“Apple’s new MacBook Air doesn’t take your breath away, like the original one did back in January 2008 when Steve Jobs yanked it from a Manila envelope. In the age of iPad, slender laptops are blasé. What Apple did do, with this relaunch, is turn a niche style statement into a mass-friendly option. It’s MacBook Air, minus the early-adopter tax,” Wilson Rothman reports for MSNBC.com.
“Most virginal computers are refreshingly responsive, but this thing absolutely springs to life,” Rothman reports. “Open the lid from sleep, and in a blink, your screen is ready. A full boot takes 15 seconds — by contrast my very powerful MacBook Pro gets to the login screen in about a minute and a half. While the difference is, in part, due to everything I’ve got jammed into the Pro’s hard drive, the MBA’s solid-state drive does help make my hot rod feel like an old mule.”
“For some people hunting for a simple net-friendly machine, maybe an iPad will suffice. But for others, who want to replace a clunker of a laptop with something sufficiently capable but easier to tote around, the Air is the option,” Rothman reports. “If you commute, those pounds off do mean a lot. And many people are satisfied with 10-inch screens, let alone 11.6-inch ones.”
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