Sturdy, great looking but the design attenuates Wifi reception
Written by Adrian L K from Honolulu
As stated in the title, when using an MBA (2011) in a normal home setting with moderate EMI, the SNR is greatly enhanced when standing the MBA on it's front edge. By placing the hinge and antenna side down and in the BookArc slot, I consistently get a reduction of 10dB which is significant when trying to squeeze every bit of speed when downloading or uploading files. I use two different routers, an Airport Extreme and Express in two different homes with the same observation. Conditions range from having a clear LOS at 35 ft. to penetrating two double walls and a floor at approximately 25ft. By having the MBA lips down, cables are easy to access but the overall appearance of the combo takes a hit.