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Review: MacBook Air (11-inch)

updated 06:05 pm EDT, Sun October 24, 2010

We review the 11-inch MacBook Air

When questioned about netbooks, Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook said the company had "a couple of interesting ideas" about tackling a segment that has focused on bargains over speed. We've now seen what was meant by the plurality in that statement: after the iPad, we now have the 11-inch MacBook Air, the smallest Mac ever. But is this Air providing a better direction, or is it simply the closest Apple will ever get to a netbook or a CULV notebook? Our MacBook Air review finds out.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    same price, you are getting much less

    Then compare benchmarks between the two yourself.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    11.6 = Gorgeous Machine

    Got a chance to lay with an 11-incher the other day. Fantastic! it's very small, very light, but doesn't feel compromised.

    If I didn't already have an iPad, I might be tempted

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please. let netbooks die!

    The netbook was a bad idea from the start. The sooner they die out, the sooner we can celebrate.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mr. Strat

    That's great. We aren't talking about netbooks here. The MBA is not a netbook.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I would...

    I would love one of these, i'd take it everywhere.

    - A

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Such things do happen in a paradigm shift

    The following is verbatim from the review...

    "For some users, the other dilemma is whether to buy the MacBook Air as a secondary machine or to buy an iPad. We still see the purpose of having both if your budget can stretch that far. In fact, the combined purchase cost of the entry-level iPad and entry-level MacBook Air combined ($1598) is less than the asking price of the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro."

    Big time bad omen for MacBook Pro? No..... no sarcasm. But Intel rather. Ipad has ARM. MacBook Air has Core 2 Duo CULV and has spurned Core i3 because of Core i3's graphics performance, which has been found wanting. MacBook Air has chosen Nvidia for graphics.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: same price, you are getting much less

    That's kinda the point yes? Getting less bulk to carry around? If minimizing size is your primary concern, the 13 just won't cut it. After all, you could also go one step further and say it's got the same footprint as a 13" MacBook Pro so why not get that instead?

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IPS mentioned in review

    the bit about IPS being possibly used across the portable line isn't likely to happen for 3 reasons.

    1) IPS uses more power,
    2) IPS panels are thicker than TN,
    3) IPS is more expensive (not as big of an issue for the 15 & 17" MacBooks, but still an issue)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Please let netbooks die

    Why does it matter if people use netbooks or not? Are you a Windows/PC seller who can't make any money on them? Are you tired having to service them?

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you what?

    Got a chance to lay with an 11-incher the other day

    sorry, did you really not see the double entendre in that?

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