Best Buy Review by MACconvert
Excellent machine/pricepoint to jump into a mac
I've used PCs forever, but decided to jump on the mac train because it was a great deal, and I wanted something with more portability. Now after a few weeks, I can't believe I didn't do so earlier. There has been no complications with using my android phone after downloading a simple file transfer app on the mac (can't make the full switch to apple, love android).
Pro - battery is amazing…it feels so nice to liberated from the charger for most of my daily use,…I can get a full day use for most days between charges. To complement the excellent battery, love the fast start up with the mac. The trackpad is also legit, surprisingly easy to adjust to and also fast to use. Keyboard is also nice, considering that sometimes thin laptops skimp on the ergonomics for the keyboard to save thickness.
Neutral - weight is somewhat a wash. There are now super portable options from many companies. My requirement was a normal clamshell computer +/- touch screen and the macbook air fits right alongside the other slim/portable options. Processor speed is decent, I have the i5 chip with 8gb of RAM, and it’s sufficient for daily use. I don’t crazy gaming or stats programs, so it’s been fine. Some apps can take an extra 1-2 seconds to load, but it’s not a biggie.
Con - although rare, when the fan needs to come on, like during a game or more processor intense app…the fan is pretty loud. This coupled with somewhat lackluster speakers is kinda meh. Also, would be nice to have a type-c port to help with data transfers and mobile charging, but not critical (at this time at least). Otherwise, nothing else really comes to mind. As a one time thing, it’s also a pain to use an external drive for both mac and PC, but the mac can read the PC format just fine to copy files, the mac just can’t write onto a drive that’s formatted for PC.
Overall - love my decision to get the macbook air. The i5 and 8gb configuration works well for routine use. I was initially deciding between this and the HP spectre (as far as non-touchscreen goes), and I’m glad I went with the cheaper option that has better battery, similar portability, and faster/simpler boot-ups. Even if the spectre was at around the pricepoint and processor specs, I’m not sure if the real-world battery use would compare enough for me to pick the spectre (which does have better speakers and keyboard,…but only so-so trackpad).