Apple MacBook Air Review – Knockout or save




The 11.6 “MacBook Air is a sturdy and especially light laptop with an impressive battery life of ten hours. Disadvantages are the low screen resolution of 1366×768 pixels, poor viewing angles and the lack of a card reader. Largest competitor shows the 13.3″ to be, for a small additional charge offers a higher screen resolution, MacBook Air or a card reader and a battery life of thirteen hours can get.

Long battery life
Low weight
Rugged housing


Price as compared to 13.3”-variant
Tn-screen with poor viewing angles
No sd card reader
Expensive upgrades

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Recently reviewden we the 13.3 “MacBook Air, which is a minor upgrade was provided. 11.6 in April 2014 his little” brother was also there and went from a 100MHz Core i5-4250U processor to an i5-4260U . The large and small air therefore have identical specifications, and at first glance the difference is found mainly in the format. The fee for the extra 1.7 “is at the time of writing a dollar or sixty. We worked for a week on Apple’s smallest laptop and looked at whether we like to save money, or prefer to save. Apple MacBook Air 2014 11.6 ”

Apple’s smallest laptop is recognizable as a member of the MacBook family at a glance. The housing is made of aluminum and gray looks neat, because that does not have unnecessary lights, stickers or other adornments. The Apple logo on the outside is illuminated by the backlight of the screen and under the keyboard is a large glass touchpad. So far different to the 11.6 “Air few of its more expensive MacBook brothers.

Who has often worked with Apple laptops, will quite quickly see the differences. The 11.6 “Air is the only Apple laptop with a 16:9 aspect ratio and has more consequences than you might expect. Bezels around the screen are a lot wider than the 13.3” MacBook making the screen doing to extra small. Who is accustomed to working on a 16:10 MacBook gets the feeling that the screen is pressed and the OS X dock disproportionately bulky. The smaller size does, of course, be good business for the weight; the 11.6 Air weighs just over a kilogram.
Keyboard and touchpad

The aspect ratio determines not only the image but also the dimensions of the laptop. Because the 11.6 “Air relatively less space in height, the upper edge had to suffer keys and the function keys are half height. Such tests are normally smaller than all the other keys for users with large fingers may Pressing it still best one fussing.

The rest of the keys is provided with a very light hollow, just enough for the fingers to control. To the center of the key What is disappointing is the limited travel of the keys, a point that can be made ​​with the 13.3 “MacBook Air. Because the keys to press thicker than laptops, it is far less tikcomfort lower and the keyboard feels less solid than in MacBook Pros.

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Like the keyboard, the touchpad some height to hand. In practice, to be a problem; we did not miss the extra height and were not in a knot when making multitouch gestures. The glass touchpad glides nice and clicking proceeds with a short, clear click is felt.

Through the thin, wedge-shaped design of the housing there is little room left for external connections. Appears only to be a thunderbolt and a USB 3.0 connection. Space on the right The left side houses the MagSafe connector, the second USB 3.0 port and a combined audio in output. In addition, two holes behind the stereo microphone placed.

Apple MacBook Air 2014 11.6 ” Apple MacBook Air 2014 11.6 ”

The key flaw we find the absence of an SD card reader, with the 13.3 “model it is provided. Due to the smaller screen size, while there is less space in the enclosure, but it is not impossible to have a card reader in a to build. 11.6 “ultrabook Who wants to put photos on the move are Air, however, is ordered to bring a separate card reader.


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