CNN writer and 20-year PC vet tries Apple’s MacBook Air: I’m switching to Mac

Elizabeth Mateo, founder of Casa Naranja, a newsletter and blog based in New York City that targets a style-conscious Hispanic market, often attends cocktail parties and other events where it’s hard to look chic while toting a laptop.

So, Mateo jumped at the chance to spend a few weeks with three sleek new computers designed to be extra portable: the Apple MacBook Air, the Everex Cloudbook, and the Sony VAIO Tz 298N.

MacDailyNews Take: Catchy name there, Sony. Some fools will never learn.

Mateo reports for CNN, “When I started this test, I was more inclined to use the VAIO, since I have been a PC user for 20 years… But as time wore on, the VAIO became less attractive. For example, high-def movie trailers played flawlessly on the Air and really showed off its screen. Sony’s processor was not powerful enough to render video smoothly, so it was a choppy, unpleasant viewing experience. “

“The Cloudbook (US$399), which uses a Linux-based operating system called Ubuntu, was the runt of the litter. Booting the machine up was dog slow, and the keyboard felt mushy and cheap. It could stall for minutes at a time,” Mateo reports. “The Cloudbook is designed to offer basics such as e-mail and the web, and the price is nice. The performance isn’t.”

“The MacBook Air is going to get approving looks no matter where you go… there’s no denying the thing is gorgeous. It feels great in your hands and somehow seems lighter than the VAIO, even though it actually isn’t. The trackpad is large, and scrolling is intuitive. You use two fingers to scroll, one finger to mouse, just like the iPhone. Using the Air is like Christmas, your birthday, and Valentine’s Day all rolled into one,” Mateo reports.

“The MacBook Air really won me over. It does not compromise on keyboard or screen size. The Mac OS was fairly easy to use (though I’ll never get used to not having a right mouse button),” ,” Mateo reports.

MacDailyNews Note: It’s somewhat strange that she knows about the two-finger scrolling, but not about the “two finger right click.” Mac notebooks do not have a physical “right button,” but they certainly do have a virtual one. Secondary clicking debuted on Macs with the release of Mac OS 8’s contextual menus on July 26, 1997. All Macs (except Mac mini) ship with multi-button mice (Apple’s Mighty Mouse) or secondary-click-capable trackpads on notebooks (enable in System Preferences>Keyboard & Mouse>Trackpad: Check the box “For secondary clicks, place two fingers on trackpad then click the button”). Plug in just about any third-party multi-button mouse and Mac OS X will support it.

Mateo continues, “If you need to use Windows, you can install a program called Bootcamp, which switches between Mac and Windows. I now lust for this laptop and will switch to a Mac as soon as possible.”

Full article here.

39 Comments

  1. Apple should just bite the bullet and start making their laptops with two physical mouse buttons. I am sure it would give their already great sales an even bigger boost. Why make it that complex?

    Written on a PowerBook G4, using a Logitech two button mouse.

  2. HAHAH the Sony Tz54154686431 is in stores now!
    lmao what a name!!

    “(though I’ll never get used to not having a right mouse button)” – wow, i thought everyone knew macs could double click in a better way than windows could?

    another one has come to the dark side muahahaha!

  3. As bad as Sony’s naming convention, do you really want a plethora of names that the cell companies have been using? Chocolate? EnVy? Krzr? Idiot? Stupid? Moron? Seriously, do we really need more of these aspirational names, where the companies put more time and effort into coming up with, than actually creating a good product?

  4. You see its these pimpled face “i have yet to hit puberty” TROLLS that talk garbage, without hands on use. Then again, they probably have zero hands on use with the opposite sex also. As far as those theoretical journalist who blogs smack about the MBA, I bet their cut from the same cloth as these virgins. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. @GizmoDan

    Because if you were to say, hey i have a “Macbook Air” we would know exactly what you are talking about (and the name actually makes sense to the product, Macbook Air = Its Really Really Light)

    if i said, “hey i have a Vaio” you would either say “Which one?”
    or i would say “hey i have a Vaio Tz 298N” unless i were a real big sony fan, i would have no idea what model or if its even a computer at all. It sounds like a cable box or the a serial code.

  6. The ‘right-click’ (secondary click) issue is legitimate, but for a different reason. Anybody growing up on Windows (this sounds like ‘growing up on crack and booze’…) has already a well-developed habit of right-clicking and expecting a pop-up of some kind as a consequence. The ‘secondary-click’ option on MacBook trackpads is NOT a default setting. Is a Windows switcher expected to figure out on his/her own that he/she is to go to system preferences, look for keyboard/mouse/trackpad, read through the panel, figure out that ‘secondary click’ actually means ‘right-click’ in his/her own mind and change the option?

    It would be very simple to make two finger- secondary-click a default option. That would make a helpful start. An indication somewhere that this is in fact possible could also help Windows switchers. Not much about this notorious subject is available on Apple’s switcher site.

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