Apple MacBook Air (13
Newest unopened box 2017 Macbook air at an amazing deal. I was a bit hesitant to order due to some of the reviews found amongst several amazon sellers and listings, but the deal was great, so I figured, why not. Besides, the cost is so low and zero tax charged in New York State, where my county is 8.75%, I saved a bundle. Just under $300.
Shipping: The next day the order was showing up as delivery unavailable "we'll email you with a date" even with 2-day Prime, so I got an adjustment from Amazon for the trouble and was considering canceling all together. Turns out it arrived on time regardless and with no notification until an hour before delivery, call me surprised when it actually showed up on my doorstep. Besides that inventory hitch... an excellent purchase from the good deals seller.
Packaging: The package arrived intact. The apple box itself is brand spanking new, with the slightest ding in it. Nothing to write home about.
The housing seems legit to me, as a Mac owner of several types, what did seem off was the inside of the box seemed to have rips in it. Not a big deal. It is Chinese made after all. As far as I can tell this is brand new from the factory.
Product: Came with high sierra 10.13.3 and I was able to update to 10.13.4 a few days later which significantly made it faster and more secure. As a product, its good enough but I prefer my desktop macs vs laptop macs anyhow. Lacking retina does not bother me at all and I can't even tell the difference from my IPS monitor on my custom mac mini. I do like that there isn't as much glare as with the retina. My friends and colleagues have some and on a sunny day, I get less glare distraction. The reason I purchased the air vs the macbook is the ports and the wider keyboard. This computer is wicked light and, had I gone with the smaller more expensive macbook 2017 gold, I would have felt cooler but ultimately been less productive. As a marketer for several businesses and a retired packaging designer. I really love the ease of use of the air. The keys could be a smidge bit smoother, in that the clicking causes a bit of strain on my hands. Nothing that can't be handled with a few more coffee breaks. And more significantly are the ports availability. I can air drop files back and forth or use google drive for the rest, so memory has yet to be an issue. In the even I find it a hassle, I found a few companies that will boost the drive with more flash memory if need be.
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