Apple Macbook Air Reviews - Whats The Verdict?

Tue 06 December 2016

 

I truly admire Apple’s ability to innovate the form factor of the notebook. I’m sure that notebooks today are a far more familiar sight than desktops. And even within this saturated space, Apple mstand has been able to carve a niche for itself in the ultra-light and portable segment by introducing it’s slimmest notebook to date, the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A.

With only a 11.6 inch screen (1366 X 768 resolution) and a 1.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, this version of the MacBook Air weighs in at only 2.3 pounds and at its thinnest point is just over half-an-inch thick. While on the smaller side of the notebook equation, the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A doesn’t take a large step back in terms of performance.

 

Credit the performance to Apple’s ability to combine the Intel chip with NVIDIA’s GeForce 320M graphics card with 256 dedicated DDR3 RAM that can also be shared with the notebook’s 2 Gb of DDR3 on-board RAM. All this within the small form factor that is just perfect for those on the go.

If you have ever used an ultra-light or ultra-portable laptop computer, you will know that there will be some performance sacrifices made in order to keep things slim and light. The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A however really pushes the limits of performance while keeping a fantastic heft and size. The solid state drive (all 64Gbs of it) also allows for a slimmer and lighter profile not to mention quick and snappy start-up and shut-down times.

 

Many of the other goodies found in the MacBook Pro line are available here such as the glass track-pad and the multi-touch gestures as well as the integrated FaceTime web-cam. There’s also the MAC OS X v 10.6, Snow Leopard, that comes bundled with the MacBook Air. This means that you get Safari, iTunes, Time Machine, iChat, QuickTime, Phone Booth, Spotlight and many other useful applications and programs free and pre-installed!

In terms of the build, Apple has been hitting home-runs with its aluminum, uni-body design. The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A seems rigid and tough in spite of its thin profile and small footprint. The display looks stunning (as do most Apple displays) and the keyboard is great for a notebook of this size (Just an inch or so larger than most netbooks!)

Without even taking into account the iTunes stores’ offerings or the iLife application suite from Apple, the latest entry level MacBook Air sure does look like a fantastic contender for best ultra-light/ultra-portable notebook in the last 5 years.

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admire Apple’s ability to innovate the form factor of the notebook. I’m sure that notebooks today are a far more familiar sight than desktops. And even within this saturated space, Apple has been able to carve a niche for itself in the ultra-light and portable segment by introducing it’s slimmest notebook to date, the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A.

With only a 11.6 inch screen (1366 X 768 resolution) and a 1.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, this version of the MacBook Air weighs in at only 2.3 pounds and at its thinnest point is just over half-an-inch thick. While on the smaller side of the notebook equation, the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A doesn’t take a large step back in terms of performance.

Credit the performance to Apple’s ability to combine the Intel chip with NVIDIA’s GeForce 320M graphics card with 256 dedicated DDR3 RAM that can also be shared with the notebook’s 2 Gb of DDR3 on-board RAM. All this within the small form factor that is just perfect for those on the go.

If you have ever used an ultra-light or ultra-portable laptop computer, you will know that there will be some performance sacrifices made in order to keep things slim and light. The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A however really pushes the limits of performance while keeping a fantastic heft and size. The solid state drive (all 64Gbs of it) also allows for a slimmer and lighter profile not to mention quick and snappy start-up and shut-down times.

Many of the other goodies found in the MacBook Pro line are available here such as the glass trackpad and the multi-touch gestures as well as the integrated FaceTime webcam. There’s also the MAC OS X v 10.6, Snow Leopard, that comes bundled with the MacBook Air. This means that you get Safari, iTunes, Time Machine, iChat, QuickTime, Phone Booth, Spotlight and many other useful applications and programmes free and pre-installed!

In terms of the build, Apple has been hitting home-runs with its aluminium, unibody design. The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A seems rigid and tough in spite of its thin profile and small footprint. The display looks stunning (as do most Apple displays) and the keyboard is great for a notebook of this size (Just an inch or so larger than most netbooks!)

Without even taking into account the iTunes stores’ offerings or the iLife application suite from Apple, the latest entry level MacBook Air sure does look like a fantastic contender for best ultra-light/ultraportable notebook in the last 5 years.

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