CNET is available in the following editions:
Read our full review
Add your review
Good: I need a netbooks apple
Bad: No USB out let
Comment: I need it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good: Design build power
Bad: expensive not many expansion ports
Comment: The macbook air is easily my favourite device that i currently own and the goto device for me the one that gets used every single day without doubt.
The only drawback to the air i suppose is the cost and the lack of expansion ports but if you get work around this like i personally have no problem with doing then i would suggest this computer to anyone
Good: Weight, size, power and looks
Bad: HD and ports
Comment: Does anybody know what 'Configurable to 256GB flash storage' actually means? Can I just type in some magic code that will double the storage or is there another cash outlay involved?
Good: Design, Screen Resolution, Powerful processor, multi track touchpad
Comment: My new Mac Pro arrived yesterday in the post and overall, I am extremely happy with it, as it is has such a gorgeous screen and I absolutely love the multi touch trackpad. It is very expensive, however, but it is definitely worth the money as all the processing power makes the Pro run very smoothly.
Good: Light, powerful, great battery life
Bad: Not cheap, not for gaming
Comment: Had this laptop for about a month and it is great, works really well and can handle all sorts of tasks with aplomb even for doing editing in photoshop and premiere pro.
It's not quite enough to be my only computer, no ODD, not enough USB/Video ports, no card reader, rule it out for that but for taking to work, watching videos on the go and for browsing on the sofa it's perfect. Ok so a lot more than a tablet but so much more functional and powerful, the extra money is worth it.
Good: Build quality, stylish design, operating speed and battery life.
Bad: keep an eye on the disk space, fills up suprisingly easy.
Comment: Coming from a 3 year old sony vaio the speed difference is extremely noticeable especially on start up and shut down. The mac software its self takes some getting used to but with the help of Dr internet there has been no real issues. The hard drive space is not massive at 128gb but this was known at purchase so comes as no surprise plus its solid state. The build quality and design are superb, back lit keyboard and large touch panel make the computer a joy to use. The main issue for most people is the price, this results in a lot of hate for macs in general (see reviews lower down). I agree it is expensive but IF you can afford it and have the expendable cash I would go for it, I would be very surprised if you regretted it.
Good: Portability, design, OSX, user friendly
Bad: Battery life(4h actual use)
Comment: Great laptop, the only isue would be the battery problem. If someone thinks this laptop (or apple computers in general) is/are expensive, don't buy it.. :)
Good: Looks, Design, Performance, Mac OS, Battery
Bad: For the moment, Nothing!
Comment: I got this Macbook air about two days ago and i was blown away when i saw its thinness and it's aluminium design. Sometimes i wonder how they manage to fit a battery and a powerful processor in such a paper thin-like machine! Anyway on with the review, installation was instant and easy to set up (loads quicker than thunder) and in just 5min i was installing stuff like Skype, Mobile Broadband, Firefox. When i opened safari that was when i realised how quick the pages loaded in less than a second i was on the internet. It is very light and portable but do not be fooled, it isn't AS light as you think so you can't attach it to a string hoping if is light enough to fly in the air like a kite. Still the lightest 11.6 inch laptop ive ever had! Battery life is amazing, i lasted a hole day surfing the web and checking my e-mail, its got a 5hour battery life and 30 day standby mode. Mac os is easy to use so no probs with that. All in all brilliant notebook!
Good: Fixes main complaints from last one
Bad: Apple OS
Comment: I don't know why people keep complaining about the price - if you can't afford it, don't buy it. But for anyone who uses a computer for work or life, and it's a very important thing to get, why not spend more and get something you might actually enjoy using? Relatively speaking the extra dough doesn't mean much versus having something you really like. Otherwise we would all be wearing wellington boots and not shoes and never eating anything that wasn't iceland or lidl own brand.
As for processor speed whining... look it's fine, it does most stuff pretty well. modern processors easily cope with most tasks. I wish apple would be more complete with their OS updates though. The one thing they have is the trackpad and gestures versus waving a mouse around. but overall lion's still got so many stupid usability issues that are really just thick and inconsistent, and most of the apps you buy are crippled in some way. no-one can objectively say windows isn't quicker for common tasks like opening a specific word file or accessing favourite websites. Buying into apple is supposed to mean a better user experience compared to the rivals. That just isn't the case anymore, and a year from now google and windows will be miles ahead...
Good: Fast, portable, looks good
Bad: Needs more ports
Comment: Such ignorant comments from Jake and Andy.
Show me a laptop that is that is an 11" ultraportable (NOT FULL SIZE) that you can get a 2.0GHz Quad core processor (even though the 1.8GHz is indeed technically a quad core processor too) with for half price. Please show me.
As for Andy;
Did it ever occur to you that the Wi-Fi network in the Apple store you were in was heavily congested (or had a weak signal) and so the network slowed down and thus pages loaded slower than normal? For someone who claims to be knowledgable about computers, you declaration that webpage load speed can be used as an indicator for overall computer speed is outright laughable. Webpage load speed is largely determined by network speed/quality/stability and not much else. Therefore it is not an indicator of the computers overall ability.
You two should educate yourself more and post/review less.
Log in with your CNET UK or Facebook account to post a user review, or click Join to create an account
Please log in, register or login with Facebook to add a review or comment
Ask your Facebook friends and Twitter followers if you should buy the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch
More Laptops in Crave
About CBS Interactive
Copyright © 2013 CBS Interactive Limited. All rights reserved.