Apple’s astonishing 11-inch MacBook Air: Blazing fast, unbelievably light and thin, a breakthrough

Apple Online Store“Apple’s new 11-inch MacBook Air is astonishing. It’s unbelievable. It’s the most exciting consumer PC that’s come out for years. It’s a netbook, but it’s not a PoS. It’s blazing fast. It’s unbelievably light and thin. It’s beautifully made. Really beautifully made,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac.

“It has an older CPU and skimpy RAM, but it is NOT underpowered. For users like me, who aren’t editing Hollywood movies, it’s more than adequate. Heck, it’s a huge leap forward,” Kahney reports. “Like Jobs said at the launch, this is the future of notebooks. Extremely thin and light, yet capable of running dozens of applications without bogging down. There are compromises, of course, but the most important things — portability, durability and functionality — are very much in place.”

“Last year, I bought a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which I loved. But in comparison to the 11-inch Air, it looks like a bloated old relic,” Kahney reports. “It’s positively primitive: a porky throwback to a previous computing era.”

Kahney reports, “I know what you’re thinking, ‘Cult of Mac. This guy’s a zealot. He’ll buy anything Steve Jobs tells him too.’ I admit, I’m a fan. But the Air is important. It’s different. It’s right up there with the iPad and the iPhone. This is a breakthrough product.”

There’s much more in the full article, including many original photos, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

55 Comments

  1. I’m hoping that the removal of my Super drive and the addition of an SSD will rejuvenate my Santa Rosa 2008 MBP.
    Dropping 3-4Gs on an i7 iMac is just not in the cards now.
    Those SSDs are just too expensive to be popular in the next Gen MBP, sorry Steve

  2. I’m hoping that the removal of my Super drive and the addition of an SSD will rejuvenate my Santa Rosa 2008 MBP.
    Dropping 3-4Gs on an i7 iMac is just not in the cards now.
    Those SSDs are just too expensive to be popular in the next Gen MBP, sorry Steve

  3. So Apple finally concedes and produces a netbook, the best netbook of course.

    I got my self installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 160GB HP netbook for $290. Much better than the P.O.S. Windows XP home it came installed with requiring anti-virus to be always running. It has a anti-glare screen and I can make Ubutnu look like OS X or Windows or something else at a whim. Firefox and OpenOffice is free, lots of other great free software in the Ubutnu “Mac App Store” they call the “repositories”.

    For my serious computing needs (6 other operating systems) I use my MacBook Pro.

    For beastly use, IMMO it’s best to go with the best. Apple.

  4. So Apple finally concedes and produces a netbook, the best netbook of course.

    I got my self installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 160GB HP netbook for $290. Much better than the P.O.S. Windows XP home it came installed with requiring anti-virus to be always running. It has a anti-glare screen and I can make Ubutnu look like OS X or Windows or something else at a whim. Firefox and OpenOffice is free, lots of other great free software in the Ubutnu “Mac App Store” they call the “repositories”.

    For my serious computing needs (6 other operating systems) I use my MacBook Pro.

    For beastly use, IMMO it’s best to go with the best. Apple.

  5. “In an initial test, I opened up 17 applications and launched more 40 tabs in Safari and 24 tabs in Google’s Chrome browser (each is its own separate process). A funny thing happened: nothing. It kept on cranking. There were no spinning beachballs, no stuttering in the music I was playing.”

    With all the crap he threw at the standard Air, I don’t see how it could be regarded as underpowered like some imply. Most I’ll have is about 10 Firefox tabs open and two or three other applications running. I’d be fine.

  6. “In an initial test, I opened up 17 applications and launched more 40 tabs in Safari and 24 tabs in Google’s Chrome browser (each is its own separate process). A funny thing happened: nothing. It kept on cranking. There were no spinning beachballs, no stuttering in the music I was playing.”

    With all the crap he threw at the standard Air, I don’t see how it could be regarded as underpowered like some imply. Most I’ll have is about 10 Firefox tabs open and two or three other applications running. I’d be fine.

  7. When will people get that the MacBook Air is NOT a netbook? It is squarely in the “ultraportable” class. In that class, it is actually very reasonably priced.

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