If you’re looking for the ultimate ultra-portable notebook, look no further than the Apple MacBook Air. Each component in the 2014 MacBook Air has been redesigned to be lighter and faster, resulting in a notebook that’s as powerful as it is portable, whether you choose the 11.6” or 13.3” model.
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Eleven-inch and thirteen-inch MacBook Air models are powered by fifth-generation Haswell Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with up to 2.7GHz Turbo Boost and sufficient DDR3 memory to ensure consistently high performance whatever your workload is. Intel HD graphics 6000 help the MacBook Air maintain its responsiveness, even when you’re playing the latest games or working through graphics-heavy tasks.
Built-in 802.11ac WiFi lets you take advantage of the fastest wireless connections, so browsing the Web or accessing the cloud on the MacBook Air is as convenient as possible. This Apple notebook even has a 12-hour battery life and comes with all the built-in apps of Mac OS X Yosemite, so you can do more with your MacBook.
No matter what you’re doing, you can expect the MacBook Air to be responsive. PCIe-based flash storage adds even more speed to the MacBook Air’s performance, so you rarely have to wait when accessing your largest files and launching the most processing-intensive apps. Booting up the MacBook Air takes no time at all, thanks to the notebook’s all-flash architecture. Thunderbolt 2 ports also let you enjoy not only high-speed data transfers but also hassle-free daisy-chaining.
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Reviewed by Gianna Allen01-11-2015
Nice Mac to carry around
I bought this MacBook Air as a gift to my daughter who is graduating high school this coming March. But before I gave it to her, and because I’m a little techie myself, I gave this laptop a serious run first. What mostly got me about this is the i5 processor. I’m a gamer myself and I know that this kind of processor from Intel is perfect for gaming. My daughter doesn’t enjoy this as much as I do but let’s just say that I kind of use this Intel i5 to its full potential while I’m testing it.
Anyway, MacBook Air is incredibly light and thin that sometimes, I’m afraid that I’ll break it in half or something. It fits in backpack whenever I brought it to the office and I think my daughter will see this feature as a huge plus, because you know, Fine Arts Major requires bringing the whole house with you. It’s powerful and fast too, that I consider her having absolutely no problem whenever she’s loading her graphics-intensive and space-eating software. This will be so perfect for her. I mean, I can see it already.
Actually, I’ve been browsing websites regarding the best laptop computers for artists or Fine Arts Majors and I did made a list of the possible laptops that I’m going to get. MacBook Air is one of those and when I first laid my hands on this laptop I knew instantly that this is the one. I just hope that my daughter’s happy with this though.
Reviewed by Terence Ross01-11-2015
Big on performance, small in size
A laptop that’s big on performance, but small in size. This is how I best describe my very own MacBook Air. When I first got it from MacMall a few weeks back, I thought that it would make a great gift for my daughter’s 16th birthday. When it arrived, and I tested it out, I just had to get one for myself.
It handles like a dream, with Intel Core i5 powering it, I’m not surprised. The RAM on this thing is up to 4GB, making it pretty fast when it comes to powering applications, web browsing and even games, according to my daughter.
The display is crisp and high def, making everything you do look cool and in real life. I mainly use mine to type, and I have to say there’s certain clarity on the MacBook Air’s display that I don’t see on other displays.
The MacBook Air’s battery power can last up to 12 hours. Which is pretty cool because other laptops can only run at most five hours on battery power; the MacBook Air really lets me do more on a single charge.
If a notebook is what you’re in the market for, go for the best! Get a MacBook Air from MacMall. I got great deals on mine from this site.
Reviewed by Bill Hunter01-09-2015
The MacBook Air really changed my life. It’s by far one of the best laptops I’ve used in my life. It has awesome resolution that really lets me see everything I want and need to see.
It runs on Intel Core processors together with at 4GB of RAM. This lets it run really fast, making my gaming experience, as well as streaming a fun experience.
Since I’m usually out of the dorm, I like to take my laptop with me wherever I go. The MacBook Air, being thin, and lightweight and all that, makes it really easy for me to take it wherever.
I like to do my homework like, really close to the deadline. This means I pull a lot of all-nighters. My MacBook Air stays up late with me. I can work in the library for hours and hours before it runs out of batteries because this bad boy can last 12 hours!
Wherever I choose to use my MacBook Air, I always look cool when I’m on it. Look cool, plus all the functionalities rolled into one. I highly recommend the MacBook Air for all of your computer needs.
Reviewed by Micah James01-07-2015
Thin and light, like what Apple promised
MacBook Air is perfect for me as a writer. I can take it anywhere with me without much hassles because it’s thin and light, like what Apple promised you. I actually put it inside my satchel bag and I still have a lot of space for my essentials. I won’t even have to worry about my bag’s handles because I am sure that they won’t break. This amazing laptop isn’t heavy at all.
I also like the ample storage capacity. As a writer, I have a lot of files that needs saving because I may or may not need it for future references. Of course, I need to be sure so I always save them right away. I’m also a movie fanatic, which is the sole reason why I have a lot of space-eating movies in my computer. The storage capacity of my MacBook Air helped me a lot on this one. Plus, it’s fast because it’s flash.
And did I ever say anything about its physical appearance? This outstanding laptop is beautiful, simple, and elegant. It’s not only perfect for me and my job, it’s also perfect for my style and personal preference. Overall, I like the silver finish and the thin and light package. Not to mention the power, features, and other capabilities.
Reviewed by Kenny Swift01-02-2015
Exceptionally lighter and thinner
Looking for the perfect laptop is never an easy task. Luckily, I saw the ad for MacBook Air by MacMall. Also, with the hype that people were saying about it, I became intrigued with what it features so I had to see it with my own eyes. Anyway, I decided to check it out and I never regret that I did because I learned about everything that it can offer that the other laptops do not have.
Of course, the MacBook Air is exceptionally lighter and thinner compared to other devices. These features make it perfect for traveling. It also has better graphics which make even graphic-intensive apps and programs appear flawlessly and clearer than they actually are. Because I can bring the MacBook to any place that I want, I can finish everything that I have to do in no time. This gives me more time to relax, listen to music, and play my favorite videos or apps. I can also stay connected to the Internet through the help of the MacBook Air. I can talk to my friends and family whenever I want and wherever I am because of the wireless networking features of this device.
To sum it up, my experience with the MacBook Air is exceptional. It never gave me problems especially when I needed to do something difficult. If you are looking for a laptop to replace your old one, get the MacBook Air.
Reviewed by CHELSEA11-24-2014
MacBook Air is amazing!
My MacBook Air is amazing. I mean, there are plenty of laptops out there that are thin and light too so the competition is really tight, but my MacBook Air is not only tiny but powerful. There are absolutely no lags and I like the fact that it looks elegant and classy. It’s perfect for me since I’m studying Fashion Design.
My friends also love this one. The MacBook Pro is pretty great too but I want the thinness of this MacBook Air since I’m having space issues with my bag lately – you know, just girly things – and I don’t know how to fit all of my stuff if my laptop is a little bit bulky. I wish they had this in champagne color, though.
All in all, I really like the performance brought by my MacBook Air and Apple in general. I even recommend this to my sisters who, like me, are planning to take their Bachelor’s in Design. This would be really helpful for them too.
Aside from that, I think I’m going to save up for iPad Air. So my MacBook Air would be my home computer and the iPad Air is for school.
Reviewed by AMANDA11-10-2014
There’s no thin like this
I’ve been a fan of Apple since I knew about it. And I told my older brother that I wanted to get myself my own Apple device when my earnings are enough to buy one. And MacBook Pro is want I really wanted to have.
I am an incoming freshman in a University a year from now, so I really wanted to come prepared with the new environment, and be well-equipped. I am to take Literature and by the looks of it, it would be really more in reading and writing.
Writing would always be my passion. I write my thoughts whenever I may be. May it be at the coffee shop with the tissue, scratch paper, or even in the notes section on my cellular phone but I don’t have a laptop of my own. I’ve been eyeing for a MacBook Air because of its light structure which would means that I would be able to bring it anywhere plus the capabilities of an Apple product… very pleasing.
So yeah, this is it! I thought I have just enough earnings for me to have my own MacBook Air. I approached my brother because he is a tech savvy and he has a lot to do as to where to buy an Apple device that is cheaper.
He told me to order at MacMall, upon reading good reviews and as well as having heard from a colleague how the purchasing process is done in the site. Thankfully, I got the good service and the best product, on time and in a price that suit my earnings.
Indeed, there’s no thin like this powerful and thin MacBook Air.
Reviewed by Ruth10-27-2014
This MacBook Air is a gift from my dad. I mean, he gave me money, yes. But I’m the one who bought this from MacMall. Anyway, to cut the long story short, MacBook Air is my first choice when I decided that I need a laptop for my college since I’ll be doing a lot of research papers and articles. I need something that can keep up with me and my workload. And I want it to be light since I’ll be carrying it with me most of the time.
MacBook Air gives me exactly what I need. The first thing I notice is how thin and light it is compared to other laptops in the market. It fits in my handbag and it can be easily carry around. Second thing is how fast it is. The response time is insane! And I don’t even have a problem with loading my software, let alone connecting to the internet.
I’m not an Apple fanatic, but I must say that I love my MacBook Air. It’s everything what I need it to be and it even exceeded my expectations. The Wi-Fi integration and set of connectivity is great and very, very flexible. I can also bring it with me whenever I’m on my part-time job and work on my papers right then and there.
I definitely recommend this product to those who are looking for the most stylish and efficient laptop. It help me a great deal, and I know that it will do the same to you.
Reviewed by SEAN10-07-2014
Great service from MacMall! MacBook Air? Light and simply great
I learned about ordering stuff online through some friends because most of them are just like me, who’s always stuck either at home or in their office cubicle. Rarely do we have time to go out, so they explored the world of online shopping, and I joined them some month ago. I planned of buying a MacBook Air in an online store that has a reputation, so what I did is I asked friends and search online. Upon summarizing word of mouth from friends and research plus because of reading customer reviews, I tried ordering at MacMall.
MacMall, unlike some paid sites also has good customer reviews and even though it is not really that big in the online tech store because maybe some settles or chooses the known sites or store, this site has maintained a good reputation. So I dialed and called the MacMall hotline and ordered a MacBook Air. I asked several questions about the store aside from how the process or transaction is going when they are receiving online orders for me to be able to know more about MacMall. After the conversation, I waited for my shipment.
MacMall does great in shipping. My product came just in time. No dents or issues and the product is sealed. Affordability and efficiency, thanks MacMall!
MacBook Air makes my grind easier. Aside from the fact that it is very light and I can take it anywhere, MacBook Air is very sturdy and lets me work while surfing on the net, downloading music and at the same time, rendering a video in Final Cut. It’s simply great.
Reviewed by PETER09-29-2014
MacBook Air is aweomesauce!
Since I’m from CA and I’m hearing about MacMall, I planned of getting my hard earned MacBook Air there. And since I’m lazy enough to go the retail store, I just placed my order online.
MacBook Air is the laptop that I am really rooting for, and it has been almost 3 years since my laptop rest in peace. So I told myself that the next thing to replace my old laptop is a lightweight laptop that can go with my workflow. I’m a freelance DJ, by the way. Most of the time I mixed songs using virtual DJ software, before placing my MacBook Air order at MacMall, my older sibling let me borrow his old laptop so that I can continue with what I am doing, it’s my bread and butter and my passion.
Good thing, I was fortunate enough to finally have the enough money needed to own a MacBook Air. My order from MacMall came on time, and the delivery guy happily let me unbox the MacBook Air all by myself, and I’m very thankful that the box has to traces that it has been tampered or whatnot. Kudos, MacMall for that!
MacBook Air, oh my MacBook Air!!! So light yet so powerful that I was able to explore more advanced software for my grind, thanks for really helping me a lot on that part. You definitely exceeded my expectations. MacBook Air rocks and awesomesauce!!!! More of this Apple!
Reviewed by MADISON09-01-2014
my first online purchase
I just had my first Apple laptop, and I must say, it amazes me, oops don’t get me wrong. Since I already knew about Apple, since I became an Apple fan girl, reading through product details page and reviews about it, Apple products really amazes me. That is why now that I already have my own, Apple MacBook Air per se, the thrills of using it and experiencing it on a first hand basis chills me to the bones.
Aside from it, being a very lightweight laptop, it being so light weight is never a hindrance for the speed and power it offers the user. For me, doing my projects on Photoshop and After Effects using my MacBook Air makes the process smoother and seamless. Also, doing those projects with heavy software while I am streaming music and browsing the net never affect the productivity of each and every single thing, it still works fast, smooth and with great output.
Yet since I started using Apple when I had my iPad Mini, I am already was acquaint with some of its pre-installed apps, so when I started using my MacBook Air that I purchased in MacMall, I already knew some of its apps. And I really enjoy utilizing it in my MacBook Air.
And for the record, my first online purchase in MacMall makes me want to order again. It came fast and there was no sign of tampering in the package. It made me very confident that I was the first one to unbox my MacBook Air.
Reviewed by Ellen09-01-2014
Apple’s MacBook Air is definitely one of the biggest and brightest Apple device ever existed. It being a very lightweight and slim notebook that is encrypted with powerful, advanced, and high performing technologies, this is definitely a device that is handy and will surely keep up with each and everyone’s grind and workload, from the lightest down to the heaviest workload you’ll ever have.
MacBook Air from Apple already has the top-of-the-line 4th generation of Intel Core processors, and it is readily available in either i3. I5 or i7 Intel Core Processors, plus it has an array of high and advanced technologies that will surely give you a boost in you MacBook Air experience.
This notebook unit from Apple, the MacBook Air has an advantage due to its slim and lightweight built, because you can bring it anywhere and everywhere without having the hassles and inconvenience of worrying if it is too much for a travel, appointment or for a simple day out alone.
The MacBook Air also gives you the added comfort and convenience in using its keyboard and trackpad, the ergonomic style of the said parts of the notebook unit gives you a smoother run of using the MacBook Air so that you can finish your project or your daily grind smoothly and comfortably.
Plus, MacBook Air’s stunning and exquisite built definitely is a sure hit that will indeed fire up your style. Get the convenience, comfort, power, speed, durability and reliability, all these in just one device, the MacBook Air.
Reviewed by Bridget04-06-2014
The MacBook Air arrived on time and in awesome shape. I am currently using it to type this review. I love it, and could not be happier. The price was beyond affordable and the quality is amazing. I downsized from a 15-inch MacBook Pro and could not be happier with my decision. This laptop is the perfect size and weight. It is incredibly portable. I would recommend this laptop and this store to anyone!
Reviewed by Chuck Hill02-01-2014
New MacAir is fantastic
This computer starts up in 11 seconds. Really smooth transitions, a joy to use. Battery life, several hours a day for about 3 days; recharges quickly in a couple hours. Very stable, I use dual windows a lot and the computer swaps between them even using different apps (Firefox, Numbers) with no problems. This is a true winner.
Reviewed by Webb01-19-2014
Portable, fast and functional
I just switched to this MacBook Air computer from a windows-based PC. I'm very happy with the decision. The computer is obviously very light with a long battery life, but is also powerful enough to drive a 27 inch monitor and do photo editing. I'm sure I could hog it down with 3D gaming or video editing, but for almost everyone who doesn't do those things regularly I will bet this computer handles everything with ease. The flash hard drive is fast. Great buy.
Reviewed by Cory01-10-2014
Had some difficulty with the payment but after two phone calls I was able to resolve the issue. The MacBook Air shipped quickly. It was a Christmas gift to my little sister. She loves it and it works great. Only complaint I could make if I tried would be that it did not arrive with the latest version of the OS, but the update is free thru the Apple app store.
Reviewed by Dontavia 12-14-2013
I bought a MacBook Air because I’m starting College in spring of 2014, and I wanted to have a computer I can rely on with an excellent design. I purchased it on Black Friday for $996 , and got it the next day by noon. This site is definitely the best; fast shipping, excellent customer service, and excellent device guarantee.
Reviewed by Bob11-23-2013
My Choice is the 13" Air
"This is the best Mac I have ever had and I love it. It is fast, lightweight, thin and has exceptional battery life. The Display (non-retina) is just great. Plenty of sharpness, resolution, etc. The SSD is really an excellent feature from the noise, and heat aspects, as well as supporting the longer battery life. I have had no difficulties because of limited port configurations as the WiFi and USB's are really all one needs in today’s online world.
I am a long time Mac user. My most recent (prior to the 13"" Air) was a 2006 MacBook 13"". I was thinking about many options for an upgrade. First I waited for the iPad Mini 2 Retina, but was disappointed with the price and features. Then considered a full sized iPad but that didn't look right for my computer needs. Then I did a lot of comparison between the 13"" MacBook Pro and the 13"" MacBook Air sorting out features, ports, display, etc. The Air won out on cost, weight, and availability at the time I ordered. "
Reviewed by Kai11-20-2013
Perfect products and very cheap price
The MacBook Air was delivered to my address yesterday night. The box is very well and without any damages. This is the old version of Air, which has disappeared on the Apple website. But it is enough for my demand, internet and text editing. The only personal comments on the machine is that its system is still os x 10.7.4, which is too old to automatically upgrade to Mavericks. I have to upgrade it to 10.7.5 by manual and upgrade a key fix of the SSD first. Now the Mavericks has been installed. Everything goes perfectly. Absolutely cool.
Reviewed by MK11-12-2013
Great so far!
Bought for my daughter as a gift. Seems super fast and so light and slim, it is amazing. Bumped to 8GB just to be sure it had some flexibility (though probably didn’t need it). But was only like $100 at this store, so worth it I suppose. Just got the base Hard Drive, figuring if she ever need storage. Can get an external storage anyway. Felt money was better spent on the extra RAM, given the budget. Arrived quickly and securely. Very happy so far!
Reviewed by Probs09-29-2013
Excellent computer for basic needs
Best ultraportable laptop I've ever seen. Design is awesome and weighs nothing. Definitely get 8gb ram, it is so fast with the max ram upgrade. Gets hot during multitasking and games, but it's not really designed for that anyways. Great for a basic needs ultraportable laptop. Battery life is excellent. Highly recommend.
Reviewed by Mike09-11-2013
Best computer I’ve ever owned
This is an incredible machine. It’s surprisingly fast despite the apparently lower CPU clock speed (perhaps because of the faster RAM, the SSD, and the "turbo boost"). It’s light and minimalist. Although the cables are ridiculously expensive, you can do everything you need through the thunderbolt port. The game changer is the battery life. I’ve gotten 13 hours on this computer before without having to find an outlet. It completely changes the perception of the laptop -- you don’t even think about power, you just take it with you for the day and it runs. 5 stars. This store also did a great job getting this out the door. I ordered it around noon on Friday and got it by 1pm Saturday.
Reviewed by Joseph Oonufrak09-07-2013
My last Mac was a MacBook Pro 13, which I liked very much. This is my first MacBook Air. At first, my plan was to purchase the Air with the I7 processor. Instead, I increased the memory and went with i5, because of heat concerns.
Since I have had the computer for just a few weeks, these are my limited observations as compared to previous computers: Very fast, great battery (about 10 hours plus) and I like the USB on both sides instead of alongside of each other; easy to take on a trip because of lightness and the terrific battery. My first impression is that the wifi speed is faster. All in all I am happy with the MacBook Air and the purchase experience at this store.
Reviewed by Leonard Estis08-23-2013
4th Generation MacBook Air....The Best Yet
I have owned 2 other MBAs since 2008. After I retired the other 2, I gave them to a local school. This version is the latest & greatest of the best laptop ever made. It is incredibly light, fast and full featured despite not having a built in DVD drive, an accessory well past its usefulness in 2013, i.e. you don't need one. There are several easy ways to get the contents of a DVD onto your MBA. You can look those methods up for yourself. I have always added Windows capability to my MBAs, at first through Bootcamp, then through VMWare Fusion, now through that marvelous multi-OS program Parallels 8 for Mac. As a traveling business person, in one ultra-light 3 pound package I have the best Mac laptop on the planet with the best OS (Mountain Lion), several necessary Windows only Apps (e.g. PDF Annotator published by Grahl, the absolute best PDF annotation program) that appear right on my Mac's Dock. I also have blazing fast speed with an INTEL low power Haswell processor and 8 GB of RAM. The Haswell gives me Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.6GHz. I also have a fast, quiet and smooth 128GB of Flash Storage, Intel HD Graphics 5000, 12 Hours of Battery Life and the latest, fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities. IMO, the MBA would be cheap at twice the price.
Reviewed by Jaybird!08-17-2013
Way overdue; oh, why did I wait soooo long?
Just received and started using this MBA 13" after 30 years of PC. What was I thinking???? I just love this thing! Having issues putting it down to the point my wife said she's going to boot me faster than my MBA if I don't give her some attention! I already installed a thunderbolt SSD external drive for moor room, but honestly with icloud, dropbox, etc., don't think I'll really use it much other than for backups. I also stuck in a Sandisk extreme SD card for work file storage. That way no need to drag around the external drive. Avoid lugging too much stuff around at my old age! Arrived in perfect condition, but a tad disappointed it took longer than expected to get here. Purchase on Sunday and didn't arrive until Friday. Who really cares now? This is such a breath of fresh air. I travel all the time, mostly by air and decided that I'm now going to get the 11" for my travel buddy. Guess I'm a real, official cool kid now as I have the iPhone, iPad, and now the MBA!!! Just livin the life! Not sure I'll use it, but think I'll pick up a magic mouse just for giggles!
Reviewed by Jack, MD 08-11-2013
Excellent laptop, one of the best I’ve owned
This newest 13.3-inch MacBook Air is my first foray into ultrabooks and I’ve gotta say that it’s one of the overall best laptops I’ve ever owned. Looks-wise, I’d be hard pressed to find a laptop that’s sleeker and smoother-looking than the MacBook Air. It’s thinner than I expected and incredibly lightweight, but it doesn’t feel cheaply made either.
I’ve owned a handful of both Windows and Apple laptops, but this MacBook Air is without a doubt the fastest laptop I’ve ever owned. It’s ready to use once I open the lid, no matter how many windows I have open. I’ve tried leaving it on standby for a week and it took less than a second to wake back up. I was pleasantly surprised at the flash storage’s write speeds – installing Photoshop and Illustrator took nearly 50% less time than I was used to and it’s able to zip through saving high-res photos and videos.
One aspect that Apple managed to nail in this laptop is battery life. Out of the box, my MacBook Air had 85% battery left and I managed to consecutively install Parallels, MS Office, and Adobe Creative Suite without needing to plug the laptop in. On a day where I only browse the Web and use iTunes and MS Office, I can squeeze nearly 13 hours of battery life from my MacBook Air.
Reviewed by Harris sarengat08-10-2013
Fantastic lightweight little machine!
Just bought the MBA 13" and it turned on and ready in just seconds! Something that makes me almost spew blood out of my throat waiting for my old HP Windows 7 that takes almost forever to the ready state. I put away that thing in my old collectible or maybe will just sell it for $50 or $100 bucks for a small offset. The lightweight feature enables me to carry it around like a tablet. The multi gesture on its trackpad is a real wonder, making a touchscreen feature an unnecessary thing (no, you don’t want to make your computer screen dirty and it’s a computer not a tablet). The graphic screen is also another wonder, it is sharp, bright and crisp! Wonder what it will be if it was a retina? Long battery life is really convincing me to work on this thing without the cable clinging to it all the time, the feel is a huge different thing and surprisingly it is so good! Migrating files from my other old MacBook Pro worried me the first time. I finally found out that I can migrate the files without even a single piece of tool like cables, hard drive or CD needed! All was done so perfectly with wireless connection! It was just like a magic cloning a soul of one machine on to another! Wonder if there are many other people who didn’t know about this or it was just me?. The improved 128GB Solid State Drive making this thing works like an ant, completely noiseless, so silent! Eyeing on to the 2TB wireless time machine to backup my files but have to wait to adjust my exhausted budget from buying this MBA. Overall I am very exited, proud and happy to let people know that I have just purchased the greatest machine ever made, and it’s a 13" MacBook Air! Thanks Apple, and thanks to this store!
Reviewed by Greg Schilling, MD07-26-2013
Fastest laptop I’ve ever owned
I used to think that my 2011 MacBook Air was pretty snappy, but I feel like my new 2013 MacBook would leave it in the dust. Out of the box, the laptop was ready to use in a matter of seconds and it took me less than an hour to move my files from my old MBA. I guess those Haswell processors were a big improvement over the Sandy Bridge processors.
This laptop’s flash storage and memory is pretty amazing. I draw a lot of comics via an Intuos 5 medium (which I configured with my new MBA in about half an hour), and opening up even my heaviest multi-paneled comics took only a matter of minutes. Yesterday I spent around eight hours using the laptop to draw comics and finish a couple of web design templates for my clients, with both Photoshop and Illustrator open and a podcast streaming in the background. Never once did my new MBA freeze up.
Of course the 2013 MacBook Air isn’t exactly cheap, but I think those who buy it will get exactly their money’s worth.
Reviewed by Erik07-14-2013
11.6" core i5 8GB RAM 128GM flash
First of all, the service from MacMall was very good. They did give me a call to confirm my order but I expected this because I was having it shipped to my work address. They do mention in the order process that you should add the address you are shipping to but in my AMEX account page there is no option to do that. In any case my mac arrived two days later via ShopRunner.
All that being said I am very impressed with this machine. I went to the Apple store to look at both the 11.6 inch and 13 inch versions. The 13 inch form factor was just not that impressive and the keyboard definitely felt better on the 11.6 inch one. I think this is because the 11.6 keyboard is slightly more compact.
I am coming from a IBM T42 Thinkpad from 2005 so the first thing that impressed me off the bat was the screen. I typically do not like glossy screens but there is much less glare on the Air screen especially compared to the non-retina MacBook Pro. In the Apple store the screen at full brightness was able to overcome the overhead lights.
I have typically considered myself a Windows person but given the recent direction they are taking with Windows 8 (which is complete garbage) I think that moving to a UNIX based OS is a good move. Notwithstanding I was basically ordered to get this to learn Ruby on Rails development. I think I will be happy with it as my main machine
Reviewed by JC Neumann07-03-2013
Excellent laptop from Apple, as expected
Seeing as there are virtually no upgrades in the newest MacBook Air's form, I was initially hesitant to get the new MacBook Air. After two weeks of using it, though, I don't know why I even had doubts in the first place. This laptop is the fastest laptop I've ever had the pleasure of using. The new Haswell processors and 256 GB flash storage makes this MacBook Air incredibly quick. It's ready to go once I open it up, and that really comes in useful when I have a lot of stuff to do. I've never experienced any sort of lag, even when I'm running more than five heavy applications.
The MacBook Air's battery life is also amazing. Apple advertised an all-day battery life for this laptop, and it definitely doesn't disappoint. On a couple of occasions, I've had to consciously try to run the battery down so I could charge it. The MacBook Air's battery life and sleek features really make it a great laptop for those weekends when I want to work outside the house.
Reviewed by lenny hunt06-12-2013
Apple 11.6" MacBook Air dual-core Intel Core i5
with a macbook air you get a full featured operating system in a lightweight form factor. how cool is that? i never realized it until i got a macbook air. i was leaning towards an ipad or another tablet but finally i chose the mba. i chose it because it's got not just a stripped down version of Apple OS, but a desktop-grade system. meaning, you can do multitasking better. you have a file management system. and everything you've been accustomed to in a desktop PC or a laptop.
well, everything but an optical disc drive. it's a small problem though. who uses a CD nowadays anyways. it's a small thing but would have been a nice option to have. in any case, if the lack of an optical disc drive would translate to a laptop this light, i'd take it. i'd be fine withtout an ODD. i guess i could always get an external disc drive.
as for performance, the macbook air lives up to its promise of battery life. i find it surprising that even with a full OS and nice powerful graphics, my macbook air still records 4 hours or so of operating time. compared to the ipads and to the macbooks this is laughable. but for an ultraportable? this is the best in its class.
Reviewed by Mark K06-09-2013
In a word, WOW
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.
Reviewed by Omer Flax05-16-2013
Another solid laptop from Apple
An update from my 2007 MacBook Pro was long overdue, and I'm glad I went for this MacBook Air. The dual-core processor is wicked fast, so there's no lag at all, no matter how many files and apps I have open. Boot-up takes only a matter of seconds. I was initially hesitant to go for a MacBook Air because I thought the construction would feel flimsy, but even this 11.6" model feels surprisingly solid. Since it's significantly lighter than my old MBP, I can bring it with me whenever I go out. The 720p HD camera just might be my favorite feature -- makes client calls so much more productive. Like most Mac laptops, this MacBook Air isn't cheap, but I got more than my money's worth.
Reviewed by Cheryl05-09-2013
Amazing lightweight notebook
I’ve had my 13.3” MacBook Air for a couple of months now and I just love every minute of using it. The dual-core, i5 processor is more than sufficient at getting me through my tasks, even those that involve simultaneously editing videos and browsing the Web. It took me a week or so to get the hang of using the Mountain Lion OS, but it’s all been easy from there. Most of the applications I use regularly (e.g. Dropbox, MS Office, Adobe CS) run very smoothly on this OS.
I don’t mind at all that the Air doesn’t have an optical drive; it just means that my Air is light enough for me to carry for hours without strain and thin enough to fit into most of my satchels. This is an excellent feature for people like me who spend hours every day walking or standing during their commute to the office.
Reviewed by Jim03-15-2013
MacBook Air: Best laptop I've ever used
I was not an Apple fan but have had iPhones since they came out and loved them. I bought this for my wife who does email and surfs the web. She was having the usual slow booting and crashing of Windows so I bought this for Christmas. I set it up for her and couldn't wait for Christmas. It boots up in seconds and is so easy to use. The keyboard is very well thought out with lighting and a solid feel. Even the power cord has the magnetic plug that goes in either way and comes with an ingenious travel plug adapter.
The size and weight are perfect for a laptop and upgraded memory as well. Battery life of 7 hours is a big plus. I purchased the external disc drive and Office. The touchpad is different from PC in that you have to press it to click instead of tapping. It is better because your thumb accidentally dragging across it when typing doesn't move the focus to another area. Some say these are too expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for. I am forced to use PC's for work, but I my next laptop will definitely be a MacBook.
Reviewed by Soff (2012-07-24)
MacBook Air: Just awesome! Get it!
I had a MacBook Pro 2011 with an i5 turboboost. By the first couple of days of using it, I noticed how it lags sometimes, just a little bit, especially after turning it back on from sleep mode, which was pretty annoying. So I sold it and got this 2012 MacBook Air. I’ve had it for 2 weeks now, and I’m pretty amazed by it.
Pros. a lot, I’ll try to mention them all…
1. Now this is one fast laptop, never lags no matter what you do. Sleep mode? Faster than you can click. Restart? Before you can light a cig...
2. Crisp screen - definitely way less glare than MacBook Pro.
3. 720 HD cam perfect for Skype and FaceTime which I use a lot.
4. USB 3.0 is super quick.
5. And the best part, this thing is unbelievably light. Hence the name Air..
6. Speakers are twice as loud as the Pro’s with more deep sound, I can enjoy some bass.
7. The price is the same as the Pro...
I promise, showing off this MacBook Air to a friend with a MacBook Pro is like a slap to the face!
Cons. 2 only
1. Lack of a CD/DVD player, which I don’t mind that much because I rarely use it. 2. Small hard drive.. the reason why this MacBook Air is much faster than the Pro is that it has a solid state drive instead of the traditional hard drive which come very pricey. The standard SSD that comes with it is 128G, you can upgrade it up to 256G, but it will cost a lot of money. Or you can get an external drive or a high capacity thumb drive for very cheap, and store the big stuff on it. This way you can keep it secure and not spend much.
Bottom line.. Buy this laptop. It is worth every penny. And the best place to get it is from this store. It will cost you less and they will ship it fast. just as if you got it from Apple Store for a little bit less.
Reviewed by Tim Kridel(2012-07-17)
Great Performance in a Svelte Form Factor
This is my third Mac but first MacBook. Two of my main concerns were heat and the fans. After a couple of weeks of ownership, neither is a problem. In fact, I have yet to hear the fans, and the underside barely gets warm. Thanks to the SSD, this Air is noticeably faster than my 2008 iMAC. It's literally seconds to resume from sleep, and a boot-up takes less than 15 seconds. Word 2008 and Outlook 2011 launch in seconds.
The toughest decision was deciding whether to upgrade the RAM. I went with 8 GB because I keep my machines for a long time -- typically at least five years -- so I've got the headroom to handle a larger OS and larger programs. I typically run Word, Safari, Outlook and iTunes simultaneously, and there's zero lag. I don't miss the optical drive. When I installed Office, it was pretty straightforward to use my iMac's drive.
I have no experience with Retina displays, so I can't compare the MBA's in that regard. It's sharp enough and rich enough for my needs. Bottom line: The MBA provides a great combination of performance, style and value.
The perfect combination of all-day performance and portability
Though it’s Apple’s lightest notebook, the MacBook Air gives you the complete Mac experience. It’s got the latest-generation Haswell processors, the best Intel HD graphics, and all-flash storage to power you through all your tasks. And with the capabilities of Mac OS X Mavericks, you have everything you need to be productive, anywhere you are.
Thinnest and lightest MacBook Air to date The MacBook Air is perfectly suited for travel. The 11-inch model weighs in at 2.3 pounds, while the 13-inch MacBook Air weighs only 2.9 pounds. All components in the MacBook Air’s precisely engineered case were redesigned to minimize size without compromising performance.
Powered by Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and Intel HD Graphics To ensure speed and responsiveness, the MacBook Air comes with fifth-generation Haswell Core i5 or i7 processors and sufficient DDR3 memory. With Intel HD Graphics 6000, the MacBook Air is powerful enough to handle graphics-intensive processes, including gaming and video editing.
Fast, high-capacity all-flash storage You’ll never have to wait for the MacBook Air to boot up. This MacBook offers instant-on boot times thanks to its fast all-flash storage. Some MacBook Air models come with flash storage of up to 512GB, too, so you’ll have more than enough space for all your documents, photos, videos, and music.
Fully featured for your convenience The MacBook Air has all the features you’ve come to love in a MacBook, including a vibrant, LED-backlit display, a high-resolution FaceTime HD camera, and 802.11ac WiFi support. The MacBook Air also comes with an SDXC card slot and ports for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2, so you can use this MacBook with your favorite accessories. OS X Yosemite provides a rich, easy-to-navigate user interface as well as apps for productivity and entertainment.
What’s in the Box? MacBook Air 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter, AC wall plug, and power cord Printed and electronic documentation
Included Software Mac OS X Yosemite (includes Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, AirDrop, AirPlay, Continuity, Dictation, Gatekeeper, Finder Tabs and Tag, iCloud, Mission Control, App Nap, Power Nap, Safari Power Saver and more)
Configuration Options Configurable to 512GB flash storage Configurable to 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory Configurable to dual-core 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 Haswell ULT processors (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
Height: 0.11 to 0.68 inch (0.3 to 1.7 cm) Width: 11.8 inches (29.95 cm) Depth: 7.56 inches (19.2 cm) Weight: 2.38 pounds (1.08 kg)
Size and Weight (13-inch MacBook Air)
Height: 0.11 to 0.68 inch (0.3 to 1.7 cm) Width: 12.8 inches (32.5 cm) Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm) Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg)
Display High-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Battery Up to 9 hours of wireless productivity (11-inch) Up to 12 hours of wireless productivity (13-inch)
Connectivity Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps) MagSafe 2 power port Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps) SDXC card slot (13-inch model)
Audio/Video Stereo speakers Omnidirectional microphone Headphone port Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
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