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Apple Highlights 2018 MacBook Air and Mac Mini Reviews

Reviews for the new 2018 MacBook Air and Mac mini went live this morning ahead of tomorrow's launch, and in a press release, Apple this afternoon highlighted reviews from several media sites that were able to spend some time with the new machines.

Apple shared review passages from sites that include CNBC, WIRED, Daring Fireball, PC Mag, Six Colors, Tom's Guide, and more.


Daring Fireball, for example, called the MacBook Air the MacBook that "most people should buy," and the Daily Express said "fans of this laptop" will love the new update because "it takes the concept of power and ultimate portability to a whole new level."

Gear Patrol said the MacBook Air is the "perfect computer" for anyone looking to do "normal things" like web browsing, answering emails, and watching movies, while Refinery29 highlighted the MacBook Air's 12-hour battery life.

As for the Mac mini, Six Colors said that the new update allows it to fill a wide range of needs, from basic server needs to "high-end applications that require a great deal of processor power."

Tom's Guide said that the Mac mini is the best option for those who want a compact Mac desktop for streaming media or getting into Apple computing, and ZDNet said the new version is "designed for all types of users" and is "no longer serving a niche market."

As with prior reviews roundups for devices like the iPad Pro, Apple has only highlighted the positive elements from each review. For anyone considering a purchase of one of these machines, it's worth taking a deeper dive into the reviews to get a full picture of both the positives and the negatives.

Apple's full list of Mac mini and MacBook Air review selections can be seen in the article shared through the Apple Newsroom, while additional reviews can be found in our Mac mini and MacBook Air review roundups.

The new 2018 MacBook Air and Mac mini models officially launch tomorrow and base configurations will be available in Apple retail stores and from third-party retailers.

The first pre-orders for the machines are also set to be delivered on November 7 and have already started arriving in Australia and New Zealand.

Related Roundups: Mac mini, MacBook Air


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1 week ago
True story I was at the Apple Store today at Fairview Mall in Toronto checking out some of their stuff and someone beside me wanted to buy a MacBook Air. They pointed towards the legendary MacBook Air that we all love and know and the Apple employee told them a new one just released and that they should get that one instead, but the customer said no and insisted to buy the "old" one instead.

The new MacBook Air is inferior to the old one in a lot of ways. People are dumb, but not that dumb. Nobody wants to deal with the bull and inconvenience of having limited ports, a crappy keyboard, and lack of MagSafe charging.

Such a shame Apple. You've done injustice to the MacBook Air name.
Rating: 25 Votes
1 week ago
And imagine how many more they could sell if it still had a keyboard with proper key travel and didn't increase the price by 200$USD, or at least put a quad-core in it for that price.
Rating: 12 Votes
1 week ago
Wasn't the MacBook/MacBook Air delineation confusing enough?!



There we go.

Rating: 12 Votes
1 week ago
I know Apple is only going to highlight the positives in any review but is there any reason why MR has to? Telling readers to “take a deeper dive” themselves to find the negatives doesn’t seem very balanced.

At any rate, I never consider reviews from sources that have contractual agreements with Apple for early access. I’ll always wait for user reviews from independent purchasers.
Rating: 11 Votes
1 week ago

And imagine how many more they could sell if it still had a keyboard with proper key travel and didn't increase the price by 200$USD, or at least put a quad-core in it for that price.

The keyboard is the fundamental part of a laptop. If it's bad, the whole laptop is bad.

I was testing out the 12" MacBooks (which I really have a thing for) but my goodness are the keyboards terrible. While using it I wanted to go on a website called Kijiji (it's like Craigslist but everyone in Canada uses it instead) and the bloody 'J' key didn't work. I had to press it at least 20 times for it to finally register and even then it's input was flaky. Knowing that the butterfly keyboard is also now on the new MacBook Air is a major letdown, as it's a major downgrade in terms of quality and functionality compared to the beloved scissor keys.
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago

True story I was at the Apple Store today at Fairview Mall in Toronto checking out some of their stuff and someone beside me wanted to buy a MacBook Air. They pointed towards the legendary MacBook Air that we all love and know and the Apple employee told them a new one just released and that they should get that one instead, but the customer said no and insisted to buy the "old" one instead.

The new MacBook Air is inferior to the old one in a lot of ways. People are dumb, but not that dumb. Nobody wants to deal with the bull and inconvenience of having limited ports, a crappy keyboard, and lack of MagSafe charging.

Such a shame Apple. You've done injustice to the MacBook Air name.

And then everyone clapped?
Rating: 10 Votes
1 week ago
What is Apple’s obsession with this “best *Apple product* yet”. That’s so stupid, especially considering the brilliant marketing Apple otherwise does. It would be pretty sad if a new Apple product wasn’t better than its predecessor.
Rating: 9 Votes
1 week ago
I have had many Apple products over the years, and have been really happy with them (and the customer support). However...I purchased a maxed-out 2017 (touchbar) and have had nothing but problems. First, the logic board failed; replacement took almost a month--it had to be sent in to the "main" Apple, whatever that means, and the entire bottom portion was replaced. Literally a month later, the GPU card failed--I assume that this is also part of the bottom case that they replaced, though I have not yet been able to get it in to be serviced. I've had this thing for a year and change and not been able to use it for about half of that time. I travel a lot so my ability to get things serviced all the time is limited, but that is also why in the past I have paid a premium for Apple products. I know Cook et al could give a flying eff about my experience, but ... it sucks. Hopefully these new versions are more reliable for ya'll.
Rating: 8 Votes
1 week ago

This thing is a beast and will sell like hotcakes!


I'm sure. But imagine how it could've sold if it was as thin and lightweight as the 12" MacBook. And fanless.

I'm sure everyone at Apple knows why this machine has a fan and a tappered design, I'm sure there's a key engineering reason behind, but honestly if I want a light and portable machine I'll grab a 12" MacBook. And if I want a decent amount of power, I'll get a 13" MacBook Pro.

Anyway, I'll try to get my hands on one of them this holidays, and test it for a couple of weeks to see if it may be worth this compromise between portability and performance.
Rating: 8 Votes
1 week ago
I just bought a Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard 2 and a Series 4 Apple Watch. ALL of them came with a USB-A cable. o_O
Rating: 8 Votes

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