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Macbook Air 11.6 inch video review – really a portable laptop you must love

By Andrei Girbea , updated on November 8, 2013

Managed to snug the 11.6 inch MacBook Air for a couple of hours last week and gave it a quick video hands-on and a, let’s say, mini review.

I really had no time to run any tests on it and actually I’m not at all familiar with Mac OS, as you will be able to see in the clip. Still, I do think I should give it a try, as I feel trying it over Windows at least for a while might not be that bad.

I was quite impressed by the new Air ever since it was launched and I can say seeing it live impressed me even more.

The device is absolutely brilliant looking and is the most solid built mini laptop I’ve seen in a while. I found it a little bit heavier than I expected though, but that’s because of that rough aluminum unibody casing. So it’s OK, as you can’t have one without the other.

I also liked a lot the Full-Size keyboard, the typical one you probably know from Macbooks. Plus that big multitouch trackpad you will for sure love and won’t find on any other 11.6 inchers.

Anyway, take a look at the clip below for more details.

And there are also some pics.

All in all, I think Apple really did a great job with their Air. Yes, it does have its flaws, but overall it’s a device you cannot not love. And that’s not just me saying that, but everyone who saw me with it last week, especially the girls in my office. I do think I would like one of these for Christmas, however in my Country the 128 GB version doesn’t go for $1299 like in the States (or even less on Amazon, where it it slightly discounted) , but more like 1500 euro, which is just too much. But I’m still considering it.

In the meantime, here’s what I liked and didn’t liked about the 11.6 inch Apple MacBook Air, based on my short encounter with it.

What I liked:

  • incredibly well looking, thin and solid built
  • powerful enough hardware for good everyday performance
  • decent battery life (around 4-5 hours on average)
  • excellent keyboard and trackpad
  • fast SSD storage (fast bootup and waking up when in Sleep mode)
  • nice display, although glossy
  • good speakers and Webcam

What I didn’t like:

  • a little bit heavier than I was expecting, especially based on its light profile (still, lighter than most 11.6 inchers)
  • at the moment, other devices  in the 11.6 inch segment are more powerful (this one does not use the latest Intel ULV Arrandale platform, but the previous generation one)
  • like every Apple product, the Air is expensive
  • lacks SD card and only has 2 USB ports
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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at TLBHD.com. This project was born as part of my search for capable mini-laptops that I could easily lug around to work, and still provide the performance that I'd need on a daily basis. I'm primarily using such ultracompact devices and have been testing them since 2006.
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i like apple net book or labtob vey well but it is i can’t find it in afghanistan

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