Reviewed by motoxrider365 (Currently owns)
OK, OK, you are looking at this thinking BLAH Apple SNOB, well let me explain.
I was always a Windows user, the only reason I got my first Mac (2008-Aluminum MacBook) was to create Apps for iOS. I hated OSX so I just used it for Xcode and bootcamped it. The trackpad, omygoodness, I couln't go back, touchpads suck now. YES, at first the keyboard was weird, but after you get used to it there is no reason to dock points for it. For me, every keyboard feels weird, even with a windows notebook; I am very picky.
Everything else gleams to me, and I like to think of myself as indifferent, I work IT and actually don't recommend MacBooks to college students because of the price. BUT, when it comes to ultrabooks, I can't recommend any windows machine, the price and performance is unbeatable I think. The SSD is fast, and I can resume windows from sleep in 1-2 seconds. From a cold boot, I will say it takes a while, mainly because it goes to the Apple white boot screen then initializes the windows boot.
The only thing that really sucks, is the battery life in windows. For me it's okay, I don't like blinding screens, so I turn the brightness down and it's about 5-6 for me, and I am happy with that. I write a ton of code on this thing, along with word documents, and web browsing. As long as you aren't cranking out a ton of video conversion and crap (get a desktop), you should be ok.
Overall, I would do it, because if you get used to the keyboard, and don't want a POS trackpad, then you will love the Air with windows. OH, and it plays minecraft well!
- Design 10
- Keyboard 10
- Touchpad 10
- Display 10
- Performance 10
- Heat / noise 10
- Battery life 9
- Software 10