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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Speed and features speed is good apple knows how to make the software really work with the hardware good
  • Design and form factor A classic design that looks and is still being copied good
  • Battery life all day battery. i don't need to take a charger with me. great!
  • Display No comments good
  • Durability very solid design that you can feel the quality of great!
  • Expandability what expandability. if you couldn't configure this on like for better options id give it a 1 out of 5. poor
  • Noise what noise. i have not heard the fan or fans running once yet. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) i don't know of a better full powered machine at this size. the 11 is the perfect size for an on the go machine. great!
Detailed review
there really isn't much to say about this machine. Its really just a spec bump from last years model. Yes they upgraded the processor and got every last second of battery life they could out of this machine as well as the faster SSD and those are the high points.

It still has all the same lows though. no expandability after your buy it. only two USB ports, no media card reader. No retina display.

If you are buying the 11 inch Air it is because of the size and the speed. this is a perfect second machine. and a step up from the iPad at least to me. i love the weight, performance and flexibility of a fully powered PC compared to the iPad.