Pros: Build quality, MAC OS X Lion, Intel Sandy Bridge
Cons: Pricey for such low specs
The smallest Macbook Air has paid us a visit for a couple of weeks and introduced us to Mac OS X Lion, the Mac App Store, an Intel Sandy Bridge processor and a sleek design. Find out how it went after the jump.
In a few words
To try and be concise about the Macbook Air we’ll have to go back in time. It was the year 2008 an Steve Jobs felt something was in the air. It turned out it was the new Macbook Air, then the world’s thinnest laptop and one of the most portable and although the specs weren’t that good Apple was once again creating a market. Three years later we find ourselves in front of a smaller, lighter and more powerful Macbook Air that has a changed in many ways.
Since the introduction of the 2010 Macbook Air, Apple said these kind of laptops would be the future and Intel saw an opportunity and initiated the Ultrabook program which now takes shape through models such as the Acer S3, Asus Zenbook, Samsung 9 Series and many others.
But since this review is all about the Macbook Air, we’ll cut straight to the chase and say we enjoyed having it around in our office for two weeks. We liked it’s performance and we we’re especially fond of it’s looks. The OS ran smoothly and we hardly had to wait for some processes to complete. The 1.6 GHz Intel Sandy Bridge i5-2367 processor, the 64GB SSD storage and the Intel HD 3000 graphics chip handled the common tasks we threw at the Macbook Air.
The new Mac OS X Lion brings a lot of improvements and above all some nice new features: LaunchPad, Mission Control, Versions, Auto Save, Resume, Air Drop, Mac App Store, the redesigned Mail app, full screen apps and new multi-touch gestures. Couple that with a slim profile and a body that weighs next to nothing and you’ve got a $999 that may actually worth the effort.
What we did like:
- build quality
- weight and thinness
- Mac OS X Lion
- battery life
What we did not like
glossy display, lack of IPS
value for money