I’ve always admired the Macbook Air, but until yesterday I was straight a Macbook Pro and iMac owner. In addition to writing for this website, I do computer repair and graphic design. So, having a bigger screen and a power house machine was on the top on my priority list. When the mid-2011 MacBook Airs came out, I really took an interest in them for two reasons: Number One-because doing computer repair tasks with it would be so much easier on me not having to carry a 17-inch MacBook Pro to clients’ houses and Number Two-when I’m not doing intense graphic work, it would be nice to have something a bit smaller to write for websites-something I could have with me. Yes, I could have my iPad with me, but honestly, it’s not the same. When I first saw the MacBook Airs in 2008, I was not a big fan. Now that Apple has the 2012 MacBook Airs out, I have really been sweating to get my hands on one. Yesterday, I got a very good deal on a mid-2011 MacBook Air. It’s the high-end model with the Intel Sandy Bridge Processor, 4 gigs of DDR3 Ram and a 256GB SSD. It also has a Thunderbolt port, two USB 2.0 ports and head phone jack.
I’ve only had about a day to play with this 11-inch bundle of joy, but I can tell you from looking at this screen compared to my old 13-inch MacBook Pro I had a few years ago, Apple has improved the resolution on them by a great deal. Even though its screen resolution is only 1366 x 768, it’s very clear and easy on the eyes. My current iMac and MacBook Pro are both quad-core i7 and i5’s. The new member to my Mac family is only a dual core i7. But, since it’s for just writing, email, invoicing and some website work, it seems very responsive. I don’t think I’ll be loading Final Cut Pro or Adobe Photoshop CS6 on my new MacBook Air.
I can imagine doing quite a-bit of work throughout the day on this computer. Lately, I’ve been sitting with my Grandmother as she completes her cancer treatments. You can only imagine how hot a 17-inch MacBook Pro gets on your lap all day long. I’ve spent the majority of the day today using this Air so I could write this review.
The three complaints I have with the Air are:
- One: Getting used to the keyboard – It’s a bit smaller than using the keyboard on the MacBook Pro.
- Two: Not having a quad-core with 16 gigs of ram – I’ve noticed some things not running the way it would on my other machines.
- Three: The sound on this Macbook Air is not nearly as loud as my Macbook Pro.
The pros of this little beauty far outweigh the cons. I love how light weight and compact this computer is. If you’re in the market for a lightweight, easy-to-carry computer to do everyday tasks on, the MacBook Air is the one for you. I would not recommend it if you want to do a lot of photo editing, video work or graphic intensive gaming. That is what Apple’s Pro series of computers is for.
The 2012 MacBook Air models start at $999. That price will get you an 11-inch MacBook Air with a 64GB flash SSD. If you’re not too concerned about storage space, that’s a great starting price for a new MacBook Air. If you are looking for a higher specced model at a lower price, I would recommend looking at Apple’s refurbished MacBook Air’s. A mid-2011 model with the i7, 4GB of Ram and 256GB SSD is available for around $1200 with a full year of Apple’s warranty.