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Engadget says:

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Given its stripped down, one-piece design, some are calling the Air the iPod of laptops. The point is debatable as to whether this machine could have the same appeal to computer users, but if there is one clear upshot to the Air, it's that Apple's learned to take the next step in miniaturizing their portable computers. While not all Mac users are going to stand in line to get this latest machine, Apple is doubtless welcomed back into the ultraportable laptop market by the technology world. Perhaps the largest side-effect of the Air won't be ditching optical drives, though; for the rest of Apple's consumer base it's now just a matter of time before other Mac laptop lines benefit from the technical and engineering advances that made this thing so thin and light. Give us the lovechild of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, and it's all over. quote


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Critic reviews

7.6
10 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    9.8
  • Battery life
    6.1
  • Display
    9.4
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    4.5
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.4

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User reviews

8.3
21 reviews
8.0
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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8.0
Gizmodo Jan 24, 2008

While I usually use my old machines as secondaries, I find myself every day more and more unable to resist buying one of these first, and figuring out where it fits into my life second. I've just never been that rational of a person, and I'm fine with that.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Feb 6, 2008

Although it makes some trade-offs to achieve its amazingly thin profile, the MacBook Air outclasses other ultraportables in terms of ergonomic comfort, display size, and performance.

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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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7.0
Macworld Jun 24, 2009

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 you, but you were turned off by the price tag, it’s time to reconsider the Air.

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7.0
Macworld Jan 30, 2008

As a longtime fan of small laptops, I embraced the MacBook Air with some trepidation. But once I slipped that three-pound laptop into my backpack and threw the bag over my shoulders, I realized that sacrificing some storage space and some processor power was ultimately worth it for me.

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7.0
PC Mag Jan 16, 2008

The MacBook Air is officially the thinnest laptop, and the lightest of those with a 13-inch screen. But there were compromises that had to be made.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 28, 2008

The Air remains Apple's niche road-warrior option; now those owners can spend more time battling the competition than their notebook. If you fit the profile, you won't be disappointed.

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8.0
The Register Dec 22, 2008

We’ll concede that the recently updated MacBook represents much better value for money, and it’s hard to imagine that the MacBook Air will sell well in these credit-crunch days. And yet – we still want one. That’s how good the design is.

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8.0
USA Today Jan 23, 2008

Given the compromises, I don't expect anyone to use Air as their only computer. But it is a yummy machine for people who spend a lot of time traveling.

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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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