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The quintessential ultraportable notebook,
This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MD232LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
I needed a laptop that I can carry and walk around with every day, use it for development, word processing and presentations. Last year I got a Lenovo U300s, and was very happy with it. Three things stood out: screen was a bit dark and image would fade at an angle, 4GB ram was low and it had an inferior trackpad; otherwise it was a superb laptop. Unfortunately, that laptop was stolen and so I decided to finally embrace the new age of personal computing with a MB Air. I'm very happy with my choice.
- The screen is very bright, colors are vivid and can be viewed from any angle. It's probably the best quality display that I've seen on a 13" laptop.
- The SSD is very fast. Ultrabooks with a hybrid SSD are not the same. With SSD, apps open quicker, files copy faster by a factor of 4 or 5. You can go to Tom's hardware to see a detailed analysis of hybrid HDDs vs SSD storage.
- Ergonomics are top notch. The lid flips open without the laptop flopping up, the entire body feels rigid, nothing flops around or moves when it's not supposed to.
- The backlit keyboard is very comfortable to type on, although I do miss Pg Up/Down, Home/End and Delete buttons as a long time PC user.
- Trackpad and Lion's multitouch gestures are in a class of their own. Unfortunately no PC can touch Apple here. At first I was skeptical of the new Lion features, but if you spend a few minutes learning each gesture, it actually makes the experience of working on a MB Air very enjoyable.
- Thunderbolt and USB 3 finally live together. You shouldn't have to choose as a customer, and finally both are available for fast I/O to your heart's content.
- 8GB ram is a plus. I run Fusion 4 w/ Win 7 without any trouble for any PC-only needs.
- I'm finally starting to realize the benefits of a Mac ecosystem. Things like airplay, the local file drop on Lion, wireless syncing with an iPhone...all nice little extras that make life easier.
- At 3 lbs, I leave it in my backpack and walk around with it every day, it's like carrying around a small textbook. That's enough for me to compromise on price and some performance when compared to MB Pros and some PC offerings.
- Screen resolution could be slightly higher, i.e. similar to what Asus or the MB Pro retina offer.
- I miss having F-buttons that PCs offer, mainly because I do some work in Excel.
- Price is up there, but you I fully expected that buying Apple and I know that I'm getting quality with instant support, no gimmicks, no bloatware.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2012 9:45:21 AM PDT
Chad Predmore says:
You still have the "F-buttons" available. They just have shortcut keys attached to them. By default, you have to hold the Fn key and then the F key you want for that function. Or you can change this setting in System Preferences...Keyboard. Check the box that says "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys"
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 1:51:14 PM PDT
where did you buy the 8Gb version - i cant find it anywhere on Amazon??
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