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Macbook Air 11.6 Inch Laptop: First Impression Review

Anyone following me on Twitter will have probably seen me um-ing and ah-ing about whether to buy an 11 inch Macbook Air.

I did! And this is my review, having used it for ten days.

Note: I’m not really a technical person so don’t expect too much from that perspective. This is more me talking from a usability standpoint. Overall it’s been a great little machine and I’m glad to have had the experience of using it.

PS: this video was shot on a Panasonic Lumix DMC GF1 (review link).

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Comments

  1. Debra Hilton says:

    Thanks for the review Darren, I love to hear the perspective of a user rather than a ‘techie’. I don’t suppose you have considered the iPad for content creation? I’d love to hear your comparison of the iPad vs. 11″ air for blogging.

  2. Darren, thanks for this review. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get the 13 inch MacBook Pro or rather the 13 inch MacBook Air. Now I know it’s gonna be the MacBook Pro because it will be my main computer and I need the connectivity and bigger memory :-)

  3. Nice review Darren, I’ve been toying with the idea of one of these perhaps I’ll wait until after Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nice review, Darren.

    Thanks for the info.

    I have never used Mac and I know I have to buy a laptop.

    I will consider this purchase.

  5. Nick says:

    Nice review of the macbook air. I never thought about the edge of it like you mentioned. That is definitely a nice touch, how it is smoother on the front edge and easier on the wrists.

    Wish I could afford all those gadgets. I see you have the two Apple monitors, an iphone 4, macbook pro and air, iPad, tripod etc.
    Very impressive, if you ever get a chance, I would love to see a video about maybe your desk setup and all the technology you use. Thanks for the review Darren.

  6. Kristen says:

    I just recently bought a MacBook so when I read your post, I decided to share with you my very quick review of a Mac. Simply, “Once you go Mac you don’t go back!”

    Happy Holidays, Darren, and great review!

  7. kamal says:

    Darren,

    What would you suggest if I don’t have a Mac Pro already. I do have a Sony Vaio, but I’m thinking to get a Mac, so I was thinking to get the Air in the first shot. Is that a good idea ?

    Thanks for your help.

  8. Everett says:

    Very cool Darren. Thanks for the review. Man that is one small laptop. It’s good to hear a genuine review on it.

  9. Eugene Erwin says:

    No matter how good the mac’s are, I will have to stay with the PC because so many marketing interfaces and software are not made to use with the Mac.

  10. Darren,

    Love that you brought up the wrist issue! Same here! My MacBook used to always “cut” into my wrists.

    I too like the lower front profile of the MacBook Air.

    - Craig

  11. Iceman Baldy says:

    Great review with a nice balance of technical coverage as well as day-to-day user functionality. I like my Macbook Air quite a bit and find it perfect for blogging-on-the-go where you can make a quick post anywhere given its instant power up and battery life in addition to having full use of a great keyboard, full multitasking, and all the software applications that you’re accustomed to using on a larger computer. The Macbook Air is the perfect blogging companion and this review is a great resource for other bloggers as they consider what kind of hardware might be best suited for their portable needs. Thanks Darren!

  12. Alex Brooks says:

    I have always wanted a macbook myself, I’d probably got with the larger one if I was ever going to swap from my current laptop to a new laptop. Although I have plans for a new, much more powerful desktop build soon, which would leave me without a laptop, might have to a get a notebook for portable use.

    I’ve been using Google Docs (On Google Apps) to sync documents between computers, they has been talk on the matter on Google blogs etc. I believe they are going to be releasing a dropbox like application for Google docs, but with now you can only do the editing though you browser.

    I personally prefer google docs, perhaps you could write a post on comparing the two? :)

  13. stew says:

    Nice review, I was also struggling with getting the MacBook air because of the iPads limits with a real web browser experience but I’m holding off until the next iPad comes forward to see if Apple provides us with an OS like the air. that would really be someting…

    Have a great holiday!

    ~Stew~