This is a rather late review considering that the 11-inch Macbook Air launched months ago. However, this device is one of the prettiest I’ve seen so I still wanted to do a review.
Apple MacBook Air 11 inches Specs and Features:
- 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor
- 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
- 64GB or 128GB flash storage
- Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor
- 1366×768 glossy 11.6-inch LED-backlit widescreen display
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- Mini DisplayPort
- 802.11n AirPort Extreme
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- headphone minijack with support for Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
- stereo speakers
- omnidirectional microphone
This laptop is ridiculously thin I can use it as a shaver. Ok, I’m exaggerating here but this is meant to drive home my point. The 11-inch Macbook Air is only 3mm at its thinnest part and 17mm at its thickest you wonder how Apple has crammed everything into this very thin device. Apple seems to have perfected the art of making ultra thin laptops.
Apple MacBook Air 11 inches Screen:
One of the nicest things about the Macbook Air is the screen. The display measures 11.6 inches diagonally with a resolution of 1,366×768 pixels, higher than that of most netbook displays. It’s extremely bright and colorful. Videos and photos on this MacBook Air look sharp, colors are vibrant. The Macbook Air’s screen is the best I’ve seen in an ultraportable.
Apple MacBook Air 11 inches Keyboard and Trackpad:
The keyboard on the Macbook Air is a pleasure to use. The keys are large enough so typing is not a problem. And have really good tactile feedback. Unlike the MacBook Pro, however, the Macbook Air keyboard has no backlight.
The trackpad is equally excellent. The Macbook Air uses a buttonless Multi-Touch trackpad. That means you can perform multi-touch gestures. It is very responsive and extremely satisfying to use.
Apple MacBook Air 11 inches Performance:
The 11-inch version of the MacBook Air comes in two configurations. The lower model gives you a 64GB of flash storage, a dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card. The higher configuration has 128GB of flash storage. It is a good thing that the Macbook Air uses flash storage. It is safer than hard drive because it doesn’t have moving parts. And it’s proven to be faster.
The Air’s specs are not impressive on paper. It’s a Core 2 Duo processor, not a Core i3, i5, or i7, so you would expect the performance to be a bit wanting. The RAM is also a bit slow at 2GB when 4GB seems to be the standard. Surprisingly though, the Macbook Air doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance. Navigating the Mac OS X is nice on the Macbook Air. Applications load fast enough and opening softwares all proved reasonably swift.
Apple MacBook Air 11 inches Price and Configurations:
Apple MC505LL/A MBAIR 11.6 1.4 2 64 Flash . $835
Bto MacBook Air C2D/1.6 11 4GB 128GB FlashZ0JK0LL/A (Z0JK0LLA) $1,299
Apple MacBook Air 11 inches Conclusion:
The 11-inch MacBook Air is a laptop that will undoubtedly cause heated debates. It's undeniably tiny and packs a serious computing punch, but its sky-high price and meagre scattering of ports will definitely not appeal to everyone.
We were certainly impressed with the amount of processing grunt Apple has managed to pack into such a slim body. If we needed a powerful ultraportable purely for travelling purposes, we would go for the 11-inch Air. However, the larger screen size, better battery life and inclusion of an SD card slot makes the 13-inch Air a better compromise for general use.
Advantage: Beautiful design, light but sturdy, very nice display and keyboard, fast performance.
Disadvantage: No SD card slot, old processor, 2GB RAM is insufficient, limited hard drive space, keyboard isn’t backlit, expensive.