MacBook Air

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MacBook Air 11.6-inch second revision with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt technology. It's a very small and light Mac. This revision of the MBA is what I've been waiting for and thus far I'm satisfied.

Specs

I always pick the mid-level model of all the available configurations at the Apple store, usually boosts the best value.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 1.6GHz Dual-Core
  • Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage: Samsung SM128C SSD 128GB - This is the faster one, the alternative is Toshiba
  • Display: Samsung LTH116AT01A04 9CF3 11.6-inch
  • Battery: Lithium Polymer 6-cell (2-serie 3-parallel) 4790 mAh
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion build 11A2063

Review

  • Speed and features: 4/5 - Core i5 coupled with Turbo Boost (clocks up to 2.3GHz) in this tiny body proves powerful
  • Design and form factor: 5/5 - Small and elegant, feels solid and details well thought-out
  • Battery life: 4.5/5 - 3.5 hours fit my needs
  • Display: 4/5 - Excellent for it's size and intentions, bezel could be smaller and black
  • Durability: 5/5 - Unibody aluminium, what else do you need
  • Expandability: 5/5 - Thunderbolt opens the possibility for any kind of accessories
  • Noise 4.5/5 - A fan spins up while the processor is under load, unnoticeable
  • Portability: 5/5 - At just over 1 kg and a tad wider than a piece of A4 paper it fits in any bag and quick to bring out

Rotate for book style use

Reading long articles and browsing texts is awesome in "portrait" orientation with the MacBook Air. Apple's own method to rotate the display works but with one little snag; the trackpad does not change orientation. Without the x and y axis swapped it's quite weird to move the mouse pointer and use the touch gestures.

Roatate display weird style:

  1. Exit system preferences if open
  2. Open system preferences
  3. Hold command+option while clicking onthe Displays-icon
  4. A new Rotation drag-down menu should appear over the Brightness-slider

Proper way with the trackpad or mouse orientation changed in synchronization with the display:

Reviews