Apple MacBook Air (Windows 7)

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Let’s be honest: The ultrabook phenomenon is by and large Intel's and the rest of the PC industry's reaction to Apple’s MacBook Air. Just take a look at a lot of the designs and the features: the influence (and in some places the outright imitation) is obvious. However, while the ultrabooks on the market today have all tried to mimic and beat the Air on one thing or another — price, more storage, and so on — none have managed to pull it off. In fact, I’ve concluded in almost all of The...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours and 11 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 13.8 inches
Depth 8.94 inches
Thickness 0.68 inches
Weight 2.96 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1440 px
Resolution (Y) 900 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Multitouch points 4

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2557M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.7 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i7-2677M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.8 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.9 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Dedicated VRAM size 384 MB

Memory

Base RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1333 MHz

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution VGA

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 2
Thunderbolt 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Battery

Size 50 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 5 hr

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 10134
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 1748
3DMark06 (IGP) 4195
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours and 11 minutes

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9.0

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  • Display 9
  • Performance 10
  • Heat / noise 10
  • Battery life 7
  • Software 10

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by illuminuldis (Currently owns)

    I own a mid-2012 model, which I use for work. OS X is generally unsupported in my office environment, but I kept getting nagged about how my next PC should be a Mac, so eventually I caved.

    Installing Windows 7 via Bootcamp, getting the drivers from Apple, these were all somewhat straightforward tasks. In contrast to my old laptop, on which I installed a preview build of Windows 8, getting Windows onto my Mac was just a little more difficult.

    I think Macs are beautiful, daresay exquisite products. They are sturdy, yet highly polished. But boy, they can be slippery. I haven't dropped my Mac yet, but it has nearly fallen out a single-handed grasp on countless occasions, forcing me to always carry it with two hands, even when the device is closed. I wish the finish on the product was grippier and more scratchproof. I also wish I could assign key settings without some third party app so that I can fully replicate the keyboard set up on my Mac as I'd find on a typical Windows PC. The keyboard is otherwise OK. The key travel is not nearly as good as my other laptop, but it's great considering the thinness of the computer. The touchpad is nice, very smooth, but I honestly wish it had dedicated left and right keys like my other PC. I feel a little slower navigating through my tasks as a result, and I sometimes miss-tap or accidentally initiate gestures as a result. But these aren't huge issues.

    The big issue I've had is with battery life. It lasts no more than 4:30 on a single charge, usually closer to 4:00 on average. From what I've read this isn't a Windows issue as much as it is an Apple issue with supporting the drivers. Other PCs can get great battery life running Windows, why can't a Mac with a fresh install with no bloat?

    By the way, the fact that there's no bloatware is a major plus, and it somewhat compensates for the meager battery life, though it comes with the cost of having to buy a full copy of Windows on its own.

    I almost wish it was built like a Lenovo instead. Still, it sure beats most PCs running Windows, and hopefully if I install Windows 8 on it battery will improve a bit.

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    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!

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