In early 2008 (but adding a new line in mid-2009), Apple released the MacBook Air, a laptop promising to be Apples thinnest and most light weight laptop. But, does it really live up to all the standards Apple has promised?
1) Obviously, the laptop is incredibly light weight. Weighing only 3 lbs, that’s a full pound and a half lighter than most other laptops in Apples MacBook family. Not only is it light, but it’s thin as well measuring at .76 inches (at it’s thickest point). It’s perfect for sliding in your book bag if you’re a student, or sliding in your briefcase if you’re a professional. Whatever your title is, the weight of it is a definite plus.
2) For being so compact, the keyboard doesn’t let you down. The MacBook Air features a full size keyboard. As an added bonus, the keyboard features a back light display so you can use the laptop conveniently in the dark.
3) The MacBook Air runs on Apple Leopard platforms, which is known to be one of the best Apple platforms they have. It comes with some pretty neat software features, lots of security protection, and much more.
1) The MacBook Air features a full 13 inch widescreen glossy display screen. Sounds great, right? Well, it is. But, the downside to it is because the screen is glossy it shows everything and I mean everything from fingerprints to dust particles to dirt..you name it and the screen shows it. It’s not easy to keep clean. But, it is easy to see. The 13 inch widescreen display is perfect for viewing photos and videos. It’s crystal clear. If it’s clean, that is.
2) When compared to other laptops that offer the same features, but aren’t as thinly sized, the MacBook Air is definitely on the higher end of the price spectrum. The “basic model” is available for around $1,500 and goes up from there depending on what features you add. Other major computer companies offer laptops with the same amount of battery life, graphics cards, memory, etc. but are a little heavier for about half that cost. It’s all about how important the size of it is to you, I suppose.
3) The battery life isn’t bad, but it isn’t what Apple promises. Apple promises 5 hours of battery life with the MacBook Air, when tests show that it really only lasts about 3 and a half hours when used lightly (no videos, etc. just basic use). Now, 3 and a half hours is not all that bad, especially compared to some laptops now days with only 2 hours of battery life, for instance. However, it’s not what Apple claims it to be.
1) The MacBook Air only features 1 USB port. Comparing to other laptops in similar price ranges, that is not acceptable. The one USB port that it does feature GREATLY limits your connectivity options. There’s no FireWire connectivity, and anything else like WiFi or Bluetooth that you’d want to connect with ALL must filer through the one USB port it offers. If you’re planning to use the internet a lot on this laptop, you may become frustrated with the insanely limited connectivity features that it offers, especially for the price.
2) The MacBook Air is the slowest MacBook in the entire MacBook family, and one of the slowest laptops out there in general. The speed will slightly (but don’t get your hopes up) increase if you increase the model of the MacBook Air you purchase (also known as spend more money, essentially) but it doesn’t increase the speed enough to compete with any other top computer makers laptops. I recommend Google searching some MacBook Air Speed Tests and seeing the results for yourself. It’s not pretty, ladies and gentlemen.