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  1. Samuel Chell says:
    117 of 123 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dream Machine, November 9, 2010
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    This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MC506LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    I’ve gone through more Apple computers–desktop, laptop, Power Macbooks, iBooks, iPads–since 1990 than I care to count. Out of all of them my favorite was easily the previous Macbook Air (the flash memory model). Forget about the specs. Once you get your hands on one of these, the specs on paper mean nothing. Suddenly every other Mac product seems clunky, overly hot and heavy. The Air is the only model I want to use, and actually do use–day after day. And in no time at all I discover how little use I actually make of a built-in CD/DVD drive or an extra USB port. (Granted, there are times you’ll want to insert or burn a disc. I’ve had better success with $40 non-Apple external drives–currently, a Samsung–than with the Superdrive that Apple makes available for the Air at twice that price. Discs have a tendency to get stuck, and Apple leaves you no provision for mechanically ejecting a jammed disc.) As for a single USB port, a seven-buck 4-port Belkin hub solved that occasional limitation in an instant, though that may no longer be necessary since Apple has provided 2 USB ports, one on each side (the 11″ model lacks the 13″ model’s SD card slot, which makes sense since those preferring the smaller model are less likely to be attracted to it for video/audio storage and editing).

    The only product I was awaiting from Apple was a quality “netbook,” so what did they do? They produced the wildly popular iPad, which I barely use at all (for the grandkids’ visit is about it). Why, I thought to myself, couldn’t Apple at least include a keyboard with it and put a cover on it? Well, they did–and they have delivered in spades with this most recent MacBook Air. If you want all of the features of a conventional Macbook minus the weight, look at the 13″, slightly more expensive, model. If you want the lightest, most practical machine available (for a writer–not a film editor or audio engineer), stick to the 11.6″ model–and be sure to ignore the specs that suggest the common entry-level Macbook is faster, more powerful, etc. When it comes to the “unmeasurable” qualities, the immense satisfaction of writing with a full-sized keyboard on a featherweight machine, the Air is in a league of its own. (I tried a couple of non-Apple “netbooks” and sent them back because they felt like plastic toys made for munchkins.)

    The one thing I didn’t like about the previous Air–and it cost me in time and money–was the ill-conceived design of the hinges attaching the two halves of the machine. If you knicked one, the entire mechanism began a slow process of erosion, eventually affecting the entire internal circuitry of the machine and leading to repair costs practically equal to the price of the new Airs (the original flash drive models cost over 2 G’s). Thank goodness Apple has re-designed the hinge mechanism, making it possible to open the cover some extra inches and without fear of damage to the hinge, the machine, or the user’s wallet.

    Battery life on the previous model was noticeably limited, especially to someone like me who likes to run a bright screen. The extended battery life of the new Airs (again, the 13″ model’s is “more” extended) makes it practical to leave the AC adapter at home–maybe for the entire day. Also, speed and graphics resolution, which I thought could not be improved upon, are better than the first model, both seemingly as good as it can possibly get. (Admittedly, the extra time is due, at least in part, to my not using an Air for storing photos, audio and video files and messing with gizmos like “Face Time.”) The onboard sound is 50% better, with greater frequency range and authentic stereo sound rather than a single tiny speaker.

    The concessions Apple has made for an improved Air are almost too insignificant to be worth mentioning. The machine no longer has the curved edges, which required a cute little trap door that you flipped open in order to connect a USB item, external audio device, or video display. Also, the keyboard itself no longer has backlighting, which was marginally useful at best (since the light could not shine through opaque keys).

    Since I’ve made a couple of references to advantages of the 13″ model, I’d better insert here that, as lightweight as it is, it still feels like a tank compared to the 11.6″ model. Or to put it another way, the 13″ Air is to the 11.6″ Air what a conventional Macbook is to the Macbook Air. If I needed a 13″ Air, I could probably still live with the first model if the price were right. The excitement, the break-through, the most desirable model, it seems obvious to me, lies with the new 11.6″ Air, which is even priced lower than its bigger brother.

    Finally, configuration and price. Even with the educational discount from Apple Store, Amazon’s is overall the better deal. I probably would be happy with the Mac Air’s most basic, least expensive configuration…

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  2. Jiang Chao "CHN" says:
    75 of 84 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best Slim yet Powerful Laptop on the Market, October 24, 2010
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    This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MC506LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    I just got my MacBook Air 11″ on the second day it was launched, although I was not aware Amazon carries the same product, I went to Apple Store to purchase mine.

    First of all, the 2nd generation Air is as slim as the previous one, and with the addition of new 11″ model, it takes the slimness to next level. You will be stunned by just looking at its profile in person.

    Secondly, the biggest differences you will notice at once are the screen is very crisp, even at the 11″ model I bought, it can view significant size of the web pages and documents with no problem at all; also it got two USB slots, thanks Apple, they finally get it right; 13″ weights as identical as the previous one, but 11″ is less about half pound, not that much on the paper but you will immediately notice it when you actually hold it yourself.

    Thirdly, speed of processor, to be honest and frank, since I have been using two generations of Macbook Pro, I was initially worried about the actual speed of the 1.4GHz of Intel chip. But after few days of using it, I have to admit it feels much faster than the old Macbook with 2.16GHz processor. I can open tons of web pages, iLife ’11 and Office applications without any problem. Latest OSX Snow Leopard definitely helps a lot. But I doubt if anyone will use it for heavy processing work, i.e. video editing, music composing or lots of calculation, I don’t think you shall get this one as your main computer though.

    Fourthly, the SSD storage, since there are no moving parts, the laptop is very silent and cool, the reading of documents is fast, but not noticeable except using testing software. But booting up and waking up time are significant faster than the Hard-drive models.

    Last but not the least, the battery lasts just what apple promises, with wifi on, surfing web, watching youtude, listening music and doing some Words editing can give you about 4 hours life. Consider the size of the laptop, it is more than just OK. Of course everyone is greedy, if you need longer battery life, go for 13″. And to me personally, although the Macbook Pro 13″ can last about 2 hours longer when doing the same tasks (with screen set at really low bright), I still feel more satisfied with Air 11″ performance than the Macbook Pro 13″, as Macbook Pro never gave me 10 hours as Apple claims.

    In conclusion, the Second Generation of Macbook Air is not an overpriced Netbook for the hype, it is a true slim yet powerful laptop that you can actually carry with ease for daily work and entertainment without sacrifice too much for the speed. Steve Jobs once again stuns the market with this renovated master-piece, and with very attractive pricing. For this highly competitive pricing, the other slim laptop manufactures are going to have a tough time.

    Be aware, DELL, ACER, TOSHIBA and SONY, APPLE is coming with an ultimate weapon at hand. Get ready, It is going to be a very tough fight!!!

    FINAL WORD: GO FOR IT IF YOU CAN, YOU WILL BE A HAPPY MAN/WOMAN WITH THIS BABE IN YOUR HAND!!!

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  3. tyoder says:
    40 of 43 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing computer!, October 24, 2010
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    tyoder (Chicago, IL, United States) –

    This review is from: Apple MacBook Air MC506LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    I just picked up this nifty piece of equipment today at a local big box store. I’ve read as many reviews as I could get my hands on and I will probably recap many of the same points.

    Context: I got this computer as a second device, mainly to work with Pages ‘O9 documents and PDF files. I am writing a dissertation and plan on using this computer as the primary vehicle in my writing. I will use my other computer to store my music, family photos and videos.

    AESTHETICS & BUILD- This is a beautiful computer, elegant in lines, and also stunning to the touch. All the surfaces feel smooth and solid. The screen is very crisp, more than my macbook i think, and offers what appears to be a very small resolution. You can really pack a lot on to this smaller screen. Using the computer on hard surface feels very stable, there is wiggling or rocking.

    SPEED – The computer feels surprisingly snappy for the rather low-end processor speed. From what I gather, the solid state drive enhances the speed of the processor to provide a rather smooth experience. I’ve been testing that a bit, and, I had pages open, a video running in Hulu, and everything went well. If I could have, I would have went with the 4 gb memory instead of the two. This computer isn’t going to set any speed records, but it is fine for the average user i think.

    BATTERY – I will update this when i have more information after using it.

    SPEAKERS – The speakers are only so-so, about the same as other macs. And, something that i found annoying is that the speakers are sort of implanted under the keyboard. If you want to listen to music while typing up a word document, you feel vibrations from the music coming though. the simple thing is just to plug in a pair of headphones.

    REMOTE FEATURE – the Air has this feature that allows you to wireless connect to and run a drive on another computer in your wireless network, or, also tranfer files. I think this is going to come in very handy. But admittedly, I have yet to see what will happen. I have connected my own generic optical drive today to install Iwork 09 and worked fine. Although the thing looks like a beast compared to this little laptop.

    MULTITIOUCH PAD – I have an older macbook and hadn’t experienced the new features of this trackpad. I was thinking that I might have use up one of the two USB ports on an external mouse. Now, I am considering leaving the mouse at home! This little trackpad packs a lot of effective multitouch features enabling easy scrolling, zooming in an out on webpages, and other moves I have yet to learn. Very sweet.

    LACK OF COMPUTER LOCK – Most full size laptops come equipped with a little hole to attach a security lock to make sure no one swipes your computer when you are the library or coffee shop. The Air does not have one. I am disappointed with that. But, as small as this thing is, and as fast as it boots up and wakes from sleep, I could probably just bring it with me whenever I leave the table.

    Overall, this computer is going to have some trade offs, as many reviews across the web have noted. You are trading: built in optical drive, large storage capacity, and speed for a highly-mobile, enjoyable to use computer, then I think you will be very satisfied. This thing is WAY better than your average netbook and only a little less functional than the macbook or macbook pro. I would stress though that 128 gb of a hard drive is what i have and I would not go smaller than that. Great computer.

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