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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 263 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and usability. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably. The connectivity and price get less positive comments.

portability, performance, design, usability, battery

price, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Late 2008) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. People really like the usability and price. The design and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the sound.

performance, portability, design, price, usability

sound

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by : Paul Miller (engadget.com)

MacBook Air Rev. B mini-review

 

We've spent a bit of quality time with the new MacBook Air, and while there's little on the surface to denote a change, Apple did quite a bit under the hood to turn this into a serious laptop -- of sorts. Full disclosure: we (meaning a certain Paul...

Much faster than earlier version ; Improved boot time ; mini DisplayPort plug

Fixes problems that shouldn't have been ; Could use a 3G option ; Still very expensive

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop

 

This reimagined MacBook Air fixes almost all previous design issues, but not without adding a couple of its own.

The MacBook is now smaller and lighter, with a better display, faster processors and a bigger touchpad. The MacOS experience and all-day battery are still big selling points.

The starting price has shot up significantly, despite sticking with dual-core CPUs. The shallow butterfly keyboard and limited ports may feel like a step back from the previous Air.

The MacBook Air's long overdue makeover adds welcome additions like a high-res screen and Touch ID, but it includes some unwelcome trade-offs -- including a much higher price.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Read our 10-year-old review of the first-ever Apple MacBook Air

 

When the Apple MacBook Air was introduced ten years ago, it was different than anything we'd seen before.

Incredibly thin yet surprisingly sturdy; new trackpad gesture controls are very useful; remote optical drive makes living without a built-in drive much easier.

Very limited connectivity; slower than other MacBooks; SSD hard-drive option is ridiculously expensive and standard hard drive is small; battery is not user replaceable.

The design is revolutionary, but Apple's MacBook Air will appeal to a smaller, more specialized audience than the standard MacBook, thanks to a stripped-down set of connections and features.

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : JoannaStern (theverge.com)

MacBook Air with Windows 7 review: the ultrabook to rule them all?

 

Let's be honest: The ultrabook phenomenon is by and large Intel's and the rest of the PC industry's reaction to Apple's MacBook Air. Just take a look at a lot of the designs and the features: the...

Very thin and well-built chassis ; Beautiful display ; Touchpad works great with Windows 7 ; Snappy performance

Only 4.5 hours of battery life in Windows ; Too expensive ; Keyboard layout can be confusing to Windows users ; Boot times slower than competition

Apple is never going to make the perfect Windows 7 machine, but in many ways its hardware enables the best Windows experience right now

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010 review: Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010

 

Apple MacBook Air Fall 2010

Apple's ; is thin and powerful enough to use as a mainstream laptop. It has an excellent battery and includes an SD card slot.

The Air has limited connections compared with other 13-inch laptops, and its keyboard isn't backlit. It's outclassed by the new MacBook Pro line.

The second generation of Apple's MacBook Air fixes many of our issues with the ambitious original, adding more USB ports, an SD card slot, and a more powerful processor.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air (Nvidia 9400M GT)

 

The Apple MacBook Air (Nvidia 9400M GT) is a specimen of unsurpassable beauty, but upgrades of a few parts internally won't be enough to win over converts to Mac.

Still the thinnest and best-looking ultraportable. Bright screen. Comfortable keyboard. Best graphics performance in its class. Extremely lightweight

Depleted feature set. Downgraded to a low-voltage processor. Only 2GB of memory with this configuration. Lacks higher-resolution screen options. Slow spinning hard drive. Battery life hasn't improved

Apr, 2009

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

MacBook Air 1.6GHz

 

Though Apple announced a second generation of the MacBook Air in October of last year, a shipping delay, some surprising...

Though not for everyone, Apple's MacBook Air can still boast about its status as the world's thinnest notebook computer, only now, with a 33 percent performance gain, the tradeoff between size and speed is not as great as with the first generation...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Jason Snell (pcworld.com)

Apple MacBook Air/1.86GHz

 

On the outside, the new MacBook Air 1.86 GHz is identical to the first generation of Apple's extremely lightweight laptops. Inside, it's quite different, offering a new and faster processor, upgraded video circuitry, a faster frontside bus, speedier...

Light and sleek ; Greatly improved graphics over first Air

Unswappable battery ; Single USB port

Apple's second stab at the Air adds a better GPU but keeps the same shape--and the problems that come with it.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (pcmag.com)

Apple Macbook Air (Penryn)

 

Preview of the Apple Macbook Air (Penryn).

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Oct, 2008

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple Macbook Air (penryn)

 

The new MacBook Air is still ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. But somehow there's room to add so much more. A bigger hard drive. A 4x graphics performance boost. And more power for everyday tasks. Mobile computing has yet...

Oct, 2008