Computerworld reviews Apple’s MacBook Air: incredible, amazing, truly innovative Mac

“There can be no real question that the MacBook Air is a truly innovative product. One close-up look at its incredibly bright, clear screen; its stunningly light and thin design; the inclusion of multi-touch functions; and the combination of wireless technologies show that the MacBook Air continues Apple’s tradition of next-generation innovation and design,” Ryan Faas reports for Computerworld. “But does that mean that it’s the perfect portable Mac for everyone?”

“Probably not,” Faas reports.

“For users who want a second Mac for the road, the MacBook Air could put you on cloud nine. If you already own another computer to balance out the MacBook Air’s limitations at home or work, you may not even notice them. Even if you don’t rely on another Mac, an external hard drive – either connected directly or shared via an AirPort Extreme or the new Time Capsule – may be all you need, though it’s still a wise idea to get the USB SuperDrive,” Faas reports.

“For users who want a Mac that goes anywhere and weighs next to nothing, the MacBook Air is an incredible solution. Any road warrior will love both its size and weight, as well as the battery life. While there may not be a huge number of Mac users ready to pay for such portability, there is no doubt a market for the MacBook Air – especially when you consider that it is aggressively priced compared with the competition. And like all Intel Macs, it allows you to run both Mac OS X and Windows,” Faas reports.

“The MacBook Air won’t be out for another couple of weeks, but anyone who spends a few minutes with the machine will be amazed on many levels. It may not be the portable Mac for everyone, but no one can say that it isn’t an incredible achievement. And for those for whom it makes sense, it is also an incredibly sophisticated next-generation computer,” Faas reports.

Full review here.

29 Comments

  1. I like the way it appears to float when you are looking down at it. Genius!

    And like most Apple products it is a forward thinking machine. What most reviewers are calling “cons” are really things that are unnecessary and or soon will be obsolete.

    Since a built in wireless modem is really out of the question due size and carrier lock-in, Apple should design USB modems that will work for the different carrier networks.

  2. I find it surprising that so few even make mention of the DRM Apple has installed at the core level of the OS where Remote Disc won’t let you play, transfer, or move copies of any media files. This can have massive implications if you are trying to restore your system from a back-up drive and have any collection of purchased media. For me this a major deal killer as I will never support DRM in any fashion, and I simply don’t want or need Uncle Steve treating me like a thief. Perhaps they haven’t been paying attention to the main reason most kids I know won’t upgrade to Vista and are instead considering Linux; primarily because of the core level embedded DRM. I will be watching Apple closely on this issue and if they continue on this trend I may find myself making a reluctant switch to Linux.

  3. I find it surprising that so few even make mention of the DRM Apple has installed at the core level of the OS where Remote Disc won’t let you play, transfer, or move copies of any media files.

    Care to back that assertion up with a reference? I can’t find any.

  4. Most kids won’t upgrade to Vista because it has DRM and therefore cannot be bootlegged.

    Computer makers know who they’re dealing with, as do retailers, who know that 45% of the theft from their stores is from their own employees. People are thieves and don’t consider it stealing to run bootlegged software. Apple, HP, Adobe, Quark etc etc know this so they face reality and treat everyone as thieves to mitigate the risk.

    Before you kneejerkers reply, note I didn’t say ALL people.

  5. Dilbert’s right, the MBA is exactly like a Lamborgini, most people simply can’t afford it, and make excuses. They are both in a class by themselves, and if you could afford it, you’d buy one. Honestly, with a Lambo you have to worry about insurance, theft, service, not to mention it’s not a family car, yet Lamborgini still finds people on this planet who’ll want it, and buy it.Steve Jobs has thought of everything when it come to the MBA, it’s just not for the masses, like a Lambo or 8 core Mac Pro. So why don’t the masses just be honest like me and say “it’s perfect, but it’s outta my league”.

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