CNET’s Crave: ‘Apple MacBook Air is a seminal computer’

“The Apple MacBook Air is a seminal computer. There I said it. I’m not going to pretend that my opinion is the final word (or anything close to it) but I will weigh in by saying it’s a ground-breaking product. After using it for about two months, here’s why,” Brooke Crothers writes for CNET’s Crave. “(Note: I am not a Mac enthusiast. This is the first Apple [Mac] I’ve ever owned.)”

1. Very thin, very light but comparatively fast. That’s no mean feat.
2. Solid state drive (SSD): The SSD is revolutionary.
3. Sturdy. For a sub-one-inch-thin notebook, it feels remarkably solid.
4. Battery life. I can only compare the battery life against the other PC notebooks I use. The Air beats them all.
5. Looks. You can’t beat the aesthetics.

Full article here.

140 Comments

  1. Great review! Hopefully, the voices of reason will continue to drown out the obtuse squealing of stupidity and cluelessness.

    And from the C|Net review:
    “Choosing the Air over the cheaper, faster standard 13-inch MacBook, or the comparably priced MacBook Pro, will depend on your needs. Travelers who want minimum weight, maximum screen real estate, and who live their lives via Wi-Fi hot spots, with little need for wired connectivity, will find the $1,799 starting price a reasonable investment for owning one of the world’s premier bits of high-tech eye candy. And while the MacBook Air’s specs are inferior to those found on the cheaper MacBook, they compare more favorably when you look at other ultraportables, where a price premium is always exacted. For instance, both the Sony VAIO TZ150 and Toshiba Portege R500 cost hundreds more than the MacBook Air and feature slower CPUs and half the RAM as the Air.”

  2. SOoo … he compared the battery life against “the other PC notebooks I use” and the MBA wins?!? Are the other notebooks he uses also Ultra-lights or are their batteries nothing to brag about? Well, the SSD is better about battery use than the HD model … that could be it. Ultra-lights are generally not so much about battery life as about light weight – at nearly any cost. And battery life is often part of the price you pay.
    So! I guess this is even more of a rave review than it seems at first glance. Bravo!

  3. I think the SSD is revolutionary, and I can’t wait until they become mainstream. It’s hard to judge just how revolutionary from the article though, since he’s comparing the Air to a PC laptop’s hard drive thrashing, and a big part of the Air’s performance boost could be from OS X.

  4. MDN, selective comment editing, much? How does Buster get away with a comment like that?

    As for the MBA, it’s a great product and it’s finally about time that we heard from a level-headed reviewer. Here’s to hoping for more of them.

    Although it’s a great, beautiful product, I don’t see a need for it. I have 15″ MBP. The weight is solid but not too heavy. I do a lot of photo editing in full-screen mode. At that, it’s painstaking on a 15-inch monitor. It would most definitely suck on a 13″ screen. If it wasn’t for the price, this would be a perfect present for my girlfriend. For the life of me, I can’t get her to switch, even though her sister has. Grrrrr!

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  5. Yeah the underpowered MBA is great toy to have lying around all those other laptops he has to review….
    Oh hey isn’t that economic crunch coming…yeah looks like the computer for every occasion project will have to be held off until the next economic upswing. People can’t afford to shell out for 2 computers when they need to pay the mortgage first. They need a laptop that does not require a supplemental computer, right out of the box. This is a great concept…and once they figure out how to make a practical laptop with the MBA’s foot print more ppl will, and should, spend their precious few bucks on it.

    What folks here need to understand is that they are fanatics of anything Apple does. Apple enthusiasts. If this is your hobby..yeah you need an MBA, an original iSight, a Lisa, etc. etc. I still have my message pad 1000. Real people that do have radio shows, home decorating empires, or make Apple products a hobby want a computer that is not a gadget. The MBA is a gadget right now. The next version won’t be. The first iPhone was a gadget. Now it is a real telephony platform.

    We should stop paying top dollar for Apple’s beta projects.

    Just my $0.02

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