New Macbook Air: 11-inch Upgrade – A Personal Review

 

By Posted 5 Nov 2010, 00:27

We were not shocked when Steve Jobs announced the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air last month, but we were surprised at just how thin Apple made it. People have now had time to spend with the small laptop device – Steve don’t like it called a netbook – and now someone has offered a personal review.

Harry McCracken from Technologizer, writes on PC World that he loved netbooks and Mac devices, but they never did one smaller than 13 inches. However, just over one and a half weeks ago Apple answered McCracken’ prayers and delivered to him this 11.6-inch device.

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This meant that he was now able to go back to the small size of a netbook, but with much more performance at his disposal. He states that although this is the closet thing to a netbook, it does not hold back in any way like most of those small 10-inch laptops do.

The processor used is the 1.4-GHz Core 2 Duo, this will not set benchtests alight, but much better than those Atom CPUs used. The 11.6-inch model is like the old Air, as it still has no SD Card reader, unlike the new 13.3-inch version.

There are a number of ways where Apple could improve on the design of the smaller MacBook Air. Harry says that Apple should offer a plastic case design and bring the price down – but we know that Apple are not about compromising in both those areas.

For a complete personal review of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air visit PC World.