“I’ve been testing both versions [of Apple’s new MacBook Air models], but especially the 11.6-inch model, and I find that, despite a few drawbacks, they really do offer the different, more iPad-like experience Apple claims they do,” Walter S. Mossberg writes for AllThingsD. “Battery life is strong, and the wake up from sleep is almost instant, even after long periods of being unused.”
Like their predecessors in the Air family, these are gorgeous, very thin and light, but very sturdy aluminum computers,” Mossberg reports. “And, like their predecessors, or like iPads and smartphones, they rely on solid-state storage—flash chips—instead of a conventional hard disk to hold all your files. But Apple has dramatically reduced the physical size of the flash storage to make room for larger sealed-in batteries, so battery life is longer.”
Mossberg reports, “I was surprised to find that even the base $999 model was powerful enough to easily run seven or eight programs at once, including Microsoft Office, iTunes and the Safari browser with more than 20 Web sites open. It also played high-definition video with no skipping or stuttering.”
“So, if you’re a light-duty user, you might be able to adopt one of the new Airs as your main laptop. If you’re a heavy-duty user, who needs lots of power and file storage, they’re likely to be secondary machines,” Mossberg reports. “Overall, Apple has done a nice job in making these new MacBook Airs feel more like iPads and iPhones without sacrificing their ability to work like regular computers.”
Read the full review here.
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