The MacBook Air “has captured the attention of customers both with its new form factor and with its controversial design tradeoffs engineered to deliver its thin profile and light weight,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
“Every product involves a series of engineering decisions. The Air trades off some high end features of the MacBook Pro to slim down in size and weight, and trades off the economy of the MacBook in order to deliver a desirable punch that matches its razor thin outline. In our review, we’ll look at three major categories of Apple’s engineering decisions that resulted in the Air: mobility, performance, and overall design,” McLean reports.
• Mobility looks at how the Air competes in terms of small physical size versus practical usability.
• Performance examines its top speed capacity versus heat generation, fan noise, and battery life.
• Design compares its offerings in rich features versus a delivery of pared down, elegant simplicity.
McLean reports, “Each area considers a balance between two extremes in desirable aspects. Every competing ultra mobile laptop alternative to the MacBook Air makes different design decisions that renders it more or less suitable for specific types of tasks.”
“There are plenty of things to list as missing in the Air, but in many cases, adding them in would involve both raising the price and watering down the slick physical sophistication Apple delivered in its attractive, simple, and well designed ultra mobile laptop. The MacBook Air isn’t a gamer PC, it isn’t a workstation replacement, it isn’t designed around optical media, and it won’t plug into your DV camcorder, gigabit switch, or FibreChannel SAN. It doesn’t have to. It’s the delicious looking iPod laptop from the maker of the iPhone, and Apple isn’t going to have any problem selling it,” McLean reports.
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