Apple MacBook Air Review


Apple's MacBook Air is as close to iconic as a piece of consumer technology gets. It's the single laptop model you're most likely to see everywhere, from college campuses to airports to coffee shops and even offices. And it's been that way for a very long time.

That's the problem. Not counting an incremental spec bump in mid-2017, this is still internally almost the same MacBook Air as the last refresh in 2015, and externally, it's had basically the same design since 2010 (when the original 2008 design got an overhaul). In technology terms, that's roughly forever.
But it's also a testament to what a strong product the Air was in its heyday. To have a laptop that looks and feels the same as it did for so many years while still a maintaining a loyal following, that's a rare achievement. The MacBook Air is no longer the best-for-almost-everyone device it once was, but it's the least expensive way (by far) to get MacOS on a laptop, so there's certainly still a place for it. 
Apple MacBook Air

Recent developments:

With MacBook Pro sales on the up and up, Apple is given little reason to return its attention to the more affordable MacBook Air lineup. But, with the plastic 13-inch MacBook from 2010 now considered obsolete, perhaps Apple now has room to replace it.

According to Bloomberg, there are three new MacBooks expected to make an appearance at WWDC 2017 next month. Among them, a new MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook may be joined by a next-generation MacBook Air amid consistently thriving sales despite being almost entirely neglected by Apple.

In the meantime, watch out for viruses infecting your MacBook Air. That’s right, earlier in the month a Trojan called Dok was discovered via phishing email that could sneak past both first- and third-party virus protection on Macs to spy on your browsing activity. Likewise, video-encoding app Handbrake for Mac was recently inhibited by a similar flaw.

Apple MacBook Air - Design

Speaking of which, the MacBook Air's design has now remained unchanged for five long years. If Apple didn't feel the need to tinker with it before, there's even less chance that it'll change any time soon now that the 12-inch MacBook is out there. Which is a shame, because the Air's classic design could really benefit from slimmer bezels and an overall reduction in footprint.

Forget the Dell XPS 13's physics-defying Infinity Display, which is lightyears ahead – even Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, once seen as slightly tubby compared to the Air, has a smaller footprint and takes up slightly less space on your lap.

Still, the old "if it ain't broke" mantra applies – up to a point. The MacBook Air's aluminium unibody design, which supports the main enclosure and the display, is as durable as ever. Its lid can be easily raised with a single hand and doesn't droop in any position, and you have to press really hard to detect flex on the machine's base or lid.

It's also easy to clean with a damp cloth. If there's one drawback, it's that the aluminium body can scratch easily to leave permanent black marks, so you should consider buying a sleeve if you're going to sling it into a bag for transportation.

MacBook Air - storage


The only difference between the two MacBook Airs you can buy in 2017 is the storage capacity. In the old days we’d have called this the “hard disk” but the Air has always boasted much-faster “solid-state” SDD drives.

The choice you get (as standard) is either 128GB or 256GB, but you can also double the maximum on-board storage to 512GB for £150 ($200).

We’d recommend you go for as much storage as you can afford if you plan on storing music, images or video. But if your laptop is used mainly for browsing and light document work the 128GB should suffice.

MacBook Air - ports and slots

Apple MacBook Air

The new Air features the same side ports as the 2015 model. You get:
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5Gbps) for the usual peripherals.
  • One Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20Gbps) for adding a larger display or faster external hard drive.
  • MagSafe 2 power port – still the best in our opinion, and much missed on the newer 12in MacBook, which uses its single USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) port for power and peripherals, and so requires a £69 ($69) Multiport Adapter if you need more than one at a time.
  • SDXC camera card slot
  • 5mm headphone jack
If you have lots of standard USB peripherals then the Air supports these out of the box. The MacBook and MacBook Pro models require newer USB-C accessories or £19 ($19) adapters.

It boasts the same great 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible) as the top-of-the-range MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air - screen

Apple MacBook Air

The MacBook Air’s screen is a 13.3in (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a resolution of 1,440-x-900 pixels and a pixel density of roughly 128ppi (pixels per inch).

It’s not as crisp and smooth as the Retina screen you’ll find on the MacBook or Pro models. http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/apple/what-retina-hd-display-are-they-worth-money-apple-3466732/

In comparison, the 13in Retina MacBook Pro has a 2,560-x-1,600 native resolution at 227ppi.

The Air’s display isn’t a bad screen, but Pro users might find it a little fuzzy in comparison to the Retina. The Air screen does use less power, though, and contributes to the lower overall cost.

MacBook Air - price

The MacBook Air is the cheapest new Mac laptop you can buy, starting at £949/US$949 for the 128GB model. The 256GB Air is priced at £1,099/$1,199 – so you pay an extra £150/$200 for the larger capacity. Add a further £150/$200 and you get 512GB of storage in the custom build option.

The 8GB of RAM isn’t upgradeable, but the processor is, as explained above: pay £135/$150 more for the 2.2GHz i7 processor.

You can buy all of these models of the MacBook Air direct from Apple Nigeria here: MacBook Air on Apple Store.



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Techgetto: Apple MacBook Air Review
Apple MacBook Air Review
Apple's MacBook Air is as close to iconic as a piece of consumer technology gets. It's the single laptop model you're most likely to see everywhere,
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