The new unibody 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models from Apple have earned their spots as Consumer Reports top picks for best in class. According to the magazine, the smaller 11.6-inch MacBook Air scored 67 of 100 points, beating out the second highest contender, Toshiba Satellite model, at 51 points. The 13.3-inch model scored a 78 points, edging out the Toshiba Portege at 76 points, for top honors when looking at performance, display, and ergonomics in the thin-and-light category.
The magazine did note that Apple’s laptops are expensive compared to models from competitors, though Apple has more powerful hardware, and the 11.6-inch model had sub-standard speakers. Despite these factors, Consumer Reports gave both systems a recommended rating.
Be sure to also read Kevin Purcell’s review of the MacBook Air as well on Notebooks.com.
Consumer Reports had stirred some controversy in the Apple community recently by rescinding its recommendation for the iPhone 4 due to antenna and reception issues. Despite retracting its recommendations on the latest iPhone, the magazine did say that the iPhone is the best smartphone available, but that recommendation came with the criticism that Apple was placing an “onus” on the user for the device’s inherent design flaws regarding the use of a case.