Critic reviews

8.3
5 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Display
    10
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    2.0
  • Noise
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.0

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User reviews

8.3
21 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jan 25, 2008

For those in need of a machine that masters basics in a super thin, light form-factor, and who have the coin to pay for that ultraportability, the Air absolutely nails it like few others.

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7.7
CNET Jan 25, 2008

The design is revolutionary, but Apple's MacBook Air will appeal to a smaller, more specialized audience than the standard MacBook, thanks to a stripped-down set of connections and features.

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Macworld Jun 24, 2009

If the specs that matter most to you are light weight and small size, the MacBook Air is the system for you. These new models aren’t much faster than their predecessors—in fact, the high-end system is slower than the previous model—but they’re cheaper. If the MacBook Air always appealed to...

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SlashGear Nov 28, 2008

When the MacBook Air first launched, nobody could deny it was physically impressive. Well under an inch thick, it was a visual delight to anybody who saw it. Ironically, any disappointment was saved for the owners themselves: the payoff for those market-besting dimensions was underpowered components...

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USA Today Jan 23, 2008

The skinny — the word can't be emphasized enough — $1,799 (and up) computer will make students and frequent business travelers gush. Encased in aluminum, Air has a comfortable-to-type-on full-size keyboard, widescreen 13.3-inch display and an iSight video camera.

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10
lz lz

Coming from a MacBook Pro I initially thought the difference in size and weight would be pretty insignificant. Afterall we are just moving from 5lb's to 3lb's, big deal right? How wrong I was. The MacBook Air is so light and easy to carry around. I find myself carrying it much more...

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9.0
Barbatus Barbatus

Have had it now for about 8 months. Have been very pleased, even though it has some weird "features". Sometimes when you connect it to an external screen, through DVI, wifi speed drops dramatically, still have no solution for this. I compared the ssd version with the hdd version...

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7.0
jowyang jowyang

I find this Air to be useful for web surfing, but severly overheats while playing movies, or running other heavy apps. It's great for conferences, travel, and fast access to the internet from the coffee table (it boots right up) Battery is a bit weak --and not removable. I find that the...

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9.0
christianwilson christianwilson

When the MacBook Air was first announced, I went to the Apple Store and came home with a Macbook Pro. The Air was a cool machine. It was thin and light but was missing a lot of features. It was also very expensive. I liked the concept but I wasn't willing to spend that kind of money for...

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9.0
shadyjohnson shadyjohnson

It's an Apple and its overpriced, but it fits perfectly with my needs. I needed a computer that I could take anywhere. Also, it was very important for me to be able to give excellent presentations. Of course, I also wanted to impress people. This does all of those things. I use Keynote...

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9.0
mogwai mogwai

Portable, shiney, lightweight and very very pretty. Powerful enough for most but not all tasks, choose carefully if considering this model. It gets quite warm when pushed but generally is a great little machine. portability is the key and any amount of web-browsing, email sending, MS...

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9.0
drewsf drewsf

I'm sure you know the basics of this device, but I'll try and add a couple of things you may not know already. I got the SSD version, so it's boots up incredibly fast. I don't even bother using sleep or hibernate. This way I can get a lot of actual use out of the battery....

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7.0
christophrowley christophrowley

This would be a perfectly good alternative to a standard MacBook if only it didn't freak out every time the CPU gets anywhere near 100% load. As an ultraportable, you don't expect a hugely powerful computer from the MacBook Air, but struggling with flash heavy websites? I run this thing...

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