MacBook Air

What Is It About the MacBook Air That Makes it So Hard to Use?

MACBOOK Air: By Alex BlakeThe MacBook Air was first introduced in late October, with an official release planned for early November. Both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro were updated in mid-November so which one should you opt for? While they both boast high Retina screens and fall into an almost identical price range, there are a few key differences in features and specs that distinguish the two products. So, which one is the best choice?

For those looking for a laptop replacement, the MacBook Air is the perfect option. It offers everything a working individual would want in one machine, with everything they may need on their desk or in their bag lying within easy reach. The MacBook Air is available in several different configurations – starting from the entry level model, right through to the more powerful, higher spec’d MacBook Pro. Each version comes with a built-in charger and USB device, meaning that users won’t need to buy multiple adapters or wires.

The main difference between the MacBook Air and its slightly larger, yet less expensive brother, the MacBook Pro, is in the size of the machine. The MacBook Air falls between four and five inches in height, making it just as easy to carry around as the slightly taller MacBook Pro. This smaller size is, however, what makes it less powerful than the MacBook Pro. Like many of the smaller, lower spec’d laptops, the MacBook Air only has one standard sized port – USB – along with two USB ports located on the left and right of the laptop. In total, then, there are only six USB ports on the MacBook Air, compared to the MacBook Pro’s ten.

Since the MacBook Air is essentially a scaled down version of the MacBook Pro, what you get is a design that is very similar in shape and design to that of the MacBook Pro, albeit with a few extra features such as a full-sized keyboard and a Trackpad. The keyboard of the MacBook Air is also quite small, but this is to help make typing on the touch screen easier, something that the larger MacBook Pro doesn’t really have. One nice feature on the MacBook Air is the bezel surrounding the screen, which provides the user with a nice border around the screen and some protection from the wear and tear of daily usage.

Speaking of wear and tear, the MacBook Air does not hold up well to regular use. The smallest of machines, it easily gets clogged with dust and other particles, resulting in frequent system crashes and a poor image of performance. Fortunately, Apple has taken steps to combat this problem by offering the MacBook Air Magic Keyboard, which is a free upgrade for all MacBook Air customers. The built in Magic Mouse is also a nice benefit, allowing you to easily click without having to use your fingers, although the battery life on the MacBook Air is not as long as the MacBook Pro.

Apple MacBook Air users also have some concerns about its lack of ports compared to the MacBook Pro. With the MacBook Air only has one USB port, many users are left wondering whether it is enough to fulfill their computer gaming needs or if they will need to purchase USB cards for external components. Apple has addressed these issues by adding a Firewire port to the MacBook Air, giving it the ability to connect to several peripherals including a printer, camera, and microphones all with the same ease as with the MacBook Pro. Although these concerns may deter some people from buying the MacBook Air, it is important to realize that Apple has not compromised the quality of the machine to appease those who are worried about space.

The final thing that Apple has done to remedy the problems the MacBook Air has had since it was released is to bundle the machine with the new USB-C connector. The USB-C port allows for up to four thousand more connections than the older USB port that was used in the MacBook Pro. Since many of us rely on internet applications and other data files to carry on our work, the ability to access these resources wirelessly via a computer just got easier to do. The MacBook Air now offers an external plug for everything that we use today.

It is unfortunate that Apple has been forced to release a product with so many issues plaguing it. Although the MacBook Air offers a faster processor speed than most macs currently on the market, it also has two slower processors inside of it. Apple states that these chipsets were not purposely designed to be slower than the ones in their other older MacBooks, but the combination of these two different processor speeds creates an issue that is common with all Macs-the need to restarts the system after certain programs are un-started. Thankfully, Apple has released a software program called the Restart button which automatically restarts the MacBook Air when it gets too slow. The repair center that Apple uses to provide support for the MacBook Air should also be able to repair this problem without any further complications.

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