Connectivity is improved with the addition of a second USB port, thankfully spaced on the right edge so oversized plugs don’t block both ports. There are even stereo speakers, as opposed to the older Air’s single mono one. Our review unit was the more expensive one with 128 GB of storage which costs Rs 12,000 more than the base 64 GB option, so anyone who wants to carry even a regular-sized music and movie library will end up carrying an external hard drive everywhere. One minor inconvenience we found was the lack of a keyboard backlight—something we’ve grown very used to on Apple machines.
Light as air
But how does it fare?
For now, the 11-inch Air occupies a space that makes it way more than a netbook, but at a way higher price. If you’re looking for something ultraportable just for Web surfing, you’d have to really consider whether the Air is worth the money. On the other hand if you need a Mac for heavy work, the amount you’ll pay for decent upgrades will also get you a much more capable MacBook Pro. The new 11-inch Air is undeniably gorgeous and will win many people over purely for its looks, but is sadly just a bit too underpowered to be recommended wholeheartedly.
Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:53 am IST
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