MacBook Air: A Guide to Falling in Love
Posted by Lance Atkins on February 07, 2011 5 Comments
Two months ago, we welcomed a MacBook Air to our Blackbox Case family. Our decision was based upon pure logic. The MacBook Air was a very *cough* practical, necessary purchase for us. Kind of like an IBM Thinkpad…
Actually, it’s the high-end 13” screen model, full of 4gb of ram and a 256 gig SSD.
We have fallen hopelessley in love. It’s just amazing. It kicked out a faster 15” Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro, so the Air isn’t technically a performance upgrade. Here is our gut reaction to the Air, we will save you the nerd-detail-review:
-It's oh-my-gosh light. 2.9 pounds. Almost 3 pounds lighter than the 15" MacBook Pro workhorse I was using. It's so portable, it may inspire you to travel to new corners of the earth to get work done.
-One thing I hate about MacBook Pros is the sharp, tall front lip of the computer. The Air has a low lip that doesn’t scrape your carpal tunnel wrist area. I am now known to continuously compute for 71+ hours without wrist blisters. Relief.
-Oh lordy is it fast! The processor is %30 slower than the Intel Core i7 equipped 15” pro I used to rely on. But the solid state drive makes it feel much more “snappy” than any computer I’ve ever owned. Loading applications doesn’t give me time to take a sip of coffee anymore.
-It fell out of the car, took a concrete gash, and has kept on rocking. We may have to make an Air case, eh?
- I never, ever, ever use an optical drive. The Air doesn’t have one. Without fail, two weeks into my AirLove, I desperately wanted to watch a DVD and could not. You can exchange your “not watching DVD” time for “People admire me for my MacBook Air” time now.
-Coffee shops are filled with loiterers wanting to see that “neat little thing.” Consider it your best meet-people-business-card ever.
-I don’t mind my workflow with a smaller 13” screen. If design work gets really crazy, it gets plugged into a 22” monitor.
If you’re thinking about a MacBook Pro, try to change your mind. A few more dollars and you will have a fast, lighter, more comfortable piece of art. Kudos, Apple. Kudos