Apple Macbook Air 13 inch 2010-10
Average of 16 scores (from 27 reviews)
Reviews for the Apple Macbook Air 13 inch 2010-10
Fresh Air. The new version of the 13-inch MacBook Air has been refreshed from top to bottom, but still has its old Core 2 Duo processor. Find out in our review whether the package as a whole is convincing and whether it is worth the high price tag.
The MacBook Air was originally released as a secondary Mac, that was convenient to carry around and an excellent supplement to your main desktop Mac. Over the years it has grown in power until today, it’s more than powerful enough to use as your main machine. It’s not cheap, but Apple computers never are, and given the quality it’s far from overpriced.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Apple's original ultrathin MacBook Air was the very definition of a specialty laptop: its alluring design was offset by a limited number of connections and an underpowered CPU, making it truly useful for only a small fraction of users.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/08/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Comp Reviews
Apple's MacBook Air 13-inch model may be slightly larger but for the extra money over the 11-inch model, it is the better choice. The system is still extremely portable but doesn't sacrifice as much performance, battery life or storage space. It still has its downsides such as not being upgradeable after purchase but it is so hard to really fault Apple on these when there is no other ultrathin laptop to compare with it.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Authority
It’s probably no surprise to learn we’re smitten by this MacBook Air. For those who crave the sensibly-sized screen and proper keyboard of a full-sized laptop, but wish it could weigh next to nothing, perform well and last a full day, there’s nothing quite like it. It doesn’t roar through tasks like the VAIO Z13, nor quite match its wonderful screen, but the MacBook Air comes across as reasonable value by comparison. Yes, it’s dear, but it really is an experience worth paying for.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/21/2011
The battery lasts long enough that I could work and enjoy some entertainment for many hours – about 4-5 depending on conditions. The screen is bright enough that even with sun shining through the window it was viewable despite being a glossy screen. The keyboard is comfortable enough to type even in a bumpy car. The size is perfect for pulling the computer out of the bag even in cramped spaces. The weight and thickness make carrying the MacBook Air in a bag, with every possible accessory I could possibly need, lighter than my previous monster of a laptop. It has enough power to charge an iPad and other accessories over USB overnight.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/18/2011
Source: PC Mag
The SD slot, extra USB, and a staggering increase in battery life make the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch a strong contender in the ultraportable space.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Hot Hardware
Do we wish Apple would've gone with a Core i3 CPU? Sure, but if you need even more power there's always the 13" MacBook Pro. The Air is remarkably responsive, and while it's not cut out for heavy A/V editing, there's more than enough here for the casual Photoshop user. If you're okay with the simple elegance that the new Macbook Air 13 is designed to deliver, with perhaps a few of the inherent limitations that come within its sleek packaging, you'll have a tough time finding a nicer 13-inch thin and light notebook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/30/2010
Launched mid-September, the MC504 and MC505 are the latest MacBook Air laptops from Apple, featuring 13.3in and 11.6in screens respectively. Apple’s MC504 MacBook Air is a visual treat, but that means nothing if the system can’t deliver. The MacBook does deliver, but the accent on thinness does mean sacrifices, like the so-so keyboard, and lack of wired LAN adaptor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Digital Versus
MacBooks are subject to a lot of debate. There are those who think they're amazing with pricing in line with a finish of real quality. The MacBook Air 13.3 inch has a better size/power ratio than the 11.5 inch version. It also gives higher battery life. Of the two Macbook Airs out in 2010, we see this 13.3 inch version as the better choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/19/2010
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: It Pro
Is Apple's latest 13in MacBook Air the best ultra-portable laptop ever? Read our review to find out.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 85%
The first MacBook Air will go down in history as one of the most divisive pieces of tech ever created. Either a triumph of design and simplicity or an overpriced, feature-bereft lump depending on your point of view, it split the tech world straight down the middle.The 13-inch Apple MacBook Air is expensive and in many ways restrictive, but a stunning design, great battery life and brilliant ease of use mean this laptop is more than style over substance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
While the 11-inch model will be most attractive if you're looking for the smallest and lightest Mac laptop, those who want to upgrade its drive, processor, and RAM will want to consider its small size versus the slightly larger 13-inch model, which comes equipped with a better set of specs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: All things digital
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. But, as always with Apple, you’ll pay more than you will with Windows PCs.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2010
I really like the form factor of the 11-inch MacBook Air. It's great to carry around. It's like an iPad for people who have to get real work done. I just wish it was faster. If Intel made a 32nm Core 2 Duo, clocked high enough the 11 would be perfect. I guess that’s what Atom is eventually supposed to be, but right now the performance is just too low. Intel appears to have been too conservative with Atom. Perhaps Bobcat and ARM’s Cortex A15 will light a fire under Intel's Atom team.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/26/2010
Source: Computer Shopper
Leave it to Apple to make you feel fat. The 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air is as beautiful as it is thin. This light laptop is so slender, in fact, that you may feel like you're carrying a folder rather than a notebook. And even though the MacBook Air may be sliver-thin, it isn't flimsy or underpowered. The 13-inch MacBook Air's powerful performance, sleek beauty, and decent screen size make it a powerful travel companion for on-the-go users.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 94%
Source: c't - 24/10
Single Review, , Long, Date: 12/01/2010
Source: Onlinekosten.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 80% features: 40% display: 100% mobility: 96% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 30% display: 90% mobility: 40% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 50%
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/31/2010
Rating: display: 90%
Source: ORF DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/25/2010
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/22/2010
Rating: Total score: 93%
Source: Bitcity.it IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/24/2010
Rating: Total score: 85% features: 83% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Erenumerique FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/10/2010
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/04/2011
Source: Datormagazin SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/17/2010
Series: The original MacBook Air, “the world’s thinnest notebook” was introduced at the 2008 keynote by Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs. Key advantages are thinness, durability, high quality display especially the input device when compare with other netbook at the time. However, it was also heavily criticized for lack of Optical Disc, only one USB port, not user-removable battery among other things. At that time, nobody knows that these disadvantages of the MacBook Air series would be the pinnacle of Intel’s concept for next generation notebooks which will be the newest trend for 2012.
In 2011, Apple has introduced the latest update of the MacBook Air Series, with Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge Series, which doubling the performance. Major advantages of the 2011 MacBook Air in our reviews are the light weight, outstanding, unrivalled design and robust build quality thanks to the aluminum case, very good backlit keyboard plus glass track pad, as well as a very good performance for a subnotebook. The 2011 MacBook Air still shares some of the original’s disadvantages like limited ports, heavily reflective display, non-upgradeable memory and non-user-removable battery. Still, the MacBook Air outclasses almost every other Ultrabook out there with its advantage, save only for Samsung’s newest Series 9 model. On average, the review-ratings are very good, which always assure a place in the top 3 Subnotebook of Notebookcheck.
Rumor has it that Apple will introduce the new MacBook Air within a month during Apple’s usual WWDC with Retina-display, USB 3.0 and Ivy-bridge processor, so stay tune for the newest update of the most popular Ultrabook from the tech giant in Cupertino.
NVIDIA GeForce 320M: Integrated chipset graphics card based on the GT216 core (e.g. GeForce GT 325M) but without dedicated memory. Supports Core 2 Duo processors.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
SL9400: Power saving Low Voltage CPU featuring a large Level 2 Cache of 6MB. Therefore, the performance is better than other 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo (with usually 1-3MB Level 2 Cache).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in California in 1977, Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$ 32.48 billion in its fiscal year 2008. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
84.94%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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