Editors Liked

  • 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
  • Beautifully crafted, Intel Core i7 processor for fast performance, excellent multi-touch functionality, unmatched portability, great keyboard and screen
  • Very fast, impossibly thin, strong metal build, comes with Mac OS X Lion
  • Dramatically faster than last year's version; backlit keyboard; comes with Thunderbolt I/O port
  • Thunderbolt port, Sandy Bridge CPU provide unprecedented zip. Backlit keyboard a welcome readdition. Unsoldered Flash chips make storage upgrade easy
  • Intel Core i5-2467m provides improved processing and integrated graphics capabilities, Better trackpad, Thunderbolt technology enables high-speed data transfers, Attractive, lightweight construction and design
  • Blazing fast performance, same lightweight and chic design as with the previous Air model, excellent value, now with backlitkeyboard too, perfect for laptop serious travelers and those always on the go, super responsive – and did we mention how fast
  • Thin, light, and sleek design; hugely upgraded performance over previous version; sturdy body; excellent bundled software
  • Small, sleek and light, Can run games in a pinch, Bestinclass trackpad, Fullsized keyboard

Editors Didn't Like

  • 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
  • Lack of ports and an optical drive, Not as powerful as other Apple laptops, Small hard drive, Short battery life
  • Just two USB ports
  • Not a lot of ports
  • Entry-level Air still has the same limited fixed flash storage and RAM; no SD card slot, Ethernet port, or 3G wireless option
  • Optical drive RIP. No SD card slot on 11inch model. Extreme lightness causes frequent tipbacks when opening closed lid. You’ll have to be careful you don’t accidentally throw yours out with the recycling
  • Unimpressive battery life, Other systems have more RAM, Lack of familiar amenities like Ethernet, an SD card reader, or a sizable hard drive may vex users
  • Base $999 configuration only comes with 2GB of ram, lacks SD card slot, we’re not sold on Thunderbolt yet
  • Shallow keyboard; some features require a learning curve; mediocre battery life
  • No Ethernet networking, No USB 3.0, no SD card slot, No backlit keyboard