MacBook Air: The proof's in the packing
Posted 25 March 2008 - 12:30 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:01 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:27 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 03:31 PM
It sounds insignificant, but it's not. A few additional pounds of savings (~2 compared to a MacBook, ~3 compared to a 15-inch MacBook Pro) really does make a big difference when carrying a laptop and accessories around.
OK, first-class doesn't count ;)
They did exactly that back in the PowerBook G3 days. (Although a swappable bay does add bulk.)
Or just license the MagSafe connector; there are already plenty of battery vendors out there who make such products.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 04:16 PM
I went with the PB over the iBook at the time because I thought I'd be using GarageBand and iMovie, possibly even playing some games. I did all those things and appreciated the power, but two years have passed. Now all I use it for is playing music wirelessly with AirTunes, surfing the web, typing reports, and sparingly toying around in GarageBand.
I guess it's the notion that if I had the power of the MacBook Pro, I would use it. Now it's mainly the screen size and hard drive space (the PB has 80GB, 10GB remaining) holding me back from the Air. Compared to my 1.67GHz 15 PB, would I notice much of a performance boost when upgrading to the Air? And has anyone with a 15" MBP or PB found the Air's screen too small?
Posted 25 March 2008 - 05:46 PM
Steve Jobs has been willing to compromise too much to get thinness. But, I have been waiting for two years for a true 12" replacement, and find the MBA to be too big, and two heavy. It is sad, but I will have to look to Sony, Asus, or Toshiba for a truly small and light machine. Hopefully, I can quickly replace the Windows with Linux, but I would rather have had a Mac.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:07 PM
> [quote name='montgomery_burns']I think we can agree that just about every laptop user wants longer battery life. So why can't Apple make a laptop where you can slide out the dvd drive and stick in a second battery for increased runtime?Alternatively, how about an external battery pack that uses the MagSafe port? That would also address the Air's lack of a removable battery.
Apple did. It was called Pismo. Some people wish they'd do it again.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:08 PM
Why did you write the first review? You are clearly not a true "road warrior" and therefore have no idea what we who are have been asking for 'lo these many years.
I know that most mac users - 3 in my family alone - want there music and photos. Business travelers want light weight. They want the machine to do simple things well. They want convenience use in poor locations with poor light. They don't need or want a 2 pound CD/DVD drive to burn the music they don't carry.
God bless mac for getting it right after all these years.
Also as an old DOS user, I love Terminal - this makes it possible to make the machine even more personal for my use.
While laughing at your first review in the American Airlines club at DFW several other real road guys and had a beer and blessed Steve whatever his last name is.
Thanks for letting me rant for a minute.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 06:41 PM
Were we reading the same article? ;) The whole point of the article was that I was initially skeptical of the Air's appeal, but after actually using it over an extended period of time, I was surprised by how usable it was, and I realized that it would likely be more than enough computer for many "average" Mac users. I'd hardly call that "desperation to like" it.
3 pounds is indeed quite light. As for size, the Air's footprint isn't "sub-notebook"-like, but you know what? In my extended trial with the Air, I put it into many different bags, carry-ons, and cases; rarely would a smaller footprint have made a difference in how much I could fit in my bag, or how "portable" the laptop would have been; it just would have forced me to make due with a smaller screen and a smaller keyboard.
The issue here, it seems, isn't that the Air is "neither small nor light." It's that you want a true ultra-portable -- something that weighs ~2 pounds and has a smaller footprint. And there's nothing wrong with that desire. Unfortunately, the Air isn't that machine. The Air is, essentially, a laptop for people whose primary needs are a full-size screen and keyboard and light weight.
The Air is nearly two pounds lighter than the 12-inch PowerBook G4; it's considerably thinner, essentially the same depth, and less than 2 inches wider. Serious question: How is the Air too big and too heavy by comparison to the PBG412?
Posted 25 March 2008 - 07:06 PM
Unless you're still using a good number of PowerPC-only programs, you should see a noticeable increase in performance with any of Apple's current notebooks.
As for the screen, although the Air's screen is smaller in physical size than that of your PowerBook G4, it's very close in usable screen area: both displays are 1280 pixels wide; the difference is that the Air's screen is 54 pixels shorter (800 vs. 854 pixels). That said, screen preferences are very personal; take your PowerBook into an Apple Store or other Apple retailer and launch the same programs on each to see what you think.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 07:59 PM