Laptop Mag reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air: ‘The perfect notebook’ – 5 out of 5 stars, Editors’ Choice

“It’s kind of hard to improve on a 4.5-star rating. And yet Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air (starting at $1,299, $1,599 as configured) is better than its predecessor in some key ways,” Mark Spoonauer reports for Laptop Magazine.

“Just like before, this ultraporable is wonderfully thin and light and wakes up instantly when you lift the lid, but the new Air ups the ante with a backlit keyboard and a faster Core i5 [and i7] processor[s],” Spoonauer reports. “The notebook is also more versatile, thanks to a new Thunderbolt port that allows you to connect the laptop to a growing number of super high-speed peripherals, including Apple’s new Thunderbolt display.”

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“We already loved the 13-inch MacBook Air, and Apple’s improvements make it the perfect notebook as far as we’re concerned. When you combine a sleek ultraportable design with a great display and touchpad then nearly double the performance–without sacrificing battery life–you’re left with a winner,” Spoonauer reports. “You also get an improved backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt support, and the more powerful and versatle Mac OS X Lion… Add it all up and you have a machine that not only earns our Editors’ Choice award but also a very rare five-star rating.”

Full review – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: The world’s best operating system inside the world’s best ultraportable computer. It doesn’t get any better than Mac™.

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26 Comments

  1. The original MBA wowed a few folks who prize portability above everything. But it met a fairly lukewarm response, overall. Negative comments included: underpowered, no built-in optical drive, limited storage, mediocre graphics, limited I/O, etc.

    But Apple had a plan and stuck with it. The second generation MBA included some substantial advances and the and the third generation MBA is a jewel. About the only valid complaint that I can see is that the storage is still quite limited relative to traditional notebook HDD alternatives, and the $300 bump to go from 128GB to 256GB is fairly steep in the days of sub-$100 2TB HDDs. But the benefits of solid state storage are tremendous, and the price will continue to decline.

    Once again, Apple leads and others wonder how to follow.

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