Apple MacBook Air
MacBook Air lasts up to an incredible 12 hours between charges. So from your morning coffee till your evening commute, you can work unplugged. When it’s time to kick back and relax, you can get up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback. And with up to 30 days of standby time, you can go away for weeks and pick up right where you left off.*see more...
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-Brilliant display. It's very bright. The keyboard is lit so that helps with late night homework.
- Easy to learn and navigate. Even with non-apple products. I downloaded word and it works great on this mac, as does PowerPoint.
- Lightweight. This thing is so easy to carry. In my undergrad I had a traditional laptop, and it was so heavy to carry on campus. I have this one in a small sleeve and it is very easy to transport back and forth.
- Quiet - this thing does not make a lot of noise when typing. The key stroke isn't as deep, so the click isn't as loud, which is nice when you're in class taking notes.
- Excellent sound system - its speakers are clear and LOUD. Great for when you just have to have an impromptu dance party while making dinner with your kids :)
- Good battery life - I use this thing daily, and have to charge it about once a week, maybe twice a week depending on how much late night surfing I'm doing.
- Fast - it has great processing time. I'm constantly taking pictures on my phone and airdropping them to the MacBook Air (what can I say, my cloud is already full!). It takes literally seconds for this thing to download 35+ pictures.
- it has a USB port still. The newer MacBook Pro does not, which would drive me nuts!
I will say it can be a bit cumbersome to use the pad. I like a traditional mouse better, but this is easily resolved by attaching a wireless mouse (which I have for this computer - thank you USB port!)
It doesn't have a CD drive (bummer for watching dvds/playing cds)
I have been a college student for over ten years, and I greatly prefer the MacBook Air over any other laptop that has been offered. The battery life is the first thing. I find that the battery lasts much longer than PC laptop batteries, so that allows me to take notes in lecture halls without outlets, and work on my lab reports and write research papers in a cafe all without my laptop shutting down on me. I also don't have to worry about opening my laptop to quickly do something and have it tell me that it's shutting down to update software.
In my opinion, it's very difficult to "break" a MacBook. To me, you'd have to be actively trying to do something to it for it to malfunction, but that is not saying that they never do. I have owned many, but none of them have malfunctioned, though they have physically broken before (MacBook Air, 1st Generation, Screen Hinge-gate, lololol).
The reason I rated this four stars is because I think people give five stars for things just willy-nilly, but also because the MacBooks that I have had tend to slow down to slower than a crawl. This takes years, and it's ordinary with many computers, but in my experience, it's slower than what a PC has done for me.
The reason I went with an Air over a Pro was simply due to weight: I wanted the lightest, smallest laptop possible for commutes across campus. I'm glad I did because even though I'm out of school now it still makes life super easy. Dreading the day I have to replace it (although it doesn't look like it's gonna be any time soon!) because I love it so, so much.
My ONLY complaint is that there isn't a CD drive. They do have external ones that plug into the USB for about $80. In 5 years I've only had to use mine once, & it was for a class assignment.
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