Macbook Air 15" 2011 Review

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by charpi, May 19, 2011.

  1. charpi macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2006

    Coming from the 13" Macbook Pro, I had doubts about the performance of the Macbook Air, even if it is Apple's "most popular mac". I just felt that the price/power ratio is not justified. But this is about to change, when I bought my 15" Macbook Air 2011.


    I ordered my Air directly from the Apple Online store with the Back-To-School promotion to get a free iPod Touch. My Air was promptly delivered just 8 hours after placing my order. It is neatly wrapped up in a white box with the thickness of an iPhone. With a box so thin, I wonder what is in store for me when I open the box. When I finally stopped admiring the box approximately 2 hours later, I got down to open up the box. To my surprise, Apple wasn't lying when they said that the 2011 15" Air was paper thin. Measuring only 7mm thin at it's thickest point, comparing my Air 2011 with my 2010 Macbook Pro is like comparing an iPad 2 to a Galaxy Tab. The Apple site states that it is the "world's lightest laptop yet". It is easy to see that this is true. Carrying it around isn't a hassle at all. If I had a pocket large enough to hold the Air, I would definitely carry it wherever I go. Truly, it is the first laptop of such elegance which weighs under 1kg. The liquid metal enclosure of the Air is revolutionary. When testing the Air outdoors, I ran into a few thugs with the intention of prizing my beloved Air away from me. I smashed my Air right into their faces. Result - Air without a scratch, Thugs with a bloody nose. Air 1 - 0 Thugs.


    I ordered the BTO option for 3200 x 2400 screen for my 15" Air. Needless to say, when I turned my Air on, the display was truly stunning. If not for the water resistant keyboard (another magical feature), my drool would have short-circuited the Air. People who are worried about the words being too small shouldn't if they have not seen it before. Everything is so crisp and clear that it becomes obvious that it is on par with the $6999 Sony TV sets which can play blu-ray. This "super retina" screen gives me so much screen estate that sometimes I do not know what to do with it. The colors were vibrant as usual displaying the pure awesomeness of the IPS display technology.

    A special feature touted here is Apple's revolutionary "Clear-Glass" which allows, at the flick of a switch, the user to see through it. I thought that this feature is useless, but now I can so convinced of it's usefulness. I drove around my neighborhood while playing plants vs zombies, looking at the traffic through the new screen. Now, I can walk, work, drive, game all at the same time and not worry about bumping into others.

    More on the technology here:


    Not much to say here, Apple have always been a little "different" from other manufacturers when it comes to computer specs. My 15" Air features a i7 processor which does everyday tasks like emails and web surfing, and an occasional movie editing just fine. I do not have the benchmarks, but I can assure you that it is as snappy as ever. People are worried about the Intel IGP HD3000, and I can relate to their fears. I could run Starcraft 2 and Crysis barely on the lowest settings. However, Apple comes to the rescue again. With it's new Thunderbolt port, I coupled it with an external "Apple-Certified" Radeon 6970M graphics card. I ordered this together with my Air. Now, I would say that the "2011 Air sucks vs the 320m" naysayers' fears are unfounded. The 6970M handled everything I can throw at it. So, for the average user, I would not worry too much.


    The Official Site says that the 15" Air would beat the 15" Pro in battery life. When I tested it, (70% brightness, 50% volume, wifi on, bluetooth off, looping youtube clips) it gave me a 11h 12min for a full charge. I would not say at Apple is lying here, but the battery life is still impressive.

    Closing thoughts:

    I am a happy convert! That is all I can say. Coming from a Macbook Pro, I am extremely pleased with the thinness, portability, performance, feature-set of my new Air. Not to mention the pure epicness of Lion. I have just discovered a new option under "Settings" which allows me to print money! If I were you now, I would stop reading this review and clicky-click on the "Apple" bookmark you have on your bookmarks bar and purchase an Air NOW!

    *TLDR/Disclaimer* Obviously you know by now that I am too bored, please don't ban me ;)


    I'd do an iPad 3 and iPhone 5 review depending on the responses here

    ciao :)
  2. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
  3. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    I'm really looking forward to read your review of iPad 3 and iPhone 5. You ****ing made my day! Thank you so much!!! :) :) :)
  4. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Maybe read the post before replying next time, eh?
  6. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
  7. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    ROFL :D

    Just two things-

    1) even if it did weigh under 1kg there are still a whole bunch of lighter laptops out there, and they're not imaginary ;)
    2) water resistant keyboard is nothing special these days. That said, I can imagine how much Apple would hype it up, as if it really was magical :p
  8. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008
  9. mwayne85 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009

    Are you serious?! It's 2011, and Apple's going back to 4:3 aspect ratio?! :p
  10. Cheffy Dave, May 20, 2011
    Last edited: May 20, 2011

    Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Point was TLJ, it ain't ever happin , in this LIFE, MINE,YOURS, or the NEXT!
    Got it ,EH?
    I did read it, but missed the point of it all, serves me right for posting without my third cup of coffee at that early hour
  11. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    LOL!!!!! Awesome review!!!
    Looking forward to more reviews!!!
  12. OliverOSX93 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    thanks mate. what happened to the guy who bet about if the next macbook air would have moving parts? THE HINGE AND KEY'S MOVE! I WANT MY MONEY!:D
  13. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    the 2011 air will have a keyboard drawed on it just for show, you will be able to magically type text with your subconscious. I know it's a deal breaker for some, you won't be able to lie in a chatroom or such :eek:
  14. cirus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    Available in 2019 at a starting price of $2499.
  15. coldmack macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    You are thinking of the Dell XPeeS 15z thin and light that is coming out with the gimmicky nvidia 3D graphics and screen. Suppose to be kind of like what a 15in Crudbook Air would, but with out the fatal flaw of running Wind'oh OS, and the equally worse Intel cpu.

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