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Almost perfect machine!,
This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MC969LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
I have purchased many Macs and PCs so I am not hardcore fan of only one type. However, I have been looking for an ultra portable computer that can truly function as a day to day laptop and not just as a netbook. The old MB airs were really just netbooks with apple being a bit stingy on the SSD space. However, they completely did away with the guts of the old one and created a serious portable computer! I was on the fences between the 13 and 11 as well but after using both for a while in the apple store, I asked myself why I wanted an air to begin with? Why was I ok with no more disc drive? Why was size and weight so important? The answer did not sit well for me with the 13. The reason being is its the same size as the MB pro 13 and yes its lighter and thinner, but not enough to justify getting it. If I am going 13 inch, I am getting the pro. The 11 inch is truly in class by itself. This thing is simply amazing. Its hard to believe they can fit that much technology into this little thing and have it perform the way it does. I am not going to get into the lack of optical drive as there are in depth reviews on that if that is something your concerned with. I am pretty sure that everyone looking to purchase this has come to terms with the fact that its really not needed anymore, for the most part.
Screen is beautiful, design is classy and feels sturdy, backlit keyboard is back, trackpad is elite, speed and power is mind blowing and the way ios Lion is designed is very cool once you get the feel for it. There is a reviewer that says you cant get the same specs as the 13 inch. That is the furthest thing from the truth. Amazon only sells two versions of each size so perhaps thats what they meant. If you go to apples website, you can get (as I did) the 11 inch with the core i7, 4GB ram and 256 SSD. Only difference at that point is the 11 inch has no SD slot and the native resolution is slightly less than the 13 but its more crisp on the 11.
So why the 4 stars instead of 5? Simply because of one issue which is a big issue for me, and thats battery life. Although Apple says you can get 5 hours from this thing, its more like 2 and half or 3 with moderate to heavy use. Perhaps you can get 5 hours with no video or downloading content and simply checking out websites that do not require flash. Granted the 13 inch has a bigger battery and Apple claims 7 on it, I would suspect its more like 4 or 5 but I never tested it to that extent to be fair. The other thing which is not that big of a deal but bothers me a little is the speakers. I think Apple took the cheap route with that and could have made them sound a tad louder. Its not a big issue because most people will have external speakers set up or use headphones but if I had to be real picky, that would be the only thing.
To give you an idea on what I am comparing this to, I purchased (and quickly returned) a Samsung series 9. Although that thing looks pretty, its cheap overpriced junk with a ton of bloatware, misleading specs, (claims to be 128 SSD but its really 70 after all the junk it comes with) horrible and unresponsive trackpad and the wifi makes guest appearances... I know there are other computers that can rival apple when it comes to the MB pro line and their desktops. However, there is nothing in my opinion that can even come close the new MB Airs. For the price and specs, this thing is truly a spectacular machine.
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Initial post: May 14, 2012 12:44:03 PM PDT
I agree that the battery life of the MacAir 11" (2011 version) is shorter than posted, but I can recharge from 5% back to 100% in about 2 hours. Also, when I ran a Windows machine I needed more battery life just to reboot and wakeup the computer. This MacAir 11" will awake in about 2-3 seconds. I find now that I do what I need to do and close the cover and be doing so, I can go for most of the day without recharging.
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