For the first time, entry-level Apple laptop could be one of their offerings more attractive. The new 2011 11-inch MacBook Air (starting at $ 999) looks identical to the one we reviewed late last year, but we believe that a laptop is completely different, much more than all the air offer.New MacBook The newest line of Intel Core processors and i7 i5 offering dual-core performance desktop, but with much lower power draw.
The revision of the MacBook Air we tested came with the i5 Core 1.6 and 2 GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. We would have liked a way to upgrade the RAM to ourselves as the option of Apple’s expensive and takes time, but this is the future of SoC (System on a Chip) computers where everything is integrated into a single chip.
The MacBook Air is one of the first computers OS X Lion sent by Apple and, therefore, is designed to take full advantage of the latest and greatest and Mac OS. It is not included with the white USB drive as the operating system installer of security, however, can make a backup of the operating system.
One of the main features that Apple brought back to the line of MacBook Air is the backlit keyboard, who missed much in the previous version of the MacBook Air.
As someone whose writing often muse appears uninvited to the darkness of the night, be able to get the ambient light from the keyboard is a very welcome feature, especially since we have been spoiled by about four generations of Apple notebooks I had.
The backlit keyboard may seem trivial, but it is a feat of engineering in something as rugged as the MacBook Air.
Now, PC makers are freely copied and the function of putting his personal touch to it. We have seen Toshiba laptops, Samsung and HP, which also offer backlit keyboards, and some have even gone so far as different colored keys. Apart from the brand-new processor architecture improvements in graphics performance over Intel graphics HD 3000, which includes an engine on the chip encoding and decoding video, the new MacBook Aires now come with a port of Lightning .
This beam of E / S technology offers expansion possibilities never before available to users of the MacBook Air. Through a single cable, users can connect to high-performance peripherals and the new Apple Display ray, the final docking station for your laptop Mac Ray can be easily adapted to support traditional connections such as FireWire and Ethernet Gigabit.
The beam port can also connect to the monitor and the MacBook Air Apple turn into a desktop Mac when combined with a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse and trackpad.Thunderbolt is 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0, which is revolutionary! For people who need to move a lot of data quickly (ie, video editors, photographers, musicians) is an ideal solution. Ray peripheral area just starting to come out now and they are not cheap but give it six months to a year and we see more prevalent.Since first came out in 2008, the MacBook Air was considered always full of compromises. Some critics even said it was a netbook too expensive and underpowered (a false claim because the netbooks do not have full size keyboards, processors or the clock).
Now this has changed. The line of MacBook Air is as good as any other mobile equipment in terms of processing power and functionality. The limitations at this time are the optical drive (which can be remedied by getting the optional SuperDrive) and SSD storage, which is still expensive.
We have been using the new MacBook Air Core i5 constant video editing the last two weeks and the speed of the SSD, plus the new Intel Sandy Bridge architecture have overcome the speed and performance of our 2010 13-inch MacBook Pro we iMac by 40-60 percent
Both machines were updated to produce the maximum amount of RAM and the faster SATA hard drives that we could buy at the time and still feel like clumsy giants compared with the new MacBook Air, which only comes with 2 GB of RAM (not upgradeable by the user that, so RAM fetishists will have to go f path to build on Apple’s website, if you want more than that).
To build to order, you can even get a Dual-Core processor 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7 in the air 11-inch MacBook, which puts him on par with some laptops there’s flagship that weigh three times more .
The only area where the MacBook Air may be insufficient as portable gaming is agraphics of work, but this is not what it was designed in the first place. All this power is present as small, tightly knit and we have heard only the fans kick on two occasions and both times when Netflix watch videos outside the browser Chrome. Seeing as any Apple products ship with Adobe Flash installed, Flash can only think that could have been the reason for this. Playing digital video files using VLC worked well.
The most surprising thing about using the MacBook Air is after all the work done receiving processor-intensive, simply fold the screen, pick up and carry it anywhere, weighs 2.38 pounds.
Battery life when using Wi-Fi is about 5 hours that Apple claims, not bad for something that incredibly thin and light. The stereo speakers are also surprisingly strong. Oh, and if you are looking for the microphone, which is near the headphone jack, so small it is almost invisible.