Last week of July the new Macbook Air models hit the Apple retail stores. While bidding goodbye to the original white Macbook, the 11 inch Mackbook is now rated the most affordable notebook available in the market. Read along to find out what we really think about the new addition to Apple inc.
Though the tough exterior of the 2010 model did not match up to its “not so amazing” interior, the new Macbook Air 2011 serves to be one of the better products that Apple inc. has launched in the recent years and don’t lack in performance at all. These models come with the low voltage Intel Core i5 1.6 or 1.7 GHz processors depending on the memory of the product. Both these processors are dual core with a 3 MB shared L3 cache and the 1.7 GHz processor for the 13-inch has 4 GB of DDR3 (This is a high performance solution for computer systems as it is able to transfer data twice as fast as its counterparts.)
INTEL THUNDERBOLT TECHNOLOGY: The Input/Output technology is the new cable interface which was introduced in the MacBook Pro last year. This connectivity technology lets the user connect multiple compatible devices to the system simultaneously by delivering over 10GB/second of transfer speeds in both the directions. The 2011 MacBook Air model contains a gigabit Ethernet, USB port and Firewire- all of which connect via the appealing Thunderbolt connection.
How Does This Help You?
You can now transfer an entire Blu-ray 4GB disc in 30 seconds or years and months worth of MP3s and files in less than10 minutes.
Granted, the MacBook Air 2011 has a single port, but with this technology you can connect EVERYTHING via this one port.
Apple MacBook Air DISPLAY
Although the display of this new product is similar to the last generations, the only difference is how it works? The 13” MacBook Air panel is 16:10 – 1440 x 900 pixels. The Intel HD 3000 provides the Graphics for this new generation of MacBook Airs. It is built into the new Intel core chips rather than the Nvidia GeForce 320M which were used in the last generation of the MacBook Air.
Apple MacBook Air Glass Lit Multi Touchpad & Backlit Keyboard
Regardless of its small size, the MacBook Air flaunts a full size keyboard for natural typing and comfortable approach. A relatively minor but a handy change from the 2010 mode, the backlit keyboard is light to touch and user friendly. It is definitely a much needed addition to the Air models.
Apple MacBook Air Battery Life
Like other models of MacBooks, the Air 2011 has no issues with battery life. After conducting standard tests, the battery life was recorded as 5.5 hours this time is way more than any of the newly launched PCs. The “seven hour battery life” that apple advertises is well reached if you are surfing the internet, facebooking/tweeting and typing at the same time. The plus with Apple products is….you can’t just replace the battery with a simple screwdriver! battery here without a screwdriver.
Specifications At A Glance:
- Back Lit LED Glossy Widescreen Display (11.6inches)
- Battery Life: Almost 4-5 hours of wireless networking and 30 days standby time
- Low Voltage 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor with 3 MB shared L3 cache architecture
- Flash memory Storage: 128 MB
- Installed RAM: 4 GB with 1333MHz DDR3 of maximum storage capacity.
- Graphics: Intel HD 3000 processor for amazing experience.
- Networking: Wireless-N Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0 technology for connecting compatible devices such as keyboards, cell phones, mice for personal use.
- Dual USB 2.0 ports inclusive of networking options using the USB Ethernet adapter.
- Thunderbolt port to support multiple devices and compatible with Mini DisplayPort.)
- Built-in camera, speakers with surround sound and includes port for headphones
- Full Sized back lit keyboard.
- Multi-Touch trackpad allows users for defined control of the cursor and allows capabilities such as pinch, scrolling, rotate, 1,3 or 4 finger swipe, drag and double tap
- Dimensions: WidthXDepthXHeight= 11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68 in
- Weight: 2.38 lbs
The 2011 MacBook Air addresses nearly every concern anyone could have at its range of Mac predecessors. Now, these 2011 MacBook Air models compete with the MacBook pro allowing faster CPU options, increased RAM and disk storage and a built in optical disc. The marketing of Apple’s MacBook Air 2011 defines it as the “ultimate entry level everyday notebook”
Finally, let’s quickly look at the good and the bad for the MacBook Air 2011:
The Good: Super fast performance, lightweight with a sleek and chic design, excellent money value, reintroduction of full size keyboard with backlight, always on the go, excellent response time.
The Bad: Base Price : $999, no SD Card slot and only 2 GB RAM, Thunderbolt technology isn’t as appealing either!