MacBook Air 13″ – Review


  • 13-inch, 1440 x 900 glossy, LED-backlit display
  • Super long battery life
  • 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo CPU

Let me start off by saying that I’ve fallen in love with a gadget once again.  This sleek, smooth and beautiful little fruit product has impressed me again and again and again and again.  My life took a big turn at the end of February, I quit my job and started working as an independent consultant.  Suddenly I had to return my trusty old Windows laptop to my previous company and make a decision as to which of the current top notch laptops would become the tool of my trade.  I had to consider the fact that I would be travelling and flying a lot, price, what I would be using it for and then also, what do I really want?  

What a girl wants…


As far as the ‘what do I really want?’ question goes there was never any contest.  I WANTED a MacBook Air.  I’ve always wanted one, and now I could justify buying one.  I went on a window shopping spree.  Playing with all the various laptops I would possibly be interested in reading up on them, getting a feel for them, getting prices and finally weighing them up against each other.  While some of the other laptops were pretty impressive, the MacBook Air stole my heart and performed like the little star that it is.  So I relented and got one.  I’ve had it for three weeks (or so( now and I can honestly say….I will never look back.

Once you go Mac you’ll never go back

The laptop 13.3-inch laptop measures just 12.8 inches by 8.94 inches and it weighs roughly 1kg (according to my scale) and 1.3kg according to the official website.  I’m sticking to roughly one:P Point is, it’s super light, it’s small and it’s wafer thin.  It is the ideal working tool, especially if you travel a lot.  The MacBook Air does not have a backlit keyboard.  While this doesn’t prove a big problem for me as I touch type anyway and my previous laptop didn’t have a backlit keyboard and because of this I don’t need to see my keys to be able to type, I would imagine that for most people this could be a bit of an issue.


While Air is not exactly a powerhouse, boasting a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated GPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, the Air still performs like a champ.  Watching movies and series on it at night in the various guest houses I’ve been staying in = no problem.  Running a million applications at once without stuttering or taking long to jump between them is no problem.  
Workwise I’m currently working mostly on Excel and Word, neither of which are labour intensive and therefore run without any problems.  I would imagine if you had to run some form of labour intensive software you might experience the Air to be a bit on the slow side, but apart from that I don’t foresee any problems.

Only two (!!) USB ports…

On the 13-inch, you’ve got two USB ports, a MagSafe connector, an SD card slot, and a Mini DisplayPort hookup. While I have heard many people grumble about the lack of USB ports, Apple was clever enough to locate the USB ports on either side of the machine, making it easy to use 3G adapters and larger USB peripherals at the same time without having to use extenders.  Another downside to the air is the fact that it doesn’t have an Ethernet port.  The problem is solved by using Apple’s USB adapter, the only downside of this is the fact that you have to offer up one of your 2 USB ports to use it.  

Wifi is defnitely the way to go, and lucky for me, so far I haven’t even needed to use my adapter. 


The touchpad took some getting used to, simply because it’s Apple and vastly different from what I was used to. No right click (right click is done by using two fingers) and the fact that you can’t tap on it but have to ‘click’ it took some time to get used to.  But the fact that I could easily scroll through anything using two fingers made up for the two hours it took me to get into the habit.

Seven solid hours?

And now for my favourite part….the battery life.  Apple made some pretty unbelievable claims about these little beauties, quoting “7 hours of use on a single charge and 30 days of standby time”.  And they did not disappoint. While I can’t confidently say that it has 30 days of standby time (why would this gorgeous thing be left alone for that long???) I can confidently say that seven hours of use is pretty accurate.  Even while running an insane amount of apps or watching movies it still reaches between five and six hours, which, in my opinion, is pretty impressive.


Turn ons

  • Super sleek and sexy design
  • Epic battery life
  • Wafer thin, small and very light, making it a breeze to travel with

Turn offs

  • Only 2 USB ports

Price:  R12 999.00 (for 128GB)


About the author  ⁄ Ruby Letters

Ruby Letters

Ruby is a small-town girl who traded the mountains and farms for the big city lights in an attempt to follow her dreams. By day (and mostly by night too) this workaholic catches bad guys as #CSIRuby. Her superpowers include Insomnia, OCD and juggling life with at least one foot firmly stuck in her mouth. Fiercely independent and strangely optimistic, Ruby loves shoes, wine, gadgets, traveling, knives, tractors, music, poetry, sushi and dancing. She guards her secrets carefully but, if you're lucky, she'll let you in on a few of them! She is, at the end of the day, just a geek in high heels.

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    May 4, 2011

    The USB port thing, could be an issue if this is your only machine. With many people who have them it’s merely their runaround machine (Yes how I wish I could say that I was one of these people). So very little need to hook up too much at any one time. Plus, designed very much with all the free wifi availability overseas in mind… yes, I think I’ll get one to run-around with, and then an iPad for the house to access my email and whatnot on the couch. A Mac Pro in the home office, with twin iMacs for the kids…yes…I think that’s what I’ll do :)

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