“The MacBook Air laptop that CEO Steve Jobs unveiled last week turns heads. And now that I’ve used this Twiggy-thin, 3-pound marvel for several days, I can also report that it’s a remarkably sturdy-feeling machine, especially given its size and weight,” Ed Baig reports for USA Today.
“The skinny — the word can’t be emphasized enough — $1,799 (and up) computer will make students and frequent business travelers gush. Encased in aluminum, Air has a comfortable-to-type-on full-size keyboard, widescreen 13.3-inch display and an iSight video camera,” Baig reports.
“But with too few ports, a sealed battery that you can’t replace on your own and no built-in CD/DVD drive, Air is not the ideal laptop for everyone. And while battery power is impressive, it pooped out in my tests well short of the best-case, five-hour scenario Apple has been touting,” Baig reports.
MacDailyNews Take: There must be solutions for people trying to use an Air in ways it was not intended to be used, right? Well, you could carry an external battery for MacBook Air, which, we suspect, will soon become available. It’s pretty much the same as having to carry a second battery, except you’ll have to live with it not being stuck into the Air itself. You could pick up a tiny, inexpensive USB hub and turn one port into three or more. You could get Apple’s US$99 SuperDrive for CD/DVD use. If any or all of these solutions strike you as untenable, the Air really isn’t designed for you. You’re probably more of a MacBook or MacBook Pro user.
Baig continues, “Air opens and closes with a magnetic latch. The wide, backlit LED screen is lovely. The keyboard keys light up the dark — there’s a built-in ambient light sensor. Just below the keyboard is a spacious track-pad on which you can ‘pinch,’ ‘swipe’ and apply other iPhone-like touch gestures. You can resize pictures, for example, by placing your thumb and forefinger together.”
“As with all new Macs, Air has the latest virus-resistant OS X Leopard operating system. (It puts Windows Vista to shame.) The top-notch iLife multimedia suite includes iPhoto (for photo management) and iMovie (video editing),” Baig reports.
“Given the compromises, I don’t expect anyone to use Air as their only computer. But it is a yummy machine for people who spend a lot of time traveling,” Baig reports.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Citymark” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Baig’s right, “Air is not the ideal laptop for everyone.” Just as Apple’s Mac Pro is not designed to serve the entire desktop market, Apple’s MacBook Air is not designed to serve the entire portable market.
People who see Apple’s MacBook or MacBook Pro as preferable to the MacBook Air are simply not in the MacBook Air’s target market. We’d venture to guess that Apple will be just fine with those people choosing MacBooks or MacBook Pros instead.