APPLE Macbook Air 11 Review


Apple MacBook Air is the ancestor of the  ultrabook class. This model defines the appearance and performance of components that must be present in any present ultrabooks. With specific regard to the 11.6-model, it is a smaller version of its big brother Apple MacBook Air 13. In our case, the ultrabook is equipped with low-voltage dual-core Intel Core i5-2467M and high SSD-drive.

Technical characteristics

Processor: Intel Core i5-2467M 1600 MHz
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
Storage: 128 GB SSD-drive
Display: 11.6 “1366 x 768 LED, Glare
Video: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Drive: no
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
Interfaces: 2xUSB 2.0, Thunderbolt, MagSafe, audio jack
Additionally: web camera, speakers
Battery: Li-Polymer 4860 mAh
Dimensions, weight: 300h192h3 ~ 17 mm, 1.08 kg
Operating System: Apple OS X v10.7 Lion

Design

The design of MacBook Air 11 is really unique, it fits virtually everyone, from a student to a leader of an international corporation. The appearance of  ultrabook is brief and concise so that it can not be attributed to a particular class. The  name of «Air» fully captured the feel of the exterior design of this device from Apple.

Its body thickness is only 17 mm in the thickest part, and in the finest is only 3 mm. At the same time, this subtlety does not cause negative feelings, such as comparison with the blade of a knife. Edge of the shell smooth and harmonious.

The case itself is made of aluminum and is a single cocoon within which the various components. The top cover emblazoned company logo in the form of Apple bitten apple, which also lights up when ultrabook is on. The bottom of ultrabook completely devoid of any openings or ventilation grilles speakers, with four legs, which allow to put the ultrabook to various surfaces, without fear of damaging it.

Since the body is made in unibody, then and interior ultrabook repeats its external finish. The case is assembled just great, the build quality is high.

Dimensions of the “Air” of the device is 300h192h3 ~ 17 mm and weighs only 1.08 kg.

Display and Sound

The Apple MacBook Air 11, according to the figure “11″ in the title, has a 11.6-inch display with a glossy finish and a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The display quality is commendable, and brightness and contrast are at a high level.

As for the angles, they are fairly standard, but it’s worth noting that your movie together for such a display is quite comfortable and the image is read. Only, but not significant disadvantage is glossy display, work in the sun behind it will be very difficult, but tolerable.

On ultrabook, there is web camera with the help of which you can chat with other people in video conferences, and the image quality it also turns out pretty good. Right of the camera has a light, which lights when the camera is turned on and off when it is not.

In the Apple MacBook Air 11, you will not see on the body of habitual speaker grilles, the case is completely closed over the keyboard and also no insert, but in spite of the sound is still playing. It turns out that the developers have put the speakers at the keyboard. sound quality, of course, has excellent performance, but it is not a multimedia model, to the same body size phenomenally low, so we advise you to get high quality earphones for listening to music on the MacBook Air 11.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Apple MacBook Air 11 has a keyboard island type fairly easy configuration. The average distance between the keys, alphanumeric keys are standard size and not narrow. The only units that had to be reduced in this keyboard is a block pointer and the top row of buttons [F1] – [F12], which is also responsible for multimedia features. But the digital block is missing, although such a compact model, this is not surprising.

Keyboard itself is black and the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets marking on it is white. Also a definite plus this keyboard is, that in spite of the small size of the ultrabook, here a backlight, so you can work comfortably and in low light. The power button is on the right at the top of ultrabooks.

Touchpad for Apple MacBook Air 11 is almost the reference. In size it more than most larger notebooks, providing more convenient control the cursor. The touchpad has a rectangular shape and is slightly recessed into the body, it is also devoid of mechanical buttons. Overall responsiveness and accuracy of the touch panel is at a high level, and support for multiple multi-touch gestures make it almost perfect body control.

Performance

Since this is Apple product, and the operating system will also be installed here by Apple, in this case, Apple OS X v10.7 Lion. The device of this size is the appropriate use of non-conventional processor, and low voltage. In our model, installed energy efficient low voltage dual-core Intel Core i5-2467M with an initial frequency of 1.6 GHz, but through support Turbo Boost 2.0 can increase its frequency to 2.3 GHz. Thanks to Hyper-Threading, the processor can process up to four threads simultaneously. CPU TDP of 17 W (including GPU and memory controller). This allows the processor to small ultrabooks such as the Apple MacBook Air 11. There is no discrete card, to ensure the graphics here are fitted with graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000.

IT does not have its own graphics memory, but uses the cache in the third level with the core CPU, and a part of memory. Apple MacBook Air 11 may have Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 256 MB or 384 MB standard DDR3. Integrated graphics card runs at 350-1150 MHz (Turbo Boost). Compared with the cards in the HD Graphics 3000 is not low-voltage processors, the adapter has a lower performance, but solutions are not very demanding tasks it “enough with his head”. Apple MacBook Air 11 can have either 2 GB or 4 GB of memory.

In our case it is 4 GB DDR3 memory clocked at 1333 MHz. The difference in the amount of memory depends on the size of a drive installed in the ultrabook – if 64 GB, 2 GB is the standard memory if 128 GB, 4 GB. But the store Apple authorized reseller you can change the complete set and to set the maximum amount of memory that is 4 GB for any modifications. Storage capacity in the MacBook Air 11 amazes with its size, but has a high speed. The thing is that in the ultrabook installed SSD, which has no physical moving parts and superior to conventional hard disk drives for performance. Volume SSD-drive is 128 GB. For the 11.6-inch MacBook Air model provides for an increase of up to 256 GB of storage, but only in the shop a retailer Apple. As for heating, the ultrabook removes internal heat through the case, there are no vents on the bottom of ultrabooks, or at the sides.

Ports and Communications

A set of ports and communications includes only the necessary connectors. Apple has long been put to a very minimalist approach to the set of communications. It is worth noting that, compared with its 13-inch sibling, this model also has lost the card reader.

On the right side there is a USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt. In this case, a port Thunderbolt explains the lack of ports USB 3.0, as the transmission speed of the Thunderbolt interface is more than two times the transmission speed of the USB 3.0.

On the left side is also not a lot of ports, including USB 2.0, headphone and microphone. In addition to them, closer to the back of the ultrabook is the power connector MagSafe, its peculiarity is that it is held in place by magnets. This design prevents injuries received ultrabook, in the event that the wire will charge anyone offended.

As already stated above, this ultrabook has a minimal set of ports as well as the front and rear ultrabook totally devoid connectors. But I think that even this set of ports enough for everyday use and comfortable ultrabook. But wireless technology presented here in full, including Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Battery

Apple MacBook Air 11 has a built-in lithium-polymer battery capacity of 4860 mAh. The battery life is about five hours, a good indicator is provided by the low-voltage processor and the lack of a discrete graphics card. But to replace the battery you do not succeed, but with such indicators will usually be required.

Conclusion

Despite some minor flaws, ultrabook MacBook Air 11 from the company Apple, is currently one of the best in its class (if not the best). Externally, the new generation of MacBook Air 11 has not changed, but the filling is slightly improved. For such a slim device as a MacBook Air 11 its performance is at a high level. Still, his main trump card is excellent ergonomics and portability. Apple enthusiast will appreciate all the greatest strengths of MacBook Air 11 and choose it as the device is used with full mobility. What can I say – a great, but very expensive device.

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