Apple MacBook Air 11.6 inch Summer 2011 - Core i5/i7

  • Apple MacBook Air 11.6 inch Summer 2011 - Core i5/i7
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Based on 41 scores, 60 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    23
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Topdrawer design and build quality, small and light, powerful
  • Impressive performance, Simple, Elegant, Typical Apple, Design, Solid build quality, Very responsive backlit keyboard and trackpad, Lightweight and highly portable
  • Fast performance, Price, Thunderbolt port, OS X Lion.

Cons:

  • No USB 3.0, expensive
  • No USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, Apple has done away with the previous model's Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics

Expert reviews and ratings

By RegHardware on 90

Product round-up It took a little while for the production lines to get going, but the first few months of 2012 have seen super-slim Ultrabooks completely outnumbering every other type of desktop or laptop PC coming our way. Intel’s tight definition...

By PC Advisor on 80

The 11in MacBook Air is exactly the same price as Asus' 11in contender, although with only half the RAM and SSD space. But what it lacks in these respects it makes up for in build quality – especially when it comes to the screen – and...

By What Digital Camera on 92

Overall, the Macbook Air is an awesome computer that combines the power of a desktop machine with the portability of a netbook. Beautifully designed and made, the only downer is the...

By PCWorld New Zealand on 90

Apple’s MacBook Air is without a doubt the most iconic ultraportable laptop. Despite that, prior to our 2011 ultra-portable laptop roundup I’d never laid hands on one. I’d always assumed that something so thin and light must sacrifice...

By Pocket-lint on 90

You don't have to love, or even like, Apple to see that this is one of the nicest laptops ever made. As a tool to work or entertain yourself we've yet to see a computer balance power and portability as well as the Air does. Gone are the days of...

By PCWorld India on 90

The Apple 11-inch MacBook Air is almost flawless when it comes to its build quality as well as its physical appearance and feel. Add to that the fact that Air's performance statistics trounce those of even some mainstream laptops, makes the option...

By NotebookCheck on 88

As far as Apple is concerned, the widely heralded ultrabooks are welcome to come, because Apple is already well equipped in this area. The MacBook Air 11 essentially shares all the strengths and weaknesses of its 13-inch colleague. The unibody case is...

By V3.co.uk on

Although it's technically a draw, the MacBook Air wins out in key areas of performance, interface and connectivity. The laptop is definitely the better...

By ConsumerSearch on

If you want a Mac and you're on a budget, the cheapest option is the base configuration of the 11-inch MacBook Air. Apple's entry-level laptop lacks some features found on the more expensive MacBook Pro and Air laptops, but reviewers say the...

By Tech2 on 70

So should you buy it? If you need a slick ultraportable for light to medium duty, if design and aesthetics weigh heavily on your mind and price is not a concern, then this one’s a no brainer. Of course, if you’re like the vast majority of...

By Computeractive on 80

A portable laptop that's beautifully designed, but the price is high...

By PC Advisor on 90

Since the company has discontinued its popular white MacBook, the Apple MacBook Air 11in (Mid-2011) now stands alone as the most affordable Mac portable. At £849, you get 2GB memory and 64GB of solid-state drive; another £150 doubles both...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The MacBook Air 11.6-inch 2011 still offers a very good performance to size ratio. This ultraportable laptop continues to get more powerful but Apple hasn't redesigned the cooling system to cope with this. Plus, the connectivity is still just as...

By Macworld UK on 100

The MacBook Air has been a product in transition. When it was introduced in 2008, it was an oddity. An expensive and underpowered, yet incredibly thin and light 13 inch laptop. Last year's revision, which added a second USB port, upgraded the...

By The Inquirer on 90

For those who have never handled a Macbook Air, the design and light weight are major attractions. Such is the beauty of the Macbook Air that it drew praise from all corners of the office, including staunch anti-Apple users.

 With Apple...

By Expert Reviews on 100

Gorgeous, light, tough and powerful; this is everything that an ultra-portable laptop should be....

By IT PRO on 67

The 11in MacBook Air is undeniably lovely thanks to its sleek and sturdy build, comfortable keyboard and multitouch touchpad. It's not worth buying the cheapest version which is too underpowered, but we're not wholly convinced by the priciest...

By ElectricPig.co.uk on 100

Over the years we’ve tirelessly sought after the ultimate marriage of portability and power. Apple’s first MacBook Air was just too weedy and too expensive. Asus never quite managed to deliver with its low price, tiny Eee PCs, in truth...

By Bare Feats on

In response to popular demand, this is an attempt to put the 2011 MacBook Air in perspective by comparing it to previous MacBook Airs. We included various examples of MacBook Pro as far back as 2009. For this performance snapshot, we chose Cinebench...

By PC Pro on 83

Ultrathin, effortlessly elegant, and now with genuine power, Apple has fixed most of the flaws in its little...