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Apple 11.6" MacBook Air dual-core Intel Core i5 1.7GHz (3rd generation Ivy Bridge), 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash Storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 5 Hour Battery Life, 802.11n Wi-Fi
(1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 1.7GHz, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 128GB Flash Storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 11.6" LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p FaceTime camera, USB 3.0, Built-in 35-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery)
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  In a word, WOW,  2013-06-12
By By Mark K

I've been using a maxed-out MacBook Pro since late 2009 and to be honest, loved it. But when the latest version of the Air (with the backlit keyboard) came out last summer, I knew it was time to upgrade. I've had the Air now for less than a week, but it's everything I was hoping it would be. I'd been concerned that the 1.8Ghz chip would be slower in actual use than the 2.26Ghz chip in my MacBook Pro, but it's anything BUT. I'd also worried that dropping back down to 4GB RAM from 8 would be problematic, but so far I haven't had any issues. I have the same half-dozen applications open all the time that I did on the Pro and there's been no difference in responsiveness. The machine is everything you've read about it: fast, light, and very, very sexy.

Word and Excel, which used to take upwards of 30 seconds to open and "settle" on the Pro, open almost instantaneously and are ready to go. I've also noticed that Adobe Bridge has not yet crashed, something that used to be a several-times-a-day occurrence on the Pro.

As reported elsewhere, the fan does spin up and run loudly when watching flash videos, and certain screen savers also send it into overdrive, but otherwise it stays quiet and cool.

It's obviously a pricey piece of hardware, but in this reviewer's opinion, worth every penny.

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