So a few months ago I went into my local Apple store and had the opportunity to play around a bit with the newly launched MacBook Air. Needless to say it was one sexy piece of hardware, and I of course wanted it badly. I couldn’t really justify owning both a Pro and Air, so I started to actually do a bit of research on the Air to see if I could function on a machine with less power. I don’t do a ton of video or graphics work, but I do on occasion and I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t sacrifice the ability to do so on the Air.
After consulting with a few of the folks at the store, and a bit of research on my own, I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t miss much in regards to performance based on how I typically use my computer, and opted to trade in for the 13″ MacBook Air. I’m happy to report, not only have I not missed a step, I actually find the MacBook Air to perform even better. Here’s the highlights on what I’ve experienced.
1. The hardware is killer. There isn’t a machine on the market that can step toe to toe with this thing. As expected, the build quality is outstanding. I still can’t believe they are able to do what they do in such a crazy thin and light machine. Despite being so lightweight and thin, the machine still feels like a million bucks. Love the addition of the SD card slot too.
2. Crazy speed. I’m finding applications opening crazy quick. Even faster then on my MacBook Pro. I’m sure this has to do with the fact that this machine is a solid state drive, but it’s awesome. The instant on feature is great too. I find myself working much more quickly between applications and from off to on.
3. No heat, no noise. This thing barely makes a sound and rarely pumps out any heat ever. Again, the solid state drive I’m sure is contributing to this, but it’s pretty cool. With the MacBook Pro, I often found it running hot all the time.
4. Forever Battery. Wow does the battery last a long time. I can practically get through an entire day doing normal tasks without a charge. I’ve never considered being able to leave the house without my charger, but this machine might actually allow me to do so.
All the other bells and whistles are similar to the Pro. Glass multi-touch trackpad, awesome display, stereo speakers, facetime display, etc. I haven’t missed a beat. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Pro, but the Air is working perfectly for me, and it’s a traveler’s dream.
Big thumbs up to Apple on this one. I see myself as a longtime user of this model and recommend it to anyone not doing heavy graphics or video work. Feel free to fire away any questions in the comments section and I’ll be sure to answer them if you are looking to buy.