MacBook Air Laptop
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Apple MacBook Air From: Apple

This is a great notebook from Apple with all the bells and whistles you would expect on a new Macbook.

It's very overpriced unless you are a huge Apple fan and it doesn't have a CD/DVD drive.

Major Apple fans will love it or anyone with the extra cash to try it out but it's not practical for someone on a budget looking for a notebook.

The New Apple MacBook Air is Here

Apple decided to update their Apple MacBook Air and I decided that I would review it because I wanted to learn more about the product.  I’ve never had a Mac laptop but I have some friends and clients who swear by them. I do think they look nice and I have some Apple products I enjoy so I’m on the fence about whether or not I would purchase one. I was not surprised to find out how much they wanted for notebook considering it is a Mac and it is super thin and lightweight.  At nearly fifteen hundred dollars, I could conceivably purchase three laptops or notebooks of another brand. So the real question is whether or not the MacBook Air is worth the steeper price. 

At the end of the day, I do not really care about name brands but I do care about how well a product works and if it is right for me.  The price is a bit high but you can get the same computer with a smaller screen for a bit less than this model.  I understand that creating a notebook or computer that is this small takes some great engineering but I wanted to see if it was worth such an enormous price tag.  After all, there are smart phones out there that are smaller and lighter and they do not cost as much even though they do as much work. So let’s go ahead and take a look at the specs real quick before we talk any further.

Product Details
  •  Intel Processor
  • 4 Gigabytes of RAM
  • 256 Gigabyte Hard Drive
  • Mac Lion Operating System
  • 13.3 inch Screen
  • Lightweight
Looking at the product details, it seems to be a decent computer and has plenty of RAM.  The hard drive is on the small side which is an issue since for the price I would think that they could afford to put in a larger one.  Sure, you can use externals but with a portable computer, you also want the option of being completely portable. The screen is also small but I do understand that this computer is intended for portability and the larger the screen, the more weight that is added.

But it is a Mac…

There are going to be fanboys out there who want the product simply because it’s an Apple product. There’s certainly no harm in that if that’s what you like. I’ve been known to spend more on a particular brand before because I liked it better but I don’t think this is one of those cases for me. For me, I want a lightweight computer that I can buy for a good price and that has what I need.  This MacBook fits two of those three needs.  The price is something that I just cannot get around.  I do not see how I can justify spending this kind money on any computer.  Not when the prices have come down on laptops and tablets made by other manufacturers.  I’m not that big of a fan of Apple to justify the costs.

It Doesn’t Have Everything I Need

OK, so again, I know that this is a very dressed down version of a laptop computer and it is not intended to be used as a laptop computer.  It is a notebook and this means that there are some things that have not been included to save space and to keep the weight down.  However, not having a CD/DVD drive is reprehensible to me.  This makes it nearly impossible to install software unless I download it off the internet.  I do not like downloading from the internet because there are so many issues with Malware, Spyware and viruses.  It just makes me nervous and when I can, I buy my software on a CD or a DVD. 

Plus, I like watching movies as do my children and I usually bring some DVDs with me on trips but I wouldn’t be able to watch them on this notebook.  I know you can get a movie subscription where you can stream unlimited movies but if we are in an area where there is no internet connection then there is no option for us. What if I want to save files to CD?

What Others Think
Alex Green says, “Screen is 13" but the resolution is comparable to that of most 15"+ laptops. Perfectly usable for graphic/software development. While Macbook Air uses (supposedly) an inferior TN panel compared to Macbook Pro, I did not find a drastic difference between the two (I also own a 17" Macbook Pro). The Air has slightly smaller viewing angles and perhaps not as good colour reproduction, but the differences are subtle. Also, there's a lot less glare on Air's "glossy" display compared to glossy Macbook Pro.”
Lopmos Lukasnat states, “I've worked with computers for over 35 years beginning as a Navy telecommunications technician in 1975. This machine is far and away the best computer I have ever owned. It is super fast and super light. It's also a Mac so it's rock solid. It is pricey but it's well worth it.”
Alex Margus added, “this is a very good laptop”

At the end of the day, I will not be purchasing this notebook because the price is too high for what you are getting.  I’d rather spend my money on a less expensive computer and do something nice for my family with the rest of the money that I would have spent on this one.  Those who want the Apple name and can afford this notebook will be very happy with it.  It is not a bad computer at all; just too pricey for my current needs.
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2012, 7:52 pm
Reviewed by Lisa Mason
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