Pros Super Easy to type a lot on it
Great for college
iPhoto is so Prooo!
iTunes actually loads really fast
Fast considering theres not all that much under the hood
> Flash Memory must be THAT much better
Uber Light = Ultra Portable = Epic
Cons Feels 'breakable' while holding, makes me really nervous about it
People come up to you and say one of these things...
> "Woah, what is thatt?"
> "Can I see that?"
> "What would you do if I just smashed that?"
> "Thats a waste of m
Summary I'm at student at Boston College, and the MacBook Air makes my life so much easier, the battery life lasts me the entire day. I've only had it 3 days, but so far I'm already in love with it. The new iPhoto which comes with it is awesome too. I have only used one Mac before this, an iMac I think... Anyways typing on the MacBook Air is really easy since its so light in your lap. The screen is really awesome too!
Pros Lightweight, Small, Fast, iLife 11 included, Screen resolution, Sound quality, Full-sized keyboard, Multi-touch trackpad
Cons Some users may find the 11.6" too small
Summary I bought this for university. That means I needed something small, light, internet ready and comfortable to type on. The MBA is all of that and more!
The screen is gorgeous, the sound quality is much more than I was expecting from such a small machine and more importantly the thing is lightning fast. Boots up in mere seconds, runs multiple programs and applications simultaneously without any lag and the multi-touch trackpad makes browsing a cinch.
The screen looks amazing. And it looks amazing from pretty much any angle.
I can't join in on the "What! No backlit keys!" complaints because - Surprise! - I learned to touch type when I was in highschool. On that note, I can't say I miss the SD card slot either as I wouldn't have considered purchasing this machine for doing large volumes of photo editing in the first place (ie transfering to a USB stick is not a problem). In both cases the trade off was that the MBA ended up extremely slim and lightweight, and that was far more important for my needs than either illuminated keys or a photo card slot.
All in all, I would highly recommend this to anyone on the go who needs a full-featured, but ultraportable computer.
Pros 1) Fast. Despite the older processor, the machine multi tasks very well with general use applications (email, word, browsing, itunes, photos, etc).
3) Size and weight.
4) Screen - 13 inch screen is pleasure to read on
Cons 1) A little high in price but worth it.
2) Small disk storage but it does have built in SD card in the 13 inch model.
3) Not easily upgradeable.
Summary So why did I purchase MBA? Well I was looking for laptop or netbook that had high portability but can handle programs and applications that would allow to do work or photo/ non hd videos editing on the go. I never owned a MAC before this one but this won't be last MAC I buy.
I am very impressed with MAC AIR. I am gamer at home and use my Windows 7 desktop for that. So if you are looking for hard core gaming, this is not for you.
However, if you looking for mobile device that can run office, some causal games, heavy browsing, email, handle photos, have music, and light video editing - this is the machine to get.
I had the machine for 1 day and the charge last about 6.5 hours of heavy general use. If your are doing things that use a lot of flash (Facebook and such), the charge won't last as long. Still, I think 5 hours is bare minimum on this device even with heavy use of flash.
The main thing that stands out for me is how smoothly machine runs while switching applications. I had Firefox with 5 tabs opened up, moving music files from my pc to MBA , while writing a word doc. Switching between the three was no problem.
I have not tested video editing from Samsung Camcorder yet but will be testing sometime in next two weeks when I have time.
When Apple releases MAC Apps store, MBA machines are going to be one most versatile machines you can have. You can run apps like that you find on IPAD, Iphone and have power to run standard applications all on one device. While this is not available as of yet - this gives a kind of future functionality that makes this ideal device to have on the go.
Some had mentioned the older processor is a downer, and in some ways it is considering cost. But performance of machine is outstanding and SSD makes up for it. The bottom line is performance of applications you intended to run it and for what it is designed for, it has more enough power.
Even you really need that kind of power (hardcore gaming or video editing for instance) on the go, ultra portables really are not designed for that.
Bottom line is if your are looking for laptop that is ultra portable, durable and has a lot versatility now and in the future, this is machine to get.
Pros Size (13") is just right
Ultra light weight
Lightning fast startup
Magsafe power adapter
Full sized keyboard and trackpad
Cons Mac OS is not that intuitive for Windows OS converts
Wish it had more storage capacity
Summary Purchased this to replace my Dell Inspiron, which I have loved, but even at 15" is a little heavy. From the time I opened it, I have been impressed by this machine. I was a little worried about the relatively flat keyboard, but I have found it to be smooth and easy to type on. The display is crisp and bright, and the multi-touch trackpad is pretty intuitive. I keep forgetting that I can just use two fingers to scroll up or down, and trying to do it the old way (this is my first full-time Mac, by the way). The trackpad makes it so much easier! The build is solid. I purchased the extra RAM and faster processor, which, if you're going to spend this much on a laptop, a couple extra hundred to double the RAM, double the flash storage capacity, and upgrade the processor seems like a no-brainer. The 13" also comes with an SD card slot, which is a must for someone who takes as many digital photos as I do. The magsafe power adapter port is pure genius - i don't know why it took so long for someone to do this. I have a Toshiba laptop that has been rendered unusable strictly because the I/O port for the power adapter wore out and will not allow the machine to charge. That will never happen with the Macbook thanks to this innovation. I primarily surf the web, edit and post photos, and watch video and listen to music. I have yet to tax the limits of this machine. I recently took a trip with it,and it fit neatly on the airline tray table, ran like a dream. I watched a two hour movie while browsing and sending emails, and I never got below 70% on the battery! To put it away, I just put it in a sleeve and dropped it in the magazine pouch in front of me. I haven't missed the backlit keyboard, though I can see why some people would. It would be nice if it were possible to cram in more flash memory; or at least make it expandable in the future. The bottom line is, this is all the laptop I will probably ever need, and its portability and design make it a phenomenal fit for me. As much as I love my iPhone, all the various iPods, and our iMac at home, the Macbook Air is the best machine I have seen come from Apple.
Pros lightweight durable construction, 16:9 wide screen with excellent contrast ratio, decent performance
Cons No backlit keyboard or SD card reader
Summary Apple has always been a leader in forward engineering and the new MBA is no exception. Jobs' commendable transparency with Apple's vision for its customers is apparent with the prediction of this being the "future of the MacBook". This subtly eerie feeling of a Nostradamus'esque prediction likely not only means that the physical design and hardware specs will be around for a while but, on a deeper level, be the company's market sh-air social experiment to determine what concepts will be used across the future MacBook lineup.
For starters, we have the first 16:9 notebook by Apple. Depending on its success we may finally see the MBP have this aspect ratio in the future. Also, Apple's decision to streamline hardware in a more proprietary fashion than ever before in order to achieve maximum design efficiency may carry over into the MB and MBP line if sales prove that consumers are willing to accept this trade off.
Lastly, we may truly begin to see the death of optical media. Many consumers who have been holding their breath for Blu-Ray drives in the MacBook will begin to see that it wasn't a rebel's self-asphyxiation that stopped the tanks in Tiananmen Square but a self-sacrificing physical obstacle. Unless society physically stops supporting streaming content (which it won't) it shouldn't complain about Apple's cost-saving decision to exclude Blu-Ray drives and its high licensing cost HDMI counterpart. Shortly after HD-DVD's defeat, Jobs was asked if Mac's would get Blu-Ray drives and he replied simply by stating that Apple is waiting to see how the Blu-Ray market will play out. At that time, who could have known the future impact media streaming was about to have except perhaps the Nostradamus of computers himself...Steve Jobs (1984 anyone?). Die hard Apple fans also know that the company, besides making green, is all about being green and their decision to evolve into a file streaming with flash storage ecosystem supports Apple's design disposition.
As the price per gigabyte on SSD storage drops and ULV processors get more efficient this design will stay relevant until cloud computing matures and becomes the next future standard. I personally hope that the MBP continues to always be more user serviceable and upgradable than the MBA but that might not be saying much as iFixit has already rated the new MBA's repairability a 4 out of 10.
Apple has nearly perfected a design here that finally delivers a more affordable alternative to the MBP and original MBA. However, it wouldn't be an Apple product if there wasn't room for improvement...
1.) More SSD storage space at same cost (will come)
2.) Faster processor at same cost (will come)
3.) Better battery life (will come)
4.) USB 3.0 (should come)
1.) Bring back the backlit keyboard (Brian Tong better throw a "bad apple" at Apple for that one)
2.) Integrated mobile broadband support (Apple says they used advanced technology from the iPad in this MBA refresh but this, unfortunately, was one important portability feature left out)
3.) Strengthen the hinge (as AnandTech points out it's the only durability weakness)
4.) SD card reader on 11? model
In a PC world of stagnant designs this marvel deserves recognition and celebration! The iPad might be Apple's most revolutionary and contrasting product compared to a traditional computers but this MBA is arguably the first evolutionary product that will bridge many Mac "Universe" concepts, both software and hardware, together. Only the future will tell.