1.3 GHz Dual Core i5 (haswell) turbo boost to 2.6 GHz
4 GB RAM
128 GB flash storage
Intel Graphics 5000
etc, i'll assume most of you will know the rest.
Let me start by saying that the first boot was quite fast. In less than 10 seconds I was at the setup screen, and within 2 mins it was ready to go. Especially being a base model, it is important to remember that there are better configurations available.
The speed of the computer is phenomenal! There is no lag, and it just runs so smoothly with everything I do. I use it very often when I bother to charge it, and i've only charged it 3 times since I got it. Apple advertised that you will get up to 9 hours of battery, however, i'm pleased to say that I have been getting an average of 13-14 hours usage.
The battery performance is phenomenal! Additionally, I have using it at school, and the 11" is ultraportable! Easy to carry around, very efficient and such a breeze to have. I've installed iWork and I must say that everything I need is on there. It's just such a breeze to use, and has no issues at all. This is where I feel sorry for windows users; we sometimes forget that their computers do nothing but lag and cause issues, and this is where i'm also very proud to be a Mac user! Of my 2 macs, i've never had any problems, and with windows, all I had was Problems.
The trackpad is a great size for the gestures, and is not annoying in any sense. It's actually quite fun to use, and even though i've been using an Apple Magic Mouse with my iMac for more than 2 years, I still can't get over the magic trackpad! The keyboard is a full size and the backlight makes it so much easier to type in low light conditions. Yes, I can type without looking at the keyboard, however, it does help to see the keyboard sometimes.
The 11" model may be small, but don't underestimate its might! For a base model laptop, I must say that I am impressed! The flash storage is so conveniently fast, and I must say that boot times are so much faster than my iMac (it sucks to have a HDD over a SSD). iCloud, as always, makes things a breeze, and I must say that just in general the MacBook Air is the ultimate computer.
Being powerful, reliable, ultraportable, thin, light, responsive, secure and much more including long lasting (in context of the battery), I think it's safe to say that you can once again dispose of your windows junk and know that the MacBook Air is indeed more than what it seems to be. Looks can be deceiving, and although it's so small, thin and light, there's more inside than meets the eye (and you'd think there's a compromise for the ultra light laptop, but no, the MacBook Air does not fail to impress).
Today's poll question:
Would you buy a MacBook Air (mid-2013 Haswell)?