with any other stacks but I think the idea is you can group files or apps into a stack without cluttering the dock. So a stack would be the equivalent of a folder on your Dock. "Home stuff" "Work Stuff: etc.

What I don't like:

Some things don't change. Apple has to have its proprietary connections (power, display, thunderbolt) of course. Expensive of course.

An inserted SD card sticks out from the Air case maybe half way. I wouldn't advise transporting an Air with an sd card inserted.

And of course the price. But since none of the don't likes were news to me I can't take a star away.

It's not really Apple's fault but the version of Quicken for mac is really crippled. Do your research first to see if it will do what you want. yes, you can always load up a Windows partition and run the real quicken but I am trying to avoid that
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on December 27, 2012
First of all, it took me a few weeks just to decide I wanted the 13" Retina MacBook Pro or this one, in the end, I went with this one. Here's why:
1) It's $150 cheaper!
2) It has twice the storage, 128GB vs256GB.
3) Same amount of ram
4) Much lighter/thinner

For me, those are all fairly important, plus, I just love Mac OS X, and would never even think of using anything else. The performance difference between the maxed out MacBook Air, and the 13" retina isn't that much, and the screen isn't worth the extra cost plus decreased storage. All in all, i love this little gem of a laptop, and it's much, much better then my old late 2007 white MacBook! (Though, that still works great for the basics.)
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on April 18, 2013
This is my second macbook air. I continue to be amazed by the quality of this unit. It arrived in perfect condition. I can recommend this version with 8 GB RAM and illuminated key board for graphic designers and photographers. The speed and reliability of this lap top is worth the price. SSD with 256 GB is sufficient for lots of photo files when travelling.
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on December 10, 2012
Got this for my wife for her consulting. She likes it a lot because of the light weight, quick resume from sleep, good battery life, and attractive design. The only downside of the MacBook Air is that it costs a lot more than an equivalent PC laptop, but they are gorgeous machines.
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on December 13, 2012
What can I say about this product? It's awesome!
Very fast. the ssd HD really does a good job with speed.
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on May 19, 2016
this is my first Mac and it is very easy to navigate. it is a refurbished laptop and the company contacted me to make sure I was aware of the cosmetic imperfection. They even sent me pictures. Very happy with my purchase
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on March 7, 2016
Great company!! They were very responsive to my emails. The computer is like new! I don't see a single scratch. I would recommend these computers to my grandparents... That's how much I'm pleased with their products.
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on December 16, 2012
this is a great portable product and the screen is small at first but it gets better as you use it.

battery is amazing
is really portable
great keyboard
great software
very fast
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on December 27, 2012
This MAC works great. Screen is terrific. Battery life is terrific. Boot up is quick. Keyboard and touchpad are excellent. Performance is as good as I have seen. I am not the primary user, but the primary user is all smiles.
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on November 19, 2012
Loving my new MBA. Super-fast. Very responsive. It's like the sports car of the notebook world. I did upgrade to this version with the 8gb of ram and am happy I did. I'll be mostly using this computer for work purposes doing graphic design with a little video and sound editing mixed in. I'm always listening to streaming music and so far this MBA is kicking some serious butt. Great experience thus far.
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