Apple MacBook Air (2104): Conclusion

May 21, 2014 by Jamison Cush Reads (90,430)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 5
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Apple MacBook Air front screenConclusion

This is a niche device, suitable for Apple users that need both portability and power. While it’s tempting to compare it to other Ultrabooks, it actually has a lot in common with the Surface Pro 2, which has very similar specs and is built for a very specific type of Windows user.

For that very specific Apple user, this is an excellent device with a world-class design and superb performance. True, competing Windows 8.1 Ultrabooks can now match the MacBook Air point for point, but none are so much better to entice Apple users to make the Microsoft switch.

Outside of that, the MacBook Air does not have the port selection to make for a viable everyday machine, and those looking for a portable companion device should check out the iPad Air first and save a few hundred dollars. It’s surprising how productive one can be with an iPad coupled with a Bluetooth keyboard and Office apps.

For the platform agnostic looking for thin, light, and powerful, the MacBook Air is certainly worth considering. Its “acceptable” display and other drawbacks make it tough to outright recommend over any and all competition.

Pros:

  • Excellent design
  • Terrific performance
  • Quiet and cool
  • Superb trackpad and keyboard

Cons:

  • Display quality merely adequate
  • Lousy port selection
  • Aluminum construction prone to dents and scratches


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  1. orlando_medeiros

    I made the switch from my MBA to a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and I absolutely love it! The 2-1 form factor makes sense to me. I don’t know why anyone would want a tablet and a laptop just to do various tasks. My Y2P folds 360 degrees into a 13.3 inch tablet which is ideal when I am on the go or just sitting back reading. The weight may be an issue for some people, but 3lbs is very light and not a problem for me.

  2. drmanimakhija

    I would never buy another apple product or recommended it to anyone after this macbook. It not just that the charging port of my macbook malfunctioned 5 times and the motherboard was replaced 3 times and the service centre told me that the new magnetic charging port malfunctions because it gets carbon because its magnetic ( means its bad technology and hardware and this new macbook’s is supposed to do even more stuff than just charging); but also the fact that the apple care call centre assured me on the 4th time it stopped that they would replace it if it happens again. It did happen again and they did not replace it. They lied to me and again changed the motherboard for the third time. On top of that I was told that they are changing the motherboard as they cannot locate the problem and they don’t know what is actually wrong. Later after complaining I was offered a replacement. And the last time I was told that they would replace it when the warranty expires after 6 months. But when the day actually came they went back on their word and are not replacing this machine which has repeatedly malfunctioned and does not enjoy the trust an apple product comes or I should say “is promised to come with”. But I can testify that the company has gone back on their promises not once but twice.

    It is not the “best and the most advanced” machine but a bunch of lies.

    Moreover I used to boast of being an apple user and now people laugh at me at my workplace. They don’t want to get machines which use up all their monthly leaves and take them to service centres 5 times for the same problem. It is just a shame!!!
    drmanimakhija@icloud.com