Pros Light, good screen quality, responds well, fast. No hard disc moving to malfunction. Pad setup... great response and feel when moving fingers across the pad and the two finger touch scroll is great.
Cons Needs one more USB port. Does not have ethernet port... must use USB. Does not fit well in the other world of PCs. I do contract work for mining, petroleum and construction companies, mostly outside the U.S. with connection issues. See summary.
Summary This is a great portable work machine. I'm glad I purchased it, even at the high Apple price range. I went the whole enchilada and got the Air, iPad and upgraded my iPhone. I've yet to take advantage of the iCloud. Not sure I want my stuff out there on someone else's server for some bored techie to break into and browse through my files, especially my client stuff. I know, I know, password and all that stuff but they know how to break through the codes.
What seems to be a major downside are connection problems and a shortage of support from other manufacturers. Specifically, I am on a remote mining project where the client has a LAN setup that performs poorly and Apple users are having more problems than the PC users. There seem to be some quirky things going on that the IT guys cannot sort out. There are several other Apple users here and we all have the same problems. Specifically: the client has Xerox printers and there is not an updated Apple driver available. The IT guys have tried to download several times only to eventually find a note at Xerox that the latest Apple system is not supported... thus, no print capability. We all with Apple find that we are having difficulty with connectivity both with wireless and ethernet connections. The PCs are not having this problem. It seems if the signal is weak none of the Apples will get a good connection. The IT guys have worked with us to no avail... eventually one IT guy who seems experienced and competent said, "Apple just does not do well in the corporate business world." I don't know if that's true, but three of us here on site seem to be struggling all together. We all believe there are gremlins hidden in our MacBooks that react in the other PC world.
Another downside is the extra gear you have to carry because of the unavailability of ports and Apple's own connectivity differences. A special adapter is needed to connect ethernet. That's such a common connection I can't see why Apple would not have that included... the entire world has not yet gone wireless and in some cases companies do not want wireless for their own security reasons. The Air, iPad and iPhone all have different connecting devices for charging. Seems to me they could make them all the same and my bag would be lighter.
Anyway, it's a good machine but needs some improvements.
Pros * Solid as a rock. Born out of single piece of aluminum.
* Great look and feel
* Light as a feather.
* Keyboard is awesome and lights up!
* Track pad is second to none.
* Instant startup from sleep mode.
* Magnet attachment for power.
Cons * Too many dongles. Don't forget your monitor dongle for client presentations if you do that thing.
* Nothing else. This is the tech that says we are in 2012!
Summary I have gone through two other ultra books before finally giving in an getting the Mac. I am a PC user that was simply fed up. The Samsung Series 9 was my first choice but had a lot of problems from acting quirky overall to a terrible wireless network card. The wireless card DID NOT WORK! Make sure they fix this if you get one. Also, mine was not just a driver issue. Then I went to the Asus Zenbook. What another disaster. The keypad does not register unless you hit the keys dead center and the track pad is like being in the WWF. When I returned the Asus I copied the same sentence to a word doc 10 times and challenged anyone in the return department to cut and paste a sentences to the bottom of the page using one hand... and impossible feet to accomplish in under 10 seconds. The Zenbook was beautiful, so I guess using it was like fighting with the hot girl you dated but could never get along with! So I ended up with my Mac Air loaded with I7 dual processors and 256GB off SSD. Parallels works great on this computer with more then enough horsepower under the hood to keep multiple operating systems like windows and OSX humming along. It works and its very cool. You actually start viewing computing, operating systems and the cloud differently from the Mac platform. Check out ICloud, Drop Box and Parallels to get a feel fro what I am talking about. If you use windows get this baby and if you are upgrading a previous Mac don't think twice. Happy computing!
Pros - light, high quality build
- fast start up
- beautiful build
Cons - The price is a bit steep, but if you want quality you pay for it
Summary I have been a windows user forever, this is my first buy of a mac. I did not make a mistake with this one. It has been a terrific experience from the day I took it out of the box three weeks ago. It is light, fast and I have found so far the the 128g SSD has not been a limiting factor. The i5 processor is more than adequate for what I use it for. So far the experience has been great.
Pros Worked great for a year and a half
Cons Then it imploded! See below:
Summary Bought my MacAir about 21 months ago. Suddenly, for no reason, the screen starts graying out every 15 minutes, telling me I need to re-boot. After some searching on Google, I identify this as a "kernal" error that sometimes indicates a RAM problem. After several memory tests I'm sure that the RAM has gone bad on the system. Since it is soldered to the logic board, the whole board would need to be replaced. (If I just had to replace the RAM, an easy, inexpensive fix. This is not the case with the RAM soldered to the logic board. I understand this is also what they've done with the new RETINA units, so buyer beware). The unit is out of warranty, so the repair would cost around $750. An irate call to Apple tells me if I DO have it replaced, they only warranty the work for 3 months. Not feeling overly optimistic about my chances. This is what we call "planned obsolescence." 21 months...I've had flip flops that lasted longer. And my old reliable PC is looking better than ever. Signed, A Used-to-be Mac Fan
Pros Light weight; performance; take anywhere; beautiful design.
Cons I don't look forward to the day when $ervice will be required. Warranty is a must!