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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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By Nicole

Love love love my new mac
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In a word, WOW

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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Great for research!

By David

I always scoffed at the relevance of any computer, such as the Air, that lacked any capacity for expansion. I grew up in the 80s and early 90s making Franken-computers with my friends while we sipped our Sunny D. But I digress...

Now I find myself in dusty archives doing graduate research work. For this I need something extremely portable and simple. I have a 21" iMac at home for the fun stuff(just found out Kim Jong Un has one too!). This Air is perfect for my simple, more serious needs...internet, word processing, chat roulette. Truth is, many archives only allow researchers to bring a few pieces of paper and a laptop with them into the study area. If not for my Macbook Air, my investigations into sex crime in Plymouth Colony would take weeks, if not months, longer.

As perfect as the Air is for me, it has innumerable limitations. I wouldn't try to run any heavy-hitting programs on it (my fiancé is an architect, so I know what havoc those programs can wreak on an unsuspecting Macbook). While its processor is fast, the Air has about a week's worth of space if you're an architect, graphic designer(the employed kind), or techno music producer. The screen is big enough to read documents comfortably, but just about nothing else. I wouldn't use it as a door stop either (door passes right over).

In all, the Air is great for me and maybe the other five people sitting here in the New York Historical Society library. If you don't absolutely need it for a specific purpose, like I do, get something more substantial that will stay relevant longer. Despite its sleek design, the Air is yet to get anyone laid. Hence the 4-star rating.
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By John Cauman

I made the mistake of purchasing an 11" MacBook Air without looking at in in the Apple Store. After I bought it, I discovered that it was too small. The screen was hard to read, so I returned the computer and bought a MacBook Air 13" from this store.
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