MSNBC reviews MacBook Air: Apple turns niche style statement into a mass-friendly option

Apple Online Store“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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30 Comments

  1. The MBA is the perfect tweener device, sitting between the iPad and the MacBook Pro. I’ll be curious to see what happens to the plastic MacBook. Seems like it needs to be $100 – $200 cheaper now. The only very minor negative I see in the MBA, is that they should have shoehorned an SD slot on the 11-inch model.

  2. The MBA is the perfect tweener device, sitting between the iPad and the MacBook Pro. I’ll be curious to see what happens to the plastic MacBook. Seems like it needs to be $100 – $200 cheaper now. The only very minor negative I see in the MBA, is that they should have shoehorned an SD slot on the 11-inch model.

  3. @Tom, that would be killer. Too bad the carriers are a PITA to work and negotiate with. If Apple could break that stranglehold, they would love to have all their devices 3G and beyond capable right of the shelf.

  4. @Tom, that would be killer. Too bad the carriers are a PITA to work and negotiate with. If Apple could break that stranglehold, they would love to have all their devices 3G and beyond capable right of the shelf.

  5. @ GeeOne
    The reason people would rather have an sd slot than use a USB is because you could pop the sd card in and leave it there. You can’t exactly carry an MBA around with the USB stuck in the side can you. Think about it, in the end you’ll surely agree that an sd slot makes sense.

  6. @ GeeOne
    The reason people would rather have an sd slot than use a USB is because you could pop the sd card in and leave it there. You can’t exactly carry an MBA around with the USB stuck in the side can you. Think about it, in the end you’ll surely agree that an sd slot makes sense.

  7. @GeeOne & @Synth

    Actually, I have a USB stick which lets me insert an SD card. I have the best of both worlds (except, of course, that the SD card being as wide as it is, means I can only use 1 USB port on my MBP when it is inserted- unless I use a USB extender). It really does work very well…

  8. @GeeOne & @Synth

    Actually, I have a USB stick which lets me insert an SD card. I have the best of both worlds (except, of course, that the SD card being as wide as it is, means I can only use 1 USB port on my MBP when it is inserted- unless I use a USB extender). It really does work very well…

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