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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 733 reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The usability and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the price. There are some critical reviews about the connectivity.

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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 (2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011) 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. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and usability. The design and portability are also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the durability and screen.

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76% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 318 user reviews of Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2011) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Opinions about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback, but reviews about the touchpad and connectivity are mixed.

performance, portability, usability, design, reliability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2020

Expert review by : JoannaStern (theverge.com)

Apple MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2011)

 

The original MacBook Air was more of a status symbol than a computer. Sure, it was a functional laptop that could glide into a manila envelope, but the $1,799 laptop was, by and large, a secondary...

Double the performance of the last gen Air ; Over six hours of battery life ; Best touchpad around ; Backlit keyboard returns

Keys are a bit shallow ; Webcam isn’t HD ; No high resolution or matte screen option

It’s the first Air that’s capable enough to replace not only the old white MacBook but also the MacBook Pro — at least for some

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch review: Apple MacBook Air (11-inch

 

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch

The new 11-inch ; is dramatically faster than last year's version, has a backlit keyboard, and comes with a high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port.

The $999 entry-level Air still has the same limited fixed flash storage and RAM as last year's version, which most people will want to upgrade from--and there's still no SD card slot, Ethernet port, or 3G wireless option.

This year's 11-inch MacBook Air improves on last year's model in several significant ways and is by far the fastest ultraportable you're likely to find, though some users will consider the limited flash storage space to be a hindrance.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt)

 

The Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Thunderbolt) is a formidable player in the ultraportable space, thanks to a Core i5 processor, backlit keyboard, and Thunderbolt port.

Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory provide a big performance lift. Backlit keyboard is back. Stunning design. Screen resolution is superb. Great clickpad implementation. Quick wake-from-sleep times. Thunderbolt port

Pricey. Battery life could have been longer

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

The 2011 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch): Thoroughly Reviewed

 

I've always liked ultraportables. Back when I was in college I kept buying increasingly more portable notebooks until I eventually ended up with something horribly unusable for actual work. When Apple introduced the first MacBook Air back in 2008 I...

Whereas last year's MacBook Air was a good machine for light work, the 2011 models are true replacements for mainstream portable Macs. There's still no dethroning the MacBook Pro (although the 13-inch model clearly needs a higher resolution display...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner / Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Air 13 Mid 2011 (1.7 GHz, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook

 

Turbo Air. After the refresh of the Air's case in autumn of last

Low weight and small size; Outstanding aluminium case; Very good input devices; Backlit keyboard; Very good application performance for a subnotebook

Relatively expensive; Not so many ports; Reflective display; Non-upgradeable system memory

We have to say, as we have said before, that Apple outclasses almost everyone with the Air. Dell’s Adamo XPS 13 was supposed to be a direct competitor but in fact fell far short. Samsung’s current premium 900X3A range is probably the machine that comes...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

MacBook Air 13-inch core i5 Review (mid-2011)

 

Apple's MacBook Air left many mobile users with a difficult decision back in late 2010. The unibody ultraportable was certainly beautiful, but its ULV processor left some wary that OS X might not be able to keep up with their lifestyle. The new 2011...

In short, that difficult decision between prioritizing portability and performance has pretty much been made for you: the MacBook Air grants you both. Build-quality is reassuringly strong, speed and performance are sufficient for most users, and the...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : yuga (yugatech.com)

2011 Macbook Air 11.6″ Review

 

The refresh of the new 11.6″ and 13.3″ Macbook Air last July 2011 has introduced more powerful Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors into the line-up. I got the 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD Core i5 Macbook Air 11.6″ to test out. See full review after the jump.

(for the 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD). You can also request for custom specs (like 256GB SSD and Core i7) but that will take about 3 weeks to deliver.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Paul Venezia (infoworld.com)

MacBook Air takes on MacBook Pro

 

The original MacBook Air was a spectacular piece of engineering -- a laptop form factor that simply hadn't been seen before. Despite its anemic CPU and the slow PATA 1.8-inch hard drive, I quickly took to using the MacBook Air as my primary laptop....

Unfortunately, there are tasks I do with the old MacBook Air that the new Air can't handle, such as working with a few applications that I rely on. The new Air ships with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion installed, which -- depending on your habits and the software...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Jon Fingas (macnn.com)

Review: MacBook Air (13-inch, 2011)

 

Apple unveils what may be its best ultraportable yet.

Dramatically faster for both everyday and serious work ; Better value than most Windows-based opponents ; Battery life still holds up with the added speed ; 4GB of RAM now standard on 13-inch models ; Thunderbolt opens up fast storage, docking...

No more than 4GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD ; Can't be user-upgraded ; Not as fast as costlier rivals ; Battery life could still be longer ; Display isn't as vivid as on a MacBook Pro or similar

The redesigned MacBook Air in October 2010 sparked a minor revolution in notebooks; after years of ultraportables (even Apple's) being relegated to the margins, they were suddenly the future of computing. Intel went so far as to coin a new notebook

Jul, 2011

Expert review by (goodhousekeeping.com)

Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Laptop

 

If you're an Apple fan, then the 13-inch MacBook Air is a no brainer. The lightest of the laptops we tested, this stylish system doesn't scrimp when it comes to performance, boasting the third highest scores in our test, along with good file transfer...

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