Best of 2011 Awards


*+-Here’s a list of products and services that represent the best gear we have seen all year. Most of the gadgets and services on this list are so good that many of the GottaBeMobile staff own them and use them on a daily basis. That says a lot considering that some of us go hands-on […]

AMD Readying MacBook Air, Ultrabook Challenger


*+-Chipmaker AMD may be readying an ultra-sleek notebook platform to challenge Apple’s MacBook Air and rival Intels’ Ultrabook. The company hinted at its plan in a recent interview with The Australian. AMD wouldn’t use Intel’s Ultrabook moniker, however, and the company would create its own brand, perhaps Ultrathin. In order for AMD to be successful […]

MacBook Air Deals Starting at $699 Direct From Apple

Macbook Air Deal

*+-Apple has just cut the prices of many refurbished MacBook Air models in their online store by up to 25%. These MacBook Air models are from 2010, so they look the same as the ones you see on the shelf today, but they have an older Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Still, this is a […]

Best Holiday Gadget Gifts For Students

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*+-Shopping for a high school or college student this holiday? Maybe they didn’t get everything they needed during the Back to School rush, or perhaps they’ve discovered new needs now that the semester is about to end. Or maybe you just want to up their game with a sweet gift that will make their lives […]

Apple Black Friday 2011: What to Wait For

Black Friday Mac Deals

*+-With Black Friday but a few weeks away, more readers are asking us what to expect from Apple on Black Friday 2011. Black Friday is November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving. We briefly covered Black Friday predictions last month, but now we are taking a deeper dive into Apple Black Friday 2011 plans and predictions. […]

Apple to Completely Re-Design iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Line in 2012

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*+-2012 may be a big year for Apple as the company plans to overhaul and offer new designs for its mobile product line, which includes the iPhone smartphone, iPad tablet, and MacBook notebook line. Supplier sources informed DigiTimes of new component and parts orders that would corroborate the claims of new redesigns for 2012. The […]

PlugBug Charges Your MacBook, iPad and iPhone With A Single Plug

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*+-File this one under, awesome accessories for travelers. The PlugBug is a small adapter that attaches to your Apple notebook power adapter and adds a USB charger capable of charging your iPhone or iPad. The add-on couples to your Apple charger, in place of the extension cord or plug adapter, allowing you to leave one of your […]

Happy Ending to a Month of MacBook Air Issues

MacBook Air Issue

*+-Yesterday marked the end of the second longest customer support issue I have had with a company, almost taking the title from Sony’s car audio division. As I previously shared, my MacBook Air went crazy earlier this month, displaying a black bar on the display as well as exhibiting some performance quirks. I dropped it […]

Acer Dismisses Apple’s Success on iPad, MacBook Air


*+-Though still un-matched by rivals in their respective spaces, Acer founder Stan Shih is dismissing the Cupertino, California’s success with the iPad tablet and MacBook Air ultraportable computer. Shih says that these fad products are just ‘short-term phenomena,’ and that his company will be coming out with its own products to compete in these respective […]

Timbuk2 Quickie Review: Great 11″ MacBook Air Bag

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*+-I recently purchased a Quickie bag from Timbuk2 to serve as a carrying case for my 11″ MacBook Air.  Some would call it a man purse, but I’m much more concerned about saving my back than making a fashion statement. I was originally looking for a simple notebook sleeve for my MacBook Air when I […]

11″ MacBook Air Review: Out-of-Box Experience (video)

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*+-Apple’s computers have had the best out-of-box experience for several years. The experience is now even better with the introduction of the new MacBook Air models and OSX Lion. As someone that’s purchased more than a dozen Macs, I’m used to the unboxing experience. If you haven’t bought a Mac in a while (if ever) […]

11″ MacBook Air Review: 5 Hours of Battery Life is Easy

MacBook Air Back

*+-Apple claims that the 11″ MacBook Air can run for up to five hours on a single charge. Once again, Apple’s battery life claims are accurate and perhaps a bit conservative. It’s hard to take most PC manufacturers’ battery life claims seriously. The problem is that manufacturers often advertise  battery benchmark results that don’t reflect […]

New 11″ MacBook Air Review: First Impressions

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*+-The latest MacBook Air models went on sale today at Apple retail stores. With the demise of the white MacBook, the 11″ MacBook Air is now the most affordable notebook available. I skipped the first generation of MacBook Airs due to their lackluster performance and sky-high prices.But Apple made me a believer in the MacBook […]

Optical Drive Becomes Latest Casualty in Quest for the Cloud

The new faster, MacBook Air. The ultimate everyday notebook. Now up to 2.5x faster, featuring highspeed Thunderbolt IO and OS X Lion

*+-The ‘cloud’ is becoming a big feature of our digital lives today–anywhere from the most recently launched Spotify for cloud-based streaming music to cloud-streamed videos like those on Netflix and Hulu. All of this is driven by the increasing access and availability to the Internet and broadband, either through mobile like on 3G and 4G […]

New Thunderbolt Display Can Turn a MacBook Air Into an iMac

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*+-Among today’s announcements by Apple, one that can have a big impact on mobile computing relates to the Thunderbolt display. The display finally serves as a proper docking station for MacBooks – a docking station with benefits, that is. The display sports a 27″ screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution. The real standout spec, however, […]

Apple MacBook Air Refreshed with Lion, Sandy Bridge and More


*+-Apple briefly closed the virtual doors of its online Apple Store in order to reveal “The new, faster MacBook Air” still available at $999. The new MacBook Air models include faster processors, Thunderbolt OS X Lion and a backlit keyboard. Sadly, Apple dropped the lower end white unibody MacBook. Processor and Graphics The new MacBook Air […]

Apple Store Down: New MacBook, MacBook Air and Mac Minis Expected

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*+-The Apple Store is down this morning, which is a good sign that we will soon see OS X Lion available in the Mac App Store, a new MacBook Air, new white MacBook and even a Mac Mini upgrade. Apple normally closes the online store to prepare for the launch of new products and all […]

Mac Screen Rotate: Turn Your MacBook Air Into an Ebook Reader

MacBook Screen Orientation

*+-Your MacBook Air can already read eBooks, but with a handy screen orientation app you can flip your MacBook Air on its side for a more booklike reading experience. The MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 13 may look awkward while held in portrait mode, but if you are sitting in a big comfy chair the portrait orientation […]

MacBook Air Scarce at Best Buy Prior to Rumored Refresh


*+-Ahead of the rumored MacBook Air refresh that will give Apple’s ultra-portable notebooks Intel Sandy Bridge guts, the lightweight laptops are scarce at Best Buy. According to online reports at Electronista, the systems are said to be ‘not available for shipping; at Best Buy’s online portal, and retail stores are running low on stock. However, […]