3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, why didn't I switch to a Macbook earlier,
This review is from: Apple 13 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.7GHz,4GB,256GB Flash,HD Graphics) (Personal Computers)
Yes, the MBA is rather expensive to purchase, but my oh my is it worth every penny. I purchased the 13" MBA, mainly because the keyboard is excellent for a touch typist like me. Such a joy to use, in fact because of its very quick start up and boot up time and shut down time I use it like I do my iPad, i.e. just pick it up, open the lid and its instantly ready to use. For instance I am cooking, need to look at a recipe, just grab the MBA, flip open the lid (I rarely do a complete shut down) and I can surf instantly. This convenience alone makes me use it much more than my old lap top, so in fact in terms of value for money one could argue that the MBA is cheaper per hour of use, since you use it a lot more! Another example, I am surfing in bed, need to put it down to go for a couple of minutes to use the loo for example, just flip the lid closed, leave it on the bed, comeback, flip the lid open and you're straight back in, even if say I am watching a you tube video. With my old laptop, it would be really hot, fan would be running so you can't leave it on the bed (it would overheat), you have to leave it open, which wastes valuable battery life, it is just not so convenient.
Of course the apple OS compared to windows is a joy, but takes getting used to when coming from windows. I have had some compatibility problems with my ACER projector even with an adapter and also with a Network drive, and with some .AVI files with quicktime, but if look enough on the internet forums there inevitably is a solution or work around. Of course all peripherals for macs such as connectors are so, so expensive, but this is typical of the mac world.
All in all, it is a pleasure to use and as previous reviewers had said, so well engineered, light, silent, hardly generates any heat (unlike my other laptop which would get so hot and loud you couldn't put it on your lap).
It is so good, I bought another one for my wife and will never buy anything other than Apple Macbooks in the future.....